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Misool

Raja Ampat

Misool is an exclusive dive resort and conservation centre located in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Our private resort island is nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, in the very epicentre of marine biodiversity.

Our resort island is fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 40 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, Misool offers exclusive adventure holidays and transformative experiences in pristine nature.

Accommodation

Misool was built entirely of reclaimed tropical hardwoods, milled on site with our own portable sawmill. Our accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability. All of our rooms feature Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars stocked with treats from around the archipelago, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.

Our eight rustically luxurious Water Cottages are built on stilts over the North Lagoon, just steps from the Dive Centre and restaurant. In the same area, we offer four slightly larger North Lagoon Villas.

On a powder-white beach, you'll find seven South Beach Villas overlooking a blue water swimming hole. This beach is reached by a short but steep walk over the hill. Alternatively, a Water Taxi is reachable by radio and available at all times except very low tide.

Accommodation Map - Misool in Raja Ampat

Water Cottages

The Water Cottages are built on stilts over the water. For lazy afternoons with a good book, there is a hammock built right into the veranda. The view from your veranda is framed by a traditional grass roof, offering a high degree of privacy as well as shade. Stairs lead down from your veranda to the North Lagoon, and the House Reef is just a few fin kicks away.

Water Cottages - Misool in Raja AmpatWater Cottages - Misool in Raja Ampat

North Lagoon: Villa Utara

Villa Utara overlooks the House Reef and the spectacular dive sites of Fiabacet beyond. Steps down into the sea give easy access to the House Reef. This Villa features two en-suite bedrooms, a shared common area with a half bath, a loft, and a massive veranda. We especially recommend this Villa for families or groups of 4-6 friends. Private dinners can be arranged on your veranda.

Villa Utara - Misool in Raja AmpatVilla Utara - Misool in Raja Ampat

North Lagoon: Villa Nasnoos and Villa Wakachom

Villa Nasnoos and Villa Wakachom are built on stilts over the House Reef. These two neighbouring Villas feature a hammock built into the verandas. This is the ideal spot for early evening shark-gazing while the sun goes down. Villas Nasnoos and Wakachom each feature a master bedroom and an indoor living area with sofa. The sofa can be converted into another twin or double bed, and there is a partition to add privacy to the master bedroom. These Villas also have lounge seating sunken into the veranda as well as steps down into the sea. Perfect for 2-3 guests.

North Lagoon: Villa Tabisasu

Villa Tabisasu is located on the eastern edge of the North Lagoon. This Villa, named after the local word for 'orchid,' features an en-suite bedroom and conjoining living area. The outdoor living-area face east and enjoys glorious sunrise views, all your own. This Villa is perfect for couples who appreciate a bit more space.

Villa Tabisasu - Misool in Raja AmpatVilla Tabisasu - Misool in Raja Ampat

South Beach: Villa Kalanme

Named after one of our island's most important spirits, Villa Kalanme is a complex of three separate en suite bedroom units, with a shared octagonal-shaped lounge area and huge outdoor living space. This Villa is particularly well-suited to those who enjoy greater privacy and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Private dinners may be arranged in the shared lounge area. Recommended for groups of 4-6 guests and families with small children.

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South Beach: Villa Santai and Villa Tenang

Villa Santai and Villa Tenang are located at the far end of the South Beach. These two stunning en suite bedroom villas are built under the shady coconut palms, with expansive views over the Southern horizon from their huge terraces. Outdoor showers are the perfect place to admire cockatoos and hornbills flying overhead.

Villa Santai - Misool in Raja AmpatVilla Santai - Misool in Raja Ampat

South Beach: Villa Moro Laiyn

Named after the Misool language word for 'South Breeze,' this Villa has a decidedly tree house feel to it. Like it's neighbor Waya Biru, this Villa is surrounded by trees and jungle sound. From the octagonal-shaped bedroom, you'll be able to see baby sharks cruising along in the shallows of the South Beach. This Villa also features an extra octagonal shaped 'pod.'

