Discovering West Papua
This cruise takes you from Triton Bay to Raja Ampat to explore the untouched reefs of West Papua. It aims to organize an incredible encounter with whale sharks diving around fishing plateform called Bagans. 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.
Our whale sharks diving journey brings our guests around Pisang Area and the Sangalla Waterfall, before it reaches the 1.220 square kilometer Protected Marine Area of the unrivalled Misool, in Raja Ampat.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to join and leave the Expedition?
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.
Where to sleep in Sorong?
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.
Where to eat in Sorong?
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.
Visibility and Water Temperature
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.
Is there Nitrox on board?
Yes. But there is a limited amount of Nitrox filling available. If you want a fullboard Nitrox, please let us know during your reservation.
Who can join the Expedition?
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.
Why respecting the recreational diving rules?
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.