Explore some of the richest and most diverse marine habitats on the planet with a stay at Misool Resort in Raja Ampat. Located on an idyllic island in the far fringes of Indonesia, Misool is a paradise brimming with pristine coral reefs and more exotic marine life that you possibly count on a single trip. The resort is exceptionally comfortable and given its remote location you can relax and dive in absolute peace.
Expect healthy colorful reefs teeming with fish large and small, turtles, reef sharks, and a variety of smaller critters. We will also dive around manta cleaning stations looking for these gentle giants. Misool is one of the few places in the world where you can encounter both species of manta ray on a single dive.
Raja Ampat is the pinnacle of marine life diversity. At its most recent count in 2011, the region of Raja Ampat was recognized to contain 1427 reef fishes, over 600 coral species (75% of the world’s coral species can be found here), not to mention the pelagic life that is abundant in the area.
Because of the amazing conservation efforts taken on by the resort, Misool in particular has had a massive surge in the marine life’s population and you can witness it on the doorsteps of the resort with their naturally occurring blacktip reef shark nursery.
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One of the world’s most remote dive resorts – Misool Resort is neatly located on its own private island. The Water Cottages and villas on the North side of the lagoon rise on stilts over a tranquil lagoon, shaded by limestone cliffs – each one with a set of steps that lead you into the water and the house reef which is just a few fin strokes away.
The restaurant located on the north lagoon and is set back from a white sand beach and serves up a variety of western and Indonesian treats throughout the day. Just in front of the restaurant is a blacktip reef shark nursery and sea turtle feeding ground, so as you eat you can watch turtles munch away at the shallow seagrass while sharks pass just beneath where you’re sat.
The villas on the south side of the lagoon are set on a sandy beach (and a couple nestled in the trees). At the end of a day’s diving you can kick back in a built-in hammock for sunsets and stargazing.
Misool Resort Dive Boat
Spacious fiberglass speedboats with enough room to easily store dive gear and camera equipment. The boats do not have a toilet on board but do offer a full canopy for sun protection and a ladder to help exit the water. Distances from the resort average five to twenty-five minutes.