Misool Eco Resort
There are many great dive resorts in the world. Some have stunning remote locations, some have superb diving on their doorstep, others are built and managed in a forward-thinking and ecological way. Seldom do all 3 come together, but they do at Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat.
Diving in: Raja Ampat
Dive type: Boat & shore dives
Divers: Max. 32
This gem of a property sits on a private island in the heart of Raja Ampat and is a small eco resort run to European standards. Most scuba divers visiting Raja Ampat elect for liveaboards, but for those who prefer land-based a vacation, there is no place in a better location than Misool Eco Resort.
11 separate holiday cottages and villas provide the accommodation and are dotted around the shore or over the shallows where juvenile marine life thrives. All accommodation has air conditioning as well as fans, outdoor Balinese style bathrooms and expansive balconies, many with in-built hammocks for maximum relaxation.
Set around a beautiful shallow bay, the main resort building nestles behind a white sand beach with a stunning view across the nutrient rich waters towards distant Indonesian islands. Here you can feel like you are in the remotest desert island yet the cuisine, accommodation and Raja Ampat diving service are all of a very high standard. Languages spoken include English, German, Indonesian, Italian, French, and Swedish.
The property is surrounded by their own patrolled 1,220 square km "no take" zone
. Due to its remote location and to keep a limit on the use of transport boats, the dive vacation packages have fixed pre-determined dates. Within short boat rides there are dozens of excellent dive sites accessible from Misool Eco Resort. What's more, nitrox use is entirely free
for all nitrox-certified divers - a great perk for guests who wish to get the best taste of the immense diversity of marine life and topography of the Raja Ampat region.
The resort features a conservation centre and is built almost entirely from indigenous materials, many of which were salvaged or recycled, and the gardens are run using a waste water system. The management are continuously innovating and trying new methods to operate the resort sustainably
. So if you want to dive in the paradise of Raja Ampat and stay on a remote yet supremely comfortable island, then Misool Eco Resort could be perfect for you.
Resort diving packages...
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Prices valid until 31 December 2017
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|Shoulder Season 2015-17 - 17 July 2016 to 21 September 2016
10 June 2017 to 29 September 2017
||Price per diver
||Price per non-diver
|Off Peak Season 2015-17 - 13 May 2016 to 24 June 2016
22 September 2016 to 10 October 2016, 8 May 2017 to 9 June 2017
||Price per diver
||Price per non-diver
|Peak Season 2015-17 - 10 October 2015 to 12 May 2016
11 October 2016 to 7 May 2017
||Price per diver
||Price per non-diver
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Southern Raja Ampat islands. No diving on day of arrival.
2015 Trip Dates:
2016 Trip Dates:
|10 to 17 November
||17 to 26 November
||26 November to 03 December
|03 to 12 December
||12 to 19 December
||19 to 26 December
||26 December to 02 January 2016
Resort diving includes:
|02 to 09 January
||09 to 16 January
||16 to 23 January
||23 January to 01 February
|01 to 08 February
||08 to 15 February
||15 to 27 February
||27 February to 07 March
|07 to 14 March
||14 to 21 March
||21 March to 02 April
|02 to 09 April
||09 to 18 April
||18 to 25 April
||25 April to 04 May
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), unlimited self-guided shore dives, boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster, tanks, weights, weight belt, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available), drinking water, hot drinks, snacks.
Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Dive insurance, Raja Ampat marine park fee (valid for 1 year) US$ 49, scuba equipment, diving computer US$ 13 per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Extra dives (approx US$ 71 each, payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return resort transfers to/from airport and local hotels (on scheduled transfer dates), overnight accommodation in Sorong.
Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Alcoholic drinks, internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Misool Eco Resort is located on a private island in a remote part of southern Raja Ampat. It is reached by a 4 hour speedboat which departs Sorong, West Papua at 01:00 pm. You can fly directly to Sorong from Bali or Jakarta. We recommend Express Air XN800 departing Jakarta 05:00 am arriving Sorong 11:50 am. An overnight stay at Hotel JE Meriden in Sorong will be necessary after your vacation at Misool Eco Resort (unless combining with a liveaboard trip) - this is included in the package price. For more information see our West Papua travel information section
Dive clubs and group discounts:
No discounts available.
Rooms, Beds, Bathrooms, Views...
There are 8 double and twin bed Standard Cottages and 3 villas named Villa Tabisasu, Villa Kalanme and Villa Utara. The accommodation manages to be both simple and sophisticated with elements like open-air Balinese showers and large balconies with in-built hammocks adding character. Standard Villa Tabisasu has a double bed with extra bed available (no air-con for extra bed). Standard Villa Utara has 2 double bed rooms and 2 twin beds (no air-con for twin beds). Deluxe Villa Kalanme is the most expensive option and has 3 double bed rooms.
