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Dive Review of Misool Eco Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Misool Eco Resort: "Outstanding Experience", Oct, 2019,

by David Insley, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11216 has 2 Helpful votes.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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View from overlook Dive Center Our Villa Blue spotted stingray Blue starfish
Giant Clam Closed Clown fish Nudibranch Mandarin fish Wobbegong shark
Mobula rays Oceanic Manta Ray

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I recently returned from a couple week dive trip to the magical region of Raja Ampat Indonesia. Raja Ampat is referred to as the seat of the coral triangle. The sights, smells and sounds of the region completely engaged every sense. The warm hospitality and caring of the Indonesian people are genuine and are missed in many locales on the globe today.

Our temporary home for this experience was the Misool Resort on the island of Batbitim. Only fourteen years ago, Batbitim island was the sight of a recently abandoned shark finning camp (note 100 million sharks continue to be killed annually for their fins). Two avid divers along with investors negotiated a lease for Batbitim island with the local governing Indonesian people. The divers educated the locals that prosperity could be improved by protecting the resources above and below the sea. A marine reserve was established that has grown to 1200 sq km. According to studies (and my eyes 😊 ), “the protections have led to a greater diversity of fish, coral, and mollusks on these reefs, than anywhere on earth”. The local Indonesian residents staff the resort and make up the Ranger Patrol that protect the marine reserve.

Our dive experiences at Misool showed that study to be spot on! I saw more variety and numbers of fish, soft and hard coral species and colors than I have ever experienced. I had my first experiences with pygmy seahorses, wobbegong sharks, bump head parrot fish, napoleon wrasse, mandarin fish, leopard sharks and oceanic manta rays to name a few. The majesty of diving with the oceanic mantas kicked my endorphins into over drive!

The resort itself was constructed from previously fallen local hardwoods from Batbitim and surrounding islands. No trees were harvested to create the resort. Our villa was beautifully staged on the beach. It had three sets of double glass doors which we left open to enjoy the ocean breezes and gentle sound of the waves for sleeping. Much of the food is locally sourced and prepared fresh daily. We were fed five times a day.

Misool is staffed and managed by an outstanding group of people! The hospitality and dining staff ensured that every need was timely responded to. The dive center is very well managed and organized. Dive day plans and briefings are strongly communicated. Our dive guide for our stay was Antoe Woong. Antoe has an eagle eye for spotting creatures small and large. His attention to his diver’s individual needs was outstanding! The dive boats are laid out and equipped well and are very efficient for the type of diving done.

I greatly admire the efforts of the folks guiding and operating Misool Resort and the Misool Marine Reserve! The Misool Marine Reserve is a great blueprint for halting and reversing the damage that continues to occur in our oceans.
Websites Misool Eco Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Roatan Honduras, Belize, Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, South Bimini Bahamas, Cayman Brac, Aruba, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Hawaii, Saba, St. Maarten, Utila, Bonaire and Indonesia.
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Long duration flights from the US to Jakarta. Indonesian airline Garuda from Jakarta to Sorong. No delays or issues. Four hour boat ride from Sorong to Misool. Misool constructed its own luxury transport boat. Very comftorable.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive times in order to maintain the daily dive schedule.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera Room in Dive Center. Individual stations that are well equipped with power outlets and lighting.
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