TRITON BAY DIVE RESORT I 7 NIGHTS + 10 DIVES I KAIMANA I INDONESIA

TRITON BAY DIVE RESORT I 7 NIGHTS + 10 DIVES I KAIMANA I INDONESIA
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Triton Bay Divers is a true paradise, accessible only by boat and without any other dive center for miles. The bay is home to beautiful reefs, vibrant macro life and large pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Package 7 nights + 10 dives breakfast included
  • No divers welcome package 7 nights breakfast included
  • Triton Bay Divers is a true escapist’s paradise
  •  It is also an intimate spot of only six small bungalows
  • The views from the restaurant and bungalows are breath-taking
  • Turquoise water and lush green islands all around. 
  • It is the view underwater that really draws people here though. 
  • The resort is a barefoot or flipflops 
  • Step down from their front door and onto the sandy beach. The dive centre has ample space for safe storage of your equipment 
  • The staff takeS care of your gear so you can stay in holiday mode.
  • Famous for its thrilling drift dives with mantas and whalesharks. 
  • One of the big attractions in Triton Bay is the number of whalesharks 
  • The whalesharks are often close to the surface to pick up some of the fishermen’s’ catch
  • The meals are a mix of local Indonesian cuisine with fresh locally bought fish and seafood 
  • The resort is closed from June to mid-September due to the East Monsoons.

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TRITON BAY DIVERS BEACH AND DIVE RESORT

Triton Bay Divers is a true escapist’s paradise, only accessible by boat with no other dive resorts for miles. It is also an intimate spot and consists of only six small bungalows, perched on a little white-sand beach. The views from the restaurant and bungalows are quite breath-taking when you first arrive, turquoise water and lush green islands all around. It is the view underwater that really draws people here though. The bay is home to beautiful reefs, vibrant macro life and the big players such as mantas and whalesharks too.

Facilities

All the bungalows at Triton Bay Divers enjoy a beautiful sea view from their balconies. The resort is a barefoot or flipflops kind of place and guests have just to step down from their front door and onto the sandy beach. Just a short walk along this beach, sits the dive centre and their small dive boat. There is no need for a big boat here, in fact you might not see any other divers in this remote spot at all. The dive centre has ample space for safe storage of your equipment and cameras and the staff are always happy to clean and take care of your gear so you can stay in holiday mode.

Triton Bay is famous for its extraordinary biodiversity and of course thrilling drift dives with mantas and whalesharks. The aptly named Aquarium is caked with bright soft and hard corals at various depths and often described as being like ‘fish soup’ for divers. One of the big attractions in Triton Bay is the number of whalesharks which can be found around the fishing platforms. The whalesharks are often close to the surface to pick up some of the fishermen’s’ catch so it is possible to snorkel with them as well as dive.

Diving makes divers hungry and thirsty though so at the heart of Triton Bay Divers resort sits the restaurant and lounge area. Guests will have their three meals a day and snacks to keep them going through the afternoon and night dives. This is the place to relax and enjoy free tea and coffee. In the evening, stretch out on one of the comfy loungers with a beer or soft drink and enjoy the sound of the jungle and sea as well as some impressive sunsets.

The meals are a mix of local Indonesian cuisine with fresh locally bought fish and seafood usually spiced up with a dash of spicy sambal; and western fare. The chef also picks a lot of the fresh vegetables and fruit from tropical gardens around the resort. Fresh figs and bananas are a firm favourite for breakfast as well as an unending supply of tea and coffee. The resort is happy to cater to dietary requirements, best to let them know in advance though as the nearest shop is a few hours away.

Conservation

Triton Bay Divers live very close to nature and so are very conscious of their impact on the environment. This starts with the bungalows themselves which are made of wood that was cleared to make way for the resort. Not only was the resort made by local craftsmen but the produce used in the restaurant is locally bought. You might even spot the local fishermen stopping by to offer up their catch to the chefs.

The surrounding area including the dive sites are within the Kaimana Marine Protected Area which limits fishing and provides support and education to local communities. The resort takes a small fee to help support this protected area.

Rooms

The resort has only six bungalows, each with a sea view and able to sleep up to three people each. The bungalows are traditionally Indonesian in style with some special home comforts like mosquito netting and ceiling fans. The rooms enjoy a pleasant sea breeze which provides natural air-conditioning.

