Location and Flights

Where are we? We are located approximately 30 nautical miles from the town of Kaimana in the Indonesian province of West Papua, previously known as West Irian Jaya, on the western peninsula of the island of New Guinea. The most direct route is to fly from Jakarta to Ambon or Sorong and then transit to Kaimana. Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air are currently the only airlines servicing this route. It may seem like a long way from anywhere, but believe me once you arrive you will not be disappointed. The area is beautiful both above and below the water.  Our location is indicated on the Google map above.  Just click the minus sign to see where we are in relation to Asia and the rest of the world. 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.

How to Get Here and What to Expect During Your Journey International and Domestic Flights – Currently the best route to Triton Bay is to fly via Jakarta and Ambon to the town of Kaimana (KNG), West Papua.  You can also fly from Bali but expect to transit at least 3-4 times.

There are now 140 Countries that do not have to apply for a Visa before arriving into Indonesia, if they are planning to stay for 30 days or less. (See https://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html  for details).  If you need to apply for a Visa on Arrival (now USD 35 effective July 3, 2014), or if  wish to stay in Indonesia for more than 30 days, you should apply for a visa before you travel, or pay for a visa on arrival as you enter Indonesia.  This type of visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by applying to an immigration office within Indonesia.  Look for VOA counter as you enter the terminal building but before immigration.

Garuda Indonesia currently fly 6 days a week and their flights are scheduled to arrive early morning into Kaimana. You would leave Jakarta around 11:45 the night before. The flight schedule with Lion/Batik Air is constantly changing, but currently they fly via Sorong  and arrive late afternoon.   Lion Air/Batik Air Flights leave Jakarta for Kaimana between 01:50 and 5:35am.

If you arrive into Jakarta early the same day and don’t want to spend time in Jakarta itself, you may want to check into an airport hotel to relax a little before your onward journey. We recommend the Airport Hotel Jakarta due to its convenient location upstairs from the arrival gate. If you stay there, they can arrange the transfer to the domestic terminal for you. Another option is the FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta which is also close to the airport and they also arrange transfers.  Reservations can be made online using the following sites: www.jakartaairporthotel.com  or  www.fm7hotel.com  or  www.hotels.com  or  www.agoda.com.  Alternatively, if you choose not to check into an airport hotel or head into town, stay in the international terminal as long as you can as the restaurants and facilities are better there.

Check-in for the domestic flight with Lion/Batik Air is usually from Terminal 1.  Flights with Gaurda are scheduled to depart from Terminal 3, however do double check with your airline for your departure terminal as this can change. Allow plenty of time for transiting between terminals.  There is a free shuttle bus available but if you have a lot of luggage, the shuttle bus can be a little tricky so we would recommend a taxi.    We recommend flying into Kaimana on either Friday or Saturday in order to benefit from our scheduled Saturday pick up and drop off over to the resort.  However, if you would rather arrive on a different day of the week, alternative transportation can be arranged, but will be charged at Euro 150 per trip due to the high fuel costs in this region.

Please note that the luggage allowance on Lion Air flights from Jakarta to Ambon/Sorong is only 15kg per passenger.  However, on Wings from Ambon/Sorong to Kaimana the allowance is only 10kg.  You can let the airline know that you have Dive Equipment and they should give you an additional 10kg.  Excess luggage is approximately 25-45,000 Rp per kilo depending on your routing and will be paid for when you check in.  Garuda Indonesia have now introduced a great deal for those travelling with Dive Equipment.  Your standard luggage allowance all the way through to Kaimana is 20 kilos and they will give you an additional 23 kilos for dive equipment – a total of 43 kilos!

For those that have not yet experienced the Indonesian way of flying with Excess Luggage, the check in desk in Jakarta will give you a note which you will need to take to the Lion Air/ Garuda Indonesia Excess Luggage window to pay.  You will need Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).  Once you have paid they will give you a receipt that you take back to the same check in desk and then you will receive your tickets.  Don’t queue up again! Just head to the front of the line.  There is no longer a separate domestic airport tax – this is now included in your flight tickets.

