10 day Misool Raja Ampat trip

Barefoot-Mikumba

10 day Misool South Raja Ampat trip itinerary

 

Day 1

We will meet you up at 7:30 am at Je Meridien Hotel and leaving at 8 am in Sorong we will take you to the pier and we will take the ferry 9am to the island of Waigeo we will arrive in the small town Waisai 11am. We are going to start doing our check dive on the island of Mansuar dive site called Yenbuba Jetty. Stunning dive site and very easy to dive and where you can see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses. And after the dive we will do an 18-20h crossing down to Misool.

Day 2

We are going to start doing our check dive in Wagmab or Gamfi. Then, we’ll dive at Farondi Cave, a dive site characterized with shallow soft coral reef, long sloping tunnel, and bottom covered in white sand sea fans and barrel sponges. This brings an ideal habitat for Tiger Shrimp and unusual Signal Gobies. At Farondi Cave, divers can expect to see stalactites and other unusual limestone formations covering the arching ceiling. We’ll end the trip at Wagmab, or the three sisters, before moving to the south east.

Day 3

Chasing after Yellowtail Fussiliers and other sea critters at the No Contest dive site will be an opening of our diving activities on the day. Then, we will take the next diving at the Two Tree Island. Two Tree Island is very famous for Mobula rays hunting big bait ball of anchovies since it boasts abundant schooling fish. Finally, we’ll do the last dive at Baby Rock with full of thousands bait fish. At the end of the day, we are moving to south over a night crossing. 

map Mikumba Misool

Day 4

We’ll take the first dive of the third day at the Shadow Reef, a famous dive site to encounter manta rays. Shadow Reef is a submerged seamount south of Boo where various fish life in all sizes. You can expect to see baby white tip reef sharks sleeping under the table corals, schooling barracuda, and batfish. Manta ray may be seen circling the cleaning stations if you are lucky. After Shadow Reef, we’ll continue the journey up North West, taking Boo window as the second dive site. Boo Window is one of the most famous dive sites due to its unique topography. Here, you may see patrolling sharks such as Wobbegong Shark under the coral table. Within good current condition, we’ll move to the pinnacle, which is often surrounded by schools of fusiliers and plate-sized Batfish. Our third dive will take place at the huge island of Yilliet, stretching east to west, becoming a home to shark finning camp, Barramundi cod, Hawksbill Turtles, and schooling barracuda. At the end of the day, we’ll move down to the south west.

Day 5

We’ll start our trip on day 4 around the Fiabacet chain, to visit the Nudi rock, which get its name since it looks a lot like a nudibranch from a distance. It is a favorite dive site for critter enthusiasts and macro photographers. You’ll have a chance to see numerous nudibranchs lurking among the soft corals. The sea fans here are the house for pygmy seahorses and cowries, shrimp and cling fish. During good current, we’ll go around pinnacles crowded with larger pelagics, such as Barracuda, Big Eyed Travelly, and Grey Reef Shark. After the Nudi Rock, we’ll continue the trip to the Tank Rock and finally to the final dive taking place in whale rock. Expect to see a healthy fish life, pygmy seahorses galore, nudis, colourful anemones, reef sharks, and perhaps a Wobbegong shark. Then, we’ll move to west, do a crossing from Fiabacet make the all way to Wayilbatan.

Day 6

At the Wayilbatan Four Kings, we’ll do the first morning dive of the day. Then, we’ll visit Baracuda rock, one of the most famous diving sites in Raja Ampat known for its schooling Barracudas spotted around the reef. Our last diving site is the Wedding Cake, to see marvel at the overhangs and bommies within the dive site. The boat will take you back a little bit to north east, aiming at the Wayilbatan Chanel.

Day 7

Starting the day with a diving at Fantasea or Wayilbatan chanel, which is not much about the fish, but more about coral, especially sea fans. Then we’ll take you to the Yilliet Kecil, a cool dive site near the Yilliet Island. Afther Yiliet Kecil, we’ll take about 15 to 18 hours crossing from Misool to reach Melissa’s Garden.

Day 8

We’ll return to Melissa’s Garden to get back to Raja Ampat’s best hard coral reef which is rich of underwater biodiversity. Then, after Melissa’s Garden, We’ll dive Manta Ridge in the Dampier strait which is good to dive during falling tide with strong current. Here, divers can expect to enjoy the spectacular shows performed by the manta rays. They are found hovering all around the divers waiting to feed on the plankton in the strong current. If we can not dive in the Manta Ridge we will move to the cleaning station Manta Sandy and the mantas will get cleaned between two huge bommies. Then, Our third dive takes place in Yenbuba Jetty at Mansuar Island to encounter the weird wobeggong sharks. Then, we’ll stay the night at the bay between Kri and Mansuar. Island

Day 9

We’ll move to Cape Kri at the Northeast point of Kri island. Here, divers can find huge schools of big-eyed trevallies, barracudas, and snappers. You’ll also have a chance to see a dense school of sweetlips around the bommies. Grey reef sharks, groupers, pygmy seahorse can also be seen on this surprising dive site. Dawn and dusk are feeding time which means divers can witness an awe-inspiring diving moment. Our second dive will take place in Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam) in the northeast of Kri Island, characterized with various soft and hard corals and some rock formations with numerous schooling fish to see. Next, we’ll explore Sardine Reef, in the north-east of the island of Kri in the Dampier Strait, a large underwater pinnacle, with great schools of fish block out the light: jacks, tuna, trevally, and wobbegongs and grey reef sharks. At the end of the day, we will do trekking on Kri Island.

Day 10

We’ll have an opportunity for one dive in the morning. Since this is going to be our last cruise day, you’ll have time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Normally our guest always wanna go back to blue magic again or different dive site around Kri Island. we will do a final briefing after the morning dive on whats gonna happen next, You will having lunch on the boat the last day and around 1pm we will take you to the ferry to Sorong. So exchanging emails and photos, and say farewells to the crew The crew will follow you all the way back to Sorong and organize transportation to your hotel.