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TRITON BAY DIVE RESORT


There are few places in the world as remote and idyllic as Triton Bay Dive Resort.

Experience remote West Papua and dive untouched reefs!

Triton Bay Divers was created by a partnership between the founders and the Kamakaula family, who are the owners of much of the land around the island of Aiduma and who have lived on these lands for generations. 

Triton Bay Divers are acutely aware of the issues facing the planet, in particular the threat of man-made climate change and the impact of ocean acidification and rising water temperatures on coral reefs. It is especially sensitive to them as they see first hand that economic development often comes at the expense of the ecosystem. Their purpose, together with our Papuan partners, is to promote eco-tourism as a means for sustainable development for the local community, to educate and spread awareness of the issues facing the planet, to share with the world a small corner of paradise, and to preserve it for future generations.

Built as a series of huts nestled neatly behind a pristine, white sand beach, Triton Bay Divers is the only dive resort in the Kaimana area and offers just four spacious detached bungalows, (with 2 further planned) and very personalized service ensuring you will enjoy a holiday never to be forgotten.

Step back in time and imagine what Indonesia was like 40 years ago. This is how locals from other parts of the country describe the region of Kaimana and Triton Bay, still unspoiled by shopping malls and traffic jams.

Now take a boat ride away from the main town of Kaimana and you will start your adventure to a world untouched and waiting to be explored.

In 2008 the Kaimana Regency was declared a Marine Protected Area and our resort is just minutes from some of the best dives sites in Triton Bay and the Iris Strait. With only a few liveaboards ever reaching this area you will be one of only a very few to experience the wonders that lay beneath the waves in this remote region of Indonesia.

Conservation

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. Indeed, in a recent report commissioned by the government of Indonesia (Geographic Priorities for Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Indonesia, Huffard, Erdmann, Gunawan, 2012), Papua was unanimously identified by marine biologists as the region that deserved the highest priority for marine conservation due to “its unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism, habitat richness, and relatively intact nature of its ecosystems”. Kaimana and Triton Bay were cited for having nesting grounds for green turtles, a population of coastal Bryde’s Whales, possible spawning grounds for grouper, and, last but not least, whalesharks.

The dive sites around Triton Bay were first surveyed in 2006 by a team from Conservation International and State University of Papua, and much of the recreational diving (on liveaboards) that has followed has focused on the sites identified in the survey. The results of that survey also prompted the government of Kaimana in 2008 to declare a 6000 sq km Marine Protected Area around the waters of Kaimana and Triton Bay. Conservation International to this day still maintains an office in Kaimana and a field station out in Triton Bay where visiting scientists can do their work. We are extremely grateful of the groundwork that they have laid down and the assistance they have provided on this project.  Triton Bay Divers is honored to be a part of this region and will endeavor to do our share in efforts to protect these reefs and promote sustainable economic development for the community.

Dive Sites

With 30 known dives sites around Triton Bay, and possibly just as many yet to be discovered below is a sneak peak at what you can expect to find in Triton Bay.  The better known of these sites were discovered by the Conservation International survey team in 2006, but there are a few that Triton Bay like to think are known only to them!  Indeed, the region is so rarely visited that the team at Triton Bay are still doing exploratory dives!

Saruenus Island

Locally nicknamed “Pintu Arus”/”Palau Arus” (current island), this small island is just 5 minutes boat ride from the resort and offers four completely different diving experiences that will blow your mind! The most talked about dive is Little Komodo where the huge boulders nearly break the surface with soft corals and schools of anthias, damsel fish, fusilier. Deeper down schools of sweetlips and snapper hang out in the black coral bushes, hunting jacks as well as wobbegong can also be found here. If you are in the mood for some macro photography this site also offers a chance to check out the baribanti pygmy seahorse as well as nudibranchs and shrimp.  If the currents are playing nicely you can gently drift along a beautiful soft coral covered wall and end your dive in Aquarium.

Aquarium

Aquarium is best dived when the waters are nice, calm and glassy on top to make the most of your reflection shots. Its a small dive site but boasts beautiful soft coral bommies and loads of schooling fish.

If you are looking for a little more action then (conditions permitting) you can enjoy a drift dive along the western side of Saruenus island but beware currents can get crazy with eddies and timing on this dive site is everything! The soft coral gardens cover the wedding cake tiered reef like a carpet and is totally mind blowing! You can often be joined on the dive by giant grouper checking you out as well as schools of fusilier and anthias playing in the current! If the fish can’t swim against the current you definitely can’t! But its fun to watch. Reef hooks might be a good option on this dive!

