The second largest of Raja Ampat’s Four Kings, Misool lies a 150km boat journey southwest of Sorong.
There’s a lot to see at Misool and we know there are homestays on the island.
Unfortunately, in common with Kofiau and Salawati below, we can’t tell you very much about them at all…
There are two reasons for that:
- None of the homestays on these islands have yet become members of the Raja Ampat Homestay Association, and
- Our work for the Homestay Association demands all our available time when visiting Raja Ampat, so (sadly) we’ve never had the opportunity to even visit those other islands!
We know who can help though.
Abdul Muthalib was born on Misool, is an experienced tour leader and rescue diver, and can organise anything you might want to do around Misool.
These Sorong based guides can also provide everything you need to know about how to get to and where to stay at Misool, Kofiau or Salawati.
Our Raja Ampat Travellers’ Forum can also be a good source of Misool info, and has several members who know far more about Misool and its homestays than we do. Join the group to contact them.
How to get to Misool
Please note that Misool ferry schedules are subject to change without notice, and that the information provided below, while correct in early 2018, may well have changed.
We recommend contacting John Urbon for the latest information.
Fajhar Bahru and Fajhar Indra (one of which also continues to Seram)
- About 9 hours, IDR 200,000 – 2 level beds on 2 sleeping decks are included. A private 2 bed cabin cost 300,000 IDR if available (ask ferry crew members about these).
- From Sorong, Monday 2300 and Friday 2300 (normal is departure at midnight)
- Arrival at Foley village 0700 at Tiga Lima pearl farm 0900, Yello village just after and finally at Fafanlap village
- To Sorong, Thursday and Sunday. Departure 0700 Fafanlap, 0800 Yello, 1000 Foley. Arrival 1700-1800-1900 (almost always late to Sorong).
Express Bahari (Marina Express)
- 3 times per week, 4.5 hour trip, Ticket price IDR 250,000 (plus surcharge if you want airconditioned VIP seats).
- From Sorong, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1000
- Arrives at Foley approx 1400, Yello 1500 and last Fafafanlap village around 1600
- From Misool Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Departure 0800 Fafanlap, around 0830 Yello, around 0930 Foley. Arrival 1300-1400 at Sorong
Great news for those wanting to go kayaking in Misool: Millekul Adventures have 16 sea kayaks based at Pulau Panun in the eastern Misool archipelago.
Millekul work with Misool homestays and offer a range of paddling adventures. There are short 4 day exploratory adventures perfect for beginners, as well as 2 and 3 week trips better suited to experienced paddlers. Millekul’s Misool kayaking expedition prices are all inclusive, with participants departing from and returning to Sorong.
You’ll find Millekul’s trip schedules here.
How to choose accommodation at Misool
Given that we know nothing about it, your best bet is to ask in our Raja Ampat Traveller’s Forum facebook group, or contact one of the guides recommended above.
Misool phone signal & internet access
Never having visited, we can’t tell you exactly what’s available, but we know that this much is true:
Free WiFi connections are extremely rare in Raja Ampat. You will need a local SIM for your phone. See this page for details.
The Kofiau island group is also about 150 km west of Sorong, and 50km to the north of Misool.
We have heard that there is at least one homestay there, and have stared longingly at it from a plane window on flights into and out of Sorong. It looks beautiful. Truly remote and untouched.
The guides linked above will be able to help you if it’s on your must go list.
The third largest of Raja Ampat’s Four Kings, Salawati is the closest of the Raja Ampat islands to Sorong. Lying west of Sorong, a strait separates Salawati from that city and the West Papuan mainland. Salawati lies immediately to the south of Batanta, from which it is separated by the narrow Sagawin Strait.
Only part of Salawati lies in the Raja Ampat Regency and we’ve never heard of any homestays there. That doesn’t mean there are none!
Again, John, Alex or Alberth above will be able to help you if you particularly want to visit Salawati.