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Dive Review of Misool Eco Resort in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Misool Eco Resort, Mar, 2012,

by Renata Gasperi, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 6814.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Solomons, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments It took almost two days to reach Misool from San Francisco, including a five-hour boat trip from Sorong, but it was definitely worth it. Lovely resort with very attentive staff, well-appointed overwater cottage with direct access to the horseshoe lagoon and the house reef across its entrance. Dozens of dive sites just 10 to 30 minutes by boat from the resort, and the diving is just spectacular.
Wonderful variety of healthy hard and soft corals, an abundance of good-size fish thanks to the vast marine reserve established in the area, lots of sharks and barracudas. Well run dive operation; Calvin and his staff are very accommodating - one night I was the only person who wanted to dive, and a member of the staff promptly took me on a lovely dive to Epaulette City. An epaulette shark appeared on cue, followed by the biggest green turtle I have ever seen. It was a great vacation, so much so that we are returning next March.
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By Duane Silverstein in CA, US at Dec 03, 2012 16:59 EST  
Having visited Misool Ecoresort last month I concur with Renata's comments. I have dived extensively throughout the world and I don't remember ever having a more enjoyable week of diving. Andy Miners is also doing great work in establishing and maintaining a large marine protected area. If one can possibly do so every diver should visit Misool at least once in their lifetime to experience healthy reefs and abundant marine life. Duane S.
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