Misool, Kofiau & Salawati

Misool, Kofiau, Salawati, Raja Ampat

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Waisai Homestay Information Center
High resolution Raja Ampat map (PDF 3.59MB)
Step by step trip planning guide
Raja Ampat Travellers’ Forum (facebook group)

Misool


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.

Anne Putri
John Urbon
Alberth Sorondanya

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

Misool is quite a bit more difficult to get to than the northern Raja Ampat islands, and ferry schedules are so changeable that we have given up publishing schedules.

We recommend contacting John Urbon for the latest information. John speaks English and is an expert on the goings on at Sorong’s harbours. He will have the latest info.

In August 2019, these were the available options:

Slow boat

  • Weekly, about a 9 hour trip, departing Sorong late Thursday night at last report.

Express Bahari

  • 3 times per week, 4.5 hour trip, Ticket price IDR 250,000 (plus surcharge if you want airconditioned VIP seats).

Kayak Misool

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.

Kofiau


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.

Salawati


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.

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  1. Alex on

    Hello, i’ve been already 2 times in RA in kri island ans this year i plan to go back in RA and specialy in Kofiau island ?!!! Can i have information about this island and the name of homestay if there is !!! How i can reach this place? Thanks you very much for your answer

    1. As stated above Alex: We don’t know anything about Kofiau, and have provided links to three Sorong-based guides who will know more.

  2. lucie on

    good afternoon can you let me know how I can go to Piaynemo island from Misool?
    Do I have to take the ferry Misool to Sorong and then wasai ?and then take the hotel boat until Piaynemo ,or do they have a ferry Misool wasai?
    Thank you for your help

    1. Hello Lucie

      The way that most people would do that is by taking the ferry back to Sorong, then either joining a Piaynemo day trip from Sorong, or (if staying at Piaynemo or nearby) the public ferry to Waisai then private transport to your accommodation. See this page for the details.

  3. Gerard Pilarz on

    Ladies and gendlemen,
    could you kindly advise me (send me a link / links) how to find the schedule of a ferry / ferries from Sorong to Misool.
    The information to look it up at the harbor in Sorong isn’t really helpful.

    1. Sorry Gerard, but there are no ferry schedules published online. We would have linked to them if there were.

      All we can tell you is that a Marina Express boat runs between Sorong and Misool’s 35, Foley, Yellu & Fafanlap harbours.

      Schedules change without notice. Any of the 3 Sorong-based guides linked above can give you up to date information. They all speak English and we’ve provided contact phone numbers and email addresses for those that have them.

    2. Roo on

      I’ve just come back from visiting Folley on Misool. The schedule is – out to Misool on a Friday then back the next day. Etc. Both departures are in the morning and are very vague with the exact time. Basically you want to be there at 9a.m.and you might leave immediately or you might wait 3 hours. If you’re in Sorong you can wait on the air conditioned boat.

  4. Lyn on

    I would like a homestay accommodation for one person on Misool (preferealy close to the resort is that is possible) on 25/11 for one week – I would like also to do snorkelling trips – can you assist – thanks Lyn

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