Misool Eco Resort is a true tropical hideaway south of equator nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands known as Misool Island Group in remote southern Raja Ampat, and where the meaning of diving, snorkeling and pristine nature will never be the same after the experiences of this journey.
Last update: May 8, 2022
MISOOL ECO RESORT
1. WHY MISOOL ECO RESORT
Misool Eco Resort is a truly exclusive dive resort with a maximum capacity of just 40 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 4 to 1, which proudly can appeal the category of Eco Resort and Conservative Center. The resort island, Batbitim, is surrounded by 1220 sq km No-Take Zone and 165 km far from the nearest port. 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.
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 initiative: in 2010, Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers successfully petitioned the local government to declare Raja Ampat as shark and manta sanctuary.
2. ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES
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 8 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 9 deluxe villas for those seeking more space and seclusion. Villa Utara, Wakachom, and Nasnoos are especially recommend for families or groups of friends, features two bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, a shared common area with a half bath, a loft, and a massive veranda. These villas are located on the North Lagoon.
Villa Tabisasu is perfect for couples who appreciate a bit more space and features a bedroom with en-suite bathroom 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, Moro Lain and Waya Biru particularly recommended for those who enjoy greater privacy and gorgeous white-sand beaches, features separate bedroom with en-suite bathroom, with a shared round-roofed living area and huge outdoor living space. These villas are 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 bedroom units with en-suite, 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-.
3. RESORT ACTIVITIES
Misool is famous for its world-class diving, but if you think that is just for divers, think again. The house reef will treat snorkelers to frequent sightings of schooling horse-eyed jacks, hunting octopus, and huge schools of bumphead parrotfish. The North Lagoon is a great place to hob-nob with gentle green turtles feeding on seagrass. You’re also likely to run into baby black tip reef sharks in the shallows.
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. Some of 'guests' currently hosted by our resort's house reef are massive schools of fusiliers and horse-eyed jacks, huge shoals of anchovies, large groupers, black tip reef sharks, grey reef shark, mandarin fish, flasher wrasse, and innumerable species of nudibranchs and flatworms, as well. The nighthawk Epaulette -new discovering 'walking shark'-, is commonly seen on night dives on the house reef of Misool Eco Resort.
On the other hand the dive sites around Misool Eco Resort can offer untouched reefs festooned with massive gorgonian sea fans, wildly colorful soft corals and expansive hard coral gardens, plentiful of rich reef life because is established on a vast No-Take Zone where all fishing, cyanide fishing, bombing, shark finning, harvesting of turtle eggs and shellfish are prohibited.
4. RESORT PACKAGES
Misool Eco Resort offers packages for 7, 9, or 12 night stays. All packages are full board and include: accommodations, four meals per day + afternoon tea time, most non-alcoholic beverages, a series of evening educational lectures in The Hive, Sorong airport transfers and porter service, government tax, subject to change, and accommodations and breakfast in Sorong for one night following your stay at Misool on scheduled transfer dates.
5. HOW TO GET THERE
Misool Eco Resort is located in the archipelago of Raja Ampat in West Papua, divers usually enter this region by Sorong Airport in the Indonesian province of Papua Barat, which is connected by domestic flights to the main international hub of Indonesia: Jakarta, Bali, and Manado. We recommend all guests arrive the evening before the start of your stay at Misool. Our staff will meet you at the Sorong Airport and we'll take you to the harbor, with departure around 09:00. We’ll travel on our private speedboat, Merantau, from Sorong to Batbitim, our resort island. Merantau was custom built for us in 2018 and is equipped with 6 x 250 engines, indoor seating for 45 passengers, outdoor seating both fore and aft, toilet, and all safety equipment. The speedboat transfer is about 4 hours, depending upon sea conditions. We’ll cruise between sheer karst cliffs and innumerable small islands, often escorted by dolphins. About 30 minutes before we arrive at the resort, we’ll cross the border into our No-Take Zone.
Guest travelling to Raja Ampat normally will make an overnight stop. We offer our costumers a complimentary transit night and airport transfers. On request we can arrange your domestic flights in Indonesia. Follow the link practical information: how to get to Raja Ampat.
6. BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Misool Eco Resort is closed due the south monsoon season from middle June until end of August. The optimal conditions for diving are from November to May, being October the top month in Misool. Follow the link practical information: diving season in Raja Ampat.
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