Kri Eco ResortDescription
Dive in Raja Ampat with Kri Eco Resort
After spending several years in the Raja Ampat, looking for adventure and WW2 wrecks, Max Ammer settled on the eastern edge of Kri-Island in the early nineties, built a traditional Papuan style resort using only natural materials from the jungle and surrounding villages.
Kri Eco Resort consists of 13 traditional buildings over the water, along a jetty and offers traditional Papuan accommodation with excellent food and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
The whole resort is consequently built by Papuan villagers and many of the former builders are now part of the permanent team. The resort is truly part of nature and every morning guests are awoken by an orchestra of birds.
Bungalows are perched high on wooden stilts over a shallow coral encrusted reef flat next to a long palm lined, fine white-sand beach. Because of the construction, you have a cool sea breeze flowing through and great panoramic views of the surrounding area! All buildings contain two rooms and at least one separate sitting area with locally made bamboo table, benches and hammocks. They are traditionally built with local materials such as round wood, bamboo, and leaves of palm trees all lashed together with vines from the jungle. Each bungalow has a single or double bed with luxurious mosquito nets, mirror, drinking water and electric fan. Toiletries and fresh towels are provided (even handmade hangers for your clothes!). Your bungalow is fully serviced on a daily basis, and the linen is changed on a regular basis.
Two Deluxe bungalows are located on the beach, while the other buildings have their own piers from the beach.
Each room has its own steps into the water, if you feel like snorkeling or just a lazy swim. A jetty built over the reef in front of the eco-resort connects to the island.
Hidden behind the lush green jungle are several ‘mandi’ type bathrooms with western style toilets. The well, also located behind the resort’s buildings contains a more than adequate supply of rain water for our needs. It provides guests and staff with bathing, toilet, camera rinse and cooking water. Water on Kri was hauled from the well by bucket and carried by hand, but now Kri has a pump and running water to the kitchen, western style toilets and for filling the bath containers.
Only the Deluxe Bungalows have ensuite bathrooms
The dining room and kitchen are a friendly place to be. Here you will find fellow divers chilling out, a staff member singing a Papuan song, or kitchen staff preparing meals. All meals are prepared in woks, stew pots or an open fire. Here you can watch the friendly kitchen staff cook your next meal while enjoying a steaming cup of coffee or tea, or a cold drink from the fridge.
In this main building you will also find a small library with more than enough reference material showcasing the innumerable species of marine life and of the topside flora and fauna of this amazing area.
When looking out over the balcony to the lagoon, sharks and schools of fish are often spotted. Behind the kitchen, fresh vegetables and fruits are prepared in the open air under the shade of the trees. Each meal is prepared fresh, even the bread is house made! Part of the ‘True Eco’ experience is the fact that Kri Eco encourages trade with the local villagers. The friendly Papuan people come to the beach with their small boats and sell their fresh, hand caught fish, and home-grown vegetables and spices. Twice a week a supply boat is send to Sorong (75km away) to stock up with chicken, meat, dry stores, and supplements.
A sunset deck further out on the jetty, is a chilling place after a day’s diving to watch the sunset over the calm waters of the Raja Ampat. Below the dock, the reef is carpeted with gorgonians and soft corals. Here you can observe juvenile Black-Tip sharks, Blue Spotted Rays, juvenile Barracudas, Bat Fish, Mandarin Fish and critters like BlueRing Octopus, as well as large schooling baitfish to mention but a few.
The compressor, storage facilities, generators, and staff quarters are located further away to minimize excessive noise and inconvenience.
Diving in Kri Eco Resort is well organized. The diving boats carry all the safety features (oxygen tank, first aid kit, VHS radio) and reach the dive sites in les than 30 mn. The house reef is amazing! Dr Gerald R. Allen, renowned marine biologist specialized on the classification and ecology of coral reef fishes in Indo Pacific region, made the 283 species record dive on Sorido Bay! No dive planned on saturday, so guest are welcome to dive on that incredible house reef. A 7 days diving package offer 3/4 dives per day or 3 dives + 1 night dive. Nitrox is also available.
The divemasters are indonesian, local Papuan people trained by Kri Eco Instructor team. The senior divemaster has mores than 15,000 dives on the reefs. A foreigner divemaster assure the guest relation. Apart english language, german and dutch are also spoken.
The Raja Ampat archipelago is very remote. In the unfortunate event of a diving accident, the best care is far from Sorong. The nearest hyperbaric chambers are located in Manado (Sulawesi), Singapore and Darwin (Australia).
Kri Eco Resort offers serenity and amazing dive. This eco resort is not easy to reach, but the richness of the underwater life and the immersion into the nature worth the long journey.