Preliminary liveaboard itinerary
13-day trip / 9 days in kayak
Briefing and welcoming dinner at restaurant. One night at Swiss Bel hotel.
Express ferry to Misool in the morning, arrival in the afternoon at the liveaboard ship (LOB). You have dinner onboard while the ship moves to the first destination far out.
If the weather is good we go to “Turtle Islands” and anchor for the night. This is the wildest in Misool with untouched beaches, forest and a magnificent coral reef for snorkelling, and lots of turtles. NOTE: these remote islands are only possible to visit if the weather is calm.
If the weather is windy we go to Balbulol second lagoon for the night and will not visit Turtle Islands.
If the weather made it possible to go to Turtle Islands we will explore the islands by kayaks today. We start with rescue practices with kayaks, and have time for snorkelling afterwards. We kayak to another small island with a nice beach and good shadow under big trees, we have lunch and there is time to snorkel too. We continue to the main island of Turtle islands and walk on its long beaches and maybe trek to a huge cave with big flying dogs.
The LOB passes the small Turtle Islands group where we also could kayak in late afternoon if we still have some sunlight.
The LOB continues and stays the night in Balbulol lagoon.
If we could not get to Turtle Islands the option for this day is the Small Turtle Island group. Transport back to Balbulol second lagoon for the night.
Kayaking between 5 km to 15 km.
Kayak tour around Balbulol islands including snorkelling, a swim in a small brackish water lake, a visit to a fishermen’s settlement with lunch and possibility to snorkel. If you want we can do a short hike up to a ridge on these impressive karst mountains. Back to the LOB for a short transport to Farondi Island, or Wagmab lagoon for the night. Also possible to kayak there from Balbulol if you want (approx. 5 km).
Kayaking approximately 10 km (+ 5 km optional)
We start by exploring Farondi Island/Wagmab in kayaks. We kayak along Wagmab lagoons, explore a hidden lagoon with a very nice cave at Wagmab and more lagoons at Wagmab and Lenkafal huge islands, all the way to Namlol. Lunch in the passage between the islands. Enter the LOB at Namlol at the end of Lenkafal. The ship travels to the south islands and we anchor around “Great Island” for the night.
Kayaking approx. 15 km or less.
We kayak the Great Island lagoons and other islands in the southern island chain. We explore a small very beautiful and dense karst archipelago, Wayil island group at lunch.
Optional: Karawpop peak/hart blue hole and jellyfish lake if we have time and conditions are good. We can continue with another group of islands, Sagof, just north of the southern island chain with a good archipelago and a few lagoons. The LOB travels back to the northern island chain to Dafalen or Lenmakana for the night.
Kayaking approx 10-15 km or less.
We start the day early with a hike up to Dafalen peak to admire the Blue heart hole and the impressive wall. Afterwards we explore the Dafalen islands group with kayaks and continue to Yapap, the amazing karst stone area. After lunch we continue with LOB or kayaks to the Lenmakana islands group. There are many things to see and do in Lenmakana, as passages, caves, lagoons, nice beaches and a jellyfish lake that we will snorkel in if the conditions are good. We will finish the day with a visit to a cave with a “crying woman”.
The LOB travels to Dapunlol lagoon for the night. We stay 1 or 2 nights in the very dense inner archipelago.
Kayaking approx. 15 km or less.
We start from Dapunlol by kayaks and explore that area before lunch, and continue with the Sunnmalalen inner area after lunch. Explore rock paintings and kayak playgrounds. We climb a peak before lunch, and after lunch explore caves and the very dense inner archipelago. LOB stays in Dapunlol or go closer to the Muslim village.
Kayaking approx. 10-15 km or less.
We start from Dapunlol with small boats to the Muslim village for a visit, and later also a giant cave/overhang there. It may be possible to also visit a pearl farm. Back to the LOB which move during lunch to “Papustralia” island for some trekking in a bush land that looks like Australia. We can kayak above the seagrass belts there and look for dugongs/manatees or go mangrove exploring. We move to Sugar peak islands for the night. It may be possible to do some evening kayaking there in a more rounded karst archipelago with some caves. If somebody wants to kayak part or all of the last transport leg they may do it.
