Potential Itinerary 7N8D Cendrawasih Bay
Taman Nasional Cenderawasih Bay Marine National Park consists of 20 habitable Islands and many more uninhabitable smaller islands. The Park is 14,000 sq. kilometres and consists of about ¼ of the Cenderawasih Bay.
When you arrive at Manokwari (Rendani Airport) our Cruise Director / Dive Manager will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua and our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing drink. This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations. After Lunch you will have your check dive at Pulau Mansinam immediately after the dive we will depart to Pulau Roon and dinner will be served on route.
Tanjung Ayami is a sloping reef with huge slabs of rock and Pulau Auri is a cluster of small islands with a similar topography but Groovy Passage is a sloping reef but has no slabs of rock.
Dive 1. Tanjung Ayami ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (huge blocks of rock & hard / soft corals)
Dive 2. Pulau Auri ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (huge blocks of rock & hard / soft corals)
Dive 3. Groovy Passage ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (fan corals, soft corals, sponges, turtles, Cenderawasih endemic Caitlin’s dottyback / Pictichromis caitlinae)
Dive 4. Groovy Passage ‘MACRO’
Tanjung Mangguar is a cape on the main island of Papua. There are several small islands formed from volcanic rock making interesting dives, with slopes, walls, small caves, cut backs and overhangs.
Dive 1. Tanjung Mangguar ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (soft corals, whip corals, fusiliers, snappers, reef
Dive 2. Rock’n’Roll ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (soft corals, whip corals, fusiliers, snappers, reef sharks,
Dive 3. Kwatisore ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 4. Lemon Slope ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (Cenderawasih endemic Epaulette Shark / Hemicyllium galei)
Welcome to Kwatisore, the high light of diving in Cenderawasih. This is where you shall see whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), normally they are seen on their own when they are feeding and when they are not feeding they live in more than 1,200 meters below the surface of the water. But here we see them together (adults and juveniles) below the bagans (fishing platforms). Originally when the locals brought up their nets in the early morning catching millions ikan puri (small bait fish) the whale sharks followed the nets and were seen sucking on the nets. This is strange behaviour for the world’s largest fish which normally only eats plankton is truly unique to Kwatisore, it is believed that they get nutrients and oils from the bait fish. So now liveaboards buy the bait fish from the bagan fishermen and then we ask them to slowly throw them back in (on top of the whale sharks), then the whale sharks swim around taking the bait fish in their mouths but the bait fish come back out again via their gills. The whale sharks stay within 10m of the surfaceso it is really easy to snorkel with them.
Dive 1. Bagan ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 2. Bagan ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 3. Lemon Slope ‘MACRO / WIDE ANGLE’ / (Cenderawasih endemic Epaulette Shark / Hemicyllium galei)
Small caves, cut backs, overhangs, this area is where we can find some of the best hard corals in the Cenderawasih Bay National Park.
Dive 1. Tridacna Wall ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals, sponges, fan corals, endemic fusiliers)
Dive 2. Spag Point ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals, barrel sponges, vase corals, jacks, barracuda, surgeon fish)
Dive 3. Boomerang Atoll ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals)
Dive 4. Boomerang Atoll ‘MACRO / WIDE ANGLE’
A group of small islands / islets close to mainland Papua.
Dive 1. PP1 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (hard corals, fusiliers, snappers, Cenderawasih endemic Damsel Fish /
Dive 2. PP2 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (hard corals fusiliers, snappers, red tooth trigger fish, reef sharks)
Dive 3. PP3 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (elephant ear sponges, fan corals, whip corals, fusiliers, Cenderawasih
endemic flasher wrasse / Paracheilinus walton)
Black quartz sand beach mixed with small stones and here there is a small river that enters the sea creating different bottom marine life.
Dive 1. Tanjung Mupi ‘MACRO’ (Cenderawasih endemic mantis shrimps / Odontodactylus)
Dive 2. Sungai Omi ‘MACRO’ (nudibranchs, estuarine sea horse)
After breakfast the Cruise Director will escort the guests to either the airport / hotel and will assist with checking in. Sorry to say that your Pearl of Papua trip has come to an end and we look forward to welcoming you on board again.