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 Irian Jaya, on the western part of the island of New Guinea.  Our location is indicated on the Google map above.  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 to Kaimana (KNG), West Papua.  You can also fly from Bali but expect to transit at least 3-4 times.

There are now 140 countries whose citizens 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 you 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.

Flights to Kaimana originating in Jakarta usually depart around midnight and arrive in Sorong or Manokwari in the morning.  From these two places it is a short flight to Kaimana.

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 Garuda are 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.

Please note that there is no longer any free baggage allowance on Lion Air and Wings Air flights.  However, on Batik Air flights the allowance is 20kg.  For Wings flights to Kaimana, baggage can be pre-paid at Rp 20,000/kg or Rp 25,000 at the gate. 

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.

On arrival into Sorong or Manokwari, even though you already appear to have an onward ticket to Kaimana, you will need to go to the small transit desk between the luggage hall and transit lounge. Here they will take your original ticket and give you a new one.  Then 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. 

Flights Changes to Kaimana
In September 2018, Garuda cancelled all flights to Kaimana, leaving Wings Air (part of Lion/Batik Air) as the only airline servicing Kaimana.  In order to make our free 2:00 pm transfer to the resort on Saturdays, we recommend the Batik flight (ID 6158) leaving Jakarta at 11:40 pm on the Friday which then transfers in Manokwari (IW 1615) and lands in Kaimana at 11:55 am.  We do NOT recommend the Wings flight that arrives in Kaimana at 15:10 as that is too late for a safe transfer to the resort.  For Wednesday arrivals, there is a 08:25 am Wings flight (IW 1522) from Sorong to Kaimana.  To get to Sorong, there are many different options from Jakarta and guests need not be limited to Batik.  For departures, on Saturday there is a flight that leaves for Sorong at 12:20 arriving at 13:30 and for Wednesday departures there is a flight for Sorong at 10:05, via Manokwari, landing at 13:35.  The connection time to Jakarta is very short with a Garuda flight leaving at 14:55, and the 14:05 Batik flight not a real option.  Therefore, if you do not urgently need to return home we recommend an over night stay in Sorong before taking an early morning flight to Jakarta.

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

On Arrival at 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.  Although 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 local to 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.  At the resort you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and some well deserved lunch!

3 Male Flashers and a Female

 

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