The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay - 4 days

Individual Private Tour - Tour Details & Information, Tour Code: SI-MAF-01

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Nabire (Irian Jaya/West Papua) - Nabire (L/D)

We will pick you up from the airport in Nabire. After check in to your hotel, you will be introduced to the small and friendly town of Nabire. During this city tour you will visit a traditional market where Papuan women sell homegrown produce, and beautiful traditional hand made noken bags. These knotted or woven bags are part of the UNESCO intangible heritage. They are made from natural dyed materials. You will popular hang out place for locals, especially during sunset. You can try some local dishes and fruits (optional). Overnight in Nabire.

Day 2: Nabire - Sowa (B/L/D)

An early departure to Sowa. It is around 3 hours drive from which the last part goes over a bumpy road. You will have a short break before you continue by local boat in search of the whale sharks. The whale sharks feed at the bagan which are traditional fishing platforms. Be silent and careful in your first approach, else you might scare the whale shark away. Sometimes up to 4 whale shark can be seen at one time. A late fish - barbecue will be served on a beautiful small island where you can swim and enjoy the last hours of daytime. You will stay the night in the house of a friendly Papuan family. The facilities are very basic, with mattresses on the floor.

Day 3: Sowa - Nabire (B/L)

In the morning, you will have a second trip to the whale sharks. Lunch will be served at the family. After lunch, you will drive back to Nabire.

Day 4: Nabire - End of Tour Nabire (Irian Jaya/West Papua) (B)

Breakfast at the lodging, and transfer back to the airport.

Hotels, Rates & Information

Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
NabireFiladelfia Homestay
SowaHütte / Hut
Options Comfort
Rate per person On request
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
Single Supplement On Request
Single Traveller On Request

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Information, Services, Remarks

Nabire (Irian Jaya/West Papua) / Nabire (Irian Jaya/West Papua)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Meal Plan as stated:
3x Breakfast 3x Lunch/Lunchbox 2x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges

Best Season(s):

The best season for whale sharks is during new moon from June to October.

Important Remarks:

Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
Important information for traveler: Outside of highly touristic regions like Bali there is only a limited touristic infrastructure available. Regular flight connections, restaurants and hotels (all classes from simple to high end) are limited. Flight cancellations and delays are quite common. Please don't expect amenities like warm water, air-conditioning and even comfortable beds at all hotels and homestays during the round trip. This applies especially outside of bigger cities.

- Bring your own snorkeling equipment. Local rentals are limited.
Please pay attention to the Travel Information provided.
When travelling islamic countries there can be interference during the month of Ramadan, other high holidays and fridays.
Volcanism: The Sunda Islands and the Sunda Archipelago are of volcanic orgin and show high volcanic activity. Accrodingly it may be possible that tours, routings and activities (especially those involving or near volcanoes) need to be altered in case of high activity or order by the government.
This tour is not soutable for people with reduced mobility. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements please contact us! We will try to find a solution for your individual needs.