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Raja Ampat

Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat

RAJA AMPAT – MISOOL ECO RESORT

$6,250.00

Departing: 10th October 2016

10 nights including flights ex-Denpasar

Let’s Go Diving!!!

Your Misool Eco Resort Underwater Photography Workshop includes:

          • Underwater Photography Workshop
          • Flights ex-Denpasar – Ujung Padang – Sorong return flying Garuda Airlines
          • 1 night accommodation Bali Dynasty (twin share)
          • 2 nights accommodation Sorong Hotel (twin share, breakfast & dinner)
          • 7 nights accommodation Misool Eco Resort (twin share Water Cottage)
          • Up to 28 Dives + unlimited FREE Nitrox (for qualified divers)
          • Tank/weight/air fills included
          • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages (excluding soft drinks)
          • All return airport transfers
          • Perth Scuba Special Edition Tour Shirt

About Raja Ampat

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.Shannon Conway Misool Eco Resort

Raja Ampat’s reefs are home to over 700 species of molluscs 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 Eco Resort. 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 Eco Resort and Shark Savers successfully petitioned the Raja Ampat government to declare Raja Ampat a Shark and Manta Sanctuary.

Accommodation

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

The island and scuba diving sites are surrounded by their own 1220 sq km Marine Protected Area, and inside the 46,000 sq km Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary which Misool Eco Resort helped to create. We are located 165 km  from the nearest port, and the nearest village is 20 km away by boat.

The resort island, Batbitim, is a true tropical hideaway, just south of the equator and fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, Misool Eco Resort offers exclusive diving holidays, surrounded by the world’s richest reefs.

Misool Eco Resort 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 accommodations feature Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars, in-room safes, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.

Our eight rustically luxurious Water Cottages are located in the North Lagoon, just steps from the Dive Centre and restaurant. 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.

For those seeking a bit more space and seclusion, we suggest one of our Villas or Residences:Shannon Conway Misool Eco Resort

Utara Residence, also built on stilts on the western edge of the North Lagoon, overlooks the House Reef and the spectacular dive sites of Fiabacet beyond. 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 friends.

Villa Kalanme is located on the secluded South Beach. This Villa, named after one of our island’s most important spirits, is a complex of three separate en suite bedroom units, with a shared round-roofed living area and huge outdoor living space. This Villa is particularly well-suited to those who enjoy greater privacy and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Access to this Villa is either by water taxi (on call and reachable by radio), or by a scenic but steep paved path.

Villa Santai and Villa Tenang, our newest Villas, are located at the far end of the South Beach. Two stunning en suite bedroom units are built under the shady coconut palms, with expansive views over the Southern horizon from the huge terraces. Access to Villa Santai and Villa Tenang is either by water taxi (on call and reachable by radio), or by a scenic but steep paved path.

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.

Scuba Diving

 

Misool Eco Resort’s 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 and laptops, 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 4 dive boats moor up.

 

We generally 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 usually 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. Our package includes free Nitrox to qualified divers.

 

Thanks to Misool’s extremely remote location, they are able to offer the variety and quality of live-aboard diving combined with all the comforts of a land-based holiday resort. We have explored over 60 dive-sites within a 1-hour radius of the resort, and there are many more waiting to be explored. We are pleased to offer over 25 world-class dive sites within a 15-minute radius of the resort, including Fiabacet, Boo, Yilliet, Wobbegong City, and Magic Mountain.

 

The 3D underwater footage of the recent IMAX film ‘Journey to the South Pacific‘ was filmed on Misool Eco Resort’s incredible dive sites.

 

You can expect to dive a diverse selection of sites, including a busy manta cleaning station, coral covered walls, reef flats, swim throughs, gentle sea mounts, drift dives, vast hard-coral gardens, placid lagoons, and current-raked pinnacles. Visibility is variable but generally 25+ meters, with temperatures around 26-28 degrees Celsius.

 

All of our dive sites are protected by our own 1,220 sq km Marine Protected Area and a 828 sq km No-Take Zone. and That means that an area twice the of Singapore is a dedicated conservation area, and free from all fishing. Here are just a few of our most famous sites:

 

Nudi Rock: a small island in the Fiabacet chain, which looks an awful lot like a nudibranch from a distance. Just a quick 5-minute speed boat ride from the jetty, this site is a must for critter enthusiasts and macro photographers. True to its name, you’ll find a wide range of flamboyant nudibranchs lurking among the abundant soft corals. The sea fans are well populated with pygmy seahorses and cowries. Be sure to inspect the abundant crinoids for their colour-coordinated arrowhead shrimp and cling fish. When currents allow, this site is also popular for its pinnacles crowded with larger pelagics like Barracuda, Big Eyed Travelly, and the odd mature Grey Reef Shark. The sloping shallows of Nudi Rock are stunning for wide angle shots with exquisite colours and hard coral gardens.

 

Magic Mountain: This sea mount is located about 20 minutes from the resort, and is a busy Manta ray cleaning station. The submerged pinnacle reaches up to about 7 meters, and you have a very good chance of seeing not one by TWO species of manta rays here – both the giant Oceanic birostris as well as the smaller reef manta, alfredi. Magic Mountain is also a nursery for White Tip Reef Sharks and a love nest for Napoleon Wrasse. Because this site is completely exposed to oceanic currents, you can expect to see large schools of pelagics in the blue.

 

Yillet: The huge island of Yillet stretches east to west about 15 minutes north of our resort island. This island used to be home to an itinerant shark finning camp, and we are pleased by the stunning resurgence of life on its surrounding reefs, including sharks. One of Yillet’s tiny satellite islands is particularly rich and topographically weird. The tiny island has been undercut by untold millenia of wave action, forming an umbrella over a sloping underwater plateau with numerous spooky overhangs and cavelets. Diving with a torch is highly recommended for this site – you’ll want to illuminate the dark corners of this site to see all the critters, as well as the wild colours. Barramundi cod and Hawksbill Turtles frequent this site. We also suggest you keep a sharp eye on the blue, as huge schools of barracuda hover in formation.

 

Boo Windows: One of our 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, we’ll move off towards a large pinnacle in the blue. The pinnacle is often surrounded by pulsating schools of fusiliers and gangs of plate-sized Batfish. Heading back towards the Windows, notice how the sunlight filters through – it’s like nothing else on earth! We’ll follow the plateau of hard plate corals and look for Sweetlips hiding underneath. Be sure to investigate the huge Barrel Sponges – their crevices often conceal Hairy Squat Lobsters.

Book Now!

A completed booking form and a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure date. All prices are subject to change until paid in full. A periodic payment plan will be in place for this trip.

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