It is never-ending when we are talking about the beautiful nature in Raja Ampat, West Papua. It is popular as “The Last Paradise” and well known among tourists in all around the world. The crystal blue water, the cluster of karst islands in the middle of the ocean, and hard coral grow over the water to the underwater caver are the complete package we can see in Raja Ampat. It is very breath-taking for everyone when they see it.
The Beauty of Misool Island
When we are going to Raja Ampat, going to Misool Island can be added to your list. This is one of the amazing islands. In this location, visitors can enjoy the famous exotic underwater life, and we can feel adventurous when we ride the Kajang boat.
Kajang boat is a small boat the size of 8 m in length and 2 m in width. It is an ancient water mode of transportation and very famous back then. The shape is unique and made from wood, bamboo, and the roof is made from nipah leaves. It is divided into 3 parts: front part (kajang Tarik), center part (kajang tetap) and back part (kajang tunjang). People back then functioned it like a home as well. While riding this boat, we can explore the untouched part of Misool island from another side.
Misool island has beautiful white sand along the seashore and clear water. This view is very refreshing for the visitors of this island. No wonder many people make Misool their favorite place when visiting West Papua. This is surely a hidden paradise in the land of the last paradise.
What You Can Do in Misool Island
There are many activities to do when we are on Misool Island, like going around the island by boat. We can see the exotic part of this island while looking from the boat and enjoying the breeze. You can also kayak and snorkelling to enjoy the view of underwater life closer. Also, you can visit the small villages in Misool to see the local life.
The Potential Development of Misool Island
In the future, Misool Island will be functioned as a geopark with its richness of the unique geology landscape, either above sea level or beneath the water. The coral reefs and its beach are mesmerizing, and the caves are beautiful, it is counted as the ancient heritage and also kayaking site. This can make Misool Island an area of exclusive tourism.
Preserving the Nature in Misool Island
With this amazing potential and beauty, we have to keep this place as it is. We have to keep the environment clean and not litter or throw dangerous chemical waste. Also, we have to not touch the coral reefs.
One of the ways to preserve nature is to increase the capacity of local people about how to manage the tourism in Misool. Thus, the people will understand the importance of preserving and protecting the ecology of this island. When nature is destroyed, we will lose this rich biodiversity and majestic marine life. It can’t be recreated.
How to Reach Misool Island
If you want to visit Misool Island, you can go through Sorong, West Papua. The transportation is various, from speed boat with estimate arrival time around 4 hours or by big boat with estimated time 8 hours.
West Papua has a great potential for tourism, especially in Raja Ampat. Marine biodiversity is famous around the world, and it is located in Coral Reef Triangle. With this greatness, we need to keep and protect this nature potential carefully, and all people have their responsibility to preserve it.