Snorkeling Expedition to Cenderawasih Bay

Whale Sharks and the Spectacular Coral of Papua

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system.

Average Day
• 4-6 hours snorkeling
• 3-4 hours sailing
• Occasional kayaking, paddleboarding, and short-moderate hikes

How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be comfortable snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels and occasionally against strong currents. While snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group.


Cenderawasih Bay is very close to the equator and has a warm, tropical climate with year-round temperatures in the high 80sºF and occasional rain showers.


The cook on board prepares simple and tasty meals, a mix of Asian and Western styles with seafood and plenty of fruit and vegetables. There is bread and fruit available for breakfast, as well as eggs upon request. Lunch and dinner are served as a group, and snacks are available as well. There are plenty of vegetarian options.


During the snorkels and land excursions, we will take a small dinghy to each site. The dinghy will always stay with the group so that you can return to the boat at any time.


Cenderawasih Bay is largely protected from the southeast winds that prevail during the summer months, so the majority of our trip takes place in calm waters. There is a higher chance of rough seas when we are in the northern, more exposed areas of the bay. We will always monitor the weather conditions and make changes to our route if necessary.


The Cenderawasih journey takes place in an extremely remote and uninhabited bay in the Pacific. In the case of serious illness or injury, medical attention and swift evacuation are not available. Once we sail from Nabire, we are far away from towns and medical facilities. In the case of serious illness or injury, we will make every effort to reach medical facilities as soon as possible, but be aware that it may take the boat days to return to the port of Nabire. If you have health or medical issues of concern, please discuss them with your physician before considering this trip.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.