Misool is like a small paradise plot with stunning beaches and marine parks. Spanning a series of coral islands to the west and east, Misool is one of the four largest islands in the Raja Ampat Archipelago, West Papua Province. Misool is directly adjacent to the Seram Sea and the high seas which become the passage for large animals including whales. You can enjoy all the beauty of Misool Island without having to share it with many people. In fact, the scattered islands are mostly uninhabited.
The existence of an underwater paradise in Misool can be identified even before you plunge into the clear turquoise colored sea water which is very soothing to the eyes. The charming panorama of this remote island that is almost untouched includes a wide expanse of open sea and very clear, white sand stretching along the coast and surrounded by tropical forest trees and beautiful green mangroves. This refreshing sight will definitely captivate anyone who sees it, especially with what is hidden under the sea waters.
As it is known that the Raja Ampat Islands are included in the world’s coral triangle area where the underwater garden stores approximately 75% of ornamental fish species and coral triangles in the world. There are a number of dive points that offer a spectacular experience exploring the world’s richest underwater paradise. Various types of fish, coral reefs, sharks, turtles, rays, and other marine life inhabit the underwater paradise of Misool Island. Therefore, snorkeling, diving, swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing on the quiet beach will give an exclusive impression and become a memorable vacation experience.
On Misool Island there are many marine tourism activities that you can do. Snorkeling and diving is certainly the main thing and should not be missed when setting foot in an area that is internationally renowned as the best underwater paradise as well as a rare natural phenomenon. The clear sea water allows you to see the beauty of the underwater world even from the boat. Visibility when diving in this clear water even reaches 25 meters.
There are many dive points that hold the charm of beauty and variety in Misool. It will take a lot of time to try out the myriad dive points in this area, so you will most likely be busy exploring the pristine and rich depths of Misool Island.
The best diving season on Misool Island is almost all year round. However, keep in mind that during the rainy season, diving activities may be a little disturbed. Visits at different times allow you to get a better experience while diving into Misool Island.
Boat trips is another fun thing that will invite you to witness the exoticism of this archipelago that is almost untouched by damage and pollution. Scuba Diving or kayaking is a water sport of choice while on the island. In addition, of course swimming, sunbathing, or just sitting on the beach and spending time can also be fun activities. Accommodation to support this activity can be found and rented at resorts around Misool Island.
There are several villages around Misool Island which are also interesting to visit. A visit to small villages with a small population will certainly provide experience and knowledge about local culture, customs, customs, and others that are interesting to observe. Exploring the mangrove forest and watching birds and other animals is another choice of activities to fill your vacation.
Another favorite place that you can visit is the presence of paintings in the form of human hands, fish, and others called petroglyphs. The beautiful red dominant painting is estimated to be around 5,000 years old. The location of the discovery is somewhat hidden in a labyrinth formed from a number of lagoons and karst rocks. This place is very beautiful, no wonder it becomes a special place marked by the presence of the petroglyph itself.
Tourism to Raja Ampat is touted as an expensive tour because the tariffs and prices of goods and services in this area are indeed higher when compared to other regions in Indonesia. Therefore, to save costs, traveling in groups is a wise choice and certainly more fun. Boat rentals and lodging are some of the expenses that can be shared with others to make it lighter.
The best diving season can be said almost any time. It’s just that during the rainy season is certainly not good. Misool Eco Resort is closed from tourist activities during mid-June to mid-September due to windy weather conditions.
The rest, a visit to Misool Island in certain months will offer a different experience. In mid-November for example, visibility under the sea can reach more than 25 meters. February and March also promise the same view and clear water. Of course it is very good to witness the spectacular underwater beauty of Misool Island. The natural beauty of the Misool sea, which is equated with its paradise-like beauty, is certainly one of Indonesia’s most important and valuable biological resources. Participate in maintaining its sustainability and cleanliness by not littering or taking other actions that lead to the destruction of the environment and its ecosystem.
To reach Misool Island, you can schedule a flight to Domne Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong. After that, to explore Misool Island you can choose to join a tour using a phinisi boat. As an archipelago, the main means of transportation in this area is sea transportation. The ship is certainly your vehicle to get around and explore and explore the beauty of Misool Island. There are tour packages where the boat can also be a vehicle as well as a place to stay to explore being in a small paradise with spectacular beach and underwater views.
If you stay at resorts such as Papua Diving and Misool Eco Resort, usually they will provide a pick-up service from the airport in Sorong in the form of a private speedboat.
Not only the wealth and natural beauty, Misool Island also has a diversity of cultures and customs from the local community. Historical relics in the form of paintings on cave walls can also be found in this area.
A visit to Misool Island in certain months will offer a different experience. In mid-November for example, visibility under the sea can reach more than 25 meters.
February and March also promise the same view and clear water. Of course it is very good to witness the spectacular underwater beauty of Misool Island.
Participate in maintaining its sustainability and cleanliness by not littering or taking other actions that lead to the destruction of the environment and its ecosystem.
There are a number of accommodations and facilities that are quite complete on Misool Island, ranging from jasmine class inns, homestays in people’s homes, to staying at super luxurious and exclusive resorts that hold management rights over an uninhabited and (impressed) private island.
Misool Eco Resort (Exclusive Lodging)
The most prominent and iconic of Misool Island with an area of approximately 2,034 km² is the existence of Misool Eco Resort. This place is one of the resorts that holds the right to manage the tourism business in Raja Ampat. Not only running ecotourism, Misool Eco Resort also runs a conservation program that is highly committed to its sustainability and utilization as an ecotourism area. This resort limits its guests to only 32 people.
Misool Eco Resort is managed by Andrew Miners together with his wife, Marit, and a number of core staff consisting of local residents and foreigners who are highly committed to protecting and revitalizing not only the environment but also the surrounding community. In running the ecotourism business on Misool Island, apart from building supporting infrastructure and international-class accommodation for the convenience of tourists, Misool Eco Resort also implements the concept of nature conservation in various ways and in various fields. Among them is establishing a No-Take zone area of 1220 km² from fishing activities, let alone using dangerous tools and other activities that are considered to threaten the environmental ecosystem.
Misool Eco Resort is closed from tourist activities during mid-June to mid-September due to windy weather conditions.