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, Raja Ampat.
This gem of a property sits on a private island in the heart of Raja Ampat and is a small award-winning eco resort run to European standards. The resort was recognised in 2017 by the World Travel & Tourist Council who awarded Misool the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow award. 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.
19 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. The success of their conservation efforts has resulted in Sylvia Earle's Mission Blue Alliance naming it a Mission Blue Hope Spot. 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. 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 wastewater 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 could be perfect for you.
Southern Raja Ampat islands (Diving environment: wall diving, drift diving, caverns, healthy reefs, advanced divers, off the beaten track; Highlights: shark action, manta rays, turtles, great macro life/marine diversity, schooling fish/big pelagics).
No diving on day of arrival.
Note:2017 Trip Dates:
05 to 12 January
12 to 19 January
19 to 28 January
28 January to 04 February
04 to 13 February
13 to 20 February
20 February to 04 March
04 to 11 March
11 to 18 March
18 to 27 March
27 March to 08 April
15 to 22 April
22 April to 01 May
01 to 08 May
08 to 15 May
15 to 24 May
24 May to 02 June
02 to 10 June
09 to 17 June
16 to 24 June
23 June to 02 July
08 to 16 September
15 to 23 September
23 to 30 September
30 September to 12 October
12 to 21 October
21 to 28 October
28 October to 06 November
06 to 18 November
18 to 25 November
25 November to 04 December
04 to 11 December
11 to 18 December
18 to 27 December
27 December to 03 January
2018 Trip Dates:
03 to 12 January
12 to 19 January
19 to 26 January
26 Jan to 02 Febr
02 to 09 February
09 to 18 February
18 Febr to 02 Mar
02 to 09 March
09 to 18 March
18 to 30 March
30 March to 06 April
06 to 13 April
29 April to 06 May
06 to 13 May
13 to 20 May
20 May to 01 June
01 to 08 June
08 to 15 June
15 to 23 June
16 to 28 September
28 Sept to 05 Oct
05 to 12 October
12 to 24 October
24 to 31 October
31 Oct to 09 Nov
09 to 16 November
16 to 23 November
23 to 30 November
30 Nov to 12 Decr
12 to 19 December
19 to 26 December
18 to 27 December
26 Dec to 02 Jan
Resort diving includes:
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, 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). Optional extras:
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, overnight accommodation in Sorong including breakfast and airport-hotel transfer (on transfer days). Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Return speedboat transfer Sorong-resort (US$ 335 per person) on scheduled departure dates, single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
Alcoholic drinks, internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Misool 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 (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:
There are discounts available for 3rd, 5th and 6th people (and children) in a booking. Please contact us for more details.
There are 8 double and twin bed Water Cottages in the sheltered lagoon. 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.
The 5 Beach Villas (Tanang; Santai; Kalaname a,b,c; Moro Lain and Waya Biru) are on the South Beach with easy access to the swimming hole. The 4 Lagoon Villas (Nasnoos; Utara; Wakachom and Tabisasu) are on either side of the lagoon entry and have sea views. Beach and Lagoon Villas can accommodate a 3rd person, while Lagoon Utara Villa can accommodate up to 6 pax.
All accommodations have air-conditioning with furniture and fittings built from reclaimed tropical hardwood. Each offers unique features and accommodation options, contact one of our consultants who can best advise you which villa to book depending on your requirements and traveling party.
All the accommodations have:
Air-conditioning and ceiling fan
Private Balinese-style bathroom with hot water shower
A typical dive day at the resort includes 3 boat dives (first one at 8:00 hrs), 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 Fabiacet, Boo, Magic Mountain, Yilliet, and Gorgonian Passage.
Free nitrox is available to all EANx-certified divers!
Misool 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
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.
Misool 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
The quality and imagination behind the food at Misool 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.
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.
Some sample dishes:
- 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.
The nearest re-compression chamber is at the Royal Darwin Hospital, 750 km, 4 hours, from Sorong. Misool insists that scuba divers have their own diving 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 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.