We start from Sugar Peak islands with kayaks and up in the Blue river. We go far up in the Blue river main arm in the jungle, which we explore by kayak. It is also possible to do some trekking on paths and up on a small hill. We explore Clear river arm, Blue curly river arm only by kayak. It is possible to have several refreshing swims in the river. If the tide is high it is possible to kayak in forest standing in water. Boat support to or from the river is only possible if medium to high tide up in the river. If the tide is low you will have to kayak. LOB moves to Tomolol area for the night.
We start from Tomolol with small boats to a Christian village and visit the original Matbat people. We can also visit a second jellyfish lake if the conditions in the first lake were poor. We kayak into the fjord landscape with enormous caves. First we visit a huge land cave in which we can trek for a long time. Lunch at the ship. We continue to explore with kayak and visit the big holy water filled cave, maybe the highlight o the trip.
Transport back Sorong. We take the ferry at 8 AM to Sorong and arrive around 2 PM. Check in at Swiss Bel hotel, some sightseeing for those who fly in early morning, farewell and wrap up dinner and a last hotel night.
Breakfast at the hotel and time to fly out. If you fly later in the afternoon you still have time to come with us to the local market, which is more active in the morning. The last thing on the program is a lunch and after that the trip ends.
The price covers all costs from the day the trip starts to the last day of the trip, in accordance with our trip schedule (dates on the tab overview).
- Airport transfer from and to the airport
- Hotel accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Sorong for the first and the last night of the trip. Shared rooms for 2 persons.
- Ferry transfer from Sorong to Misool and back
- Accommodation at a traditional liveaboard, cabin accomodation (2 persons share a cabin, some cabins have an extra bunk bed for a child)
- All kayak gear (kayak, spray shirt, paddle, PFD etc.)
- Raja Ampat Marin park entry fee
- English speaking Indonesian guides
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included every day except for day 1 (only lunch and dinner) and day 13 (only breakfast and lunch).
Not included in the price:
- flight tickets to Sorong and back and hotel stays and other costs on the way to Sorong
- possible costs for visa or departure taxes
- travel insurances
- alcoholic beverages (can be bought separately at the LOB bar)
- pocket money for souvenirs and other personal shopping
- snorkelling equipment
- single room supplement
- laundry, WIFI and other personal items
Detailed specifications on demand.
If diving is wanted with dive master from LOB its possible with payment for each dive. Also dive/snorkling equipment can be rented.
We negotiate the best prices for the logistics of the trips and guide you to the most memorable spots and places. As you book your flights yourself, you have the freedom to plan some more activities before or after our trip. We are happy to give you advice on what to see before and after our trips and help you with the bookings if needed.
Good to know LIVEABOARD TRIPS ENG och SVENSKA
WHO ARE THE TRIPS FOR?
Almost anybody can join our trips, but you have to manage the heat, sun and high humidity. We hope that you have some experience of paddling a kayak for several hours in one go. Trips with accommodation on a liveaboard suits beginners and families with smaller children too.
VACCINATIONS & HEALTH
You will have to fill in our questionnaire about your health and possible medications before the trip. This is vital information for the guides in the unlikely event that something would happen to you during the trip. Misool is isolated and far from hospitals and any health care of western standard. Also check your teeth so you don’t get dental problems on the trip.
Always consult your doctor about the vaccinations needed before you travel.
- We recommend you to vaccinate against Hepatitis A+B and maybe also Japanese Encephalitis (especially if you are visiting other places in Indonesia before kayaking with us).
- Raja Ampat is a risk area for malaria but it is not common. We still do recommend malaria prevention drugs. You may want to try different kinds of prevention drugs at home before travelling so you know if the medication gives you bad side effects. It is highly individual how the drugs affect you.
- Avoiding mosquito bites is the only protection available against dengue fever, so bring protective clothing and a good insect repellent.
- You should also consider typhoid vaccine and cholera vaccine (the cholera vaccine may also protect you against “tourist diarrhea)
- Please check that your tetanus shot is valid.
You can read more here: More about vaccinations at Stay Raja Ampat
Hand hygiene is crucial while traveling in Raja Ampat. Be wary of uncooked food and fruit without a skin.
