Misool Explorer

10 Days – 9 Nights, from USD $3640

Misool Explorer

10 Days – 9 Nights, from USD $3640

Discover our Misool Explorer trips

Our Misool Explorer trip is the perfect way to unwind after a hectic Christmas and new year. Mainly concentrating on the middle section of the world’s finest archipelago, this area is in abundance of marine life such as Mantas to Macro subjects. One of our stops, Pulau Arborek, offers the chance to meet the locals in their beautiful little island village, whilst also providing stunning night dives underneath their jetty with Boris, the resident Wobbegong.

We also visit such world-renowned sites as Manta Sandy, and Blue Magic to name a few. The beauty of this charter is, you can dive as much or as little as you like, taking it at your own pace. We also like to end this trip watching the sunset with a beach barbecue, or you can drop in for one final night dive.

Misool Explorer

10 Days / 9 Nights

Trip highlights*:
Please click on the map pins for more detailed info

  • 5 Days around Misool
  • Jef Pele (schooling pelagics)
  • Kofiau (Macro & Mantas)
  • Daram (Soft coral gardens)
  • Penemu (Melissas’ Garden and trekking)
  • Mansuar (Manta ridge / manta sandy)
  • Dampier (Mantas & Pelagics)
  • Cape Kri (World class drift)

*Trip itinerary can be subject to changed in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances

Departs / Returns: Sorong/Waisai/Sorong

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Misool Explorer Favourite Dive Sites

Here is a small selection of the most popular and well known dive sites that we like to visit in the Raja Ampat area.

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain is one of the sites that just simply can not be missed in the south. The reef is submerged in the blue and must be found via GPS. When you drop down the first stage is a round flat reef at 8m. This first section has several large bommies that are a manta cleaning station.

Razorback Ridge

This is another nice easy dive, that if the current is right can also be used to check your skills after a while off diving. A nice wall with some folding overhangs give this site plenty of potential for both macro life as well as the bigger schooling fish.

Four Kings

Four pinnacles make up the four kings at this site. Another one of the south of Raja Ampat amazing submerged pinnacle dives, with scenery that will take your breath away. This site can be dived from any direction to take in all 4 pinacles.

Whale Rock

This site is a long sloping wall, with a few impressive bommies along it. Be sure to look under the bommies and ledges for the hiding tasseled wobbygong sharks and endemic Raja Ampat walking sharks.

Melissas’ Garden

This dive site is the highlight of the Penemu area. A vast garden of plate coral beyond belief, covered in swarms of colourful fish. This site has a nice slope on one side of the rock protruding from the ocean, often with patrolling black tip reef sharks.

Cape Kri

Cape Kri – OMG. this site has the highest recorded fish count out of any reef in Raja Ampat. Schooling trevally, surgeons, fusiliers, emperors, and snappers absolutely surround you on this site. This is one of those dives that captivates you from the very beginning and leaves you astonished by the end.

Blue Magic

Blue magic is another of the signature Raja Ampat dive sites. This dive site always holds a special place in our hearts for us here at La Galigo, as this was the first dive site in Raja Ampat that we dived together as a company back in 2015.

Andiamo

The Andiamo dive site is one of the highlights of the Raja Ampat region and will be particularly interesting for macro photography lovers. At this site, divers can find an amazing array of small marine creatures that hide among the colorful soft corals, big gorgonians, and hard black corals. The beautiful underwater landscape at this site features steep coral-covered walls, some interesting overhangs, and underwater passages that are worth exploring.

Citrus Ridge

We drop into Citrus Ridge on the north east corner of Yanggefo island. The site is dived from west to east keeping the reef on the right hand side. As soon as you are in the water you will see that this reef is absolutely exploding with colour. Bright purple and orange soft corals dominate this site along its gentle slopes.

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Misool Explorer

10 Days / 9 Nights

DAY 1: Sorong

We will collect you from the airport or your hotel between 7am – 8am on the day of departure. From the collection point we will head to the harbor where we will transfer to La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a safety briefing of our ship, we will aim to anchor up around 10:30am from the harbour. Once finished we will grab a small lunch before getting in the water for your check out dive. After the dive we will anchor up and head straight to the southern part of Raja Ampat, which is Misool.

