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THE WHALE SHARKS EXPERIENCE
RAJA AMPAT | TRITON BAY

Discovering West Papua

This cruise takes you from Raja Ampat to Triton Bay to explore the untouched reefs of West Papua. It aims to organize an incredible encounter with whale sharks diving around fishing plateform called Bagans. Misool and its 1.220 square kilometer of Protected Marine Area will thrill snorkelers, divers and freedivers with a unique show.

Our whale sharks diving journey brings our guests around Pisang Area and the Sangalla Waterfall, before it reachs the Triton Bay’s 6.000 square meters Protected Marine Area. This remote location has much more to offer than its whale sharks congregation. Triton Bay’s flourishing Soft coral reefs are some of the best of the world. Hidding some incredible critters, it attracts also schooling surgeon fish, fusiliers and barracudas around some mushroom-shaped rocks.

KEY INFOS
  • Sorong (SOQ)
  • Kaimana (KNG)
  • 23 Mars- 03 April 2021
  • 11 Nights
  • 450 Nautical Miles
  • 28 Dives
  • Jakare Liveaboard
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
UNDERWATER
  • 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...)
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Your Konjo Cruising Tour Leader

Alexis, CEO and founder of the agency Konjo Cruising will be the tour leader of this cruise. Thanks to the years he spent, working as Cruise Director on Liveaboards in Indonesia, he takes you to this unforgettable voyage. He shares with you his knowledge and offers you the very best of Misool and Triton Bay. Organising a once in a lifetime encounter with whale sharks to top it all. He will personnally guide one of the whale sharks diving groups.

 

RAJA AMPAT - TRITON BAY

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Dampier

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Day 1 | Appetizer

We pick you up at the hotel or directly at the airport (depending on your travelling plans) and we take you to the vessel. Welcoming drink and installation in your cabins. General briefing about life and safety on board. Navigation (5 hours) to the Dampier Strait and check dive around Saonek Kecil.

Total navigation: 35 miles | 6 hours

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Day 2 | Diving the Legends

Blue Magic is an underwater ridge located on the south-East of  Mioskon. Grey reef sharks, barracuda, wobbegong, giant grouper, schooling jack and spanish mackerel keep the show running. Oceanic manta rays are sometimes joining this underwater festival. Cape Kri is a legendary dive site. Hundreds of species are hoovering along this beautiful reef. Unbelievable. Manta ridge is the best place to observe manta rays in the Dampier Strait. Exposed to fierce currents, it makes the perfect place for those elegant animals for feeding and getting clean by wrasses and butterfly fish.

A visit of the lovely village of Arborek could be organise. Overnight anchored in Yangeffo. Total Navigation: 25 miles | 4 hours. 

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Day 3 | Penemu

Two hours West from Gam Island, stands the gorgeous island of Penemu. Barracuda Ridge is a submerged reef bursting with Life. Its massive boulders are colonized by yellow and orange soft coral. Mellissa’s garden offers an unbelievable acropora coral garden, with extended underwater ridges. Cleaning station for napolean wrasse, giant trevallies, and blacktip sharks, it is clouded by thousands of anthias on the shallow. My reef is another underwater reef, with schooling fish like snappers, sweetlips and barracudas.

Full night navigation to reach Misool | 90 miles, 15 hours.

Misool

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Day 4 | Lenmakana : the Jellyfish Lake

Numerous underwater caves, crevasses and rocks with sharp tips. We will dive there twice. After what, we take you to a unique spot: Lenmakana Jellyfish Lake. After a short hike, you discover this remote place, home to thousands of unarmed golden medusa. Swim among them just with a snorkel and a mask. In the afternoon, a dinghy ride to watch the famous cave paintings or for the more motivated ones, a hike to a stunning panorama will be organised.

Anchoring for the night in this otherworldly landscape. 

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Day 5 | Farondi to Daram

Farondi Cave and Arch is one of Misool’s famous dive site. Divers start the dive swimming through a sumptuous arch covered with soft corals. They reach the cave after a nice drift along a curved wall, for an unforgettable safety stop. This site, full of giant gorgonians, hosts many pygmee sea horses. No contest, located in the gorgeous Balbulol area, is an underwater ridge is made out of strangely shaped rocky outcrops. Two hours of navigation brings you to Daram to dive Andiamo. This dramatic seascape hosts schooling barracudas and red snappers.

