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CENDERAWASIH BAY


Price start from (5N6D) IDR.21.200.000/pax or USD.1.750/pax *
*Price Incld: Max 10 Person, Fullboard Meals and Accommodation (Twin/Double Bed), Dive Tank+Air fill, up to 4Dives/Day, National Park Fee, DAN Insurance, Dive guide/Tour Leader, Airport/Hotel transfers and Island Visit, Kayaks.
*Price NOT Incld : Airfare ticket, Rental Scuba Diving Gear, Dive/Crew Guide tips, Laundry, Alcohol/Soft Drink.

Cenderawasih Bay (Indonesian: Teluk Cenderawasih, means : Bird of Paradise Bay), also Teluk Sarera (Sarera Bay), formerly Geelvink Bay (Dutch: Geelvinkbaai) is a large bay in northern Province of Papua and West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia. The Dutch name comes from a Dutch ship and family called Geelvinck. The western part of the bay was declared a marine national park in 2002. Teluk Cenderawasih National Park is located in the Teluk Cenderawasih.

Extending over 14,535 km², the national park includes coastal and
mangrove ecosystems (0.9%), coral reefs (5.5%), island tropical forest ecosystems (3.8%), and marine waters (89.8%). Some 46 species of plant have been recorded on the islands, dominated by Bruguiera and Avicennia species, Nypa fruticans, Metroxylon sagu, Casuarina equisetifolia, and Terminalia catappa. The coral reef ecosystem forms part of the Coral Triangle region. In the park, 150 species of coral have been recorded, consisting of 15 families and distributed on the shores of 18 islands. Among these are colonies of blue coral, black coral, Leptoseris species, Mycedium elephantotus, and Alcyonacea or soft corals. The percentage of live coral coverage varies from between 30-40% to 64-65%. Over 200 fish species inhabit the park, among them butterflyfish, damselfish, parrotfish, rabbitfish, clownfish and sharks. Species of mollusc include cowry, Strombidae, Lambis species, Charonia tritonis, and giant clam. Four species of turtle are common in the park: the hawksbill turtle, green turtle, Olive Ridley turtle, and leatherback turtle. Mammals include dugong, blue whale and dolphins.

Manokwari: Most of our trip will start from and finish here. Its famous with wreck dive, where many wreck is sitting under water around manokwari bay, including the famous shinwa maru, cross wreck, pillbox and airplane wreck. All wreck is part of WW II History.

Biak: This is the perfect spot for for beautiful macro life.

Yapen Island: Dry Yapen is an underwater seamount  that slopes to over 100 feet with beautiful huge soft corals and the reefs teaming with life. Next to Yapen is a large plateau with a ridge extending to the deep with single standing bommies and beautiful coral.

Pulau Roon: The Tanjung is at the northern tip of the island, a great dive with reef slopes and huge slabs of rock all around where we will find schools of sweetlips and fusiliers. Nembrotha nudis crawl over the walls whilst the sharp eyed diver will find juvenile rockmover wrasse and ribbon eels out in the sand at around 21m, 70 feet.

Pulau Auri has great topography and comprises of two large rocks and a submerged ridge. We dive the south end of this ridge at the smaller of the two rocks. On one side the rock slopes away and a craggy wall can be found on the other. The ridge itself is littered with huge boulders of rock, covered in soft corals and fans. This site is great for spotting giant moray eels and lobsters and up in the shallows we often find boxer crabs waving their pom-pom anemones at us in anger!

Kwatisore: Whale Sharks! The crew will spend a short while paying their respects at the local village and talking with the local Bagan fishermen then its all systems go! The population of whale sharks here is mainly sub-adult males and the prescence of a food source means that they keep circling around the fishing platorms, and our guests, before coming in for a real up-close experience. There is really nothing like spending 6 hours in the water with these gentle giants and get some great images to share with friends and family as well.

A couple of hours north there is a great site called Tanjung Mangguar. Plenty of fish and with the reef covered in soft and whip corals, providing a great habitat for the resident fish and cleaning stations to attract passer-bys. Its not out of the question to see more big critters here and manta rays have been reported quite often.

Numfoor and Manim Island This is a beautiful wall with coral surrounded by beautiful blue water with large fish patroling the area. Grey reef sharks, white tip sharks, barracuda, tuna, grouper, jacks, snapper and much more can easily be found. The fishing life is particularly incredible when there is a current present. On Manim Island there are more than 7 landing crafts from the war that sit on a white sand slope decorated with beautiful corals from 15 feet - 120 feet.

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