Places to visit

Cendrawasih Bay National Park: Playground of the spotted Whaleshark

Overview

Cendrawasih Bay National Park: Playground of the spotted Whaleshark

The large Cendrawasih Bay National Park in the north of the island of Papua, otherwise known as Teluk Cenderawasih, includes Indonesia’s largest marine national park, and is one of the best dive-sites in the archipelago.

Here are magnificent vertical drops, picturesque hard coral gardens, sponge life and myriads of fish

This is the playground of one of the world’s largest animals: the spotted whaleshark or rhincodon typus. If elsewhere in the world divers consider themselves lucky to meet one or a couple, here they come in pods and divers can swim along with them quite unharmed except to beware not to be hit by one of their powerful fins.

Scientist Dr. Gerald Allen calls the Cendrawasih Bay: “The Galapagos of Indonesia’s Reefs”.

Whalesharks are migratory animals, and are known to grow to 18 meters in length or more. Biologists tell us that they are an acient species originating some 60 million years ago, and are usually found in the open sea. They have a lifespan of 70 years. A 7 meter whaleshark can weigh up to 22 tonnes. Unbelievably these huge animals are docile since they live only on plankton, clouds of egg roe and small fish, which in Indonesia are called “ikan teri”.

In the village of Kwatisore near the town of Nabire, these giant fish usually gather by the floating platforms, called bagan, where fishermen haul in their catch of small fry.

Kwatisore can be reached from Nabire in around three hours by boat with two 40pk outboard motors.The only accommodation available in this village are simple rooms at the SD Imanuel Primary School in Kwatinsore.  

Here the local government trains 20 students to become dive guides and to develop facilities in Kwatisore to serve more tourists.

Comprising land and coastal areas, islands, coral reefs and pristine seas, the Cendrawasih Park covers a total area of 1,453,500 hectares.

The Cendrawasih Bay Park combines coral reef ecosystems with mangrove, islands and terrestrial tropical forest ecosystems. Here are colonies of black coral, blue coral and soft coral. The Park is famous for the 209 fish species that make this Park their habitat, among which are the butterfly fish, the damselfish and parrotfish, and, of course the whaleshark, while mollusks found here include the trumpet triton, the great clam and the cone shell.

Best time to visit is between May through October.

Foto Credit: Michael Sjukrie

To Stay

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Aston Niu Manokwari Hotel

Sogun Hill, Block B-3, Street Esau Sesa, Manokwari - West Papua 98315 Manokwari West Papua

Billy Jaya Hotel

Merdeka Street 57 Manokwari

Swiss-Belhotel Manokwari

Jalan Yos Sudarso No 8 Manokwari

Aerotel Irian

Jl Moh Yamin SH No 04, Biak, Biak, Indonesia, 98111 Biak

Hotel Timika Indah

Jl. Jend. Ahmad Yani 99910 Manokwari

Hotel Mariat Sorong

A. Yani Street 1 98414 Sorong

You & Me Hotel

Jend. A. Yani 27 Sorong

Hotel Rannu Jaya 1

Jalan Trikora No. 109, Wamena Wamena

Hotel Nayak

Jalan Gatot Subroto No 63 99511 Wamena

Hotel Srikandi

Jalan Irian No 16 99511 Wamena

Hotel Rannu Jaya 2

Jalan Gatot Subroto No. 50, Wamena Wamena

Raja Ampat Dive Lodge

Mansuar Island Raja Ampat West Papua

Tips

The best time of the year to visit is between May and October. 

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