All accommodations have air-conditioning (except where stated above) with furniture and fittings built from reclaimed tropical hardwood. All have sea views, with the Standard Cottages and Villa Utara built over the shallow turquoise waters of a sheltered bay.
All the accommodations have:
- Air-conditioning and ceiling fan
- Private Balinese-style bathroom with hot water shower
- Toiletries and towels
- Private balcony with furniture
- Reading lights
- Tea & coffee making facilities (villas only)
- Dressing table, chair and mirror
- Safety box
- Mosquito nets
- Hammock (cottages only)
- Fire extinguishers
A typical dive day at the resort includes 3 boat dives (first one at 8:00 am), and a night dive every second night. There are over 60 dive sites within a 1-hour boat ride, and 20 world-class dive sites within a 10 minute ride from the resort. Some of the more famous Raja Ampat sites in the area include Fiabacet, Boo, Magic Mountain, Yilliet, and Gorgonian Passage.
Free nitrox is available to all EANx-certified divers!
The Misool Eco Resort boats description:
- 4 aluminium/fibreglass diving boats
- 2 x 6m boats are 80 HP and take a maximum of 6 scuba divers. 7m boat is 115 HP, 8m boat is 200 HP - both take a maximum of 10 passengers
- Water entry/exit ladders
- Free use of surface marker buoys
- Drinking water
Raja Ampat dives are a maximum of 60 minutes each, to a maximum depth of 30 metres. Boat journey time from the resort is between 10 and 60 minutes. The dive centre staff will load and wash all your equipment.
The resort's diving centre has equipment storage areas and rinse tanks. There are also toilets and 2 cold water showers at the centre. The wet room is 52.5 sqm and is furnished with plenty of camera tables and work stations. The kit up platform is quite roomy, with 75 sqm. Within the 48 sqm dry area, you'll find computer stations, comfortable lounge chairs, and a monitor for viewing the day's images. The sunny veranda is 120 sqm, perfect for drying out between dives and enjoying the topside views.
12 litre scuba tanks are the norm but some 15 litre tanks are also available. Both DIN and yoke clamp fittings are available.
Facilities, Location, Recreation...
Misool Eco Resort is not the type of place you should expect a swimming pool or 5 star luxury facilities. It is in a very remote spot yet manages to be quite a sophisticated and very comfortable place to stay.
You can further you environmental knowledge at the conservation centre and learn and contribute to the good work being undertaken by the resort. The dive centre includes a comfortable lounge and a flat screen monitor for viewing the day's images.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant and bar - water dispenser - computer - wifi internet - DVD player - fish ID books - laundry service - a private beach - baby cots - baby sitting - the freedom of a private island and endless views.
Location: Batbitim Island, Southeast Misool, Southern Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Menu, Cuisine Type, Specialities...
The quality and imagination behind the food at Misool Eco Resort is often more than one could realistically expect in such a remote holiday location. The internationally trained chef works wonders with mainly fresh local ingredients, much of which is organic.
All meals are served buffet style and are a mixture of various cuisines, mostly Asian fusion with plenty of Indonesian specialties included. Guests enthuse about the home-made bread and granola that, together with eggs, beans and pancakes forms part of the hearty breakfast.
Some sample dishes:
- Indonesian and other Asian fusion style dishes.
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day.
- Different dietary needs and restrictions can be catered for with advance notice.
- Pork is not served.
- Classic Indonesian fried rice with toasted cashew nuts, seared tuna, frittata with shallots, bell peppers, and cheese, and a fresh salad with cucumber, tomato, and pineapple, spiked with caraway seeds and balsamic vinegar.
- Laksa, a scrumptious Malaysian coconut curry with rice vermicelli noodles and kaffir lime leaves.
- Crispy spring rolls, chicken satay accompanied by spicy Thai peanut dipping sauce, grilled fish, and tempeh fried with peanuts and sweet potato.
Dive Safety, Resort Security...
The nearest re-compression chamber is at the Royal Darwin Hospital, 750 km, 4 hours, from Sorong. Misool Eco Resort insist that scuba divers have their own insurance policy. See our insurance programme
for a competitive quote.
The dive centre provides 1 guide for every 4-5 divers and first aid kits on its boats. Emergency oxygen is available on all boat trips, together with an emergency action plan. Extra oxygen is available at the centre. The nearest medical facility is at Sorong.
Misool Eco Resort has safety deposit boxes for guest use in each accommodation, free of charge, and has 24 hour security personnel are present. The nearest police facility is in Sorong, back on the West Papua mainland.