Cruise Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua. With about 500 kilometers of coastline, a tropical rainforest, mangrove,s and countless species of sea creatures, this distinct and varied cruise destination is a bucket list item for those looking to explore some of the remotest regions on earth. The first thing anyone talks about when recounting the wonders of Cenderawasih Bay is the whalesharks. There are few places in the world that offer a year-round encounter with such a high density of these gentle giants.
Far in West Papua, Cenderawasih Bay National Park is essentially an area that time has left untouched. The largest national park in Southeast Asia, 1.5 million hectares of protected marine reserve ensures pristine conditions and a massive population of vibrant flora, fauna, and healthy coral cover. With an underwater landscape like this, it’s understandable why divers desire this destination. It has been noted that you can find about 200 species of mollusks, including the giant clam, cowries mussel, and the conus mussel.
Cruise to Cenderawasih Bay to experience a geographically completely isolated marine system from the rest of the sea for thousands of years. The limited influence of outside ocean currents produced endemic species. The fish are plenty, over 200 species, including the ornate pipefish, butterfly fish, cockatoo waspfish, parrot fish, anemonfish, damselfish and so much more. Of course, for the those seeking the giants of the sea, you can encounter blue whaled dolphins, various species of sharks including whale sharks.
Consisting of 18 islands, this national park has several recommended places to explore from. Snorkel or dive Kwatisore for your best chance to encounter whale sharks. Ahe and Harlem islands are also good for spotting the giants. There are also several shipwrecks and sunken ships from WW ll in the area. Looking for land adventure? Serui Beach has a beautiful coastline, perfect for relaxing. Misowaar Island has a cave with a natural hot spring and waterfall. Rumberpon Island is where you can also find wreck diving spots. Furthermore, it is perfect for bird watching in Indonesia. The area features about 3 dozen species of endemic birds.
A cruise to Kaimana and Triton Bay takes you to one of Papua’s lesser-known wonders. This area, along with the rest of the Birds Head Seascape, has the highest number of recorded marine fish species in the world, with more expected to be discovered in the coming years.
Kaimana, a quaint harbor town in the southwest coast of West Papua, is home to one of the last frontiers of marine biodiversity on Earth – Triton Bay. The unique and ancient relationship between the fishermen and the famed giants of the sea, Whale Sharks, not only provides a rare opportunity to witness the symbiosis between man and nature, but it gives visitors a high chance to dive among the sea giants from a man-made bagan.
Recently discovered by the diving community, Triton Bay is still a secret and therefore offers a pristine diving destination, unspoiled by mass tourism. Seldom dived, this remote bay offers some of the most incredible and untouched dive sites. Triton Bay is known for its unique habitat of lush corals, the fantastic health of the reefs, and the opportunity to dive or snorkel with the legendary whale sharks. There are also towering formations of limestone set with the high mountains of New Guinea’s lush tropical garden in the background. The dive sites here also have the highest recorded fish biomass in all of Indonesia.
In addition to whale sharks, cruising here offers you the chance to see huge amounts of endemic species along with undersea flora and fauna of all shapes and sizes. These dive sites are perfectly situated to attract larger marine life, like Mantas and Sharks. Because Triton Bay sits in a large and remote Marine National Park, cruising Triton Bay on a Private Yacht Charter is arguably the best way to explore the stunning sea and landscape of the region.
The area around Triton Bay and Kaimana is best visited October-April and can be combined with a Raja Ampat yacht charter. From July to September, rain and wind can cause choppy seas and it is better to fly to Cenderawasih in July/August for the best conditions. Indonesia’s Papua provinces experience 2 wet seasons: July/August and November/December. The area also features various microclimates. Hence there is always the chance for some rain.
Generally speaking, you will need to calculate some extra time traveling to explore this extraordinary and remote area. Cruises to Cenderawasih Bay usually depart for ports of Manokwari, Nabire or Biak in Papua Province. From Jakarta, your flight goes either via Ambon or Makassar. For Cruises to Triton Bay, you either depart from Sorong directly or take a flight to Kaimana from Sorong.
Cruising in one of the most remote regions on the planet is not only a premium holiday experience but an adventure. Diving with whale sharks or discovering new species of birds, Cendreawasih and Triton Bay provide unparalleled insights into a land where time has stopped. Far away from mass tourism, noise, and stress, your boat will take you back in time. Our dedicated team will help you with planning your dream voyage.