Cenderawasih Liveaboard Diving

Getting around Cenderawasih

A Cenderawasih liveaboard is the best way to explore these islands also known for its encounters with Whalesharks.

Popular Cenderawasih Liveaboards

Cenderawasih Liveaboard Routes

A Cenderawasih liveaboard cruise has so much to offer by itself that this liveaboard stays at the same Indonesia diving destination for the entire trip. The only exception is an occasional diving itinerary that will include Raja Ampat.

Cenderawasih Marine Life

 A Cenderawasih liveaboard is most famous for the encounter with whale sharks. Where you normally hope for one sighting here you can see several whale sharks together that are feeding on small fish and plankton.

Besides the largest fish in the world, the variety in Cenderawasih Bay is mindblowing large schools of fish surround the reefs manta rays hang around the cleaning stations and when you look closely at the healthy reefs you can find pygmy seahorses, tiger prawns, and numerous nudibranchs.

Also, you can find 4 different species of turtles hawksbill, green, leatherback, and ridley turtle. Thanks to the biodiversity Cenderawasih is also known as the Galapagos of Indonesia.

Top Cenderawasih Dive sites

Manokwari’s Shipwrecks


Manim Island

Roon Island

The Bagans

Mangguar, Busurua, and outer Atolls

Yapen Island

Padaido Islands


Cenderawasih Diving Season

The diving season for a Cenderawasih liveaboard is pretty short compared to other destinations. The only dive cruises are between June and October. Although the weather is not always at its best during July and August with rain and rough seas, Cendrewasih bay is well protected. That is why some liveaboard operators choose to dive into the shelter of Cenderewasih bay. The water temperature is between 27℃ and 30℃.

Water Temperature
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Climate Data
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How to get To Cenderawasih

The liveaboards either depart or disembark from Biak and Sorong. Depending on the route the liveaboard operator makes. To Biak and Sorong, you can get domestic flights from the international airports Bali and Jakarta. Most liveaboards provide you with a transfer from and to the airport or hotel if you wish to stay overnight.