Triton Bay: A Hidden Treasure in the Far Eastern of Indonesia

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Located in the Kaimana Regency, West Papua New Guinea, Triton Bay is a secluded area that presents a diving experience with exquisite underwater scenery and multi-colored marine biodiversity. Approximately a two-hour boat trip from Kaimana is what it takes to witness the white sand beach and shady coconut palm trees of this bay. Though its remote position makes it somewhat underrated by the wider public, Triton Bay is well-liked by the adventurous intermediate divers and famous among marine biologists. Few worthwhile things that can be found here are as follow:

Gigantic whale sharks

The legendary inhabitants of Triton bay that only gorge themselves on anchovies and krill or plankton are some of the largest fish in the world. This is specifically peculiar to whale sharks that have a physical length of more than six to 18 meters. Despite their gigantic physique, whale sharks are very docile and demonstrating no aggressiveness to humans. This is also regarded as a type of fish that is vulnerable to extinction. Therefore, it is advised for divers to maintain a safe distance (roughly 2 to 3 meters), do not take pictures with flash, and do not make any loud noises that can irritate them. Whale sharks can be seen from November onwards to late March or early April and the best time to spot them is during the monsoon. For beginner divers or non-divers, whale sharks sightseeing can be done from the boat.   

Vivid coral reefs

Triton bay lies in the center of the Coral Triangle, the most diverse marine on earth. More than half a thousand species of coral reefs can be found here, and some of them are uniquely colored soft corals that glow at night. Gardens of untouched coral reefs with eye-catching colors are heaven for picture taking. This underwater breath-taking scenery will be a remarkable and authentic experience for divers that can only be found elsewhere but here.

Important things to remember

There are several things that need to be remembered upon to be the Triton Bay divers. The best time to visit is between September to June or October to July when the visibility is around 10-30 meters and 27-30  of water temperatures. There are some medium and strong currents, so be °C mindful at all times. But do not worry too much, because there are experts who will guide and assist the divers throughout the diving or snorkeling time. And most importantly, the diving or snorkeling spots are meticulously chosen so that they will be comfortable and beneficial for all divers and guides involved. Lastly, complying with the safety guidelines and health protocols is important at times of COVID-19. The journey to and in Triton Bay only will be enjoyable and meaningful if all individuals are safe and healthy.