Our guides carry a huge medicine kit and first aid kit with them on every trip. We also have medication that work for several tropical diseases, stomach problems, skin problems, wounds, bites and so on. It is however important that you carry sufficient amounts of any specific medications you require, and that you make sure that you are allowed to bring them to Indonesia.
Emergency plan & evacuation
We have a emergency plan that is constantly updated. If a participant needs to be instantly evacuated we can use a speedboat transport to hospital in Sorong. The evacuation can also be done by the express ferry if the ferry departs that day (only 3 days per week). You should be aware of that it is difficult to arrange a quick evacuation from Misool to Sorong. Count with 12 hours if we get a speedboat from Sorong and the timetable fot the express ferry is not matching. If we have a real acute need for evacuation then a speedboat is the only more reliable option. The possibility to get a helcopter is close to zero. A helicopter is also most likely not faster than a speedboat. There was one emergency recently (October 2019) when a person trekking alone on Misool had problems and sent a SOS, but no helicopter could fly in for several days! There are also very few places to land, except on the villages soccer fields. Beaches are few and too small/narrow and too close to trees. There is one local village doctor for non-emergency cases.
The guides have first aid training, and one has military expedition training of emergency and evacuation.
THE SUN & SUNSCREEN
The sun is really strong close to the Equator so make sure to bring a bottle of good sunscreen. Use coral-proof sunscreen or sunscreen safe for marine life. Check that the products contain no oxybenzone or octino oxate as these destroy coral and damage marine life. Products with nano zinc are considered bad for the health. We recommend the brand Aethic sôvée 40 without pigment, or other products with pure titanium oxide/zinc oxide as sunscreen. We have used Aethic sôvée 40 for several seasons and it has been very good, long-lasting and water resistant. It is used by surfers and is not greasy, oily or sticky and does not leave white residue on clothes etc.
Aethic sôvée spf 40 https://aethic.com/product/aethic-sovee-40spf/
You should also protect yourself from the sun by protective clothing with long sleeves and trousers with long legs. A good shading hat is also recommended. More about clothing see PERSONAL EQUIPMENT and CLOTHING AND CULTURE.
PASSPORT & VISA
Make sure that your passport is still valid for more than 6 months when you enter Indonesia. Persons from the EU will get a visa for 30 days free at the border. That is also the case for citizens of 140 countries including UK, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Note that you cannot extend the free entry stamp beyond a 30-day stay. In case you intend to stay in Indonesia for longer than 30 days you must purchase a Visa on arrival which is valid for 30 days and may be extended once for a further 30 days. An alternative is to apply for a Tourist Visa at your local Indonesian embassy before traveling (for a 60-day stay, and it can be extended twice by 30 days). We advice you to check all details with the Indonesian embassy in you country as the regulations can change with short notice.
You need to have a valid travel insurance that will cover you during kayaking abroad in case you for example get sick, get in an accident or loose your gear or luggage. We have no insurances for our guests, so it is important that you make sure you are properly insured before your trip. We will require proof of your insurance prior to your departure.
You will get a more detailed equipment list before the trip.
- Sunhat or tropical hat
- Dark sunglasses
- Water pouch for our PFD backpack. A 1,5 liter pouch is the best size, maximum 2 l pouch. The alternative is several plastic water bottles.
- Paddle gloves (short or full cover)
- Tropical clothing, covers all if needed
- Swimming clothing, covers all if needed
- Eventual light rain jacket
- Coral shoes for kayaking/swimming (Camaro Coral Sea is a good one)
- Sandals, flip flop, Crocs or similar shoes (optional)
- Ventilated jogging shoes or toe protected sandals for trekking (Keen H20 is a good brand)
- Seat pad for the kayak seat if you want to sit more comfortably
- Small waterproof bag for clothes and personal things like electronics etc.
- Headlamp (gladly with rechargeable AA or AAA batteries)
- Snorkelling gear (can be rented at the LOB)
- Travel towel for snorkelling while kayaking. Normal towel provided by the LOB
- Toilet bag with personal hygiene/tooth care/medicines etc.
