Season: October - May
Diving, Snorkeling, Wildlife
A bay stretching more than 300km northwest of the Indonesian province of Papua. At the eastern side of the Indonesian Archipelago is Cenderawasih Bay. Collectively with Raja Ampat, they make up the Bird’s Head Seascape. Containing secrets of the regions geological history and tectonic evolution. Relatively close in proximity although more remote and remarkably different to Raja Ampat, the bay has more recently been discovered. Geologically isolated from the tides of the Pacific it allows for calmer currents, impressively abundant marine biodiversity, and various fish species. Getting to the area is best done by yacht while exploring the other areas of Bird’s Head Peninsula and the mouth of Mamberamo River. Embarking by private jet into Biak International Airport by private jet, it is only ten minutes drive to the nearest port. Awaiting yachts can then depart south to Cenderawasih Bay to explore the marine treasures and swim with whale sharks. A trip through some of Indonesia’s most remote islands to explore this part of the archipelago promises to have yacht guests in awe. The intrinsic scenery which makes up this untouched, undiscovered part of the world is a true slice of paradise and the guarantee that yacht guests will have the opportunity to spot and swim with whale sharks is a main draw card to the area.
Although this stretch is typically unknown for its land activities the vast bay is recognized as home to the famous ‘Birds of Paradise’. The protected National Park is secluded with many islands and inlets still to be discovered. Coastal areas and forested land which are inhabited by wildlife and over 35 bird species. Relax on the white sand beaches at Serui or enjoy jaw-dropping waterfalls, caves and the natural sulfur hot springs of Misowaar Island. These pools are thought to provide relaxation and rejuvenation properties for your skin and body. Nearby Numfor and Roon Islands hold a sentimental part of history within their caves. Adorning rock walls with antique plaques and carved coffin sites which feel airy yet, peaceful and calm.
Almost a forgotten corner of the world where divers and adventure seekers alike head towards to search out some of the planets most unique marine life and mammals. Its geographical location and lack of outside ocean currents allow for quieter bays and inlets where endemic species are spotted. Around 290 fish species including parrotfish, rabbitfish, ornate ghost pipefish, damselfish, butterflyfish, cockatoo, waspfish, and anemonefish have made a home. Researchers report that around 195 species of mollusks can be spotted in these nutrient-rich waters including cowries mussel, strombidae mussel, conus mussel, and the giant clam. While it boasts a special home to four species of endangered turtles, eretmochelys imbricata, chelonia mydas, lepidochelys olivacea and dermochelys coriacea.
Whale sharks, dolphins, and even blue whales congregate in these shallow waters surrounded by hundreds of endemic sea creatures and flora and fauna. Those species which take refuge in these waters are mostly observed in the areas surrounding Yoop Island, Wendesi Island, Wasior Island or Yomber Island. Amongst the islands, an opportunity to discover relics from Dutch colonialism era and history items submerged from World War II. Including an aircraft for those looking to wreck dive.
Located to the south-east of Biak island sits Padaidori Island. A remote spot for beach setups and the secluded reefs are well worth a visit by dive enthusiasts and the underwater marine ecology is stunning with nutrient-rich surroundings the perfect location in which a turtle hatchery has been set up.