Location: The remote location of Misool Resort in southern Raja Ampat is a diver’s dream, with 450 square miles of protected waters teeming with tropical marine life.
History: This property was launched in 2005 by a group of divers looking to preserve the environment and provide income to local communities. It established Raja Ampat’s first protected marine area.
Service: Not only can guests staying at Misool enjoy warm Indonesian hospitality from highly-skilled locals, they contribute to the ongoing conservation initiatives, giving back to their host environment.
An exclusive dive resort and conservation center located in the southern portion of Raja Ampat, Misool is set in a remote, extremely biodiverse archipelago. The resort itself works with the local population to preserve the nearby coral reefs, and provides sustainable employment to the inhabitants of the area. Misool comprises eight over-water cottages, set on stilts above the turquoise waters; four North Lahoon Villas, and seven South Beach Villas. All rooms are built from local resources, and feature plush beds, climate control, and sweeping views of the beach, the ocean, or the resort’s private lagoon on the northern side of the island. The resort’s restaurant serves organic, locally-sourced ingredients prepared in a variety of Western and Asian dishes. In addition, Misool possesses a dive center with chartered boats and private guides, as well as a spa offering, among others, aromatherapy and aloe vera treatments. Given its secluded location, access to Misool is via speedboat from Sorong harbor, a scenic, four-to-five hour journey.
The eight Water Cottages, four North Lagoon Villas and seven South Beach Villas are all co nstructed from reclaimed local tropical hardwoods milled on site. These luxurious dwellings pro mote sustainability while providing the utmost in modern comforts and unbeatable water views. The Deluxe Villas are located both on the beach and over the water, offering varying levels of s pace and catering for different sized groups.
This villa is perfect for couples, located on the lagoon, with sunrise views. Featuring a double bedroom and adjoining living room, it’s perfect for couples seeking more space and privacy. It’s equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, games, minibar, safe and romantic four-poster bed.
Villa Tenang located at the end of the South Beach. Featuring a stunning en suit bedroom, open air bathroom and a huge private terrace, enjoy the sea right at your doorstep.
This large overwater villa is perfect for groups of friends or families. It sports a massive wrap-around balcony, beautifully crafted wooden furnishings, open air bathroom, a loft and views of nearby dive sites.
These luxuriously rustic overwater dwellings are located in a lagoon close to the restaurant and dive center. They are traditionally styled with grass roof and wide wooden deck with built-in hammock. Stairs into the lagoon provide direct access to the house reef. All cottages feature handcrafted furniture, Balinese-style open-air bathrooms, minibar and safe.
Built on stilts over the water, the dive center offers a wet area with workstation, a dry area with lounges for relaxation as well as a sunny veranda. Three daily dive cruises are offered to nearby reefs, for all levels of divers. Guided snorkeling tours are also offered.
The house reef is located right in the lagoon and home to a vast array of tropical marine life. It is accessible at 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM daily for SCUBA or snorkeling and houses many species viewable during night dives.
This holistic retreat offers a range of treatments to soothe muscles after diving or simply ease away tensions. The house spa products are mostly made in the property’s kitchen using organic local ingredients, including homegrown coconuts, aloe and banana leaves. Indonesian massage and aromatherapy are two highlighted treatments.
The all-day restaurant at Misool offers fresh seafood taken from outside the protected region. No reef fish or shrimp are offered and menus are provided for vegetarians and vegans. Western and regional dishes are offered, with a focus on fresh local cuisine, with the onsite orchards providing an ever increasing amount of some produce for the kitchen. This open-air venue provides snacks and drinks all day.
Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the North Lagoon from the restaurant's open-air pavilion or extensive deck area. Cuisine is fresh local fare, using organic produce from the property's on site orchards and fish caught from outside the "Not-Take" zone. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available on request.