Treat yourself in a gorgeous eco-resort in Misool, South Raja Ampat

Why we love it

Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, this luxury eco-resort is in the very epicentre of marine biodiversity: Misool, South Raja Ampat. Located in a gorgeous island in a region known for its superb dives, this boutique eco-resort managed to install a Marine Protected Area since 2005. Its foundation is recognized globally for its positive impact in Raja Ampat. Awarded several times by National geographic or again Travel & Leisure, this is a journey in paradise that you will remember for long!

Conservation

Misool Foundation established the Marine Protected Area in 2005 and operates a patrol to enforce our No-Take Zone, several social and educational projects in the villages. For every diver that visits, 50 USD is given back to the Foundation. It is also supported by many NGO’s such as Conservation International, WildAid, The Nature Conservancy, Manta Trust, Mac Arthur Foundation…

Who is it for?

For passionate divers who want a treat. Advanced divers preferently since strong currents are frequent. Non-diving partners are welcome: spa, kayak, snorkeling with baby black tip sharks in the lagoon, village tour, romantic beach castaway experience, traditional cooking class, jellyfish lake adventure… Also an excellent choice for a family holiday or a romantic escape.

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • 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.

Dive conditions

  • Season: high season from October to April
  • Currents: can be strong in some sites
  • Visibility: generally 25 meters and above
  • Water temperature: 26 to 28 degrees Celsius
  • Depth: deep and shallow dives

Dive sites

  • 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.

The Team

  • Operation started in 2006 to support the Misool Foundation
  • Number of boats: 7
  • PADI resort
  • Courses up to Advanced Open Water - ask us
  • Courses in English, French, Indonesian and Dutch
  • Maximum number of people per group: 5

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: a dive computer, a safety buoy, a torch, wetsuit, mask & fins (not possible to rent them in the resort) and the usual diving equipment.
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
  • Hyperbaric Chamber: in Darwin, Australia or Sulawesi, Indonesia

Prices and Dates

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 table. The hotel night in Sorong following the trip is included in the package price, along with breakfast, transfers, and all government taxes.

Children sharing:

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: USD 10 per hour, or 45 USD for a 7-hour day and a minimum of 4 full days

What’s included?

  • Accommodation on a Water bungalow or a Villa depending on your preference
  • 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 with baby sharks in the North Lagoon
  • A series of evening educational lectures in our 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
  • Government tax is included in the package price.

In the Dive package, with additional cost:

  • tanks, weights, expert guides, fuel, free Nitrox for qualified divers.
  • The first dive ‘Check Dive’ is not counted as part of your package, but all other House Reef and boat dives are counted.
  • Government tax and service charge is included in the package price.

What’s not included?

  • Speedboat transfer from Sorong to our resort island. The cost is USD 335 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 1,000,000 IDR (about USD 73), or 500,000 IDR 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.
  • Spa services.
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages. We have beer and a selection of imported wine available for purchase.
  • Internet usage. Our satellite connection provides us with very limited bandwidth. You may connect to the internet with your own device in the Dive Centre at a rate of USD 0.37 per minute. Or you may purchase unlimited usage for USD 557 nights, USD 729 nights, and USD 8512 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

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

  • To be able to enter Indonesia, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival, you need to have a valid return ticket within 30 days and a full blank page in your passport.
  • Many nationalities are newly eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival costs USD 35 and it is advisable that you carry the exact amount with you.
  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country.

How to get there?

  • We recommend all guests transit through Jakarta, arriving the day before the start of your stay at Misool. From Jakarta, plan to fly with Garuda Indonesia Airlines, departing Jakarta at 21:00 with GA650. Guests will have just enough time to visit the 24-hour Starbucks inside the Makassar airport before connecting to GA698, departing at 03:00 and arriving in Sorong at 06:15.
  • Transit through Bali is also possible, though the flights are less convenient.
  • *he 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

More…

  • 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 rashguard, 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 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.