Another paradise found

Raja Ampat has been one of our cruising highlights but there was one more area to discover before heading south. Misool… One of the four main islands that make up Raja Ampat and stunning in its own right. We split the roughly 100 miles sail into easy-to-manage day hops, anchoring in the river 30 miles south of Sorong on the first night. A second stop provided great snorkelling and swimming opportunity and finally we arrived on the third day in Balbulol, just off Misool island.

The giant karst cliffs were visible miles away and as we approached they became green and lush, towering over the picture perfect turquoise lagoons surrounding them. What a sight. Unfortunately, tall cliffs usually make for deep bays and, indeed, it was not so easy to find a suitable anchorage. After what ultimately was a very pleasant ticky-tour around several bays, Seathan found somewhere protected with manageable depths and we dropped the anchor in 35 metres and reversed into the cliffs to tie a stern line to a shrubby tree.

Below the water was as spectacular as above. The islands are part of a marine reserve and uninhabited so we had this paradise all to ourselves. Pure bliss. 🌴

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overnight river anchorage

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golden sunrise

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mosque along the river

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second stop near a desert island

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perfect for some snorkelling

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stunning corals

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crazy colours

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approaching Balbulol

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giant karst cliffs and turquoise water

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green and lush rocks

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fringed with reefs

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touring the inlets, searching for a suitable anchorage

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Tyrii off to check the depth before we head in with Rehua

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reef and turquoise water

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beautiful water

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off to get the stern line tied

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found a tree

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tying the stern line

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evening light, view from the cockpit

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stroll along the beach

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building a sandcastle

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rocks close-up

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giant mushroom shapes

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admiring the scenery

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anchored stern-to

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one tree beach

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yay!

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early morning, ready to set sail again

 

2 thoughts on “Another paradise found

    • Yep… not easy! We don’t like to anchor in more than 30 metres because if the anchor would get stuck it’s too deep to dive to retrieve it but we had no choice!

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