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Where to find whale sharks in Indonesia - Last Minute 2019

The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay

Extraordinary Last Minute Liveaboard Deals - Cenderawasih Bay - Valid until 31 Dec 2019

Here you will find the latest last minute liveaboard deals for scuba diving and snorkelling with Whale Sharks in Cendrawasih Bay. These liveaboard deals are the Last Availabilities of 2019 and sell out very fast! Get 20% up to 35% Off! Plus FREE Nitrox and FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation, to be fit since your first dive, complimentary booking with Cruising Indonesia.

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1. Ondina Liveaboard - 03 September 2019 - €2.145

2. Ondina Liveaboard - 16 September 2019 - €2.145

3. Ondina Liveaboard - 30 September 2019 - €2.145

4. Ondina Liveaboard - 08 December 2019 - €2.112

5. Dewi Nusantara - Liveaboard Deals 2020

6. Dewi Nusantara - Liveaboard Deals 2021

Last up dated: 02 Sep 2019

Cenderawasih Bay is a destination diveable with liveaboard ONLY, due to the remoteness of the region from the nearest ports the minimum duration of the liveaboard trip is 10 nights. There are only few itinerant liveaboards visiting Cenderawasih Bay normally in coincidence with the diving season in Raja Ampat from September to March, but it is possible to organise private diving cruises on other months because diving is practicable in Cendrawasih Bay all year round.

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Whale Sharks Encounters

Anybody who has ever encountered a whale shark during a dive knows what an awe-inspiring and humbling experience it can be. Like the graceful manta ray, whale sharks are great favourites with divers and just seem to glide though the water, without a care in the world, feeding on microscopic plankton and other small organisms while all you have to do is keep up with them for a photo or video scene. Now we present a whale shark encounter like no other, the Cenderawasih Bay Big Boys.

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In Indonesia it is common, from Bali all the way to West Papua, for fishermen to utilise floating bamboo rafts, anchored to the seabed, to attract fish. Called FADs (fish aggregation devices) or, more traditionally in Indonesia, rompongs, they are employed in open water ways from reefs to act like a floating weed bed habitat that will attract tiny fish and other marine life.

Once a community has been established under the device it is not long before more and progressively larger fish are attracted to it and fishing can commence.

Now, a variation of the rompong called a “bagan” is used in Cenderawasih Bay by the fishermen, almost all of whom are from Sulawesi incidentally. What these guys do is catch tiny bait fish in nets and hang them in the water as bait for the larger pelagic animals, to speed up the natural progression of life under the bagan. What happens here though is that they get a lot more than they bargain for. Whale sharks are not shy about adjusting their planktonic diet with something a little more substantial, bait fish for example, so these majestic creatures started to gather under the bagans and suck at the nets for a free meal. Fortunately for us and more so for the whale sharks, the local fishermen took their presence as a good luck omen!

As an extension of the fishermen’s interaction with these animals, dive liveaboards are now visiting the bagans and the fishermen allow divers to get in the water with them to film, photograph and observe these majestic beasts at their leisure. As their free feed is static, the whale sharks tend to stick around for quite a time and, as well as swimming around the platforms, have adopted a “vertical in the water” feeding position unique to the area. A bonus to this whale shark tea party is that it is also possible to catch a glimpse of some of the pelagics that the bagans are there to attract, with sightings of sail fish and marlin being recorded.

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The best place to dive and swim with whale sharks in Indonesia!

Scientists of Conservation International have confirmed what Cruising Indonesia knew since 2010 when decided supported Ahe Dive Resort Papua: the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay are not seasonal -as many of other well-known whale shark aggregations in the world such as Ningaloo, Galapagos and Donsol-. The whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay are present in the bay year round!

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In Cruising Indonesia, we are happy and celebrates the facts confirmed in the last research of Conservation International about the Cenderawasih whale sharks behaviour, cause it means visitors can pretty much plan a trip any time of the year and have a very good chance of excellent whale shark interactions. These are really great news for marine tourism in the region of Cenderawasih Bay. 