DAY 2: Goa Farondi Region, Misool

After the long haul south we will arrive in Misool for a 2/3 dive day. The dives generally consist of a light cave dive, named Goa Farondi, where there is a chance to do some swim throughs and maybe meet the bumphead parrot fish population, and 3 Rocks, a collection of submerged pinnacles home to Barracuda and Trevallies. The afternoon we take in the site No Contest, a ridge that is home to an abundance of marine life, soft corls and overhangs. The evening dive can be taken at many sites located in the vicinity of No Contest, including pet rock, Plateau, and Love Potion.

DAY 3: Jamur Boo Region, Misool

The diving in this part of Misool is filled with the pristine coral life in the heart of Misool and Giant Pacific Manta Rays, close to the Eco Resort. Whale rock and Nudi Rock are both abundant in beautiful soft coral and schools of fish, and conditions and logistics with Misool Eco Resort will decide which of the sites are dived. Magic mountain is located in the unprotected southern waters of Misool, but you can often find huge Manta Rays gliding across this fast-becoming-favourite dive site of ours. The afternoon dive is at the dive site Boo Windows, unique in topography, the reef has window like swim throughs, and a great chance for some wide angle photos. Yellit kecil is the night dive around here that is not to be missed, with excellent sea fan growth and stunning bommies to explore.

Day 4: Central Misool

This is the last full day we spend in Misool, and the morning is spent on an isolated interlinking submerged reef system known as the Three Kings. Difficult to locate without GPS, this site is as awesome in topography as it is in fish life. Giant Travelly, Napoleon Wrasse, and large Snapper are all often found here. Up next is Barracuda, a dive site which might be better known as Trevally, with its larghe schools of predatory pelagic species. Dive three of the day is taken at Wedding Cake, so named for its tiered topography, which is home to some of Misool’s Pygmy
Seahorse community. Wedding cake makes for an awesome, calm night dive also, and a chance to see species using the reef at night for protection from the local Trevally residents.

Day 5: The Peles

The two morning dives start with one of the owners favourite sites, Kaleidoscope. A ridge which on one side has abeaustiful slope where you can find Harlequin pipe fish, and a wall the other, frequented by Tuna and other large peleagic species. The other dive around the island of Jef Pele will be at Toblerone, where a large shallow tunnel bisects the small island which is surrounded by hard corals. In the afternoon we take you to Peles playground, which when the current is running, is mobbed with fish, and Mobula Rays and mantas have been seen here frequently. Night diving here will be an exploratory dive on one of the many as-yet-unnamed reefs around the island.

Day 6; Nampele

The islands of Nampele are not very heavily explored by any of the liveaboards or operators in Raja Ampat, but are well known for their mangroves and oddities of fish species. In the past, a crocodile population has been apparent in the area, but these animals numbers were culled in 2015. We will spend the daytime exploring the labyrinth of mangroves that split these islands, and the islands surrounding the north of the large island of Misool itself.

Day 7: Kofiau

Another island not regularly frequented by liveaboards in the area, Kofiau has a reputation for a vast variety of life, from large species such as Mantas and Barracuda to critters such as emperor shrimp and ribbon eels. On the site located at Deer Island, you may also spot Mandarinfish, or a Wunderpuss underneath the jetty of the ranger station. On Gladden Spit, schools of Barracuda can be found as well as Marabar Grouper.

DAY 8: Penemu

Whilst in Penemu we will conduct 3 dives, allowing us time to trek the outlook of Bintang lagoon. Dive sites visited will depend on the conditions but we never miss a chance to dive the site made famous by Max Ammer, who named Melissa’s garden on behalf of his daughter. The large colourful reef system at the top of the dive site, with its thousands of Anthias dodging predatory species is what gives the site its garden reference.. There is also and an opportunity to dive Kerou channel, which is located close to Leo’s reef, a fish breeding farm funded by Hollywood legend, Leonardo DiCaprio.

DAY 9: Eastern Dampier Strait

On the penultimate day of the trip, we start the day by diving the world renowned Cape Kri, with it’s huge schools of fish life on
its current ravaged slopes. The final dive of the trip will be at Blue Magic, for a chance to hang out with the Manta Rays and the Wobbegong sharks that call this place home. The afternoon can be spent snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach whilst we prepare a beach BBQ, before setting course for Sorong around 10am.

Day 10: Disembark

La Galigo at Sorong From around 05:00am La Galigo will be anchored in Sorong in preparation for you to catch your flight, or check in to your hotel. Guests are welcome to stay onboard until 11:00am, whereupon we will assist you with transportation to your desired location.
*La Galigo does not guarantee this outlined itinerary, and it is to beconsidered as a rough guideline. Information compiled here is based on past trips we have conducted, and includes common dive sites and routes we often visit. Weather and sea conditions in the area can be unpredictable, and La Galigo retain the right to alter an itinerary from advise of the ship’s captain, cruise director, or owner for the safety of the vessel, it’s passenger and crew.

