Scuba Dive Indonesia
Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago is home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. Many sustainability initiatives have been put forth in the area including the creation of the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary. Many expert divers and photographers have called this region their favorite place in the world due to its crystal clear water and biodiversity. The Misool Eco Resort has been a leading contributing organization in ensuring this beautiful sanctuary can be enjoyed for generations to come.
House Reef: “House Reef is a shore dive, easily accessed at any time from either the end of the jetty, the Dive Centre, or the steps leading down from your Water Cottage accommodation. On a rising tide, jump off the end of the jetty and enjoy an easy drift North through the channel, which is exposed to variable current. Schooling horse-eyed jacks congregate under the pier, joined by massive schools of fusiliers and shoals of passing anchovies. We regularly see large black tip reef sharks patrolling the deeper areas, as well as the occasional grey reef shark.”
Boo Windows: One of the area’s most famous dive sites, named for its unique topography. The site is a small island about 15 minutes from the resort, with 2 swim-through ‘windows’ carved into it. The South West face of this site is quite steep and exposed to current, so you are likely to see patrolling sharks as well as the elusive Wobbegong Shark – be sure to look under the massive table corals! When the currents are right you can swim up to a large pinnacle surrounded by large schools of Batfish.
Misool Eco Resort
Mission Statement: “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, this eco-resort has pledged to safeguard one of 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.
Misool was built entirely of reclaimed tropical hardwoods, milled on site with their portable sawmill. The accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability. All rooms at the resort 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.