Stepping off the boat after a four-hour ride, you realise that the long journey (with an overnight stay in Sorong) is well worth the trek. Located in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, the secluded sanctuary is fringed with white untouched beaches. The area is part of a no-take zone and known to be one of the most bio-diverse regions on this planet, spanning 828 sq km of protected habitat that is home to a number of endangered species.
A former shark finning camp, Misool is nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, now boasts eight beautiful overwater cottages on stilts, as well as nine villas of which some are situated on land on the southside of the island. The rustically luxurious overwater cottages have a hammock built into the veranda, which allows for reading, relaxing and watching fish, shark pups and other sea creatures go about their day.