The World’s Richest Marine Wildlife Park – Triton Bay
by Andrew Mevissen
There are several reasons why Australians travel to Indonesia for their holidays – it’s affordable, close-by and scattered with idyllic, tropical islands to explore. But despite its popularity, there remains one paradise in Indonesia that few have visited or even heard of.
Triton Bay is a hidden treasure located on the remote, west coast of the island of New Guinea in Indonesia’s West Papua province. Nestled in the epicentre of the Coral Triangle – a roughly triangular area of tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste – Triton Bay is teeming with marine life and gorgeous tropical views. The magnificent region is widely recognised by biologists as the centre of marine biodiversity and is also known as the Amazon of the seas, containing more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet.
Only surveyed for the first time in 2006, Triton Bay, remains a location for endless marine exploration, with new dive sites popping up each year. The diving and snorkelling is the main attraction of Triton Bay; featuring over 70 per cent of the world’s corals, and more than 1000 species of fish, including the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Guests are bound to experience intimate encounters that they’ll never forget. Triton Bay also features pristine, palm-tree-lined, white sandy beaches with crystal clear water – perfect for relaxation and escaping from technology.
The remote location is lesser known to the mainstream tourism markets and is only accessible via expedition cruise ships with an emphasis on eco-tourism. Exploring the underwater wonders that reside in Triton Bay will be the highlight of any expedition cruise through Indonesia. In the comfort of a small, eco-friendly, cruise ship, the expedition team will take guests on zodiac excursions to all the best viewpoints of the rainforest-capped karst islands and will always be on the lookout to spot exotic marine wildlife, including the incredible whale shark, all while educating cruise-goers on the value of the region’s fragile eco-system and the importance of preserving it.
Cruise Traveller partners, Ponant and Silversea, both offer small-ship expedition cruises in 2020 and 2021 that feature Triton Bay in their itineraries, giving adventure seekers and nature lovers plenty of time to explore the wonders of this magic destination.
Discover new horizons on your next holiday and book an expedition cruise to the world’s richest marine wildlife park in Triton Bay, Indonesia.