Triton Bay Liveaboard Seven Seas

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  • Triton Bay
  • 12 Days/11 Nights
  • 0 Review
  • Unlimited
  • Not Available
  • Additional Dives
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Boat Cabin Accommodation
  • Daily Scheduled Dives
  • Dive Guide
  • ENOS
  • Full Board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
  • Land Excursions
  • Meals
  • NITROX
  • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
  • Soft Drinks
  • Tour Guide
  • Welcome Drink
From 6.050,00$
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Triton Bay Liveaboard Seven Seas

Triton Bay Liveaboard Cruise 

with SEVEN SEAS

 

Seven Seas Boat Details    All Cruise Destinations    Cruise Schedules 2022 & 2023

 

Cruise Duration & Rates start from:

Embark: Kaimana  Disembark: Kaimana – 12 Days/11 Nights – 6.050 US$

Embark: Kaimana  Disembark: Kaimana – 15 Days/14 Nights – 7.700 US$

 

The rate will be US$ 550 per person per night. There will not be any price increase from July 2022 into the end of 2023. New prices will be announced for the period 2024 once a schedule has been developed for that season.

There are currently NO EXTRA FUEL SURCHARGES and NITROX is FREE OF CHARGE. Any and all port clearance and conservation fees are INCLUDED in the above pricing. NO SURCHARGES.

 

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WHALE SHARKS OF WEST PAPUA

WITH #LEGENDS OF THE DEEP

Published in March 4, 2019

By Wendy Morris and Kerry Lorimer. Photos by Hayley Baillie and Dr Mark Erdmann.

 

Exploring the wild and remote Birds Head of West Papua is to step into a world that is little changed from the time of Alfred Russell Wallace and his discoveries around this epicentre of tropical biodiversity. Rugged, jungle-clad mountains fall steeply into bays dotted with small high-standing islets of uplifted coral rock. Wide brown rivers bring rich nutrients to the sea, creating an explosion of marine life, from plankton to bait fish, soft corals and bottom dwellers, and from tiny fish to the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks.

On this very first voyage of the Seven Seas to the southern side of West Papua, we were accompanied by true legends of the deep, Dr Mark Erdmann and Dr Gerry Allen. These two have probably more combined experience underwater in this region than anyone on the planet. Mark, Regional Director of Conservation International, has spent over 25 years documenting and working to protect this area that is home to the richest of all marine life. Gerry has described over 600 species of freshwater and marine fish, and is the author of numerous books including most of the identification guides for coral reef fish.

Newly-recruited Cruise Director and cinematographer Alex, from Barcelona, was our team leader. Not only very experienced in reefs, Alex was a constant solver of all problems, particularly camera and light issues!

Our group included some veterans of Seven Seas trips as well as some coming aboard for the first time. From Norway to Australia, our common denominator is our passion for all things coral reef. This time though, we were on a mission to find Whale sharks that had been satellite tagged and monitored in the area around Fak Fak and Triton Bay. While Cenderawasih Bay has become well-known for whale sharks, this southern part of the Birds Head is much less-known, and rarely visited by liveaboards.

Starting in Sorong, usually the jump off point for Raja Ampat exploring, we headed southwest overnight to wake up to perfect skies and the islands of Daram to kick off the serious diving. Walls with Sea Fans and schools of Fusiliers, Anthids, Lined Snapper and Bump Headed Wrasse made for great wide shots, and for the macro photographers, the elusive Pygmy Seahorse, cryptic shrimp on anemones and gobies on Whip Corals ensured there was something for everyone.

 

whale sharks triton bay liveaboard

 

Over the next few days we island hopped towards Fak Fak, stopping at Pisang, Eka, Semai and Karas to dive 3-4 times a day. An afternoon dive on Day 6 on the mainland was to follow an exploration of a large limestone cavern that was known to be home to a bat colony. Much of the landscape is uplifted coral with erosion forming caves and caverns. The roof of this one has collapsed but still the boat could easily navigate through the entrance to the back – over 100m across. A very deep blue hole (known to be over 50m deep and locally rumoured to be home to a sea monster) is at the entrance, and large schools of bait fish cluster around the nooks and crannies of the walls, herded by larger fish that occasionally dash in for a meal.

 

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In the damp stillness, the fluttering sound of the bats’ wings deep in the crevices could be heard. Clear and still, the blue-green water was glassy above a rubble and sand bottom. Back on board, Wendy mentioned possibly seeing a shape on the bottom – like a log, but not a log. A logodile? Taking another look before our dive, there was no sign of a log or anything similar, so off we all went to dive the murky wall.

Over sunset drinks Mark flew the drone into the cave, and there in the back of the cave, easily seen on the sand was a 2-3m crocodile! Down drinks, and all into the boat, including Tove with her mask and camera to capture footage underwater. Alas, Mark’s advance spotting with the drone met a wet end – probably as the drone hit one of the stalactites dropping down from the ceiling. Mark admitted he’d also dived to 50m in the blue “monster” hole previously – no doubt there was one or a series of monsters inhabiting the depths.

From the mainland we headed out to seamounts where giant Oceanic Mantas rise from the blue depths to be cleaned at cleaning stations. We had a number of sightings of massive rays swooping around, above and below us – three or four on each dive. Mark declared he’d had a ‘religious experience’ with four circling around him as he sat amid a pretty coral garden. On the subsequent dive he was visited by a baby female whale shark – a particularly rare sighting, since most sighted and documented whale sharks are sub-adult males.

 

triton bay whale sharks

 

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11 or 14 Nights Triton Bay Dive & Exploration Liveaboard Cruise

Seven Seas does not provide a day by day cruise itinerary for it’s cruises. Seven Seas reserves the right to change the travel itinerary or any agreed services, if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require to do so.

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Day 1: Kaimana/Papua

  • Utarom Airport ~ Kaimana, Kroy, Kaimana, Kaimana Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Boarding, 0 Dives
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Day 2-14: Triton Bay & West Papua

Cruising West Papua & Triton Bay. Daily diving and snorkeling

  • Triton Bay Divers, Kaimana Kota, Kaimana Regency, Papua Barat, Indonesia
  • Daily diving and snorkeling
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Day 12 or 15: Kaimana

Disembarkation at Kaimana. Transport to Hotel or Airport

  • Utarom Airport ~ Kaimana, Kroy, Kaimana, Kaimana Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Check out - 0 Dives

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