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Pristine and vast, Cenderawasih Bay is Indonesia's largest national park and, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape. The bay’s reef tops comprise some of healthiest hard coral gardens to be seen.

Reached only by liveaboard, the area has recently shot to fame due to its unique whale shark population.

Dramatic vertical walls with prolific sponge life abound on the outlying atolls, with schooling fish along the reef points and ridges. Most of the diving, other than on Manokwari’s excellent WWII wrecks, is within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, Indonesia’s largest.

This park is huge, half again larger than Raja Ampat. The bay has very little current which has blessed it with a number of very colourful endemic species and its most famous residents, the whale shark.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, green turtle, pygmy seahorse, tassled wobbegong shark, spotted eagle ray

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Raja Ampat Liveaboard

Join a liveaboard adventure in Raja Ampat, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth! Choose from a variety of vessels and itineraries to discover majestic islands with sharks, manta rays, turtles and enormous schools of fish.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 to 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,895 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Raja Ampat Aggressor

This luxurious liveaboard offers spectacular itineraries around Raja Ampat, Ambon, Cenderawasih and Triton Bay in eastern Indonesia, providing guests with exceptional diving adventures throughout the year.