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. 🌴