Includes

All meals, non packaged snacks, coffee and tea, and post dive refreshments.

Diving services including tanks, weights, smb rental, reef hook rental, air fills (non nitrox), guides and dive tenders.

Hotel or Airport transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo on the first and final day of your cruise, from a local hotel in Sorong / Labuan Bajo.

Land excursions

Ferry transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo to La Galigo on the first and final day of your cruise

Excludes

Airport to hotel transfers
Flight tickets
Visas and fees
Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
Travel, dive and repatriation insurance
Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, spirits
Soft Drinks and packaged snacks
Staff gratuities (preferred in local currency)
La Galigo Merchandise
Book now, pay later:You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.
Raja Ampat / Komodo tags or other marine protected area tags or anchorage charges.
Port, Ranger and Marine Park fees.
We charge the following additional fees to cover Indonesian national marine park fees, local area access fees, harbour fees, anchorage fees, and land based activities that require donations.
• Raja Ampat: $180 per person per trip.
• Komodo: $150 per person, per trip.
• Wakatobi: $30 per person per day.Raja Ampat national park tags are valid for 1 year, you will receive your tag onboard the vessel. If you still have a valid tag, please contact us directly for a discounted price for this fee. (This is only available when booking direct with La Galigo). You will be required to bring your old tag along to show to the authorities when they board the vessel. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $5000 as dictated by the port authorities.La Galigo will organise all park fees for its customers, which are payable in local currency onboard the vessel.

Rentals

We recommend that for comfort you bring your own personal dive equipment, including exposure suit (wetsuit/ rash guard), mask, snorkel, regulators and gauges, BCD, dive computer, safety markers, torch, and fins. Dive equipment is available to rent if you require, please make La Galigo aware at least 60 days prior to departure on the ‘Guest data sheet’ if you require rental.

Full equipment rental per day:
• $35, includes BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Torch, Computer, Fins & Boots, Mask & Snorkel, Safety Marker Buoy (SMB) with reel, and Reef Hook.

Individual item equipment rental per day:
• BCD – $15
• Regulators – $15
• Wetsuit – $10
• Dive torch – $10
• Computer – FREE
• Safety Marker Buoy with reel – FREE
• Mask, Fins with Boots & Snorkel – FREE
• Reef Hooks – FREE

Pickup

Pick up between 6-7am
Embark 8am
Arrive back to Sorong harbor early hours of the morning

Dropoff

Disembark after breakfast, up until 11am
Transfer to Airport or Hotel
Recommended Hotel: SwissBel

Itinerary Highlights

Raja Ampat is the bee’s knees in the world of scuba diving. It is quite simply the cream of the crop in the diving world!
According to the Conservation International, Rapid Assessment Bulletin and their more recent 2006 scientific surveys, 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.
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.
North again, we will cruise to Wayag, where striking topography meets mass underwater diversity and current laden sloping walls. Surface intervals in Wayag can be as spectacular as the dives, dramatic jagged limestone cliffs rupture the surface, which towers over tiny dome-shaped rocks that scatter the areas turquoise waters.
Cruising overnight south towards Gam, we visit some famous thriving reefs such as Mayhem, known for large schools of pelagic species. Groot Fam or Penemu are our next destinations. Here the reefs are thriving with the life carried from the falling tides of the Dampier Straight.
From Groot Fam, we enter the Dampier Straight in search of giant manta rays, and schools of pelagic fish.

