Sunset on the islets south of Misool. (Raja Ampat, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Sunset on the islets south of Misool. (Raja Ampat, Indonesia, November 2015.)

Raja Ampat seen from a drone: the island of Misool

  Indonesia: Banda + Raja Ampat - Oct-Nov 2015

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A drone over Raja Ampat (Indonesia), it gives stunning images! Small video in the south of Misool island, in the middle of cliffs which plunge in the turquoise water...

"Lagoon tour in Misool

Steffen's drone during our "lagoon tour" in the south of Misool. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Steffan's drone during our "lagoon tour" in the south of Misool. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)

At the beginning of November 2015, I was (again) in Indonesia. ???? I boarded the WaowA magnificent three-masted ship dedicated to scuba diving, for a liveaboard from Ambon (Central Moluccas) to Sorong (West Papua). All my articles about this trip can be found at the end of the link below :

Waow liveaboard: Banda + Raja Ampat [oct-nov. 2015]

Waow burning

Updated February 2018. The Waow???? Unfortunately, this magnificent diving cruise ship that used to sail the waters of the Indonesian archipelago, and on which I had the chance to embark in 2015, no longer exists... ???? Unfortunately, it burned and sank in the bay of Cenderawasih, Indonesia, during the night of January 31 to February 1, 2018. I refer you to the message published on their Facebook page and on their site.

Steffan Kilby, the videographer of the Waow...doesn't just make movies underwater. He also has a drone. The device that makes the sound of a big bug... 😄 Steffan has given us stunning images of the southern islets of Misool... From the sky, this typical landscape of the archipelago of Raja Ampat is even more spectacular!

With his permission, I took some excerpts from it, to edit a short video with my own images made at the water's edge. So here is a small glimpse of our walk, called "lagoon tour", just before sunset, in the middle of this maze formed by karstic cliffs covered with virgin forest, plunging into the jade water...

Misool under the water

We've only spent two days in Misool and I must admit it doesn't taste like enough. Above water as well as underwater, the place is gorgeous.

For a glimpse of the dives and the incredible profusion of coral and underwater life, I invite you to check out the photos and video in the article below... So much beauty, it's like crying with happiness in your diving mask!

The coral in Misool is sumptuous. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The coral in Misool is sumptuous. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Gorgon Giant at Misool. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Gorgon Giant at Misool. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)

The Misool archipelago in pictures

To give you an idea of the landscape on the surface, pictures are better than a long speech. Here are some pictures taken during our "lagoon tour" at the end of the day, after the dives...

At dawn, the islets of southern Misool appear on the horizon. (Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.)
We arrive at dawn after a night's sailing. The southern islets of Misool loom on the horizon. (Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.)
Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
The drone flies over the cliffs of Misool, in the south of Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Let's go for the lagoon tour just before sunset. (Misool, Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
After the dives, at the end of the day, we leave for the "lagoon tour", just before sunset. We can see on the horizon another diver's cruise boat. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015).
The cliffs are dizzying ... (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The cliffs are dizzying ... (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Everyone takes pictures, including the staff, as here Melissa, one of our guides under the water. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Everyone takes pictures, including the staff, as here Melissa, one of our guides under the water. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
On the horizon, between the cliffs, we see another dive cruiser. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
On the horizon, between the cliffs, we see another dive cruiser. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
From one island to another, the light keeps changing. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
From one island to another, the light keeps changing. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The water is shallow and takes on a jade color. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The water is shallow and takes on a jade color. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Play of shadow and light between the cliffs. The water is shallow and takes on a jade color. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Play of shadow and light between the cliffs. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Virgin Islands, covered with jungle. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Virgin Islands, covered with jungle. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
In the declining light of the day, the water takes on an incredible color. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
At the foot of the cliffs, the water takes on an incredible color. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
It's huge ! (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
It's huge ! (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The day gradually declines, the surface of the water becomes smooth as a lake. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The day gradually declines, the surface of the water becomes smooth as a lake. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Twilight approaches, return to Waow. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Twilight approaches, return to Waow. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The sky is blazing with the sunset. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
The sky is burning with the sunset. (Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)

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I was a guest of the Waow from 27 October to 8 November 2015, for this diving cruise called "Secrets of Seram". All the opinions expressed here remain 100 % mine. 

  Indonesia: Banda + Raja Ampat - Oct-Nov 2015

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