Where are we?

We are located approximately 30 nautical miles from the town of Kaimana in the Indonesian province of West Papua, previously known as Irian Jaya, on the western part of the island of New Guinea.   Triton Bay is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province that comprise the Bird’s Head Seascape (the other two are Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay), which is now considered by marine biologists to be the epicenter of the Coral Triangle and which contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet.

THE DIVING

In 2008 Kaimana Regency declared a 6000 sq km Marine Protected Area around the waters of Kaimana and Triton Bay. The marine biodiversity here is second to none and continues to surprise us with new finds every time we go diving. Dubbed by some as “the next frontier of Indonesian diving” and the “last best place”, Triton Bay offers something for everyone both above and below the waves. And best of all you will be one of only a few divers enjoying the waters in this very remote area.

We have over 30 dive sites already identified here and many more yet to explore. Dive sites range from pinnacles to shallow soft coral gardens, huge boulders draped in colorful corals, massive black coral bushes, drift and wall dives, as well as the opportunity for critter hunting. Triton Bay is becoming best known for its beautiful soft coral gardens and we have had guests suggest that this should be called the “soft coral capital of the world” with all due respect to Fiji.

Most of our dive sites are in and around the Iris Strait (the body of water between Aiduma Island and the mainland) and just south east of Triton Bay. We also dive in Triton Bay itself as well as near Namatota Island and the outer reefs off of Palau Aiduma and Dramai. For the majority of our dives it is not necessary to venture deeper than 20m as the shallower parts boast the best coral and fish action. Unfortunately the price we pay for the speculator soft corals gardens and masses of schooling fish of every shape, color and size, is reduced visibility which varies considerably, but averages around 10 ~ 15 meters. Please note visibility can be as low as 5m or over 25m as it is dependent on weather and currents/upwelling. We try to plan our dives accordingly. Water temperatures vary between 28-29 degrees Celsius during the diving season and drop down to around 24 degrees during the eastern monsoon (June ~ Sept).

Triton Bay Soft Corals

Almost all of the marine creatures found in other parts of Indonesia, too numerous to list, can be found here. The area offers everything from the tiniest pygmy seahorses to large and graceful whale sharks visiting the traditional fishing bagans.  We have also seen pods of dolphins and marlin around these platforms.  In addition, the region boasts a number of species found nowhere else, such as the elusive Triton Bay walking shark (Hemiscyllium henryi), and the beautiful P. Nursalim flasher wrasse, which outside of Triton Bay can only be found in Misool, south Raja Ampat.  For those of you that like sunset dives, we are excited to say we have both flasher wrasse and mandarin fish on our house reef.

How to Get Here and What to Expect During Your Journey

  • International and Domestic Flights – Currently the best route to Triton Bay is to fly via Jakarta to Kaimana (KNG), West Papua.  You can also fly from Bali but expect to transit at least 3-4 times.
  • Flights to Kaimana originating in Jakarta usually depart around midnight and arrive in Sorong or Manokwari in the morning.  From these two places it is a short flight to Kaimana.
  • Check-in for the domestic flight with Lion/Batik Air is usually from Terminal 1.  Flights with Garuda are depart from Terminal 3, however do double check with your airline for your departure terminal as this can change. Allow plenty of time for transiting between terminals.  There is a free shuttle bus available but if you have a lot of luggage, the shuttle bus can be a little tricky so we would recommend a taxi.    We recommend flying into Kaimana on either Friday or Saturday in order to benefit from our scheduled Saturday pick up and drop off over to the resort.
  • On arrival into Sorong or Manokwari, even though you already appear to have an onward ticket to Kaimana, you will need to go to the small transit desk between the luggage hall and transit lounge. Here they will take your original ticket and give you a new one.  Then make your way to the lounge passing through security again.  For the short flight to Kaimana the space for your hand luggage is very limited and they may ask you to put your bag in the back of the plane as you board.  Just tell them it is fragile and hopefully they will treat it a little more carefully or allow you to take it onboard.  There will not be a tag/label on your bag so when you disembark you should wait and they will hand it back to you before you head to the terminal building. 
  • On Arrival at Kaimana you will be met by a member of the Triton Bay Divers team who will assist you with your luggage.  A car will transport you to our boat.  Although the boat is covered, you may want to have sunscreen and sunglasses on-hand.  Sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful scenery. If you are lucky you may even see a pod of dolphins, or catch a glimpse of the resident Bryde’s whale population which are local to the area. Depending on the weather conditions you may also have an opportunity to view the ancient rock art near Namatota Island. The boat journey to Triton Bay Divers takes approximately 2 hours so we recommend you take a bathroom break either on your flight over to Kaimana or at the airport on arrival, as there are no toilet facilities on the boat unfortunately.  At the resort you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and some well deserved lunch!

