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“I’d like to be under the sea in an octopus’ garden in the shade”
The words of Ringo Starr in the Beatles’ Octopus’s Garden come to mind when I reminisce about my time diving in Misool. Vibrant soft corals, sea fans and feather stars in a rainbow of colors provide a “little hideaway beneath the waves” and are at the forefront of my memories.
Misool is home to a 300,000 acre preserve, located in the south of the Raja Ampat chain in the West Papua province. Established in 2005, the Misool Private Marine Reserve has expanded over the last 15 years and its protection of the area has enabled a rapid growth of coral cover and marine life.
Here are a few of my favorite dive sites in Misool:
Boo Rock, aka Boo Window, is a rock island that is one of the most widely photographed and recognizable dive sites due to its picture windows where you can catch the sun’s rays shining through a set of two narrow swim throughs. Upon splashing in to this site your dive guide will direct you to a pinnacle located just off Boo Rock where currents bring in schools of batfish, grunts, whitetip sharks cruising by and wobbegong sharks hiding under massive plate corals. Macro lovers will have no shortage of critters to find when scanning sea fans for pygmy seahorses or barrel sponges in search of hairy squat lobsters. But the real highlight of this reef is in less than 30 feet where the bottom is so prolific with soft corals, anemones, feather stars, tunnicates and sea fans that you won’t be able to find a bare spot. Just above the reef are an abundance of pastel-colored basslets and anthias darting in every direction. It’s like being in the middle of Times Square.
Magic Mountain is a pinnacle located just 20 ft. below the surface and is susceptible to high currents. The pinnacle acts as a stopping ground & cleaning station for both oceanic & reef mantas, turtles and more. Just off the sloping walls of Magic Mountain, divers can watch never ending schools of fusiliers passing by, orange spotted and bluefin trevallies and whitetip reef sharks out cruising out in the blue.
No matter where in Misool your dive operator chooses to dive it’s bound to be exciting.
When planning a trip to Raja Ampat you will find a variety of liveaboard options ranging in levels of luxury and length of itinerary. Whatever option you choose…. MAKE SURE IT GOES TO MISOOL! All Star Liveaboards now offers two liveaboard options in Indonesia from the brand new ultra-luxury All Star Velocean to the charm of our traditional Pinisi liveaboard, All Star Aurora, of which both include diving in Misool.