18 nights
Duration
Mar, Apr, May
Month
24 People
Max Group Size

Arguably two of Indonesia’s finest snorkeling destinations combined into one complete tour, our Misool & Wakatobi Safari is a once in a lifetime experience spread over 18 full days of adventure. We’ll be based out of Misool Eco Resort in the very south of Raja Ampat and Wakatobi Resort in the Wakatobi National Park just off of Sulawesi. Both locations offer something different in terms of the snorkeling experience. Our time in Raja Ampat will be spent surrounded by massive schools of fish, good possibilities of manta ray encounters and densely packed soft coral reefs that rise to the surface. In Wakatobi we can expect excellent visibility with endless coral reefs which play host to a huge range of marine life large and small. The main differences between the locations is the topography and reef structure but also in the make up and variety of the reefs themselves.

Misool Resort is a paradise brimming with pristine coral reefs and more exotic marine species than you possibly count in a single trip. The resort is exceptionally comfortable given its remote location. Because of the amazing conservation efforts taken on by the resort, the surrounding waters are extremely densely populated. This can be witnessed on the doorsteps of the resort with their abundant house reef and naturally occurring black tip reef shark nursery.

Wakatobi Resort is situated at the geographical centre of the Coral Triangle, the most marine bio-diverse environment in the world.  Wakatobi in particular is recognized as having the highest number of coral and fish species found anywhere on the planet and has a truly amazing house reef, which one can easily explore from the resort’s pier. The islands and reefs in the Wakatobi National Park have been preserved from the negative effects of large-scale tourism as the area is only accessible by a private charter flight and liveaboard boats.

While both these areas can have some strong currents, which bring in the nutrient rich water that helps keep the reef alive and healthy, our local guides will chose protected sites, or appropriate times to enter the water to avoid being in current. If we are ever in a current, we will always float with the water and not try to swim against it. One needs to be comfortable in the water with some upper body strength to climb back up the ladder onto the boat.

 

Marine Life Guidemarine life guide Raja ampat

Additional information

Tour StyleOverland Safari

Misool to Wakatobi snorkel safari map

Day 1 - Arrive in Jakarta

Upon arrival into Jakarta Internatinal Airport (CGK) make your way to the Jakarta Terminal Hotel at terminal 2E. Check in a relax.
Meet you tour leader and group in the lobby for a late check in for your flight to Sorong.

Day 2 - Transfer to Misool Resort

Upon arrival into Sorong, we will be met by Misool staff and transferred to the pier where we will board our boat to Misool. The boat ride can take 4 hours, but we have food and a loo on the boat, and a shaded area too. The beauty of this region is breathtaking above and below the water, so this transfer provides a great opportunity to see the beautiful islands jutting out from the bright blue waters.
aerial view of misool resort
Upon arrival at the resort we will check in to our bungalows, have lunch and an orientation, and then a snorkel on the house reef, before dinner.
Meals at Misool are served in the beautiful outdoor restaurant set over the water, with stunning views of the North Lagoon.
Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is plated and served. Tea is served mid afternoon when baked good, savory and sweet are served. The resort has a hydroponics lab and grows much of the ingredients we will eat right there. Other products are sourced from nearby local villages.
Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.

Day 3 - 8 - Snorkeling from Misool Resort

Our days here will start with a delicious buffet breakfast, followed by a snorkel trip on the boat. Most the snorkel sites are between 10 and 30 minutes from the resort. We will then return back to the resort for a big buffet lunch and some down time, before heading back out to another site. Each snorkel session will last between 60 – 90 minutes. We will always have boat support so you can take a break back on the boat if you wish. Local snorkel guides will be with us in the water and available to point out interesting creatures we may encounter.
colorful soft coral in raja ampat
We will also have plenty of opportunities to snorkel the expansive and healthy house reef, arguably one of the best in the world. Also highly recommended is a night snorkel or two- the reef completely transforms at night when the nocturnal creatures come out to hunt, including eels, sharks, cuttle fish, octopus, squid, crabs, shrimps…. the list is long.
Evenings, when not snorkeling, can be enjoyed at the bar with a soft drink or beer, looking at fish ID books or photos and reminiscing about all the fabulous things encountered each day.

Day 9 - Transfer to Sorong and overnight

After breakfast we check out and transfer back to Sorong, where we spend a relaxing evening at the Swiss Belhotel, in anticipation of our early morning flight to Bali.

Day 10 - 11 - Bali

Upon arrival in Bali we will transfer to Ubud, about 60 – 90 minutes from the airport. This charming town is known for local craftsmen, relaxed atmosphere and sprawling rice paddies.
bali rice fields and volcano
After checking into the Sankara Suits, our home base for the couple of days we spend in Ubud, we have a relaxed afternoon. You are welcome to take a walk and enjoy the fields, take a taxi into the center of town for a browse, or relax at the resort. The following day we will offer a land tour to some of the incredible temples in Ubud and to the famous rice terraces.

Day 12 - Transfer to Wakatobi Resort

After an early transfer to the airport we check in for our charter flight to Wakatobi. We will then go to the VIP lounge for a light breakfast. Upon arriving at the private airstrip at Wakatobi, we check in, have some lunch and an orientation, with an optional house reef snorkel.
aerial view of wakatobi resort
The house reef is famed for having the largest number of coral and fish species anywhere in the world. It is accessible off the resort’s pier, and we are able to snorkel it at our leisure.