And we were not the only ones to knew about it, but also all our costumers and friends of Cruising Indonesia, that set out on an expedition to West Papua attracted by one promise only: You will positively see whale sharks in your next diving travel vacation!

In Cenderawasih Bay you will always have a good chance of excellent interaction with the whale sharks.

Many videos and pictures of UW Photo Pro have remain as a testimony of this spectacle of the nature.

Contact Cruising Indonesia for a professional advice for planning and organising your diving trip in Cenderawasih Bay.

And if you are lucky enough, don’t miss this special offer to dive or swim with the resident Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, at the best price on liveaboard.

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Last Minute Cenderawasih 2019 Up to -35%

All these dive cruises offer the possibility to dive or snorkelling with whale sharks from liveaboard with a discount from 20% up to 35% in diving trips to Cendrawasih Bay in 2019 ! And they are the last spaces available in 2019!

1. Ondina Liveaboard - 03 September 2019 - €2.145

Diving trip to Cendrawasih Bay on Ondina Liveaboard - Itinerary Sorong-Biak - Cruise Dates: 03 September 2019 - 13 September 2019 - Regular Price Before €3.300 - Last Minute Price €2.145 - 35% OFF! Price per person on double cabin with individually controlled AC and private en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water + FREE Nitrox + FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation complimentary, booking with Cruising Indonesia.

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Last Minute Liveaboard Special Offer: Price - Inclusions - Exclusions

What is included?
  • FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation, booking with Cruising Indonesia
  • FREE Nitrox
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on board on a/c standard cabin with bathroom in suite, cabin towels, toiletries, beach towels
  • Full board: 3 meals a day and snacks
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Guided dives: 3 dives a day + 1 night dives, except on arrival and departure
  • Excursions according on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving taxes: Harbour fees and permits €200
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International and domestic flights
Optional Payable on Board
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Massages
  • Crew gratuities 

2. Ondina Liveaboard - 16 September 2019 - €2.145

Diving trip to Cendrawasih Bay on Ondina Liveaboard - Itinerary Biak-Manokwari - Cruise Dates: 16 September 2019 - 26 September 2019 - Regular Price Before €3.300 - Last Minute Price €2.145 - 35% OFF! Price per person on double cabin with individually controlled AC and private en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water + FREE Nitrox + FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation complimentary, booking with Cruising Indonesia.

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Last Minute Liveaboard Special Offer: Price - Inclusions - Exclusions

What is included?
  • FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation, booking with Cruising Indonesia
  • FREE Nitrox
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on board on a/c standard cabin with bathroom in suite, cabin towels, toiletries, beach towels
  • Full board: 3 meals a day and snacks
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Guided dives: 3 dives a day + 1 night dives, except on arrival and departure
  • Excursions according on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving taxes: Harbour fees and permits €200
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International and domestic flights
Optional Payable on Board
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Massages
  • Crew gratuities 

3. Ondina Liveaboard - 30 September 2019 - €2.145

Diving trip to Cendrawasih Bay on Ondina Liveaboard - Itinerary Manokwari-Sorong - Cruise Dates: 30 September 2019 - 10 October 2019 - Regular Price Before €3.300 - Last Minute Price €2.145 - 35% OFF! Price per person on double cabin with individually controlled AC and private en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water + FREE Nitrox + FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation complimentary, booking with Cruising Indonesia.

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Last Minute Liveaboard Special Offer: Price - Inclusions - Exclusions

What is included?
  • FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation, booking with Cruising Indonesia
  • FREE Nitrox
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on board on a/c standard cabin with bathroom in suite, cabin towels, toiletries, beach towels
  • Full board: 3 meals a day and snacks
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Guided dives: 3 dives a day + 1 night dives, except on arrival and departure
  • Excursions according on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving taxes: Harbour fees and permits €200
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International and domestic flights
Optional Payable on Board
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Massages
  • Crew gratuities 

4. Ondina Liveaboard - 08 December 2019 - €2.112

Diving trip to Cendrawasih Bay on Ondina Liveaboard - Itinerary Manokwari-Biak - Cruise Dates: 8 December 2019 - 16 December 2019 - Regular Price Before €2.640 - Last Minute Price €2.112 - 20% OFF! Price per person on double cabin with individually controlled AC and private en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water + FREE Nitrox + FREE 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation complimentary, booking with Cruising Indonesia.

