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Dive Review of Misool Eco Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa D Vitale, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5736
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Wakatobi, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Galapagos, Honduras, Belize,
Mexico, Caymans, Bahamas, Florida.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No diving deeper than 100 feet for 60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
There is a nice area inside the dive center with individual stations with
pulgs for charging.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
We were picked us up at the airport in Sorong and transported to their
boat, the Mandaran, for the 4 hour journey to the resort.  We hit it with
very calm seas, and the ride was very relaxing.

The resort was amazing!  Absolutely beautiful!! There are 8 cottages, each
with plenty of storage space, an outdoor bathroom, fans, mosquito netting
(which is needed), and a huge veranda with lounge chairs to relax.

The restaurant is open aired; they do a great job with the meals given that
the supplies are 4+ hours away by boat. The staff was very friendly and

They have a nice dive center, gear wash and places to store you wetsuits
between dives. The dive schedule was 8AM, 10:45AM, and 2:15PM, with two
night dives offered during our trip. There is unlimited shore diving on the
house reef. Lauren and Sangut, the dive guides, were very knowledgeable,
and we had a lot of fun with them.  There are 2 boats that go out, they set
up your gear for you, so all you have to do is show up to dive.  Each group
was 6 people, with the main dive guide and there were usually at least two
other dive guides that went along on every dive. One dive it was just two
of us with 3 dive guides!

The diving was spectacular. There huge schools of fish (way more than I
expected) and the corals were very healthy, and the topography was very
interesting. The highlight was the manta dive on Magic Mountain; it was a
spectacular dive site! We hit is right at the end of the wet season and
there had been lots of rain so the visibility was not as good as it could
have been. But it was still an amazing place to dive. Occasionally we did
fight some current, although the dive guides would normally re-adjust the
direction if it was too much.  

The resort has internet, although it was a bit slow, no cell service... but
who wants that when you are in the middle of nowhere?!

I cant say enough about the resort and staff, especially Andy, Thorben,
Marit, Sasha... these were the main people who actually built the resort.
The resort is so well built (all with driftwood) and thought out, and they
are expanding. I was very impressed with the marine protected area that
they established, it is a no take zone and the fact that they have rangers
that patrol the area is very impressive. They take the preservation of the
area very seriously and it is refreshing to see this.

I just wish I had been there for more than 7 days!  It was well worth the
long trip to get there. I highly recommend this resort and the diving!
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