Raja Ampat 2021
The heart of the Coral triangle
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small isles, cays and shoals surrounding the 4 main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
The marine life diversity in West Papua is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the coral triangle of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. It is quite simply the best in the world.
Raja Ampat is deemed a
species factory for marine life, with scientists proclaiming the bountiful reefs the baseline against which all reefs on Earth should be measured. These are the world’s richest reefs, home to 75% of all known coral species, 1459 species of reef fish and counting. Continuously discovering new species,including sharks, shrimp and reef building coral, scientists confirm this region as the Earth’s richest seascape. Conservation is active in Marine Protected Areas throughout Raja Ampat.
Misool Eco Resort is an exclusive dive resort and conservation center located in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The private resort island is nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, in the very epicenter of marine biodiversity.
The island and scuba diving sites are surrounded by their own 1220 sq km (465 sq mi/300,000 acre) Marine Protected Area, and inside the 46,000 sq km Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary which they helped to create. They are located 165 km (105 miles) from the nearest port, and the nearest village is 20 km away by boat.
Misool Eco Resort was built entirely of reclaimed tropical hardwoods, milled on site with our own portable sawmill. Their accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability. All of their accommodations feature Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars, in-room safes, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.
The eight rustically luxurious Water Cottages are located in the North Lagoon, just steps from the Dive Center 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.
RAJA AMPAT DIVE LODGE: If you want to make that flight worthwhile then begin your trip with an add-on to Raja Ampat Dive Lodge. This lodge is located in the Northern part of Raja Ampat and offers us a completely different view from Misool. The waters of Raja Ampat are highly rich in nutrients, and the Dampier Strait is especially nutrient-rich due its fast moving currents. Nutrient rich water, and fast moving currents make the perfect environment for an abundance of marine life, including migrating mammals and pelagic species. The majority of the dive sites will have current in varying degrees, from mild through to very strong, depending on the tides and moon. This makes for some great fish life swirling overhead as you drift down a reef. Our last trip here we had Wobbegong Sharks on almost every dive and at one dive site we had 4! This destination is quite different from Misool so the 2 trips together make a perfect combo.
You have your choice to do either trip or do them both for the best of Raja Ampat!
Raja Ampat Dive Lodge February 12-20, 2021-5 SPOTS AVAILABLE
Misool Eco Resort February 21 – March 6, 2021-2 SPOTS!
Misool & RADL trip flyer Misool & RADL contract
- Beautiful Reef
- Soft Corals
- Diver with corals
- View from Resturant
- View from dive center