Triton Bay 2016

 
The colour in this area is outstanding!

The colourful marine life in this area is outstanding!

Just back from Triton Bay Divers after a real ooh la lah experience…

I had the great fortune of having two lovely guests ask me about putting together a special trip for them during specific dates. I know this couple rarely find time to dive these days and I really wanted to take these great friends again. When the chance came up to take them to Triton Bay I jumped at the chance for many reasons. This was a place close to all our hearts. This couple had been in Triton Bay during the very first exploratory trips and we all were totally thrilled there was still space available for us to get back at this brand new resort. I was also able to check out the operations for those lucky ones who are going to be joining me here in the future.

Triton Bay Divers has to be one of the most peaceful and idyllic places one could wish for! A calm 200m stretch of powder white sand beachfront with only four twin or double bungalows (one more to be completed mid year). This means only 10 divers who go diving in two well set up twin engined dive boats.

This really is exclusive!

All bungalows are well fitted out with all a divers needs. They are comfortable, clean, have hot & cold running water, with good shower pressure too, there is a table in each bungalow for charging and camera set up. There is no air conditioning read on and don’t despair. I really do generally need air-conditioning while out diving. I’ve struggled sleeping in a few resorts though here at Triton Bay Divers air-con really is not needed, even for me. In fact during most evenings I had to use the sheets as it does actually get a little chilly in the middle of the night here.

Soft coral meadow and schooling fish

Soft coral meadow & schooling fish, we can even find cool critters amongst this gorgeous habitat too!

During our stay we had an excellent dive guide who planned great stress free dives and found lots of really cool and unusual critters, he had the killer eyes for those tiny pygmy sea horses too and can find 5 different species on some dive sites here. He even found quite a few really tiny nudibranchs too!

The dive area worked really well and with a few small additions we spoke about while I was there this resort will be really complete and very well set up for all divers in not time, in fact they are working on some suggestions already.

The dining area is spacious with a few loungers & tables for afternoon naps or relaxing. There is a small bar area and a very comfortable dining set up too. There is even a hammock for those who enjoy a little hammock chilling time…

The food was really good, every day we had different lunches and dinners and even the deserts were really tasty.

Very cool rare and unusual critters like this beautiful nudibranch!

Very cool rare and unusual critters like this beautiful nudibranch!

What surprised me is that there is even WiFi internet ‘that is free’ for guests here too! Though please do remember that this is really remote and connection and speed goes up and down, it is not great but it does work for basic needs and communication. I was totally surprised the WiFi really did work every day. The guests joining me here even managed to get work done while they were there too!

Having said all this about Wifi, I really do recommend that you totally disconnect from the outer world to fully enjoy your experience here so you can really relax and enjoy this rare, pristine and very special place…

This is some of the habitat where we find critters too!

Not just wide angle photographic scenery, this is some of the habitat where we find critters too!

The diving experience experience at Triton Bay is at times overwhelmingly gorgeous, not just for reef scenery and colour either. On numerous dive sites here divers are often surrounded by tens of thousands of small anchovies and other schools of fish that move in unison around the reef like gigantic clouds that are shifting constantly. The underwater scenery, fish life, variety and biomass in Triton Bay simply has to be the best on the planet. For sure Raja Ampat is the buzz place to go right now, though when conditions are right in Triton Bay I have to say that this really does beat Raja Ampat hands down for me. The additional extra in Triton Bay is the incredible variety and amount of macro life. Even when waters are warm and clear the macro is still great, though when the sea here cool down a little and there is more plankton in the water the macro life steps up a few gears…

Clear water white sandy beach & dive boat

Clear water white sandy beach & dive boat

Conditions for diving in Triton Bay can vary depending on the amounts of rain in the area. This area is very tropical and no weather patterns can be guaranteed. The season generally starts at the end of September when the seas calm down after the mid year south east monsoon which brings with it the cooler and nutrient rich water that makes this area so special. The latter months of October to December can often be the best for the macro life as the slightly cooler waters of usually around 26-28degC bring in ore planktonic life and more food for the little critters. The waters start to get warmer and clearer around December till May with temperates often around 29-30DegC. At times there can also be great glass offs that are fantastic for split level photography and just lazing in during break between dives.

One of 5 species of pygmy sea horse to be found here!

One of 5 species of pygmy sea horse to be found here!

Exploring – It was really great to see that the folks here have been doing plenty of exploring and have found lots more really amazing dive sites. The habitats we are diving in here are worth the diving on their own, even if you don’t see any cool and rare critters the colourful invertebrate life here is second to none!

