“Set on a small island amidst a 1200 kilometre conservation area that is home to sharks, this private island resort has 18 bungalows located either on the beach or over the water.”,
Kim, the discoverer. Read the full story.
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Secret Retreats

Hotel Description

Set on a private island amid pristine ecosystems, this secluded tropical paradise has powder white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, cockatoos, parrots, baby sharks, and turtles. Surrounded by a 1,200 sq km No-Take Zone (former shark-finning camp), cottages are built on stilts over the water while villas are nestled either on the beach or on the edge of the lagoon.

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There is no substitute for local knowledge and personal assistance to help you plan the perfect stay. The Secret Retreats Concierge is ready to share insider tips with you to ensure you book the best room for your stay on the best available rate or offer , to share tips on what to see and do and where to dine, to help you with personal requests, and to keep you informed of any cultural events, shows or festivals that match your dates of stay. Enjoy the difference that turns a good stay, into a great travel experience. Your Secret Retreats Concierge is looking forward to hearing from you. Contact the concierge on dream@secret-retreats.com.

Room Description

Why Book With Secret Retreats?

Concierge Service

Personal assistance from our Concierge offering local knowledge and insider tips to help you plan and book your perfect Asian journey.

Personal Service

The peace of mind and personal service one can only enjoy by booking direct with the Asian experts.

Local Knowledge

Benefit from our local knowledge and passion for our homes to personalize your stay.

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Hotel Facilities & Highlights

Misool highlight
Candle light dinner by the beach with a local and organic fare.
Misool highlight
The House Reef is a shore dive, easily accessed at any time from either the end of the jetty, the Dive Centre, or the steps leading down from your Water Cottage.
Misool highlight
Misool Foundation's mission is to safeguard the the most biodiverse reefs on Earth through the empowerment of local communities, providing a structure by which they are able to reclaim their traditional tenureship of reefs.
Misool highlight
The Foundation maintains a broad approach to conservation, combining environmental, social, and educational elements.

Your Host & The Team

Marit & Andrew MinersMarit & Andrew Miners
“Misool Eco Resort is the refuge we are all seeking when we try to find our way off the beaten path. It's a triumph of dreamers. Once you're here you will feel that it's a love story too, a story about individuals committed to a faraway place so special that no obstacle was insurmountable. Secret Retreats properties are linked by this same dream”
 

Andrew and Marit Miners – Saving the World’s Richest Reefs

As the visionaries behind Misool, Andrew and Marit Miners have successfully turned a former shark finning camp into a sanctuary for baby sharks averaging a 250% increase in fish biomass over a five-year period. Dedicated to promoting ethical, eco-friendly tourism and conserving the local environment, Misool is built from reclaimed hardwood, provides sustainable local employment opportunities, and fiercely protects its 300,000-acre / 1,220-square-kilometre Marine Reserve which boasts some of the world’s most biodiverse reefs. In 2005, Andrew and Marit started their first ‘No-Take Zone’ policy where all fishing, cyanide fishing, bombing, shark finning, and harvesting of turtle eggs and shellfish were prohibited, allowing for marine biodiversity to flourish and remain protected for generations to come. Currently the total Marine Protected Area surrounding the dive resort is twice the size of Singapore and patrolled by Misool’s own Ranger Patrol, which is financed by its sister nonprofit, Misool Foundation.

Andrew and Marit’s dream of sharing their passion for nature by creating an eco resort refuge at the edge of the world – where divers and non-divers alike can reconnect with nature while directly contributing financially toward preserving the world’s richest reefs – is a great success story that proves what’s possible when you have passion and determination.

We Care

This resort has created population databases for both reef and oceanic mantas present in Raja Ampat. Guests can become involved in the collection and identification of photos, and gain a greater awareness of these creatures and local environmental threats. The project also has an acoustic tagging program to learn more about the local reef mantas, looking at critical habitat use and migratory routes knowing they can travel up to 600 kilometres - potentially far outside of the Shark and Manta Sanctuary. In addition, and with the assistance of WildAid and Seacology, the Misool Eco Resort has built two community projects, one in Fafanlap and one in Usaha Jaya where they built a kindergarten, community centre, a market, and a purifying drinking water system.

Misool Eco Resort is devoted to educating local schools about wildlife preservation. They started a floating library by bringing books on marine conservation to the children. Today, it has evolved into two permanent libraries and a program that supports six full time teachers. Misool Eco Resort, in collaboration with Shark Savers and the support of the Palau, Maldives and Hawaiian government, organised a petition that turned Raja Ampat into a shark and Manta ray sanctuary. Together, their most significant achievement was getting the local village leaders to fine anyone fishing in the area. This eventually led to a regional law being passed that bans shark and manta ray fishing. Based on Mark Allen’s research, a fish expert from Murdoch University, since 2007, fish biomass has tripled in the Misool Eco Resort area. 

Welcome to West Papua

Situated in the southwest Pacific Ocean, on the world’s second largest but highest tropical island, and also known as Western New Guinea, West Papua comprises one of New Guinea’s two official provinces. Whilst Papua New Guinea is its own independent country, West Papua forms part of Indonesia. Previously a Dutch colony, this half of the island is laden with an enormous biodiversity found within its tropical rainforests and wetlands. Southeast Asia’s largest national park Lorentz National Park is home to myriad bird and animal species, and endemic plant life. The tropical glaciers of this listed UNESCO World Heritage site are a highlight. Wasur National Park is also wondrous.

On an island that has over 250 languages, beyond West Papua’s capital Manokwari, inspirational culture and customs can found in Wamena’s surrounding villages. Further afield, the coastal city of Sorong serves as a gateway to travellers seeking to explore the world’s most enriching coral reef biodiversity in the Raja Ampat Islands. The diving there is superb. Stimulating experiences in a land that time forgot—West Papua.

Useful Information

GENERAL
Total number of rooms: 18
Annual closing:
Mid June to early September

Time zone: (GMT+09:00) Tokyo
Currency accepted: IDR, EUR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 220V
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CONCIERGE
Your concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on dream@secret-retreats.com
ACCESS
Boat transfers from Sorong Airport to Misool re included.
Nearest Airport: Sorong SOQ (national) - 165 km

CONTACT
Batbitim Island, Raja Ampat West Papua, Indonesia
http://www.misoolecoresort.com
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Time & Weather

Current Temperature

30° C

Current Weather

Local Time

8:55 pm