Cenderawasih Bay

Location: Indonesia Indonesia

Cenderawasih Bay is located on the north side of West Papua, 200km, east of the famous Raja Ampat. The bay is home to lots of wonderful dive sites, and is often visited by Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus). In fact, some dive operators guarantee Whale Shark sightings on certain days of the year. It is possible to dive Cenderawasih Bay throughout the year, but the most popular times are May - October. Cenderawasih Bay is not just about Whale Sharks, though. There are lots of wonderful dive sites with hard & soft corals, reef & pelagic fish, walls and sloping reefs, and something for all levels of diver at all depths. There are even ship and plane wrecks from the Second World War. Being a bay, it is more protected than many other diving locations in Indonesia, but it is a very large bay, with a small human population - making it a truly wonderful place to dive. Most diving at Cenderawasih Bay is done from liveaboard cruise.

Cenderawasih Bay


Conditions at Cenderawasih Bay

Depths
5 - 40+ metres
16.4 - 131.2+ ft
Temperature
27.8 - 31.1 °C
82 - 88 °F
Currents
Medium to strong
Visibility
10 - 30 metres
32.8 - 98.4 ft
Surface
Calm

When to dive at Cenderawasih Bay

The best time is from October to April

Type of dive site

WW2 shipwrecks, reef


Where is Cenderawasih Bay?

There are airports at Manokwari, on the mainland of West Papua, and on Biak Island. These airports receive multiple domestic flights every day, from Jakarta, Bali, Makassar and several other airports in Indonesia.


How to get to Cenderawasih Bay

liveaboard boat

Who can dive at Cenderawasih Bay

Intermediate to advanced. Also snorkelling


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