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The Whale Sharks Diving Experience

From Raja Ampat to Triton Bay

This cruise is dedicated to exploring the untamed and pristine underwater reefs of West Papua, recognized by marine biologists for having the highest recorded biodiversity on Earth. With approximately 1,508 fish species, 537 coral species (accounting for 75% of all species worldwide), and around 700 mollusc species, the marine life in this region is exceptionally diverse.

Navigating and diving around Misool, surrounded by limestone islands, provides a truly unique experience. The 425-square-kilometer Marine Protected Area (M.P.A.) delineated by the Misool Eco Resort, with approval from the local Papuan landowners, expanded in 2010 to cover 1,220 square kilometres. This expansive area showcases enormous sea fans, vibrant soft corals, and an abundance of fish.

Heading south, your liveaboard will make a stop at the underexplored Pisang Islands and Sangalla bay, before reaching the 6,000-square-kilometer Triton Bay Marine Protected Area.

Described by Conservation International’s Mark Erdmann and noted ichthyologist Dr. Gerry Allen as a “species factory,” Triton Bay’s rich waters support thriving reefs, whether famous for numerous critters or its resident population of whale sharks. Known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World,” its dive sites range from pinnacles to boulders, adorned with invertebrates, or shallow coral gardens. Triton Bay boasts some of the world’s most vibrant soft coral reefs, harboring remarkable critters and attracting schools of surgeon fish, fusiliers, and barracudas around mushroom-shaped rocks.

Embark on a captivating cruise from Raja Ampat to Triton Bay, delving into the pristine reefs of West Papua.

  • Sorong (SOQ)
  • Kaimana (KNG)
  • 01st April to 13th April 2024
  • 12 Nights
  • 450 Nautical Miles
  • 30 Dives
  • Teman Liveaboard
  • 2 areas in one cruise
  • Bird watching (Paradise birds, Parrots, Hornbills...)
  • Limestone rocks lagoon
  • Tiki-Tiki Waterfall
  • Deserted beaches
  • Primary forest and untouched mangroves
  • Ancient rock Paintings
  • Authentic papuan villages in Triton Bay
  • Close encounters with Whale Sharks
  • Stunning Jellyfish Lake
  • Highest marine biodiversity on Earth
  • Best Coral reef in Indonesia, schooling fish
  • Manta rays, pelagics, reef sharks
  • Pygmy sea-horses, rich macro fauna
  • Whales and dolphins sightings
  • Endemic species (walking sharks, flasher wrasse...)
From 5580 €/Person NOW 4395€ ENQUIRE
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Your Konjo Expedition Leader

Sonia is a seasoned French PADI instructor with fluency in French, Spanish, and English. She has amassed extensive experience teaching dive courses globally. Deeply enamored with Indonesia, she is eager to share her passion and stories with you. Serving as your onboard contact, Sonia is committed to ensuring that you have the most enjoyable and memorable diving experience of your life. Nico, the French-American boat manager, will be your guide, supported by two sharp-eyed Indonesian divemasters.


The Boat

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Teman is a comfortable and friendly Phinisi, which can host up to 12 guests. Specially built to offer Scuba diving Liveaboard around the archipelago, she is a reliable vessel. Designed through the expert eyes of her owners, and having a skilled and dedicated crew, Teman make the perfect vessel for our Banda Sea crossing. This vessel has the soul of the original indonesian Pinisi.



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Day 1 | Appetizer

We will pick you up either at your hotel or directly from the airport, depending on your travel arrangements, and then transport you to the vessel. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a welcoming drink, and you’ll have the opportunity to settle into your cabins. Following that, a general briefing will be provided regarding life on board and safety protocols.

1h navigation to Matan island. Check dive. Departure to Misool where we will arrive in the morning the next day.

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Day 2 | Farondi Cave and the Jellyfish Lake  

Farondi Cave and Arch stand out as one of Misool’s renowned dive sites. Divers initiate the dive by swimming through a magnificent arch adorned with soft corals. Following a delightful drift along a curved wall, they reach the cave, offering an unforgettable safety stop. This site, adorned with giant gorgonians, is a habitat for numerous pygmy seahorses. Non-divers can partake in a dinghy ride within the Farondi lagoon and explore its natural land caves. Nearby, there’s another hidden arch for a second dive.

Subsequently, we’ll transport you to a unique destination: Lenmakana Jellyfish Lake. Following a brief hike, you’ll discover this secluded haven, home to thousands of harmless golden jellyfish. Experience swimming among them with just a snorkel and a mask. To conclude the day, a final dinghy ride will be arranged to observe the renowned cave paintings, and an option for a night dive will be presented.

