Misool is a small island ecolodge catering for up to 40 guests in individual villas on a very remote part of Raja Ampat near West Papua.
The nearest airport is approximately 160km away in Sorong and a 3hr+ speed boat transfer takes guests to the island. Due to the remoteness and diverse dive options, most guests book for a 9 day stay.
Misool is the umbrella term for Misool, the resort, and its sister organisation, Misool Baseftin Foundation (known by its Indonesian acronym, YMB).
The resort is built on the site of a former shark-finning camp, and is located on a private island. Misool is situated in the Coral Triangle and in the heart of a globally significant marine environment of great biodiversity. Built principally from reclaimed wood, the construction began in 2005 and the resort opened in 2008.
Misool’s stated mission is to safeguard the future of 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.
The individual suites are an eclectic mix of authentic local building techniques and design, and an innovative use of recycled natural products. It is a very beautiful setting and the suites fit in extremely well. They are not luxurious in the traditional sense but their unique attributes and amazing natural setting make for a very high quality experience. The resort employs some 140 local people, with 80 staff at the resort at any one time.
Central to their mission is the belief that sustainable tourism and community-based conservation are mutually beneficial.
The major focus is on daily dives and snorkelling tours to a large number of local dive spots. There is sufficient diversity in locations to cater for different wind and tide conditions, and differing habitat types. Over recent years the resort is finding that more ‘non-diving’ guests are arriving, who are interested in snorkelling and water activities.
The resort is all inclusive and is priced at the premium end of the market. It closes for several months a year during the windy and rainy season. During this time, it is undergoes major maintenance projects that would otherwise be disruptive to guests.