South Beach: Villa Waya Biru

Villa Waya Biru is tucked into the jungle under a wild almond tree, this Villa features unrivalled views over the far southern horizon, with the powder-white South Beach just a stone's through away. This octagonal shaped room has a separate 'pod,' which you may like to use for meditation, yoga, writing, spa treatments, or simply snoozing. The bathroom is built into the surrounding rocks, with a view from the shower that cannot be beat. Hence the name Waya Biru, which means 'Blue Water' in the Misool tribal language.

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Dive Center

Misool Dive Centre is located in the North Lagoon, built on stilts overlooking the turquoise water. The Dive Centre is spacious and airy, and well-suited to professional photographers and videographers. The 50 sq meter wet area is equipped with a massive work station, perfect for setting up cameras, charging torches, etc. The adjacent dry area is furnished with comfortable lounge chairs, a small library, and a monitor for reviewing the day's images. There is also a sunny 120 sq meter veranda just outside, perfect for warming up between dives. Access to the water from the Dive Centre is either from stairs leading directly down into the North Lagoon, or by way of the jetty, where our dive boats moor up.

We schedule 3 guided boat dives per day, as well as either a dusk dive or a night dive. Because our dive sites are so close, we typically come back to the resort for the surface interval after each dive. We are very flexible, and are happy to tailor our dives to your needs - just let our dive guides know what you're interested in seeing, and we'll do our best to accommodate you. We offer a variety of different dive packages, and all include free Nitrox for qualified divers. If you're planning on diving with children, please enquire about safety considerations for divers below the age of 15 years.

We'll need to know well in advance if you'd like to book a course, hire equipment, or engage the services of a private guide. Please be advised that due to our extremely remote location and distance from the nearest recompression chamber, we dive very conservatively. Safety is our priority, so we don't allow deco diving, solo dives, or dives deeper than 30 meters.

Dive Center - Misool in Raja Ampat
Dive Center - Misool in Raja AmpatDive Center - Misool in Raja Ampat

Diving

Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is home to the world's richest reefs and dive sites. Located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the region sprawls over 4.6 million hectares (17,000 sq miles) and boasts the majority of the world's reef-building corals. In an area the size of two football fields, scientists discovered more than six times as many coral species as live in the entire Caribbean Sea.

Raja Ampat's reefs are home to over 700 species of mollusks and over 1,400 species of fish. Counted among those is the newly discovered 'walking' epaulette shark, commonly seen on night dives on our House Reef.

You can expect to dive a wide variety of sites during your stay at Misool. Our corner of southern Raja Ampat is particularly famous for its untouched reefs festooned with wildly colourful soft corals, expansive hard coral gardens, massive gorgonian sea fans, and rich reef life.

Our resort island is surrounded by a 1,220 sq km (465 sq mi/300,000 acre) Marine Protected Area, which we established in 2005 and expanded in 2010. Our island and our dive sites are protected by a 828 skq km No-Take Zone (NTZ). Inside this NTZ, all fishing, cyanide fishing, bombing, shark finning, harvesting of turtle eggs and shellfish are prohibited. This means that our area's astounding marine biodiversity will only continue to grow, safeguarding it for generations to come. In 2010, Misool and Shark Savers successfully petitioned the Raja Ampat government to declare the Raja Ampat a Shark and Manta Sanctuary.

Our Mission

We seek to provide exceptional and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment, for our guests as well as our staff. We aim to protect and revitalise both our natural surroundings and the community in which we operate.

In partnership with Misool Foundation, our joint mission is to safeguard the the most biodiverse reefs on Earth through the empowerment of local communities, providing a structure by which they are able to reclaim their traditional tenureship of reefs.

At the core of our operation is the belief that sustainable tourism and community-based conservation are mutually beneficial. We seek to demonstrate to our local hosts, government, guests, and ourselves that sustainable tourism can provide a better life than logging, mining, or overfishing.

Learn more about our mission and how you can support it by visiting Misool Foundation's website.