Known for guaranteed encounters with photogenic groups of whale sharks, Cenderawasih Bay boasts a wealth of coral reefs, World War II airplane wrecks and unique marine life in its protected waters.
As one of the most remote diving destinations in Indonesia, Cenderawasih Bay is still being explored by scuba divers. With World War II wrecks, healthy coral reefs and some of the best whale shark encounters in the world, Cenderawasih Bay does not disappoint. There’s also a plethora of endemic species due to isolated evolution. Diving styles range from drifts along dramatic walls to deep wreck diving and easy shallow dives. Cenderawasih is not the easiest place to reach. Because of a lack of infrastructure and overfishing near to the coast, most diving takes place from liveaboards. Typical itineraries last 7 to 10 nights, and the best time to dive in Cenderawasih Bay is from June to October.