Join This Snorkeler Only Group, Exploring the Heart of the Coral Triangle
April 18 – May 2, 2024
October 4-18, 2024
October 16-27, 2024
We are thrilled to be able to announce more opportunities for you to join a Misool Resort snorkeling trip in Raja Ampat. This 12 or 15 day trip is a once in a lifetime experience. Misool is our favorite snorkeling destination on earth, having visited in February 2020. The sheer volume of fish, sharks, mantas, and healthy reefs was simply incredible.
Located within the famed Coral Triangle in Indonesia, Raja Ampat has the most diverse and healthy reefs in the world. And the crown jewel of the area is the very remote Misool Eco Resort. This private reserve is focused on conservation and sits in the middle of a 500 square mile Marine Protected Area and No Take Zone. Many of the experts we know consider Misool to be the best of the best.
Misool’s reefs are absolutely brimming with life. Thanks to their conservation efforts it is one of the rare places where sea life is not only flourishing, but has increased in health and diversity in recent years. Right off the docks you can see schools of trevally and Bumphead Parrotfish. Green turtles and walking sharks are common.
“There is greater biodiversity — that is to say, a larger number and greater diversity of fish, coral, and mollusks on these reefs than anywhere on earth. A single football field-sized patch of Misool’s reefs has nearly five times the number of coral species as the entire Caribbean Sea.” – Marine biologist Dr Mark Erdmann
Where Are Raja Ampat and Misool?
Raja Ampat, Indonesia is located in the heart of the region known as the Coral Triangle. And Misool Island is in a very remote southern section of Raja Ampat.
For this trip you will fly into Jakarta, where you will meet up with your group and recuperate from your long flight in the Jakarta Airport Hotel. Next your group will catch your flight to Sorong, where you will be transferred by vehicle and then high speed boat to Misool Eco Resort. After 9 or 12 nights there, you will be transferred back to Sorong for one more night there before catching your last flight out to Jakarta.
What Is Misool Like?
This adventure will not lack for snorkeling variety, or time in the water!
Unlimited Beach Snorkeling
Because you are staying at Misool Eco Resort you will have the opportunity to snorkel right from the beaches, to your heart’s content. As you can see in the picture below there is a north lagoon, a south lagoon, and the reef to either side of the dock to snorkel.
We would be happy staying at the resort and only snorkeling the house reefs. They are amazing, both in terms of coral life, and massive volumes of fish life.
You will also have the opportunity to do some guided night snorkeling at the resort.
Many Snorkel Boat Trips Included
18 or 20 snorkel boat sessions are included in this trip. These adventures take your snorkeling only group out to a variety of neighboring shallow reefs and walls that are as spectacular as the house reef.
Rare Opportunity to See Unique Sea Life
In a world of declining reef health, Raja Ampat is proving resilient and lush with life. You will be snorkeling in the epicenter of marine life, in numbers and varieties that are astounding, not only for incredibly abundant fish life, but a huge variety of hard corals and very colorful soft corals.
Manta ray cleaning stations are close by, and always wonderful to see.
Sharks have made a huge recovery in the area thanks to the work of the resort. Daily sightings around reefs are a sure thing. And the resort’s shallow North Lagoon is often visited by immature sharks.
Lush, healthy, vibrantly colored reefs will greet you every time you get in the water.
Beautiful Accommodations and Fantastic Food All Included
Misool Eco Resort was built entirely with reclaimed wood using their own saw mills on site. They offer eight luxurious Water Cottages on stilts, or one of the four larger North Villas in the North Lagoon, or a South Villa situated on or above the gorgeous South Beach.
All rooms have air-conditioning, open air private bathrooms with hot water, and a veranda with lounges or hammocks. The Water Cottages and North Villas have steps into the sea, and some of the South Villas are on the sandy beach.
All food is included, and served at the beach-front restaurant. You can expect Asian and Western cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, local, organic produce and fish line-caught outside their no-take zone. They can accommodate dietary needs and restrictions with advance notice. There are four meals served a day (second breakfast anyone?), plus snacks, and afternoon tea. Alcohol is an extra cost item, and pork is not served.
The resort also has a large two story building, known as the Hive, dedicated to taking care of you before and after you get in the water. The bottom floor is where you keep your wet gear, rinse gear, and shower off. And the upper floor has sprawling areas to relax and socialize.
You may also choose to partake in the resort’s wellness spa treatments at The Lookout or in your own room. They offer massage and beauty treatments that feature their signature products, created every morning in their kitchen.
A Resort Worth Supporting for Their Conservation, Educational and Community Work
The more we learn about Misool Eco Resort and their mission to protect the reefs and the communities in the area, the more impressed and happy we are to support their efforts.
We highly recommend you watch this video for a better sense of the great work Misool is doing.
Trip Details and How to Sign Up
We expect this trip to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
Trip Dates and Prices:
April 18 – May 2, 2024 – South lagoon villas available.
October 4-18, 2024 – South and north lagoon villas and a female water cottage share space available.
14 Nights Trip Price:
From $7850 US per person (Double Occupancy)
Single Supplement – on request
October 16-27, 2024 – One female share water cottage and one female share south lagoon villa available.
11 Nights Trip Price:
From $6975 US per person (Double Occupancy)
Single Supplement – on request
The initial deposit for this trip is $400 US per person. At 12 months before departure there is a $600 US per person interim deposit, and at six months there is another $1000 US per person interim deposit. The final balance will be due 12 weeks before departure. A few payment options are available including debit and credit cards.
- 1 night Jakarta Airport Hotel with breakfast and transfers
- Domestic flights in Economy class with 20kg/44lbs baggage (Jakarta – Sorong – Jakarta)
- 9 or 12 nights accommodation at Misool Eco Resort with full board (all meals) and refreshments
- 1 night Sorong Hotel with breakfast and transfers
- Marine Park Fees – approximately $100 US per person
- Services of local snorkel guides
- Guide from Ben’s team
- 18 or 20 boat snorkeling sessions
- Unlimited house reef snorkeling
- Free local use of kayaks and stand up paddle boards
- Free 15-minute massage after first snorkel
- A series of evening educational lectures in the dive center
- Government tax
- International flights and visas
- Snorkel equipment rental
- Satellite internet (limited bandwidth) in the dive center
- Travel and health insurance
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, laundry and general sundries
- Spa services
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from TropicalSnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all sign ups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben’s team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
More About Ben and Our Partnership
Ben (pictured with Nicole) is our friend and snorkeling trips partner. He and his team are based in the U.K. and have over 20 years of experience guiding in Asia and beyond. He has been running his own business since 2010 and is primarily offering guided snorkeling trips, but he started with diving. He began offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
From our experience going on one of his snorkeling trips we found it very well organized, the guides were fantastic and very helpful, and the underwater experiences were exceptional. Snorkeling groups really get the benefit of all of Ben and his guides’ years of experience in the water, and with different resorts and liveaboards.
All of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. Barring extreme circumstances they do not cancel trips, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.
Learn More About the Resort
Completed Trip Dates
February 27 – March 8, 2023