We head out overnight for Misool and reached the south-east of Misool at midday. Two dives in the area of Yellet and Boo with Batu Kecil welcoming us with a pinnacle reef system with great soft corals and dense ﬁsh life. Boo point east is another soft coral rich dive, where you can observe schools of batﬁsh, turtles and napoleon wrasse.
Elsewhere in east Misool we visited Three Rocks, a gorgeous pass lined with sea fans and whip corrals. Caves, Wall and No Contest were also options, but we decided to conserve energy for another night dive in a lagoon hidden deep in the rocks.
Happily exhausted we climbed into bed dreaming of what the next day would bring. The Anne Judith boast two comfortable cabins, each featuring a double and single bed, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, charging ports and closet space. Two lounge decks make for perfect rest areas after a day of adventure while dining both indoor and out are available depending on your mood. Nothing is too much trouble for our dedicated crew and your desires are our priority.
There are a hundred other dive spots, but you would need 6 months to even dive half of them, but highlights include Pet Rock, Candy Store and Andiamo. That night we made for the Dampier Straight and we jumped in at Batanta Island. Diversity, on the south-east corner of the island, is a reliable spot for mantas and once again our luck was in. That said you don’t have to be lucky in this region as we found out on our next dive at Cape Kri on the north shore of Raja Ampat. We marvelled at schools of trevally, barracuda, bannerﬁsh and sweetlips. It was the perfect end to what can only be described as a once in a lifetime journey.
It was with tired limbs and happy hearts that we cruised back to Sorong and the end of our time in the Moluccas. We truly recommend this trip to anyone, divers or otherwise.
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