For all flights transiting through Ambon and Sorong, and transit times are generally very short.  There is very little to do at either airport so keep the transit time as short as possible! I would recommend a minimum of 1 hour.  On arrival into Ambon or Sorong, even though you already appear to have an onward ticket to Kaimana, you will need to go to the small transit desk (where everyone is gathered) between the luggage hall and transit lounge. Here they will take your original ticket and give you a new one…Same seat and everything!  Then you will make your way to the lounge passing through security again.  For the short flight to Kaimana the space for your hand luggage is very limited and they may ask you to put your bag in the back of the plane as you board.  Just tell them it is fragile and hopefully they will treat it a little more carefully or allow you to take it onboard.  There will not be a tag/label on your bag so when you disembark you should wait and they will hand it back to you before you head to the terminal building. 

As the world gets smaller, the feeling of true wilderness gets harder and harder to find. But divers need to look no further than Triton Bay. In the age of Google Earth, where we feel we know every corner of our planet, places like this still throw up surprises. It was less than 5 years ago that the Triton Bay Walking Shark was discovered by science. This is an area of untouched richness. Productive waters feed productive reefs, that flourish untouched by mankind’s heavy hand. These are reefs with their full complement of species, from giant groupers that grow bigger than divers, to tiny jewel-like nudibranchs. A must see. Dr. Alex Mustard, Underwater Photographer – Marine Biologist

On Arrival at Kaimana For Garuda Indonesia flights expect to arrive into Kaimana any time between 9:40 and 11:30am.  Lion Air/Wings Air Flights arrive between 10am and 3pm depending on the day of the week and routing.  On arrival into Kaimana you will be met by a member of the Triton Bay Divers team who will assist you with your luggage.  A car will transport you to our boat.  Complimentary water will be available on board, and though the boat is covered, you may want to have sunscreen and sunglasses on-hand. Sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful scenery. If you are lucky you may even see a pod of dolphins, or catch a glimpse of the resident Bryde’s whale population which are known to frequent the area. Depending on the weather conditions you may also have an opportunity to view the ancient rock art near Namatota Island. The boat journey to Triton Bay Divers takes approximately 2 hours so we recommend you take a bathroom break either on your flight over to Kaimana or at the airport on arrival, as there are no toilet facilities on the boat unfortunately.  On arrival at the resort you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and, after settling into your rooms, some well deserved lunch!

3 Male Flashers and a Female

New Flights and Route Changes to Kaimana
Please note that as of April, 2017, Garuda Indonesia began service on the Ambon ~ Kaimana route, flying six days a week (every day except Sunday).  In addition, Wings Air have changed their flight schedule and are no longer flying Ambon ~ Kaimana daily.  If you have booked a flight to Kaimana on Wings recently, we recommend you check directly with Wings/Lion Air to see if your flight has been changed. This is the newest flight schedule/route according to the latest information we have:
Ambon ~ Kaimana: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Sorong ~ Fak Fak ~ Manokwari ~ Kaimana: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Sorong ~ Fak Fak ~ Kaimana: Sunday
Guests who have booked flights to and from Kaimana on Wings are strongly advised to double check with the airline as these changes may affect onward connections.
Below is a possible flight plan you may wish to consider:
To Kaimana – via Garuda. Leaving Jakarta at 11:45pm and arriving in Kaimana at 09:40 the next morning. Note there is a stopover in Makassar and a transfer in Ambon.
Return to Jakarta, there are a few options but here are our best suggestions:
1) Kaimana to Sorong via Wings. Leaving at 12:20 and arriving in Sorong at 13:20. Then Batik Air (part of Lion Air), Sorong to Jakarta leaving at 14:05 and arriving at 17:15 (1 stop). Or Batik Air leaving at 16:45 and arriving in Jakarta at 19:00.
2) Kaimana to Ambon via Garuda: leaving at 13:35, arriving in Ambon at 15:15. Then continue with Garuda to Jakarta, leaving 16:20 transiting in Surabaya and arriving into Jakarta at 19.20.

Please note that the airlines are regularly changing flight schedules so you are best to check directly with them