DAY 1 | Embarkation in Nabire (1 Dive)
We will pick you up either at your hotel or Nabire airport and take you to the harbor where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack.
Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. After Lunch, we will make an afternoon check dive in Nabire area.
DAY 2 – 3| Kwatisore Bay Whale Sharks (6 Dives)
Kwastisore Bay is home to the majestic and beautiful Whale shark. This once-in-a-lifetime experience to dive or snorkel with these gentle giants is what really makes Cenderawasih Bay so unique. This year-round playground for whale sharks is vertically an everyday occurrence.
Cenderawasih Whale sharks are thought to bring good luck to the fisherman who lives on the Bagons (floating fishing platforms). The fisherman tosses handfuls of baitfish so the whale sharks so they stay close to the Bagans.
DAY 4| Tanjung Mangguar (4 Dives)
Tanjung Mangguar is one of the beautiful and interesting dive areas in Cenderawasih. Huge soft coral and sea whip colonies adorn this reef which attracts a large number of fishes including barracudas, rainbow runners, jacks and even sharks, manta rays and Mobula rays can be spotted regularly!
Huge barrel – and elephant ear sponges, giant clams, gardens of Acropora hard corals and lots of fish, all-in crystal-clear water.
Possible night dive in the area.
DAY 5 | Tridacna Atoll (3 Dives)
Tridacna Atoll is patch reefs and atolls named after the many Tridacna giant clams that colonized in the area. The area is well known for fantastically clear water, excellent diving, and stunning white uninhabited white sand beaches.
An Impressive amount of marine life congregates around these reefs. Schooling barracuda, trevallies, sweetlips, groupers and lots of little critters call these waters home.
DAY 6| Pulau Sodompari & Wandammen Peninsula (3 Dives)
A half kilometer-long reef runs west of Pulau Sodompari. A lovely mini wall with flourishes of sea fans and soft coral. Good fish life in the area when the current is running.
Wandammen Peninsula good variety of pelagic and critter action with ridges of rocks and bommies covered in colorful sea fans and soft corals, schooling barracuda, giant trevally, fusiliers and plenty of critters to be found in the area.
DAY 7 | Pulau Roon & Pulau Ribbon (4 Dives)
These islands are covered with masses of lovely soft corals, sea fans, whips, and elephant ear sponges. Hawksbill, green turtles, barracuda, and surgeonfish can be seen cruising along the oasis of coral.
Just off Pulau Rippon is a downed aircraft from World War 2 resting in 12m on a hard-coral slope. The wings and some of the fuselage are still intact. Nice sea fans and soft corals can be found as the slope steepens.
Possible night dive in the area.
DAY 8 | Pulau Mioswar, Pulau Roon (3 Dives)
3 dives in the area with large rocks and boulders covered in both soft and hard coral. Some of the most prolific green Tubastrea hard corals of Cenderawasih grow here.
Schools of Fusiliers along with bump head parrotfish or the occasional small grey reef shark can be seen here. Tanjung Ayami is a nice boulder dive with good coral growth and lots of Fusiliers and Barracudas.
DAY 9 | Pulau Purup (4 Dives)
Pulau Purup has 3 great dives sites offering a little something for everyone. A combination of beautiful sloping walls decorated with soft and hard corals, sea fans and elephant ear sponges.
There is an abundance of fish life in the area, schools of barracuda, trevally, several species of fusiliers and a mix of reef sharks. Afternoon there is a possibility to go to the local village and visit some nice local rock art in the area.
Evening night dive in the area.
DAY 10 | Pulau Numfoor & Manim Island (3 dives)
Pulau Numfoor is a wall and steep slope with good coral growth surrounded by clear, blue water and big fish. Baby Grey reef sharks, white tips, barracudas, tunas, big groupers, jacks, snappers can easily be spotted. The fish life is particularly good with some current running.
On Manim Island are more than 7 landing crafts from the war. They all sit on a white sand slope and each one is decorated with colorful corals, at different depths between 40+ meters to a shallow 5 meters.
DAY 11 | Manokwari WW2 wreck dives (2 Dives)
During World War 2 Manokwari was a Japanese stronghold, and several outstanding wrecks lie within recreational diving depths. Bombed by the Americans on May 1944, these old warships are now the main attraction for divers in this part of Cenderawasih Bay.
“Shinwa Maru” (The Good Ghost), is an imposing ship, resting port side up in 35m of water. It sank near the port of Manokwari after having been hit by two bombs, leaving it with two holes in the bow. In one of the cargos are still cables and machinery once used to move bombs. The sides are nicely decorated in soft corals and hard corals.
“Cross Wreck” is a 35m former patrol boat lying off Mansinam Island, The patrol boat took a direct hit across its bow, the wreck sits in about 20m of water.
Coral growth is impressive and colorful and is known for its critters including leaf fish, juvenile batfish, octopus, and manta shrimp.
DAY 12 | Disembarkation in Manokwari
After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewell’s and transport you either to your hotel or Manokwari airport.
The sample itinerary above highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises to Cenderawasih Bay. Each cruise is unique; navigation and dive sites may vary slightly due to weather conditions and visibility.