Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay

Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay
Cenderawasih Bay is located in the north of West Papua in Indonesia and has not yet come into focus among divers. However, there is a special highlight in Cenderawasih Bay which attracts more and more divers: The large number of resident whale sharks in the western part of the bay.
Getting there is difficult. Visitors fly to Nabire or Manokwari via Ambon or Sorong. There are some very basic accommodations near the whale shark spot. From there you can then go to the Bagans with simple boats of the locals. Bagans are large floating fishing platforms in the sea, from which the natives fish with large nets at night to catch small silversides, which are found here in huge schools. Since silversides are also a favorite diet of whale sharks, these largest fish in the world are often found in close proximity to these platforms as well. So far no place in the world is known where there are as many whale sharks as in Cenderawasih Bay.

Because of the difficult journey, a visit to this globally unique whale shark hotspot is best realized on a live aboard. Cenderawasih tours are offered by live aboard operators once or twice a year departing from Sorong or Manokwari.
Whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay
Markus Roth, whose whale shark photos can be seen here, blogged in in detail on his visit to the whale sharks in his blog diary. It's worth taking a look!

Dive cruise operators in the Cenderawasih Bay:


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