A TRUE TROPICAL HIDEWAY: MISOOL ECO RESORT
Misool Eco Resort is a true tropical hideaway nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands known as Misool Island Group and located in remote southern RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia. The resort island, Batbitim, is surrounded by 1220 sq km No-Take Zone and 165 km far from the nearest port. You definitely can expect to dive a wide variety of sites during your stay at Misool Eco Resort, which proudly can appeal the category of Eco Resort and Conservative Center.
Misool Eco Resort is an exclusive dive resort with a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1. Because its extremely remote location Misool Eco Resort is able to offer the variety and quality of live-aboard diving combined with all the comforts of a land-based holiday resort. At the present have been explored over 60 dive-sites within a 1-hour radius of the resort, and mapped over 25 world-class dive sites within a 15-minute radius of the resort including Fiabacet, Boo, Yilliet, Wobbegong City and Magic Mountain where you can expect to dive a diverse selection of sites, including a busy manta cleaning station, coral covered walls, reef flats, gentle sea mounts, drift dives, vast hard-coral gardens, placid lagoons, and current-raked pinnacles.
The house reef of Misool Eco Resort is a shore dive, easily accessed at any time from either the end of the jetty, from the dive centre, or the steps leading down from your water cottage and it is particularly well suited to photographers and those who enjoy observing unusual animal behavior. The following are some of “guests” currently hosted by Misool Eco Resort house reef: schools of fusiliers and horse-eyed jacks, shoals of anchovies, large groupers, black tip reef sharks, grey reef shark, mandarin fish, flasher wrasse, innumerable species of nudibranchs and flatworms. The nighthawk Epaulette -new discovering 'walking shark'-, is commonly seen on night dives on the house reef of Misool Eco Resort.
Raja Ampat, located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, is home to the world's richest reefs and dive sites with over 700 species of mollusks and over 1,400 species of fish and boasts the majority of the world's reef-building corals. Being established in a very impressive No-Take Zone -1,220 sq km where all fishing, cyanide fishing, bombing, shark finning, harvesting of turtle eggs and shellfish are prohibited-, Misool Eco Resort, absolutely, can offer untouched reefs festooned with wildly colourful soft corals, expansive hard coral gardens, massive gorgonian sea fans, and rich reef life.
All the infrastructure of Misool Eco Resort was built entirely of reclaimed tropical hardwoods, milled on site with their own portable sawmill. All the accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, sustainability and feature Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars, in-room safes, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.
There are eight rustically luxurious water cottages located in the north lagoon and built on stilts over the water. Every water cottage has an original hammock built right into the veranda just above the sea water. The view from the veranda is framed by a traditional grass roof, offering a high degree of privacy as well as shade. Stairs lead down from your veranda to the North Lagoon.
There are also four deluxe villas for those seeking more space and seclusion. Villa Utara, especially recommend for families or groups of friends, features two en-suite bedrooms, a shared common area with a half bath, a loft, and a massive veranda. This villa is located on the western edge of the North Lagoon.
Villa Tabisasu is perfect for couples who appreciate a bit more space and features an en-suite bedroom and conjoining living area, which faces east and enjoys glorious sunrise views. This villa is located on the eastern edge of the North Lagoon.
Villa Kalanme, particularly recommended for those who enjoy greater privacy and gorgeous white-sand beaches, features three separate en-suite bedroom units, with a shared round-roofed living area and huge outdoor living space. The villa is located on the secluded South Beach and the access is either by water taxi -on call and reachable by radio-, or by a scenic but steep paved path.
Villa Santai and Villa Tenang are two stunning en suite bedroom units are built under the shady coconut palms. The villa is located on the secluded South Beach and the access is either by water taxi -on call and reachable by radio-, or by a scenic but steep paved path.
The restaurant is located on the astounding North Lagoon. The airy, round-roofed structured is tucked under the coconut palms, offering a perfect respite from the mid-day heat. The restaurant's terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a sunset cocktail or a bottle of wine while watching the baby sharks of the lagoon. Misool Eco Resort’s resto offers four meals per day, plus afternoon tea on the terrace, with freshly baked treats like lemon and cardamom biscotti or island-fresh banana fritters with chocolate. They also have a broad a range of Asian and Western cuisine, with a focus on fresh, local, and organic fare and an available selection of wine. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day. Misool Eco Resort is suitable and easily for accommodating vegetarians, vegans, and other dietary needs and restrictions - just let us know in advance when booking-.
Your stay at Misool Eco Resort directly supports our numerous conservation initiatives and provides sustainable employment opportunities to local people, entirely decoupled from the extraction of marine resources, the last one: in 2010, Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers successfully petitioned the Raja Ampat government to declare the Raja Ampat a Shark and Manta Sanctuary.
CRUISING INDONESIA & MISOOL ECO RESORT
Cruising Indonesia, as Misool Eco Resort’s agent is committed to ensuring you a perfect diving holiday. Just contact us and we will arrange everything you need: all the details of your booking, ground services, international & domestic flights, transfers, and more… Just contact us.
TOUR EXTENSION UNDER REQUEST
Package Resort plus Liveaboard
Book in advance your liveaboard diving cruise to be able to visit all the dive spots of Raja Ampat. The Raja Ampat National Park covers more than 40,000 km² of land and sea. The remote dive points of Northern Raja Ampat” Cape Kri, Dampier Strait, Kawe, Aljuy Bay, Wayag can be reached just by a liveaboard trip.
Trekking in Baliem Valley
The Baliem Valley in the highland of Irian Jaya, is the region inhabited by the Dani Tribes and other sub tribes as Yali and Lani. The many different tribes have lived scattered across the highland plateau for 1000 years, they are small agrarian clans, isolated by the harsh terrain and divided by language, custom and tradition. Papuan tribes are all polygamist and conduct rituals for important occasions. The use of "Koteka" a penis gourd, is large extended between them to distinguish their tribal identity. This will be a journey through the time to encounter complex and primitive cultures, that look as come out of "the stone age".
Diving with Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay
Cenderawasih Bay, the latest Whale Sharks Sanctuary discovered in Indonesia, where is possible find the gentle giants at any time of the year for diving, snorkeling, or just swimming with them. In a pioneering expedition of Cruising Indonesia in Cendrawasih Bay we were able to see 12 magnificent specimens of whale sharks swimming all around our group of only 6 divers. Now, all the Indonesian liveaboards are including Cendrawasih National Park as part of its diving destinations.
Bali Villas a Special Sojourn
Coming back from Raja Ampat, it is time for indulging yourself while enjoying the legendary hospitality of Bali, the island of Gods. Do not lose the opportunity to stay in one of the magnificent Villas of Bali! Their rare, refined and stylish details will surprise you as well as our pricing list.
And of course once in Bali, do not miss our favorite “Island of Gods Tour by Cruising Indonesia", a bliss experience.