Full night of Navigation to reach the Pisang Islands. 

Pisang

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Day 6 | Pisang Islands

Remotely located this archipelago is deserted and virgin. Fine sandy beaches and lush vegetation are welcoming you. Pisang Islands are the perfect place to practice S.U.P. boarding, swimming and sipping some fresh coconuts

We will dive T-Bone and Lighthouse dive sites which are our big favorites in this area.

Departure in the middle of the afternoon for the Sangalla Bay where we will arrive early in the morning. 

Sangalla

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Day 7 | Sangalla Bay

Starting with Mommoun Mount dive site. This seamount is located more than 6 miles away from the coasts and hosts a great pelagic action. Sangalla Bay, perfect for a second dive to look for small critters among the colorful soft coral.

A must-see in the zone is the Sangalla Waterfall which directly flows into the sea. In the heart of primary forests and unattainable areas of West Papua, Mommoun is a nest to various species of birds such as toucan for instance.

Late afternoon navigation to Triton Bay.

Triton Bay

Day 8 | Iris Strait

Early dive in Orombai island. Stunning site with a great fish action. Then the vessel will keep going to iris Strait and will anchor near Saruenus island. This place offers the best dive sites of the area.

Little Komodo, riddled with dendronephthya and black coral bushes, is home to gangs of anthias, fusiliers and damsel fish. It extends in a tip which attracts bigger action with schools of sweetlips, red snappers and trevallies. Aquarium located south, is aptly named.

 

Croisière plongée à Triton Bay

Day 9 | Iris Strait

Christmas Rock is full of soft corals, sea fans and black coral bushes. Surgeon fish, plate-sized batfish, fusiliers, sweetlips and snappers gather in schools. Batu Jeruk where the fish action is outstanding.

Navigation to Larry’s Dive Heaven, located South of Aiduma island for our last dive of the dayA shallow and easy dive where the colours are mesmerizing.

2 hours navigation to Mauwara island.

 

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Day 10 | Whale Sharks and the Lagoon of Mauwara

We will spend the whole morning with the world’s largest fish. It is an unforgettable experience to leap off the tender and come face to fin with some at least 7 meter long inofffensive whale sharks diving. Divers and snorkelers will be spellbound as dolphins and marlins often join the whale sharks diving in the feeding frenzie created by the fishermen from their bagans.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the exploration of the lagoon of Mauwara for the snorkelers. And a third dive will be organised at Deep Rock for the divers.

Day 11 | Whale Sharks and Sagin

Because we never get enough of these gentle giants with their Morse-code livery of dots and dashes, we will spend the morning with them again. In the afternoon we will go with the tenders to observe the rock paintings. And admire the beautiful sunset over the secret beach of Sagin.

Short navigation to Kaimana for the night. Departure (very) early in the morning to the airport. 

The Boat

JAKARE LIVEABOARD

Launched in November 2017, Jakare is perfectly adapted to diving and snorkeling cruises. She caters a maximum of 12 guests for a more intimate experience. Finely decorated, this Pinisi is designed for relaxation and peace of mind.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to reach Raja Ampat?

Embarkation from Sorong harbour, after landing at Domine Eduard Osok airport (SOQ).

For the international flights from Paris we 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).

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.

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). The only inconvenience for any flights, is that you will have to wait for the next flight at Makasar airport until 3am. You will land at 06:55am in SOQ airport. Garuda and Batik Air operate the same kind of flights.

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.

How to leave from Triton Bay?

Our cruise will end in the little harbor of Kaimana.

You fly from Utarom Airport (Kaimana, KNG)  to Sorong with Wings Air on the 3rd of April. We recommend the flght IW-1529 at 12:20pm (arrival at Sorong at 1:30pm) and then to Jakarta with the direct flight from Batik Air at 4:00pm (ID-6199, arrival at 6:00pm at Jakarta).

To go back to Bali, we recommend the flight SJ-605 operated by Sriwijaya at 5:10pm from Sorong. You will arrive in Bali around 8:35pm after a stopover in Makassar.

Domestic flights may be delayed and this is why we do advice you to schedule a night in Jakarta or Bali before your international flights.

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. But there is a limited amount of Nitrox filling available. If you want a fullboard Nitrox, please let us know during your reservation.

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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