Activities

Arborek Village visit. We will take you on a tour of the peaceful little island of Arborek. Stroll through the sandy streets and meet the friendly locals. The girls and boys of the village will get together to display their dance, playing their home made instruments and singing along. You can buy some hand made goods from the women in the village such as woven bags and hats.
Bintang Lagoon visit and hike. We will take you to the stunning Bintang Lagoon or “Little Wayag” in central Penemu. This is a spot where you can get some great landscape photos of Raja Ampat’s famous emerald mushroom islands, that rise straight out of the sea. Locals sell an arrangement of handmade goods and refreshments at the base of the hike. This is also a great place for a spin around the bases of the limestone islands in our tender.
Aljurie Bay pearl farm. Nestled in a beautiful little bay that makes great sunset scenes, is the Aljurie Bay pearl farm. We will take you on a land excursion here to see how the farm operates, in its own little slice of heaven hidden away from the world. This is also your chance to purchase some pearls straight from the farm.
Mioskon Island beach BBQ and bonfire. We set up quite the show on Mioskon island for our guests. Swinging hammocks, bean bags on the sand, bamboo flares, a cozy bonfire and a delicious beach barbecue are all a part of what we do here. The crew will serve you drinks and play you live music as you kick back and relax. Watch out too for the thousands of bats that take off from the island every sunset.
Wayag is the picture perfect image of Raja Ampat. The hills are green and numerous, the water is a bright azure and extremely refreshing. Hike to the top of one of the hills with us to get a once in a life time photograph of the lagoon below. Follow this up with a leisurely kayak around the calm waters of the protected islands. In the afternoon, we will visit the ranger station in the east of Wayag. The ranger station is home to a large congregation of black tip reef sharks that will swim right up around your feet, as you wade in the waters by the jetty.

Things to Know

Prices are per diver based on occupancy in the chosen cabin
All rates include taxes
Please make sure you check the visa and/or immigration requirements for your nationality
Trip cancellation insurance recommended
Children above 12 y. o. are accepted aboard La Galigo. During the cruise, children remain under the responsibility of their parents. Parents are required to ensure that the children respect all safety procedures, listen to all safety briefings, and do not disturb the peace and quietness of the other passengers, or the effective management of the cruise.
To partake in any scuba diving activity with La Galigo, you must hold a certification from a recognised scuba diving society such as SSI, CMAS, BSAC, PADI or similar. It is the client’s responsibility, as a certified diver, to respect and follow the guidelines given by the La Galigo guides and instructors, and to follow the regulations stipulated by their certification agency.
Clients are solely responsible to provide a diving medical statement or physicians medical dated within the last 12 months, certification card and log book. Ignoring the directions given by the guides, or not presenting certification card, log book or valid medical paperwork may cause a limitation or disqualification from scuba diving during the trip. The divers accept their responsibility to be technically capable of participating in the activity of scuba diving and fully accept the risks associated. We reserve the right, for safety reasons, and at the discretion of the La Galigo guides, to refuse access to one / several / all dives if the diver does not have the necessary competence to participate safely.
We require all divers to provide us with a copy of their diving insurance that includes medical evacuation
Diver must wear a dive computer
Maximum depth: 35 m

Topography and Max Depth

Above water, the topography of Raja Ampat North is characterised by lush green jungles covering rocky limestone karst cliffs. Below water the area is known for stunning submerged pinnacles in the south, and fantastic walls and slopes in the north. Average depths of the sites is normally around 23m with the most shallow sites 18m and the deepest 30m.

Currents

Some of the hazardous wildlife to look out for in Raja Ampat include scorpion fish, lion fish, blue ring octopus and cone shells. Another hazard, particularly to those of you coming from the cooler climates, is dehydration. Don’t get too carried away, remember to keep them fluids up. Currents can be particularly strong at dive sites such as The Passage, Kaleidoscope, Eagle Rock and Changu, just to name a few. Sites such as Cape Kri, are also known to have down currents regularly experienced. For this reason we recommend that diving in Raja Ampat should be undertaken by experienced divers.

Photography and Marine Life

We honestly could not choose between a macro camera set up or a wide angle camera set up for Raja Ampat. This area is absolutely teeming with life, which makes fantastic subjects for both styles of photographers. Expect to see Oceanic Mantas, Reef Mantas, Reef Sharks, Tuna, Trevally, Jacks, Barracuda, Barramundi, Sweet Lips, Snapper, Damsel Fish, Butterfly fish, Angle Fish, Batfish, Trigger Fish, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Robust Gosht Pipefish, Tasseled Wobbygong Sharks, Raja Ampat Walking Sharks, Denis Pygmy Seahorse, Bobtail squid… the list go’s on and on.

Recommended Equipment

We always recommend guests bring their own BCD and regs, as being comfortable in your own gear is priceless. We do however stock all the gear that is required for divers to rent a full kit. Most people are comfortable enough in a 3mm shorty wetsuit, as the water temperature very seldom changes from 28-29 degrees celsius all year round. Some people do prefer a full body wet suit for skin protection. We recommend that guests bring their own computer, to keep track of your dive data, some of our trips reach up to 40 dives. A great dive torch for our night dives is also a strong recommendation. Reef hooks and SMB’s are recommended due to the currents in the area, although we will provide you these safety devices free of charge for the duration of your trip if you do not have them.