Bo’s Rainbow
Another dive site very close to our resort is Bo’s Rainbow , which has huge soft coral covered boulders with schools of fish. A relatively shallow dive, bottoming out into a gentle sandy slope at 16 meters it is perfect for both wide angle (especially when the sun is shinning) or macro. There is also a shallow swim through cutting through the middle of the island. If there is strong current, divers can stay within the protected side of the island. With no current you can easily swim around the entire island.

White Rock

Can be dived day or night and should be named Candy Crab City!!! Covered with soft coral bushes it is a gentle sloping reef bottoming out at around 14 meters. This is mainly a macro site but we have also spotted wobbegong sharks and the very elusive and shy epaulet or walking shark on this dive site.

Andy’s Point

This dive site is always full of surprises! Every time Triton Bay dive it they see something new from yellow fin barracuda, a squadron of Bumphead parrot fish, large schools of anchovie being hunted, devil rays cruising by, wobbegong sharks as well as solar powered nudis and pygmy seahorse. Visibility is not the best on this dive site but the rewards are numerous. Currents can be strong so stick with your dive guide.

Batu Jatuh

Another dive site that often surprises the resort, this one has both soft and hard coral gardens which every photographer dreams of! It also hosts a large school of bat fish as well as hunting jacks, midnight snapper, bumphead parrot fish and napoleon wrasse. Divers have had surprise visits from Devil rays, Eagle rays as well as the odd Manta ray here so remember to look into the blue while you are diving!

Flasher Beach ~ Secret Beach

Flasher Beach is located on a little island that sits by itself in the middle of the ocean outside of Triton Bay and north-west of Aiduma. It was named because of the beautiful Flasher Wrasse that are seen here. Flasher wrasse are the most colorful of all reef fish and are so named because of the mating displays by males during the late afternoon. This dive site is about 30 minutes rider from our resort, so Triton Bay are happy to say they have found another beach where they have also found the flasher wrasse and it is just around the corner from us. They also have pygmy seahorse among other macro subjects on this dive site! 

Saron City or TBD House Reef

Triton Bay are really excited to discover some great macro life on both of our house reef sites. Flasher Wrasse, Saron/Marble Shrimp, Harlequin shrimp as well as the LSD/Picturesque dragonet and mandarin fish! We have also spotted bob tail squid and starry octopus on our night dives!!!!

The Boulders

Just minutes from Triton Bay resort is a site with yet more large boulders covered with sea fans and soft corals… Beautiful for wide angle with schools of different species of glass fish, and fusilier the rocks break the surface a low tide. It is also a great site for macro shots of pygmy seahorse and Triton Bay has also found the tiny sea bee here.

Getting to Triton Bay Dive Resort

Triton Bay is located around thirty nautical miles from the town of Kaimana. 

Kaimana has an airstrip that is served by flights from Jakarta, via Ambon.

Transfers

Scheduled flights operate between Ambon and Kaimana on Saturday to Saturday.  Transfers to Triton Bay are complimentary if your flights are Saturday to Saturday. 

Arrivals outside Saturdays incur a transfer fee.

Stays at the resort are usually 7 nights

Combinations

Kaimana is accessed by flight from Ambon, one of Indonesia's muck diving capitals.  Why not think about exploring Ambon as a side trip to your Triton Bay package?

From GBP 2337  EUR 2675 USD$3050 per person includes: 

  • 7 nights accommodation in a beach side bungalow on a twin share basis
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Return airport transfers (Saturday to Saturday)
  • 5 days of 2 tank dives on air including tanks and weights
  • 1 snorkel or dive with Kaimana’s whale sharks (in season

Not included in the price:

  • Marine Park Fees (currently IDR 500,000 per person)
  • Police registration (currently 100,000 per person)
  • Soft drinks, fruit juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Land and boat excursions
  • Gratuities 

Upgrades to packages with more dives are available, please contact us.

Single Occupancy Supplement:  Please contact us.

Air Travel: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with your holiday from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to make a stop-over or two, make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.

 


Triton Bay is home to some of the most untouched, undived reefs on earth (Image by Ian Kerr)


A free whale shark snorkel or dive is included in your package if you are there during the season! (Image by Charlie Litteck)


The view from the dive centre is sublime.


Flasher Wrasse are a local highlight of Triton Bay dives (Image by Lily Cheng)


Triton Bay's Restaurant is nestled behind coastal vegetation


The stunning coral world of Triton Bay (Image by Gordon Tillen)


At Triton Bay, divers are taken to reefs in small modern vessels.


The masters of camouflage, Wobbegong Sharks can be seen on dives at Triton Bay.


The rare Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse can be found in the region around the resort.


Every room has a view at Triton Bay.


The sunrises at Triton Bay are ALWAYS worth getting up for!

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