- Coral and marine safe sunscreen IMPORTANT: no oxybenzone or octinoxate
- Mosquito agents
- Malaria prophylaxis
- Water bottles (if you don’t have a water pouch for the PFD)
- Fishing equipment if you want to fish
The kayaks we will be using during the trips are polyethylene Whisky 16 versions from Swedish Point 65. We also have Point 65 day trip tandem Doubloon in polyethylene for boat-supported trips.
For the season 2020/2021 we will add some composite kayaks. We have a few larger Whisky 18, they suit tall people over 1,95 cm / (6 ft 4 in) well. We will also have the fun tandem version DoubleShot for couples and families. This larger tandem is as close you can get to a single kayak. A few small Cappuccino-kayaks suitable for small or young people are also available. All kayaks are designed by Nigel Foster except the Doubloon.
The paddles are lightweight paddles (Point 65 SuperTourer, Nigel Foster GS, Kayak Sport Sea Touring, Epic Mid Wing full carbon etc.). We will also get some Greenland paddles by Gear Lab for the season 2020/2021.
The good quality PFDs are designed by Nigel Foster and have a pocket for a water pouch and several pockets for radios, cameras etc. We have PFDs of 3 different sizes. The spray skirts are all nylon with an adjustable waistband.
We have GMRS-radios for all participants fitting the PFD-pocket. The guides have combo WHF-radios to ensure good communication and guiding while kayaking.
There are no other good usable maps for Misool except satellite maps. No GPS-maps, or sea charts can be used, as they are far too inaccurate. If you want to print out some maps, you should use satellite maps. See for example Google Earth, or for better color and contrast the Apple Maps (choose satellite). Take screen pictures of the island chain in Apple, or print straight from Google earth, which is easier. We can send you a drop box link for satellite maps we have prepared for you. You have to take your own map case with you.
CLOTHING AND CULTURE
West Papua is not a very strict Muslim area. Female participants don’t have to cover more than at home, and our Muslim kayak guides are used to ”Swedish nudity” already. Please do not change clothes and expose yourself on the boat or at the beaches. Bikini/shorts are ok at the LOB and in Sorong normal summer clothes are fine just like at home.
OUR GUIDES AND ASSISTANTS
We have the best kayak guides in the world, and you will love them too! Our two Indonesian kayak guides speak excellent English. They are young, very experienced kayakers and guides and well accustomed to western participants. One or both will lead the trips, depending on how many participants the trips have. Read more about all the guides on the page ABOUT US.
The guides always take the final decisions about the route depending on weather and other circumstances. The guides negotiate with the local people and answer all your questions. Do not hesitate to inform the guides if you have some health matters during the trip that need attention.
We also have assistants from the local villages. They kayak and help cleaning equipment and other things necessary.
Please respect that the Indonesian guides and assistants may sometimes take a few moments to make a prayer.
Internet and phones
Signal strength is excellent in the areas around Sorong. At the hotel in Sorong, where you stay before and after our trips, there is WiFi that mostly works well. At the ferry half way out to Misool the 4G network will be gone. In Misool you can get 3G in some villages, but mostly slow GPRL signal or no signal at all. There is in other words no need to buy a local SIM card for you phone, unless you are planning to stay a longer time in Raja Ampat or other parts of Indonesia.
Telkomsel is currently the only network provider in Raja Ampat. Telkomsel markets a variety of SIMs, but the most common prepaid ones are branded SIMPATI and HALO. HALO is data only.
The guides have 2 satellite phones with them on the trips. You will get the numbers for the phones before the trip in case your family or friends need to contact you (only for sending messages, no calls). If you want to send an sms or call out its possible with an additional cost of 0,50 USD per each sms and 2 USD/minute for a voice call.
MONEY & ATMs
You don’t need much cash unless you are drinking a lot of beer and buying many souvenirs. Almost everything is included in the price for the 2-week trips. So with one ATM withdrawal of 2,5 million IDR you manage well for the start of the trip.
There are many reliable ATMs in Sorong that work with Visa and MasterCard. You should use ATMs that give you 100 000 IDR bills, with a withdrawal of maximum 2,5 million IDR. Make sure that there is a sign that stating 100 000 Rp. The ATM will work in English when you enter a foreign card. Our guides can assist you if you need help. You can also withdraw money in ATMs in Jakarta or Makassar.