Day 13 - 18 - Snorkeling from Wakatobi Resort

Our days here will start with a sumptuous breakfast buffet, followed by a snorkel session at one of the nearby sites. Here too we will have boat support and in-water local snorkel guides.
We return to the resort for a delicious lunch, which is served in large dishes that we can all share, as is the traditional “family style” eating of the Indonesian people.
Pristine shallow coral reef with snorkeler
After a break we head back out for another snorkel session.
Some days we may do two morning sessions by boat and a scheduled house reef snorkel as not to miss anything on the awesome reef.
Night snorkels, as discussed above, are highly recommended.

Day 19 - Transfer to Bali

After a leisurely breakfast, we check out and take our charter flight back to Bali where we bid farewell to our new friends, and the tour ends.

Misool

aerial view of misool resort

One of the world’s most remote snorkel resorts, Misool Eco Resort is located on its own private island. The Water Cottages and villas on the north side of the lagoon rise on stilts over a tranquil water, shaded by limestone cliffs – each one with a set of steps that lead you into the water and the house reef which is just a few fin strokes away.

The villas on the south side of the lagoon are set on a sandy pristine beach (and a couple nestled in the trees). At the end of a days snorkeling, you can kick back in the built-in hammock for sunset and star gazing. The restaurant is set back from a white sand beach and serves up a variety of western and Indonesian treats throughout the day.

Sankara Suites

Sankara Suite Guest Room

The Sankara Suites & Villas is located in Ubud, around 1.6 miles from Ubud Market and Ubud Palace. Featuring views of the valley and surrounding greenery, the resort houses an outdoor swimming pool and spacious suites decorated with Balinese elements. Each room has terrace or balcony with a seating area and a private bathroom with toiletries and a bath. A continental or à la carte breakfast is available every morning at the property. Guests can enjoy American and Asian dishes at the restaurant or have a cocktail at the bar.

Wakatobi

Despite it’s secluded location, the resort has beautiful luxurious accommodation built in tune with the environment using ethically and locally sourced materials and labor. The resort offers additional creature comforts like a full-service spa, a jetty cocktail bar with amazing sunset views, a small library and audio-visual room and souvenir shop.

Wakatobi Resort's rooms

The food at the resort is refined, and the professional chefs combine fresh ingredients to create a variety of Indonesian, Asian and International dishes.

All special dietary requirements will be catered for (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc).

Resort Guide

Snorkel Boats

Misool & Wakatobi Snorkel Boats

Misool Resort: Spacious fiberglass speedboats with enough room to easily store snorkeling equipment. The boats do not have a toilet onboard but do offer a full canopy for sun protection and a ladder to help exit the water. Distances from the resort average twenty five minutes.

Wakatobi: Large wooden boats complete with gear up area and full canopy for sun protection. Marine toilets with showers are on all boats as well as fresh water bins for equipment and cameras. Average travel time from the resort to the sites is fifteen minutes. Exit the water via ladders on the side of the boat.

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    2022 – from US$9,875 / £7,995 per person

    Misool and Wakatobi Tour | 7 – 25 April |

    Misool and Wakatobi Tour | 24 Nov – 12 Dec |


    2023 –  from US$10,275 / £8,250 per person

    Misool and Wakatobi Tour | 27 Mar – 14 Apr

    Misool and Wakatobi Tour |17 Nov – 5 Dec


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    Initial deposit to secure your booking $800 per person

    12 Months before departure interim payment of $1500 per person

    6 Months before departure interim payment of $1000 per person

    Balance due 3 months before departure

    Misool Inclusions:

    • 7 nights’ accommodation and full board (all meals)
    • 1 night Jakarta Airport Hotel with transfers
    • 1 night Sorong Hotel with breakfast & transfers
    • Services of local snorkel guides
    • Entrance fees & marine park fees
    • 12 boat snorkeling sessions over 7 days
    • Unlimited House Reef Snorkeling

    Bali Inclusions:

    • 2 nights Sankara Suites Valley Suite Accommodation with breakfast
    • Ubud Land Tours

    Wakatobi inclusions:

    • 7 nights’ accommodation Ocean Bungalow and full board (all meals)
    • 2 x 90 minutes boat snorkeling sessions per day for 6 days (12 boat snorkel sessions)
    • Unlimited House Reef Snorkeling
    • Free WiFi high speed internet access via satellite
    • 24 hours tea / brewed coffee / hot chocolate / drinking water, and daily snacks
    • Aromatherapy bath products in all rooms
    • Optional Village Tour on last day

    Travel inclusions:

    All domestic flights, overland and sea transfers are included:

    Jakarta – Misool – Bali – Wakatobi – Bali

    Exclusions:

    • International flights
    • Lunch and dinner at Sankara Suites
    • Snorkel equipment hire
    • Tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Wifi Misool Resort
    • Sodas and alcoholic drinks

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    aerial view of misool resort
    aerial view of wakatobi resort
    split shot of hard coral reef and raja ampat islands
    Large oceanic manta on coral reef
    school a chevron barracuda
    aerial view of wakatobi resort
    Pristine shallow coral reef with snorkeler
    Vast coral reef with snorkelers above
    baby black tip reef sharks in the shallows
    octopus standing up
    view from wakatobi bungalows
    Wakatobi Resort's rooms
    Coral reef with sun burst behind coral
    Guests taking photos of baby sharks in shallow water
    sunset from balcony at misool resort
    Misool resort bungalow
    hawksbill turtle looking into camera lens
    Banded sea snake on coral reef
    aerial view of misool resort balcony and baby sharks
    two juvenile batfish on the surface
    school of bat fish and manta ray
    colorful soft coral in raja ampat