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Day 3 | Balbulol lagoon

Following a dive in the Farondi area at 3 Sisters, the boat will anchor in the stunning Balbulol lagoon for the afternoon. Its maze of karstic rocks offers a paradise for paddle and kayak enthusiasts. Notably, situated in the beautiful Balbulol area, No Contest is an underwater ridge comprised of uniquely shaped rocky outcrops. The final dive of the day will be centered around the Masker cavern of Balbulol. Night anchored in Balbulol.

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Day 4 | Wobbegong sharks and Mobula rays 

Puri Pinnacle is a submerged reef situated 7 meters below the surface, featuring three pinnacles that attract large schools of fusiliers, surgeon fish, and hunting trevallies. Commonly known as Anchovies, it provides opportunities for spectacular Mobula rays’ displays. The Fiabacet underwater ridge connects Tank Rock and Nudi Rock dive sites and is also an excellent spot for snorkeling. With its diverse underwater landscape, you could spend an entire day exploring this fantastic reef, encountering wobbegong sharks, groupers, yellowfin barracudas, grey reef sharks, and thousands of fish.

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Day 5 | Pygmy Seahorses and Dramatic Topography

Named for its tunnels and swimthroughs, Boo Windows boasts dramatic topography. Following the westward ridge, you may encounter grey reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, schools of batfish, as well as ghost pipefish or leaf fish. Boo West stands out for its exceptional topography in Misool, featuring pinnacles and underwater ridges adorned with black coral bushes and vibrant soft corals, attracting a plethora of fish.

For the third dive, the boat will return to Yiliet Kecil, allowing you to explore the ranger station beach area where juvenile blacktip sharks often congregate by late afternoon.

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Day 6 | Oceanic Manta Rays in Misool

Magic Mountain epitomizes the best of Raja Ampat, offering a spectacular array of marine life. Witness big-eyed schooling jacks, bluefin, and giant trevallies, alongside impressive sightings of huge Napoleon wrasse, giant grouper, barracuda, various species of reef sharks, and the graceful oceanic manta rays. Gas Ridge serves as another excellent cleaning station for both Oceanic and Alfredis Manta Rays, with its peak standing at 13 meters beneath the surface. The Eagle Nest, an underwater pinnacle adorned with reddish soft coral, features a ridge on its southern side attracting numerous fishes, including regular sightings of manta rays.

Departure after diner to the Pisang islands. 10 hours | 60 miles


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Day 7 | White Sand beaches and lush vegetation

Nestled in a remote location, the Pisang archipelago is an untouched and pristine paradise. You’ll be greeted by fine sandy beaches and lush vegetation, creating an inviting atmosphere. Pisang Islands are an ideal setting for activities such as S.U.P. boarding, swimming, and enjoying refreshing coconut drinks. Our dive highlights in this area include the T-Bone and Lighthouse dive sites, both of which are among our favorites.

Departure in the afternoon to Sangalla bay. 15 hours | 100 miles

Tiki Tiki Waterfall

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Day 8 | Sangalla Bay Waterfall

Commencing with the Mommoun Mount dive site, this seamount, situated over 6 miles from the coast, offers exceptional pelagic encounters. Sangalla Bay is an ideal location for a second dive, providing opportunities to discover small critters amidst vibrant soft coral. A must-visit attraction in the area is the Sangalla Waterfall, cascading directly into the sea. Nestled in the heart of West Papua’s primary forests and remote areas, Mommoun serves as a habitat for diverse bird species, including the striking Hornsbill.

Departure in the afternoon to Triton Bay. 15 hours | 100 miles

Triton Bay

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Day 9 | The best soft coral of the world

While there are various ways to explore Saruenus Island, the most captivating experience lies in the southeast part, distinguished by submerged rocks often referred to as Little Komodo. Little Komodo, adorned with dendronephthya and black coral bushes, serves as a habitat for vibrant groups of anthias, fusiliers, and damselfish. The relatively shallow reef makes it equally suitable for snorkelers. Moving to the northern part, Pintu Arus offers a spectacular diving experience. Batu Jatu, oriented to the west, is perfect for capturing the afternoon light and immersing yourself in a maze of substantial underwater blocks adorned with soft coral colonies.


Day 10 | Dramai & Walking sharks

Last Frontier is arguably one of the finest dive sites in the region, attracting schools of fish and pelagic species for thrilling underwater encounters around its ridge. Another standout site is Batu Jeruk, known for its remarkable fish activity. Non-divers can also partake in enjoyable snorkeling sessions. As an additional option, a night dive is offered along the resort house reef, providing an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the endemic walking shark.


Day 11 | Aiduma North and the Mauwara Lagoon

Christmas Rock boasts an abundance of soft corals, sea fans, and clusters of black coral bushes. Schools of surgeon fish, plate-sized batfish, fusiliers, sweetlips, and snappers converge in the area. Joko Reef is equally breath-taking and bears a striking resemblance to Batu Jatu. Following a three-hour navigation, the day concludes with a final dive at Batu Dalam. Participants can embark on a dinghy ride through the stunning labyrinth of karstic rocks in Mauwara, culminating in a brief walk to an unforgettable viewpoint, providing a splendid end to the day.