A beer at the hotel costs 70-80 000 IDR, at a restaurant about 50 000-60 000 IDR for 330 ml. At a Supermarket around 25 000-28 000 IDR per 330 ml. Add 10 000 more for a bigger 500 ml beer at a restaurant and 5 000-7000 more at a Supermarket. The cost for drinks is the same in shops and restaurants.
SOUVENIRS & WHAT TO BUY
Souvenirs in Misool as necklace figures in mother of pearl are about 200 000 IDR each. We sell special designed kayak figure necklaces, ask our guides if you want to know more. Sarongs has been a popular souvenir in the Misool villages and they are from 50 000 IDR each. You can also buy extra snacks, biscuits and cold drinks in the village kiosks, those cost around 10 000 IDR each.
In Sorong, T-shirts and traditional Papua bags are around 100-150 000 IDR each. Necklaces of shell etc. 40-50 000 IDR. Lovely Papuan Batik shirts costs from 250 000 to 400 000 IDR. They also sell nice skirts, blouses, dresses or table cloths with the same papuan batik patterns. You can also buy loose fabric per meter. A machete costs 150 000 to 200 00 IDR. Of course there are much more expensive souvenirs like crocodile bags or pearl necklaces etc . If you want to buy those you can take out more money from ATM when coming back from the trip as we will go souvenir shopping after our last dinner back in Sorong. We will also go to the local market the last day or in afternoon day before for these who fly in early morning. In the local market you can find almost anything. Please do not buy souvenirs made of any endangered species.
The guides and assistants have fair salaries and do not expect tips. An extra gift is still always appreciated if you like their work. You can also tip the boatmen with 100 000 Rp each (1-2 of them) if you want to. Tips should be paid in rupiah because there are limited possibilities to exchange foreign currency in Raja Ampat.
GIFTS TO THE SCHOOL CHILDREN
We will visit two villages on our trip, one Muslim and one Christian village. The schools there have limited budgets and lack many things for the school. They have especially asked us if we could help them with sports equipment and English books with pictures for the smallest children 6 to 8 years old. Other kinds of school equipment (world maps, pencils, skipping ropes etc.) is also appreciated.
ACCOMMODATION ON THE TRIP
Hotel and liveaboard (LOB)
We will stay two nights at a very comfortable hotel in Sorong (Delux Rooms). The rooms are for 2 persons (max 3 persons with an extra bed). A single supplement is added in case you do not want to share a room.
You will stay in shared cabins on the liveaboard (2 persons in one cabin). Some cabins have an extra bunk bed suitable for a child. The cabins all have a separate toilet and shower. You will get breakfast, lunch and dinner on the LOB. Alcohol can be bought at the LOB (not included in the price).
WATER ON THE TRIP
In the archipelago water is scarce and valuable. We provide all drinking water during the trips. Some of the drinking water is bought from a local water plant in five-gallon tanks and it is filtered and UV-treated. The liveaboards produce their fresh water with a reverse osmosis system. Please do not waste water unnecessarily during the trips or a the LOB.
Do not drink the water from the tap at the hotel or at any restaurant.
LEAVE NO TRACE & NO WASTE
We aim to minimize the amount of waste we produce on our trips. All waste that we produce and all the rubbish that we can manage to pick up while paddling, is transported to our home base on the island of Panun. We collaborate with Bank Sampah Sorong Raya (Waste Bank), to organize our waste. Every month their rangers will pick up our sorted waste from Panun. The waste is transported to Sorong and sorted and treated properly. The only things we leave behind are footprints in the sand and photos on our memory cards!
ELECTRONICS AND HOW TO CARE FOR THEM
Electronic equipment, like cameras and mobile phones, can be badly damaged by the salty water, high humidity and the sand. We recommend using waterproof cameras only in the kayaks. They should be thoroughly rinsed in fresh water if used while snorkeling or kayaking. Consider bringing a separate waterproof bag for the camera and some silicon packs to dry out the moist that can get in the camera.
Raja Ampat has so much life under the surface and is one of the best places to snorkel in the whole world! You need to bring your own snorkelling equipment (mask and fins) if you want to snorkel. We have time to snorkel at least once a day. The snorkelling is best during the 4 first days of the trip. Sometimes we can jump in straight from the kayak.
