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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 there are many homestays there. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about them!
There are two reasons for that:
- The Raja Ampat Homestay Association does not have the capacity to support homestays in Misool and the other islands of southern Raja Ampat, 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 many members who know far more about Misool and its homestays than we do. Futuristico Tony has posted a great Misool resource there. Thanks Tony!
Contact Misool Homestays
The table below has contact details for some of Misool’s many homestays. These details are regularly checked and updated, and all use WhatsApp.
Please always use Bahasa Indonesia when calling or sending messages.
|HOMESTAY||WHATSAPP NUMBER||CONTACT NAME|
|Binyomat Homestay||+6281248347381 or +6282199916731||Zainab Jelfoom|
|Fatanon Homestay||+6282248476615||H. Badar|
|Lalelkai Homestay||+6281217638893||Abusaleh Alkadri / Edhi|
|Nada Homestay||+6285243278870||Bok. Usman|
|Soasiu Homestay||+6282239228852||Farasman Soasiu|
|Syifa Homestay||+6282349336210||Hasan Sapua|
|Yalapale Homestay||+6282266141227||H. Moikian Sapua|
|Yapap Homestay||+6282191217966||Iksan Alhamid|
How to get to Misool
You will need to allow for a longer stay in Misool than when visiting northern Raja Ampat, as ferry services are much less frequent.
In August 2022, the options were:
- November 2022: This service has not operated since September. We don’t know when (or if) it will resume.
- Twice weekly, 4.5 hour trip, departing Sorong 11.00 am on Mondays and Thursdays, returning to Sorong at 7 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ticket price IDR 350,000 (plus surcharge if you want airconditioned VIP seats).
- The Fajar Mulia departs weekly. It’s about a 9 hour trip, leaving Sorong on Monday nights and returning from Misool on Thursday afternoon.
Ferry schedules can change without notice. If your schedule is tight, then we recommend contacting the ferry company on the numbers shown below to confirm.
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 that there aren’t any!
Again, John, Alex or Alberth above will be able to help you if you particularly want to visit Salawati.