Accommodation:

The resort’s 6 bungalows, all with sea views, are each able to sleep between 2 to 3 people comfortably. At the end of your day relax on your deck or enjoy a hot water shower in your private garden bathroom.

Each room is equipped with a large ceiling fan and designed with “natural” air conditioning in mind. There is a desk with extra (220v) power sockets, allowing you to download and view your photos whilst charging your camera in preparation for your next day of diving.

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have 24 hour electricity available, but are planning to install solar panels in the not to distant future.  Power will be on from 6:30 am to 11:00pm.

We are conscious of our environmental foot-print and have built the resort using sustainable natural local materials which blend in with the tropical surroundings. Any wood from trees that had to be removed has been utilized elsewhere throughout the resort using local craftsmen and traditional techniques whilst still allowing for a modern touch.

– Packages include:

  • 7 nights + 10 dives for divers
  • 7 nights accomodation for non divers
  • Round trip transfers from Kaimana airport to resort on Saturdays.  Effective October 2019, the cutoff time for transfers to the resort from Kaimana on Saturdays will be set to 2:00 pm.
  • Full board accommodation including breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.
  • Unlimited regular coffee, tea and water.
  • 2 or 3 boat dives per day (depending on your package) – includes tanks and weights only. Additional dives, including night or sunset dives, will be charged separately. A minimum of 2 divers is required for a night dive.
  • A trip to snorkel or dive with whale sharks for divers staying for 1 week.  There is a charge for non divers.  Whale shark sightings are not guaranteed.  The dive or snorkel with the whale sharks is treated as one of your package dives.

– Not Included in the packages:

  • Wednesday transfers to and from Kaimana (Euro 200 each trip)
  • Marine park fees
  • Soft drinks, fruit juices, and alcoholic beverages.
  • kayak rental
  • Snorkeling trips
  • Land and boat excursions.
  • Gratuities.

What If I Have to Cancel My Trip?

  • Travel insurance is strongly advised for all guests, and should be purchased well in advance of their trip in order to cover for any situations beyond the guest’s or operator’s control including, but not limited to, ill health, bad weather, airline strikes, flight delays/cancellations and all other general mishaps which might affect a scheduled trip in any adverse way. Triton Bay Divers is not responsible in the event of any of the above.

Before you travel

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to return home after your trip.
  • It is your responsibility to review and comply with vaccination requirements and visa/immigration requirements for the countries you are visiting.
  • Dive accident insurance (including medical evacuation) is mandatory for all divers: it is your responsibility to have adequate coverage and to bring your certificate as proof.
  • Your certification test and your logbook will be verified during check-in at the dive center to clarify the level and experience: it is your responsibility to make sure you bring them with you and your dive could be at risk if you do not bring them.
  • Dive schedules may change due to local weather conditions and it is your responsibility to contact your dive center after your arrival to confirm your dive schedule: a late check-in could result in the loss of dives.
  • The price of your package does not include surcharges for national parks, boat dives, night dives, special travel supplements or diving equipment beyond the bottles, weights and weight belt, unless otherwise stated.
  • Supplements, government taxes, marine park fees, fuel surcharges, port fees, equipment rental and other improvements are subject to very short-term changes due to local conditions, extreme weather conditions, changes in government policy, operator decisions, oil prices, etc. Changes are out of our control and you will have to pay any increase. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel
  • We recommend that you purchase travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance (to include storm coverage when appropriate).
  • Be sure to bring electrical adapters that are suitable for the country or countries you are visiting.

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