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Day 12 | Whales Sharks of Triton Bay

The morning will be dedicated to swimming and diving with the whale sharks, around those fishing platforms called Bagan. Doing some stationary fishing at night by attracting plankton and small anchovies eith their numerous powerlights, they often get the visit of the gentle giant when they pull up their nets in the early morning. If our guests are lucky enough they will also have the pleasure to watch dolphins and marlin coming for a visit. The afternoon will be dedicated to drying the dive gears, and exploring stunning ancien rock art. The boat will arrive in Kaimana in the evening, with a check out from the boat in the next morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to reach Raja Ampat?

The embarkation port is Sorong. The easiest way to reach it is to organize this travel plan:  Jakarta/Sorong(SOQ). These flights are quite tiring this is why we recommend you to arrive the day before the departure of the whale sharks diving cruise in order to rest in one of the hotels of Sorong.

For international flights we do recommend Quatar Airways. This company works in collaboration with Garuda Airlines and operates direct domestic flights from Jakarta to Sorong (GA-682 | departure at 00h30am arrival at 06:35am). Batik Air can be trusted as well and provides flights on the same timeframe.

If you’d prefer arrive from Bali, you will have to transit through Makassar.  From Bali via Makassar we recommend the flight operated by Sriwijaya (SJ-726 ­| departure at 9:35pm arrival at 10:55pm at Makassar), Citilink or Lion Air. The only inconvenience for any flights, is that you will have to wait for the next flight at Makassar airport until 3am. During your transit at Makassar airport (UPG), seek for one of the two lounge rooms located respectively in front of the Gate 1 and the Gate 6. It will cost you around 10 € for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet, and a comfortable seat.

You will land early morning in Sorong (SOQ) airport. From Makassar, Garuda and Batik Air operate the same kind of flights.

How to leave from Triton Bay ?

Our cruise will end in the little harbor of Kaimana. The Kaimana airport is only served by the WINGS AIR airline. You will have to transit first in Sorong before you can tramsit to Jakarta or Bali. Domestic flights may be delayed and this is why we do advice you to schedule a night in Sorong.

You can directly flight back to Jakarta with Garuda, Batik Air or Air Asia. To go back to Bali, the same company provides flights transiting through Makassar airport. If you leave in the morning, you will reach Bali late afternoon.

We recommand you to stay in one of those hotel, as they are following the international standarts in terms of cleanliness and service.  We can help you with your reservation and organize evrerything for you.

MAMBERAMO MARINA: The closest from any supermarket and restaurants. Provides a good bar and restaurant considering the city of Sorong.

SWISS BEL HOTEL : The more comfortable hotel in town. Close form the ferry terminal for Waisai, but far from any restaurant. Correct breackfast, but avoid the dining. An extra charge will be added for early bookings.

VEGA HOTEL. The closer from the airport, and the more recently built. The best thing is that you can checkin anytime withour extra charge.

KASUARI BEACH RESORT: The fursthest from Town, but good to avoid the hectic harbour of Sorong. Free shuttle can be organized from the airport.

We highly recommand the SUNSHINE BEACH RESTO for a sunset drink on their terrasse, and a followed diner. They are specialize in seafood and fish barbecue, but offer many vegetarian option too. Their Chap-Chay is delicious. Come a bit early if you want to avoid the cheezy and loudy local band, or late to blend in with the local color.

For a coffee and some good snaks before your flight, we do recommand the MISOOL FILLING STATION handle by the Misool Eco resort. Go upstairs to be comfortably  seatted, and have a look to their sustainably-made souvenirs.

Misool offers a good visibility at this time of the year. It can reach 30 meters with an average water temperature around 28-30 degrees.

In Triton Bay, The visibility is always a bit lower. There is many rivers flowing into the bays. In case of heavy rain it can affect the visibility. Anyway Triton Bay host some of the richest waters in Indonesia. The quality of the soft coral reefs, and the fertile ground of the bay, involve unfortunately a lower visibity. Our last visits of the area, which were always during the month of April, we always had an average of 15-20 meters visibility.  Water temperature was similar to Raja Ampat in April.

Yes the full board NITROX option is available. An extra fee of 15 Eur/day/person has to be added to your quote.

This whale sharks diving cruise is open to Advanced open water certified divers with a minimum of 50 dives), and snorkellers. Some Discover Scuba Diving dives could be organized in case of special request. No diving courses will be provided.

Diving an average of 3 times a day during 11 days is not the best for experimenting decompression dives. Also, Triton Bay is an remote area, with the closest decompression chamber is in Waisai, Raja Ampat. We respect the recreationnal diving basic rules for having a safe and enjoyable journey.

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