Treat Yourself in a Gorgeous Eco-Resort in Misool, South Raja Ampat
Why we love it
Awarded several times by National Geographic and again by Travel & Leisure, this luxury eco-resort is nestled deeply in an archipelago of uninhabited islands. This boutique eco-resort is superbly-managed and its foundation is recognized globally for its positive impact in Raja Ampat.
Misool Foundation established the Marine Protected Area in 2005 and patrols the area to enforce the "no-take zone". They have several social and educational projects in the villages and for every diver that visits, $50 (about ... EUR) is given back to the Foundation. It's also supported by many conservation organizations including WildAid, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, The Manta Trust, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Who is it for?
Experienced divers who are comfortable in strong currents. This resort suits non-divers as well since there's plenty to do around the lagoon: kayaking, snorkeling (with baby black tip sharks!), village tours, traditional cooking classes, and let's not forget "the spa". Makes an excellent choice for a family holiday or romantic escape!
We ask all guests to spend one night off-gassing in Sorong following their stay at Misool Eco Resort and fly the following day. It is the +1 in the above pricing table. The hotel night in Sorong following the trip is included in the package price, along with breakfast, transfers, and all government taxes.
Special rates for children:
0 to 5 years old: free of charge
6 to 12 years old: 50% of adult rate
13 to 15 years old: 75% of adult rate
Baby-sitting availability: $10 (about ... EUR) per hour, or, daily $45 (about ... EUR) for a 7-hour day (minimum of 4 full days)
Accommodation in a water bungalow or villa depending on your preference
Complete dive package: one check dive on arrival day, plus
up to 4 dives per day on each of the following 6, 8 or 11 days
All meals, snacks, soft drinks, drinking water, coffee and tea
Free local use of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
Free 15-minute massage after first dive - subject to availability
Snorkeling on the House Reef and/or the North Lagoon
A series of evening educational lectures at the Dive Centre
Sorong airport pick-up and porter service, transport to the harbour on scheduled transfer days
Hotel accommodation and breakfast in Sorong for one night following your stay at Misool Eco Resort on scheduled transfer dates
tanks, weights, expert guides, fuel, free Nitrox for qualified divers
Government tax and service charge is included in the package price
What's not included?
Speedboat transfer from Sorong to the resort island. The cost is $335 (about ... EUR) per person per return trip on scheduled departure dates.
Equipment rental. To avoid disappointment, please advise us at the time of booking if you require any rentals - supplies are limited. Please note that we do not rent wetsuits, mask, or fins, so you will need to bring those with you.
Each guest (whether diving or not) must purchase a Raja Ampat Marine Park Entry permit. This is available for IDR 1,000,000 (about ... EUR), or IDR 500,000 (about ... EUR) for Indonesian nationals. The tag is valid for one calendar year. The resort can arrange this for you if you need it.
Most other excursions, like visits to the petroglyphs, kayaking tours, standup paddle boarding tours , private beach picnics, etc. Some are free of charge for guests booking unlimited dive packages.
Dinner in Sorong before departing.
Alcoholic beverages. Beer and a selection of imported wine available for purchase.
Internet usage. The satellite connection provides very limited bandwidth. You may connect to the internet with your own device in the Dive Centre at a rate of $0.37 (about ... EUR) per minute. Or you may purchase unlimited usage for $55 (about ... EUR) for 7 nights. The first 10 minutes are free so you can test the speed for yourself.
Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels, other than the night following your departure of the eco-resort
At the heart of the coral triangle
1427 reef fish, over 600 coral species, 75% of the world’s coral species
Abundant pelagic life: many species of reef sharks, white and black tips, wobbegong sharks, bamboo sharks, reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, and majestic oceanic manta in open water.
Large schools of tuna, trevally, mackerel. Batfish, surgeonfish, angel and butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, bumpheads, giant sweetlips, damsels, fusiliers, anthias etc. and also magnificent macro with the rare pygmee seahorses.
Season: high season from October to April
Currents: can be strong in some sites
Visibility: generally 25 meters (80 ft) or more
Water Temperature:26° to 28°C (79° to 82°F)
Depth: deep and shallow dives
The eco-resort House Reef is a world-class shore dive.
The local reefs present the variety and quality of live-aboard diving combined with all the comforts of a private island resort.
Over 50 dive sites in the area, including a busy manta cleaning station, coral covered walls, reef flats, swim throughs, gentle sea mounts, drift dives, vast hard-coral gardens, placid lagoons, current-raked pinnacles...
Some of the famous spots you can expect to dive are Nudi Rock, Magic Mountain, Yillet, Boo Windows.
There are three scheduled boat dives per day as well as either a dusk dive or a night dive each night.
The House Reef is open from 8am to 8pm every day for buddy teams or guided dives.
All dives are planned and executed without deco stops and at a depth of 30 meters maximum.
If interested, you could participate in some of Misool foundation volunteering projects during your stay. It needs to be arranged on a case by case basis and depends on the staff availability.
Operation started in 2006 to support the Misool Foundation
Number of boats: 7
Courses up to Advanced Open Water - ask us
Courses in English, French, Indonesian and Dutch
Maximum divers per group: 5
Equipment Recommended: a dive computer, a safety buoy, a torch, wetsuit, mask & fins (not possible to rent them in the resort)
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Darwin, Australia or Manado, Sulawesi - note that there is a chamber in Raja Ampat, but it is not certified or compliant with international standards
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
Take an international flight to Jakarta (CGK) and then a direct flight to Sorong (SOQ).
If coming from Bali (DPS), you'll have to make a stop at Ujung Padang (UPG) or Manado (MDC) on your way to Sorong (SOQ).
The eco-resort staff will meet you at the Sorong Airport and bring you to the harbor and onto a private speedboat, scheduled to depart at 9am.
You may make alternate arrangements, but our transfer boat will only wait for this flight. In the unfortunate event that you are booked in a different flight which is cancelled or delayed past 9am, the eco-resort will help you make alternate arrangements to get you to the island, at your own expense.
Please bring 1 passport photo and 1 copy of your passport for your travel permit which the eco-resort will arrange for you
Raja Ampat is subject to malaria. Take necessary precautions to avoid it (cover yourself, have mosquito repellent and take malarone tablets - Lariam has limited effectiveness in this area due to a resistant strain of Malaria and is not recommended.)
Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard light coloured clothing, a sweater or a light-weight jacket, some walking shoes, any toiletries you may need, rechargeable batteries, binoculars, your favourite tipple, some very basic English books to add to the small staff library!
To support the Foundation's work, any handheld GPS’s, basic waterproof cameras for documenting activities and illegal fishermen, waterproof or underwater torches, handheld marine VHF radios, or any type of dive equipment will be greatly appreciated.