Whale Sharks of Nabire

Worth a visit all year round

4 days/3 nights ● from/to Nabire, Papua ● Private Tour ● 2 nights in secret dive resort ● Level of difficulty: 1* (very basic accommodation)

During this 4 days/3 nights private tour from/to Nabire, you discover the heart of Cendrawasih Bay. This trip is your chance to encounter whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, in a setting where they’re seen all year. It’s a straightforward, unadorned experience; no luxury, just the raw beauty of nature and these incredible creatures. Your stay, in a modest eco-lodge managed by local villagers, adds authenticity to your experience. This journey promises to leave you with lasting memories of close encounters with the sea’s gentle giants.

Price per person
from/to Nabire, Papua

for minimum 2 guests
USD 790 Price in EUR / IDR on request

Day 1: Nabire Airport – Cendrawasih Bay
Arrival, transfer to the Cendrawasih Bay and first dive/snorkel with whale sharks

Upon landing at Nabire Airport, your driver awaits to escort you to Wagi jetty. This 2-hour journey offers a first glimpse of the local scenery. At the jetty, a boatman from the resort greets you and speeds you across the waters to your final stop. This brief boat ride leads to a secluded peninsula, surrounded by dense vegetation and accessible only by boat. Managed as a non-profit by the community, the resort offers a simple yet welcoming ambiance. Luxury isn’t the focus here; it’s all about the raw experience. Nestled amidst pristine nature, the resort’s main draw is the whale sharks, not its accommodations. After settling in and enjoying a late lunch, you dive into your first exciting encounter with the whale sharks.

Transportation: 2 hours by car, 30 minutes by speed boat.  Accommodation: Basic double room. Meals: full board. 1 dive and/or snorkeling session included.

Day 2: Cendrawasih Bay
Diving or snorkeling with the whale sharks

The day unfolds with diving and snorkeling alongside whale sharks. Following breakfast, you step onto the dinghy, journeying to the favored haunts of these majestic beings. Drawn to the fishing boats and their catch, these gentle giants are often nearby. It’s common to find yourself swimming alongside not just one but perhaps a group of these curious and friendly creatures. After an invigorating morning in the water and a return to the resort for lunch, you gear up for another dive or snorkel session in the afternoon. These moments bring you up close with the whale sharks, offering unforgettable interactions in their natural habitat.

Transportation: Around 1 hour by speed boat. Accommodation: Basic double room. Meals: full board. Up to 2 dives and/or snorkeling sessions included.

You can dive with them
You can snorkel with them

Day 3: Cendrawasih Bay – Nabire
A last morning dive/snorkel with the whale sharks and transfer back to Nabire

Start your morning with one last dive or snorkeling session with the whale sharks after breakfast, soaking up these final moments in their majestic presence. Post-lunch at the resort, your journey back to Nabire town begins at 2pm. Relax during the 30-minute speedboat ride followed by a 2-hour car trip as you reflect on your incredible experiences. Upon arrival in Nabire town around 5pm, you check into your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to unwind or explore at your own pace. For dinner, consider trying the hotel restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.

Transportation: 2 hours by car, 30 minutes by speed boat. Accommodation: Double room at Grand Hotel Papua, Nabire. Meals: breakfast and lunch. 1 dive and/or snorkeling session included.

Fisherman of Cendrawasih Bay
Whale sharks are not shy, but curious

Day 4: Nabire – Nabire Airport
Transfer to Nabire Airport

After breakfast, you are transferred to Nabire Airport for your onward flight

Transportation: 10 minutes by car. Meals: breakfast.

The accommodation: Secret Dive Resort


Nabire Whale Sharks ● 4 days/3 nights ● Private Tour
Price per person from/to Nabire, Papua
for minimum 2 guests
USD 790 Price in EUR / IDR on request
for 3-6 guests
USD 790 Price in EUR / IDR on request
for 1 single guest
USD 1.480 Price in EUR / IDR on request

Travelling to remote areas of Papua is difficult, the conditions are harsh, there is no comfort at all. If you can handle such conditions, you will enjoy this trip. If you have any doubts, ask us before you book it. We are happy to help!

For payment we accept USD, EUR, and IDR. Please let us know your preferred currency. We ask for a deposit of 15% of the tour price at the time of booking. The balance is due no later than 4 weeks before the start of the tour. Prices are subject to change. The final price will be quoted upon confirmation of the tour. Foreigners need a travel permit for Papua (“surat jalan”). We will take care of this permit before your arrival. For the permit we need a copy of your passports and passport photos. A list of equipment will be sent with the booking confirmation.

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