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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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PNG: Raja Ampat Resorts

> South Pacific > Papua New Guinea

Features: The Raja Ampat region, a group of over 600 islands are some of the last truly wild places on the planet. Here you will experience frontier diving.

Image source: rajaampatlodges

This region is located just west of PNG’s northwestern peninsula, known as the Coral Triangle. Because of the low population in this area, marine life is in pristine condition, as the waters have not been over-fished, and the coral has not succumbed to coral bleaching.

Conservancy surveys have confirmed that Raja Ampat offers potentially the world’s richest marine biodiversity. With hundreds of species of reef fish and hard corals. Raja Ampat has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The islands have retained primeval jungles which host a wide array of wildlife such as marsupials, hornbills and cockatoos. The diverse reef system is still quite unexplored, and you will find unmapped walls, reef flats and caves.

Misool boasts a multitude of caves and caverns, and the most variety of fish, hard and soft corals, sponges, worms, nudebranches, shrimps, crabs and much more. You can also encounter Wobbegong and Epaulet sharks. The area’s other pelagics include manta rays, dolphins, whales and turtles. The sea is very smooth with great visibility between September and May.

Misool Eco Resort

Introducing Misool Eco Resort in remote Raja Ampat, on the private island of Batbitim. Nestled in a vast archipelago of uninhabited islands, the nearest village is a half-day away. Batbitim offers white beaches, protected by stunning clear lagoons and abundant reefs. Twelve guest cottages assure a luxurious holiday, surrounded by the world’s richest reefs.

The cottages, built to European standards, artfully blend indigenous natural materials with meticulous detailing. The lumber used to build the resort has been salvaged driftwood that was milled by local tradesmen.

Eight luxurious Water Cottages rise on stilts over the placid North Bay. Each features a private veranda, with steps leading down to the house reef. Cottages are equipped with air conditioning, double bed, a massive veranda and outdoor day bed, a Balinese-style en suite bathroom, and hot water.

Four Reef View Cottages, located on the South Beach, are simple and elegant, featuring views over the deep water swimming hole. Each is fitted with an en suite bathroom.

The beach-front restaurant overlooks a shallow turquoise lagoon. The menu has been created by an internationally-trained chef to offer exceptionally tasty, nutritious, and whenever possible, organic fare from local sources.

The Dive Centre has been designed to meet the needs of professional videographers and photographers. There are separate wet and dry areas, with individual equipment stations, computer stations, a television, and a projector for viewing the day’s images. A spacious sun-deck offers spectacular top-side views.

Misool Eco Resort is strongly committed to a policy of environmental responsibility. MER has reached an agreement with the local village to create a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The area includes many of Raja Ampat’s finest dive sites, including the Manta Cleaning Station, Boo, Fiabacet, Gorgonian Passage, and Yillet. Within this area, all fishing, shark finning, harvesting of turtle eggs and shellfish are strictly prohibited. Boats practice reef-safe anchoring.

The Misool Conservation Centre will be located on a small beach on the north side of the Batbitim. A UK-registered non-profit, the Conservation Centre will provide a well-equipped, functional base for scientific research and conservation projects, as well as accommodation for visiting researchers and scientists.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.