Although your chances of encountering truly dangerous creatures on land are very low, you should always be careful while exploring. Never touch any spiders, crabs, octopuses or snakes if you happen to encounter one.
Walking barefoot: If you’re exploring sand flats or limestone reefs at low tide you should never be barefoot. There are lots of animals like stingrays and stonefish lying concealed in the shallows waiting for the water to return.
Saltwater crocodiles: We kayak up in the mangroves of the jungle of Misool and there is a small possibility to encounter some small saltwater crocodiles. We are however very careful and do never swim in the mangroves.
Sea snakes: Sea snakes can be seen while snorkeling and although some are exceedingly venomous, they are not aggressive at all. Stay calm and don’t make the snake feel threatened too, everything will be ok.
Snakes: We have hardly ever encountered any snakes in Misool, but it is always good to be careful while walking in the jungle.
Stinging jellyfish: During all our trips we have only once had a case of a box jellyfish stinging a person standing in a shallow lagoon, so box jellyfish are not common in Misool. We are equipped with hot water and vinegar and can treat possible burns if this happens again. Covering clothes while snorkelling is a good protection against stinging jellyfish.
PROBLEMS, DELAYS & QUESTIONS
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The biggest adventure trip of my life! Totally magical nature. Visited Misool in January 2019. Very professional tour operator and guides, and with high competence. And also very friendly! Millekul provided fantastic service already before the trip, with valuable information and good advice that felt very secure. SO happy I participated!
Millekul are arranging fabulous kayak trips in Misool. They know the area like no one else, and their guides are simply the best. I went on a 9 days kayaking trip with them in January 2019 and it was excellent. Fantastic lagoon kayking, caves, views from mountain tops and jungle kayaking that was really different. We stayed in huts and tents along the way and everything worked out brilliantly. I'd love to go again!
A professionally run kayaking trip that is as challenging or otherwise as you want to make it. Misool is a great place if you are interested in nature, full of interesting plants and birds. It's the only place in Indonesia that I have been able to swim in crystal clear rivers.
What a trip! We did the unsupported option and completely loved it. I am an intermediate kayaker but went with my step mom who was a beginner. We had no problems. That said you must be ok with the heat and rugged camping. The itinerary was a dream. Worth looking at the video on their site. The snorkeling was amazing! A couple of walks to overviews! Swam in a fresh water lake with non-stinging jellyfish. Kayaked up a river to sleep in the jungle. Water was gorgeous! Guides were amazing. Their equipment was top of the line. The food was top of the line dehydrated. Once you get there you will see why its just too hot and remote to have other food. I was also impressed with what a great career it provides for the 3 guides.
Went there, Misool in feb/March 2018. A real adventure trip that I warmly reommend. Cool!
I have been to Misool twice and paddled with Millekul. The first time in three weeks 2017 and I just loved them, a totally magical experience. That's why I went back and did a three week kayaking in 2019. Can really recommend Millekul.
If you can afford the cost? This is a once in a lifetime experience! Nobody will take you closer to the wonders of the karst islands paradise Misool. From the day you set your foot at the airport in Sorong Vest Papua Indonesia everything is paid for and everything is cared for. Four star hotel in Sorong. Marine park permits, all transport, lodging, food and snacks. Indonesian english speaking and international seakayaking guides. And they really know the area and the lokals. I was also impressed about the equipment: Swedish brand kayaks and tents. Highlights whith Sea turtles at Panun caves, gelyfish-lakes, coral reefs and a maze of karst islands; and you are in the middle of it all. Just remember to take enough suncream and mosquito repellant.
Everything was super! I am totally happy with my trip and I believe you (Millekul red. komment) have got the same response from the other participants. The group worked well together from the first moment, and we had a very good time together, all the time. We said goodbye as very good friends!
It is hard to find a favorite moment of this trip, as it was all so beautiful. The guides of our trip were excellent, and we all felt safe and cared for. They anticipated our needs, and provided a wonderful experience! If you are eager to explore pristine oceans and have a soul searching adventure, then this outfit is definitely for you! I would absolutely recommend Millekul Adventures, and am planning to go back for a longer duration.