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Dive Review of Misool Eco Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Misool Eco Resort, Oct, 2010,

by Lisa D Vitale, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5736.

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

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No diving deeper than 100 feet for 60 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments There is a nice area inside the dive center with individual stations with pulgs for charging.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 helpful.

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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