Missool Island, Raja Ampat
The Raja Ampat region of West Papua, with its multiple islands and intricate system of reefs lies in the heart of the Coral Triangle. This region has been called the most biodiverse area of ocean on the planet. One of the four larger islands is Misool, and the mystery and beauty of the deep aqua lagoons and mysterious vertical jutting rock formations defy description. Underwater surrounding Misool are steep coral walls and drop-offs that are festooned with table corals, staghorn corals, and orange and purple sea squirts. Snorkellers may see giant clams nestled into the coral formations while fish in rainbow colors sprinkle the reef above. On land visitors may enjoy beach activities and bird watching, or a nature walk to observe the marsupial fauna that live on Misool.