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Last Minute Liveaboard to Cendrawasih Bay 2019: Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included?

  • FREE 1 night at Airport Hotel, complimentary by Cruising Indonesia
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on board
  • Full board: meals and snacks
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • 3 dives a day + 1 night dives
  • Excursions according on board program
  • Tanks and weights
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • FREE Nitrox

Mandatory Surcharge

  • Harbour fees and permits EUR 200 per person

Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights

Optional Payable on Board

  • Diving equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
  • Massages
  • Crew gratuities

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Liveaboard Deal Cendrawasih Bay 2020

5. Dewi Nusantara - Liveaboard Deals 2020

Book 5 spaces and get 6th space FREE on 2020

  • 11 nights liveaboard diving trip, price per person:
  • Deluxe Cabin US$6.999 - Master Cabin US$8.499
  • Plus US$255 port/park fees & US$275 long distance fees
These are the last spaces available in 2020!

This offer runs on the following cruises only:

  1. 22nd Jul-2nd August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay, itinerary Manokwari to Manokwari
  2. 3rd-14th August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay, itinerary Manokwari to Manokwari
  3. 15th-26th August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay, itinerary Manokwari to Sorong

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Liveaboard Deal Cendrawasih Bay 2020: Inclusions & Exclusions

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What is included?
  • FREE 1 night at Airport Hotel, complimentary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Accommodation on board
  • Full board: meals and snacks, soft drinks and beers
  • Drinking waters, tea and coffee
  • 4 dives a day, except for the first and last day
  • 4-5 dive instructors or dive masters
  • Excursions according to on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving Fees to be paid on board:
  • Marine Park
  • Harbour Clearance
  • Distance Fee Surcharge
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Transit night in airport hotel after or before your cruise
  • Introductory diving and certification courses are available by prior request only, except nitrox courses that fit easily into the normal diving day
  • Other land services
Optional Payable on Board
  • Wine and Alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Boutique items
  • Tips to the crew
  • Onboard communications

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Liveaboard Deal Cendrawasih Bay 2021

6. Dewi Nusantara - Liveaboard Deals 2021

Book 5 spaces and get 6th space FREE on 2021

  • 10 night liveaboard diving trip, price per person:
  • Deluxe Cabin US$6.699 - Master Cabin US$8.118
  • Plus US$255 port/park fees & US$295 long distance fees
These are the last spaces available in 2021!

This offer runs on the following cruises only:

  1. 1-11th July 2021, Cenderawasih Bay, itinerary Sorong to Manokwari
  2. 13-23 Jul 2021 Cenderawasih Bay, itinerary Manokwari to Manokwari
  3. 25th July-4th August 2021 Cenderawasih Bay, itinerary Manokwari to Manokwari

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Liveaboard Deal Cendrawasih Bay 2021: Inclusions & Exclusions

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What is included?
  • FREE 1 night at Airport Hotel, complimentary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Accommodation on board
  • Full board: meals and snacks, soft drinks and beers
  • Drinking waters, tea and coffee
  • 4 dives a day, except for the first and last day
  • 4-5 dive instructors or dive masters
  • Excursions according to on board program
  • Tanks and weights
Mandatory Surcharge
  • Diving Fees to be paid on board:
  • Marine Park
  • Harbour Clearance
  • Distance Fee Surcharge
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Transit night in airport hotel after or before your cruise
  • Introductory diving and certification courses are available by prior request only, except nitrox courses that fit easily into the normal diving day
  • Other land services
Optional Payable on Board
  • Wine and Alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Boutique items
  • Tips to the crew
  • Onboard communications

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