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Whale Shark Cruises in Indonesia

Here you will find opportunities to scuba diving and snorkelling with Whale Sharks in Indonesia. Most of them are the last availabilities and sell out very fast!

Last updated: August 5, 2021

Whale Sharks Encounters

Anybody who has ever encountered a whale shark during a dive knows what an awe-inspiring and humbling experience it can be. Like the graceful manta ray, whale sharks are great favourites with divers and just seem to glide though the water, without a care in the world, feeding on microscopic plankton and other small organisms while all you have to do is keep up with them for a photo or video scene. Now we present a whale shark encounter like no other, the Cenderawasih Bay Big Boys.

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In Indonesia it is common, from Bali all the way to West Papua, for fishermen to utilize floating bamboo rafts, anchored to the seabed, to attract fish. Called FADs (fish aggregation devices) or, more traditionally in Indonesia, rompongs, they are employed in open water ways from reefs to act like a floating weed bed habitat that will attract tiny fish and other marine life.

Once a community has been established under the device it is not long before more and progressively larger fish are attracted to it and fishing can commence.

Now, a variation of the rompong called as “bagan” is used in Cenderawasih Bay by the fishermen, almost all of whom are from Sulawesi incidentally. What these guys do is catch tiny bait fish in nets and hang them in the water as bait for the larger pelagic animals, to speed up the natural progression of life under the bagan. What happens here though is that they get a lot more than they bargain for. Whale sharks are not shy about adjusting their planktonic diet with something a little more substantial, bait fish for example, so these majestic creatures started to gather under the bagans and suck at the nets for a free meal. Fortunately for us and more so for the whale sharks, the local fishermen took their presence as a good luck omen!

As an extension of the fishermen’s interaction with these animals, dive liveaboards are now visiting the bagans and the fishermen allow divers to get in the water with them to film, photograph and observe these majestic beasts at their leisure. As their free feed is static, the whale sharks tend to stick around for quite a time and, as well as swimming around the platforms, have adopted a “vertical in the water” feeding position unique to the area. A bonus to this whale shark tea party is that it is also possible to catch a glimpse of some of the pelagics that the bagans are there to attract, with sightings of sail fish and marlin being recorded.

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The best place to dive and swim with whale sharks in Indonesia!

Scientists of Conservation International have confirmed what Cruising Indonesia knew since 2010 when decided supported Ahe Dive Resort Papua: the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay are not seasonal -as many of other well-known whale shark aggregations in the world such as Ningaloo, Galapagos and Donsol-. The whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay are present in the bay year round!

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In Cruising Indonesia, we are happy and celebrates the facts confirmed in the last research of Conservation International about the Cenderawasih whale sharks behaviour, cause it means visitors can pretty much plan a trip any time of the year and have a very good chance of excellent whale shark interactions. These are really great news for marine tourism in the region of Cenderawasih Bay. 

And we were not the only ones to knew about it, but also all our costumers and friends of Cruising Indonesia, that set out on an expedition to West Papua attracted by one promise only: You will positively see whale sharks in your next diving travel vacation!

In Cenderawasih Bay you will always have a good chance of excellent interaction with the whale sharks.

Many videos and pictures of UW Photo Pro have remain as a testimony of this spectacle of the nature.

Contact Cruising Indonesia for a professional advice for planning and organising your diving trip in Cenderawasih Bay.

And if you are lucky enough, don’t miss this special offer to dive or swim with the resident Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, at the best price on liveaboard.

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Whale Shark Cruises in Cendrawasih Bay

Cenderawasih Bay is a destination diveable with liveaboard ONLY. At the time of writing, the only available and recommended option to visit the dive sites of Cenderawasih Bay is the liveaboard. Due to the remoteness of the region from the nearest ports the minimum duration of the liveaboard trip is 10 nights. There are only few itinerant liveaboards visiting Cenderawasih Bay normally in coincidence with the diving season in Raja Ampat from September to March, but it is possible to organize private diving cruises on other months because diving is practicable in Cenderawasih Bay all year round.

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Whale Shark Trips in Cendrawasih Bay with Dewi Nusantara

The whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay are always on the schedule of Dewi Nusantara.

Dewi Nusantara Cruises in Cenderawasih -2021,  2022, 2023, 2024

  • August 2022, 10 nights, US$6999, Cenderawasih
  • July 2023, 10 nights, US$6839, Cenderawasih
  • August 2023, 10 nights, US$6839, Cenderawasih
  • July 2024, 10 nights, US$7181, Cenderawasih
  • August 2024, 10 nights, US$7181, Cenderawasih

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Dewi Nusantara Whale Shark Cruises: Inclusions & Exclusions

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What is included?
  • FREE 1 night at Airport Hotel, complimentary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Accommodation on board
  • Full board: meals and snacks, soft drinks and beers
  • Drinking waters, tea and coffee
  • 4 dives a day, except for the first and last day
  • 4-5 dive instructors or dive masters
  • Excursions according to on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving Fees to be paid on board:
  • Marine Park
  • Harbour Clearance
  • Distance Fee Surcharge
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Transit night in airport hotel after or before your cruise
  • Introductory diving and certification courses are available by prior request only, except nitrox courses that fit easily into the normal diving day
  • Other land services
Optional Payable on Board
  • Wine and Alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Boutique items
  • Tips to the crew
  • Onboard communications

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Whale Shark Trips in Triton Bay with Dewi Nusantara

Like in Cenderawasih Bay the whale sharks of Triton Bay frequent the fishermen's rompongs o bagans.

Triton Bay is located in Kaimana Marine Protected Area, and Dewi Nusantara visit this remote region of West Papua once a year.

Dewi Nusantara Cruises in Triton Bay - 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

May 2022, 11 nights, US$7349, Triton Bay

March 2023, 11 nights, US$7599, Triton Bay

RESERVATIONS

Dewi Nusantara Whale Shark Cruises: Inclusions & Exclusions

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What is included?
  • FREE 1 night at Airport Hotel, complimentary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Accommodation on board
  • Full board: meals and snacks, soft drinks and beers
  • Drinking waters, tea and coffee
  • 4 dives a day, except for the first and last day
  • 4-5 dive instructors or dive masters
  • Excursions according to on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving Fees to be paid on board:
  • Marine Park
  • Harbour Clearance
  • Distance Fee Surcharge
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Transit night in airport hotel after or before your cruise
  • Introductory diving and certification courses are available by prior request only, except nitrox courses that fit easily into the normal diving day
  • Other land services
Optional Payable on Board
  • Wine and Alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Boutique items
  • Tips to the crew
  • Onboard communications

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Whale sharks in Triton Bay

Whale Shark Trips in Triton Bay with Seven Seas

Triton Bay is located in Kaimana Marine Protected Area, and Seven Seas visit this remote region of West Papua once a year.

Seven Seas Cruises in Triton Bay - 2021, 2022, 2023

March 2022, 13 nights, US$7150, Triton Bay

March 2023, 16 nights, US$8800, Raja Ampat & Triton Bay

April 2023, 12 nights, US$6600, Triton Bay

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Whale Shark Trips in Cenderawasih Bay with Ondina

Ondina Liveaboard includes 1 or 2 cruises to dive with the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay in its annual dive cruise schedule.

Ondina Cruises in Cenderawasih - 2021

September 2021, 11 nights, €4070, Cenderawasih

September 2021, 10 nights, €3700, Cenderawasih

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