Misool Liveaboard Diving

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Misool Liveaboard Diving

Liveaboard Diving in Misool

What To Expect On A Misool Liveaboard

Misool liveaboards offer divers a chance to dive in the amazingly diverse area of Raja AmpatMisool is one of the four larger islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago and the most southerly. Numerous liveaboard boats operate in the Misool area. The island comprises the main section of land, where the main town of Waigama sits on the northern edge. The town is very small, with only a single-track road and some houses and shops; it is, however, the location of the jetty where most people arrive by boat to the island. To the North and South of Misool, there is also a collection of smaller islets where the island’s only holiday resort is.

Guests aboard liveaboard boats in Misool will notice two distinct groups: the Papuan, who live in the island's center, and the Maluku people, who live on the coast. There is a strong tradition of fishing locally in Misool and a thriving Sago processing industry. Sago, extracted from the stems of tropical palm trees, is a staple food in this and other regions of Papua. Besides tourism, Sago is the biggest industry on the island, making this an interesting liveaboard itinerary.

Misool Underwater

Liveaboard boats in Misool, usually an Indonesian Phinisi (a traditional sailing vessel), will take divers to many fantastic reefs rich in sea life. The excellent visibility can be up to 30 meters or more in some areas, making for an amazing dive tour. The position of Misool and the Raja Ampat islands inside the coral triangle also means that the reefs here are caked with a huge variety of soft and hard coral species.

The color and diversity of corals and reef life are particularly pronounced at Misool. Macro lovers will find pygmy sea horses, ghost pipefish, and nudibranchs all over the coral-covered slopes. Night diving in Misool is understandably spectacular; the reefs are bustling with activity, and fascinating critters can be seen everywhere. 

In addition to reef life, there are plenty of sharks to be seen as well. White and black-tipped reef sharks can often be seen patrolling over the corals or with their tails sticking out from under rocks and caves. There is also a chance in Misool to see the world’s only walking shark, the epaulet shark. The epaulet shark is only found in this region and Australia. It uses its paddle-shaped fins to ‘walk’ from the rock pools where it hunts back into the ocean, and it is the only shark that can do this. Scuba diving in Misool offers something for everyone.

Dives Sites of Misool

The diving at Misool is all about the reefs and coral; the jewel in the island’s crown is the Boo dive site. Various dive cruises are available that visit this site on a Raja Ampat itinerary. Everywhere you look, there is something new on offer; there are soft and hard corals in a rainbow of color, gorgonians, sea whips, and even a few caves and swim-throughs. Reef fish are numerous, as well as crustaceans, which can be seen feeding around the reef.

Diving Fiabacet from a liveaboard offers something special, with reef walls lined with sea fans and a host of nudibranchs. This is the perfect place for some amazing macro shots when the light is right. The islet of Farondi also offers a unique experience, especially for those who enjoy coral-encrusted caves and swim-throughs, and let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy those? The currents in these dive sites are usually quite mild compared to other parts of the archipelago; however, they are still more suited to experienced divers than beginners.

Top Tips for Divers

  • Misool, like most islands, is quite isolated, so be sure to bring spares of anything you can’t live or dive without.
  • The water is quite warm, around 30 degrees, but consider covering your skin when diving near sharp corals and fire urchins.

Getting to Misool

Misool is one of the main islands liveaboards visit, but it is quite far south of the others, including Sorong, where the ferries depart from. The boat service here is irregular compared to the other islands, and chartering a boat is very expensive. The best option for those visiting to dive is a diving liveaboard booked in advance. This removes much of the hassle, and there is no more relaxed way to see the islands.

Indonesian liveaboards come in various shapes and sizes in this area, with the conventional motor vessels seen elsewhere offering comfort and top facilities for diving. The most popular type of liveaboards here, though, are the traditional Indonesian sailing boats. These beautiful sailboats offer a peaceful and traditional experience with everything you need for a smooth diving experience.

Misool Diving Reviews

  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
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  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Velaire E
  • Flag of United StatesUnited States

Amazing - the sites selected had vibrant corals and diverse wildlife, and they organize to ensure only 1 boat is diving at a time.

Diving Misool in April on the Gaya Baru Indah
  • Rating 8.4 out of 10
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Bingnan J
  • Flag of ChinaChina

Millions of glass fish,one cave dive was amazing

Diving Misool in February on the Putri Papua
  • Rating 10.0 out of 10
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Maxime A
  • Flag of FranceFrance

Great coral gardens and manta dive.

Diving Misool in January on the Ilike
  • Rating 9.6 out of 10
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sam T
  • Flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom

The diving in Misool was good, but limited by the visibility

Diving Misool in December on the Jaya

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