Misool - February 2013
Misool Eco Resort is located in the Raja Ampat region of eastern Indonesia. It is accessed by flying into Sorong on the western tip of New Guinea, followed by a five hour boat ride. The resort itself is located on the small island of Batbitim, which is on the southeast side of Misool Island. Surrounded by a 460 square mile No-Take Fishing Zone, the reefs are very healthy and the larger-fish population is rebounding nicely.
Chad took this one.
Difficult to see the divers through the massive school of anchovies.
Couple of blennies peeking out of the coral. A goby keeping company, too.
The venemous Blue-Ringed Octopus.
Nicely camouflaged Crinoid Shrimp.
Crocodilefish - note the lappet on the eye which helps to hide it.
Giant Frogfish - so-called, even though it's still pretty small.
Second of two Giant Mantas we saw. The first one didn't stick around for a picture.
Several Nudibranchs to follow of various colors and patterns.
Some Pygmy Seahorses to follow - actual size is about 1/2 inch tall.
Trevally, Whitetip and Napoleon Wrasse all hunting together.
Hawksbill Turtle chowing down on some soft coral.
Boo Window arches.
Some Topside Pictures
Misool Resort inside the blue circle at bottom of map.
Nudi Rock - a favorite dive site that is only a five minute boat ride away.
The dive resort is located on the left side of the sloping island in the distance.
Sign in Sorong hotel elevator - at least their English is better than my Indonesian.
I think I was the only one on the trip without an iPad.