As on all Diving4Images trip we will be adding a few dives that are totally new, exploring is part of the whole adventure of diving and I have yet to drop guests on really bad dives. A quick check dive to find the right habitat is enough to ensure we are going to have another new adventure. Even with a whole month of diving here we are not going to cover all the possible sites here and more and more locations are for sure going to be found over the  coming years.

You are going to be some of the first to dive Triton Bay. How about this little fact – probably less than a 1000 people have ever dived Triton Bay!

Only one bungalow left available on these 2 times 2 week trips.

And at times even drop dead gorgeous sunsets at Triton Bay Divers too!

And at times even drop dead gorgeous sunsets at Triton Bay Divers too!

 

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Ceratosoma alleni

Ceratosoma alleni from Triton Bay –  According to research, this was probably the first time this species was seen outside of Anilao, Philippines.

Here we go with a really exciting trip to one of Indonesia’s most interesting hot, new dive locations that has already produced lots of new fish species, now we are going to seek out new critter species. Triton bay is located in the southern part of the Birds Head Peninsula in West Papua.

If you are one of the keen divers who enjoy seeing new species, this is probably the trip to be on!

Dates

15th October – 29th October
and/or
29th October – 12th November 2016

As stated above, we are offering 2 x 14 night packages from Saturday to Saturday to work in with the resorts transfers to and from Kaimana.

Trip details

The all new Triton Bay Divers will be our base for this dive adventure. Co-owned and run by our great friend Lisa English (Leeza).  Based right in the heart of the hottest diving in Triton Bay we are in for a great treat. The resort has 6 bungalows so we will be limiting this group to 10 lucky divers in 5 of these spacious ocean view bungalows. We will be the only guests in the resort.

Yes, that is indeed a whaleshark in the top right hand corner!

Believe it or not, this reef is new since 2006, and yes, that is indeed a whaleshark in the top right hand corner!

What’s to see

After recent trips diving in the Triton Bay area only a few years ago I am all the more excited to get back diving here. I was so excited to discover that a whole new reef system has developed. Since the first dive survey trips I led in this area with Dr. Mark Erdmann and Dr. Gerry Allen one particular dive site has really blossomed, and what’s even more exciting is that the past two times I dived this site we had whalesharks swimming by which everyone managed to see as well. There were also whalesharks swimming around at the back of our the liveaboard on one trip through here too. Aside from the majestic soft corals in this area we will be going hunting down the best macro life that this has to offer.

Totally unknown Halgerda species from Triton Bay

Totally unknown Halgerda species from Triton Bay

There are so many exciting sites to go to in this area for unique macro life. We have twice found the very rare and totally unique Ceratosoma alleni (photo above). We have more rare opisthobranchs such as Plokamorpherus margaretae and then more recently a totally unknown Halgerda pictured here. This region is fantastic for pygmy seahorses and the folks at the resort are still finding numerous different species. I am sure with great quality time in this area we are going to find many other exciting species too!

This is another bizarre octopus species that seems to mimic coraline algae

This is another bizarre octopus species that seems to mimic coralline algae

I am also very excited to be able to go back to an incredible macro site which is a large rubble, algae patch that was always great for really unusual cephalopod species, including the more bizarre algae octopus which was commonly seen. We also had different ghost pipefish species and a range of other rare and unusual cryptic critters.

As always on Diving 4 Images expeditions we will also be able to explore and discover even more new sites too!

For more images taken on our dive trips to Triton Bay check out:

Triton Bay Underwater Photo Gallery

and for more topside images visit:

Triton Bay Topside Photo Gallery.

Logistics

  • Diving 4 Images will organise all flights and add the flight price to your final invoice.
  • We will be able to fly in to Triton Bay (Kaimana airport) from either Bali or Jakarta via Ambon to Kaimana with Lion Air.
  • After airport pick up we take a boat ride for approximately 1.5 hours to the resort.

Flights

Kaimana via Jakarta
JT790 CGK 01:30 to AMQ 07:00
IW1502 AMQ 07:40 to KNG 10:00

Kaimana to Jakarta
IW1503 KNG 10.25 to AMQ 12:00
IW1787 AMQ 16.15 to CGK 19:00

OPTIONAL
We can also arrange for you to dive some more in Ambon for even more hot critter diving!

We will organise your internal logistics and simply add this to your final invoice.

Trip rates
Email us for more information reagding this trip.

Look forward to diving with you soon.

Your cruise director & dive guide,

Graham Abbott