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Diving in Triton Bay

West Papua, New Guinea Island

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...Highlights: whale sharks, whales, turtles, schooling fish & big pelagics, great macro life/ marine diversity...
...Triton Bay's diving environment: healthy reefs, wall dives, drift diving, advanced divers, off the beaten track...

Raja Ampat may be firmly established now as a dream dive destination but other regions around West Papua also offer fascinating scuba experiences and are attracting more liveaboards to their remote and uncrowded sites. Triton Bay is one such place and it promises rich rewards to those lucky divers who are keen to get off the most beaten tracks.

Comparisons with the diving in Raja Ampat are impossible not to make. The 2 areas form part of the same region and much of the topography and many of the species are common to both areas. In fact new species of gobies, wrasses and corals have all been identified in Triton Bay in recent years, with some experienced scuba divers viewing the 4 Kings as royalty, but Triton Bay as the home of the God of the Sea. Show more

Dive Site Descriptions for Triton

Disney Land - With a name like Disney Land, it is no surprise that this site was named by the legendary American diver Larry Smith. From the surface the site appears to be a small island of rock breaking through the surface. Below the waves is a series of sloping reefs, many of which are covered by masses of black coral as far as the eye can see. Show more

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How to Dive Triton

At the time of writing, liveaboard safaris are the only viable option we recommend to dive in Triton Bay and witness its incredible mega- and macro-fauna.

Note that it is also possible to combine a visit to Cenderawasih with a visit to Raja Ampat or the Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands and the Moluccas on the same cruise. This would be ideal if you wanted to visit 2 of these world class dive destinations of Eastern Indonesia but do not have the time for 2 separate cruises.

For more information on the expedition routes and durations, and all the other travel information you might need to visit Indonesia, check out our Triton Bay liveaboard section.

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Triton Bay Diving Season

Those liveaboards that visit Triton Bay schedule their trips during the main Raja Ampat diving season, i.e. from October to April. Outside of that period the winds and rain can cause unpleasant sea conditions so some liveaboards choose to visit the more sheltered spots in the area such as Cenderawasih Bay.

West Papua experiences 2 wet seasons, namely November/December and July/August. Rain is a possibility in West Papua not only in rainy season. Water temperatures tend to remain reasonably constant: from 27°C (May to October) to 30°C (November to April). For more information on the climate and water temperature at Kaimana, visit the Weather SparkOpens in a new window website.

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Where is Triton Bay and How Do I Get There?

Review our maps below of Indonesian Papua, showing the location of Triton, and its host country Indonesia. Here, you will find information on how to get to West Papua, from where you will cruise to Triton Bay.

Map of Papua/West Papua (click to enlarge in a new window) Map of Indonesia (click to enlarge in a new window)

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Reef Summary

Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 30m
Currents: Moderate to strong
Surface conditions: Normally calm
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: Unknown, but >15
Recommended length of stay: 10 - 12 days

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Useful References

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