92 miles from Sorong
There are a couple of moorings regularly used by dive boats on the north side of Pulau Yilliet. If these are taken drop anchor nearby in 45-55 metres on a coral and sand bottom. Some of the finest diving and snorkelling in Indonesia is found in and around the adjacent islands.
The iconic Misool Eco Resort is only four miles southwest on Pulau Batbitiem. The resort supports an extensive ‘No Take Zone’ programme and expects all visitors to report prior to diving in the surrounding areas. They monitor VHF on Ch.16 and 20 and visits can be arranged with prior appointment.
Our thanks go to Spanish skipper, Ricard Buxo, who wrote much of the Raja Ampat content for the 5th Edition (2016) of Southeast Asia Pilot.
Ricard has published numerous stories in diving magazines and in 2000 he moved to Indonesia to supervise the construction of a 100-foot traditional wooden schooner, S.M.Y. Ondina as a dedicated dive charter vessel (www.smyondina.com).
Ricard has been operating charters in Indonesian waters since then, while he keeps up with his writing, which includes his book ‘Underwater Paradise, a diving guide to Raja Ampat’, that can be seen at www.ocean-focus.com.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.
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