Dive Sites

Mandarin Fish

Of all the tropical reefs we have seen in our combined 70 years of diving, Triton Bay is near the top of our list for fish diversity, soft corals and topside scenery…
Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock – Secret Sea Visions

Overview

In 2008 Kaimana Regency declared a 6000 sq km Marine Protected Area around the waters of Kaimana and Triton Bay. The marine biodiversity here is second to none and continues to surprise us with new finds every time we go diving. Dubbed by some as “the next frontier of Indonesian diving” and the “last best place”, Triton Bay offers something for everyone both above and below the waves. And best of all you will be one of only a few divers enjoying the waters in this very remote area.

We have over 30 dive sites already identified here and many more yet to explore. Dive sites range from pinnacles to shallow soft coral gardens, huge boulders draped in colorful corals, massive black coral bushes, drift and wall dives, as well as the opportunity for critter hunting. Triton Bay is becoming best known for its beautiful soft coral gardens and we have had guests suggest that this should be called the “soft coral capital of the world” with all due respect to Fiji.

Most of our dive sites are in and around the Iris Strait (the body of water between Aiduma Island and the mainland) and just south east of Triton Bay. We also dive in Triton Bay itself as well as near Namatota Island and the outer reefs off of Palau Aiduma and Dramai. For the majority of our dives it is not necessary to venture deeper than 20m as the shallower parts boast the best coral and fish action. Unfortunately the price we pay for the speculator soft corals gardens and masses of schooling fish of every shape, color and size, is reduced visibility which varies considerably, but averages around 10 ~ 15 meters. Please note visibility can be as low as 5m or over 25m as it is dependent on weather and currents/upwelling. We try to plan our dives accordingly. Water temperatures vary between 28-29 degrees Celsius during the diving season and drop down to around 24 degrees during the eastern monsoon (June ~ Sept).

Triton Bay Soft Corals

Almost all of the marine creatures found in other parts of Indonesia, too numerous to list, can be found here. The area offers everything from the tiniest pygmy seahorses to large and graceful whale sharks visiting the traditional fishing bagans.  We have also seen pods of dolphins and marlin around these platforms.  In addition, the region boasts a number of species found nowhere else, such as the elusive Triton Bay walking shark (Hemiscyllium henryi), and the beautiful P. Nursalim flasher wrasse, which outside of Triton Bay can only be found in Misool, south Raja Ampat.  For those of you that like sunset dives, we are excited to say we have both flasher wrasse and mandarin fish on our house reef.

Triton Bay Whaleshark

Special Note Regarding Marine Park Tags:
All divers and non divers visiting the area are required by the government to pay an annual entrance fee for the marine park of 500,000 Rp (around USD 45 at current rates). This can be paid in cash (IDR) on arrival at the resort or paid in advance along with your resort package at time of booking. Unfortunately we do not have credit card facilities at the resort. Proceeds from the sale of these tags are shared between the local government and the community, and go towards funding for conservation efforts.

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 here 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 we like to think are known only to us!  Indeed, the region is so rarely visited that we 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 our resort and offers 4 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 nudis 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 is best dives 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! Note to self: 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, frogfish, and the very very elusive and shy epaulet/walking shark on this dive site.

Andy’s Point

This dive site is always full of surprises! Every time we dive it we 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 us, 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. We 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 we are happy to say we have found another beach where we have also found the flasher wrasse and it is just around the corner from us. We also have pygmy seahorse among other macro subjects on this dive site!

Saron City or TBD House Reef

We 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 our 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 we also found the tiny sea bee here.