fak fak - dive destinations
Fak Fak and Triton Bay is a very remote area located south-east of Raja Ampat in Irian Jaya (West Papua), and is famous for its record breaking marine bio-diversity. Because the water here is so nutrient rich, visibility averages 10-20m, however those same nutrients feed an amazing web of life. We're talking extreme bio-mass. New species of fish and corals are being discovered all the time.
why we go there
Triton Bay, otherwise known as Fak-Fak lies in the heart of the Coral Triangle - a global centre of marine biodiversity and one of the world's top priorities for marine conservation. The Coral Triangle includes various important nesting sites for migratory sea turtles, the channels between major landmasses serve as passages for migrating mammals and mantas, and the waters support feeding grounds for large tuna populations that are targeted by international fishing fleets. Extraordinary numbers of hard corals, mollusks and reef fishes can be found in this area.
These reefs in this area are fantastic species factories. This region is simply mind-blowing in terms of its diversity. From the perspective of marine - and especially coral reef - bio-diversity, it is clearly unparalleled for an area of this size. Scientists keep breaking world records for the number of species found at single sites. Biodiversity surveys conducted in Triton Bay by Conservation International have identified up 335 species of coral reef fish. Among them was a small epaulette shark that 'walks' on its fins. This discovery has turned Triton Bay into one of the most popular and valuable dive sites in the world.
Fak Fak and Triton Bay are still relatively un-explored and we expect to discover even more great dive sites during our cruises to this region. A stunning underwater environment combined with one of the most singular and picturesque landscapes, makes this area a truly spectacular dive location.
No available cruises in 2011 for this destination
No available cruises in 2012 for this destination
No available cruises in 2013 for this destination
how do I get there?
Kararu recommends that all guests arrive and overnight in Bali or Manado before embarking on a domestic flight to Sorong. Kararu Dive Voyages will arrange all domestic flight ticketing and transportion between Bali or Manado and Irian Jaya.
The flight time from Bali to Sorong is 5 hours. Currently, an overnight stay is required in Makassar (Sulawesi) which can be arranged by Kararu. The flight time from Manado to Sorong is 2 hours. The flight is direct. Please contact Kararu to obtain the most recent flight information and recommended routes.
All luggage and check-in procedures will be handled by a member of Kararu Dive Voyages. Each passenger is allowed 50 kg of luggage for up to 2 legs of the flight. Excess baggage is charged at $2.00 US per kilo per route (subject to change without notice).
Raja Ampat Entrance Fee
Raja Ampat, one of the most bio-diverse marine areas in the world has been declared a National Park effective August 12, 2007. ALL divers are now required by law to pay an entrance fee of US$55 per person to dive in this area. The ticket will be valid for one year and will go towards supporting reef conservation and community development. This project is managed by three major NGOs, CORAL INTERNATIONAL (www.coral.org), WWF (www.wwf.org) and TNC (www.nature.org).
Kararu Dive Voyages will pre-purchase the ticket for you and bill it to your invoice or to your account on board. If you would like further information about how revenue generated from your entrance fee is being utilized, please visit the project web site at www.diverajaampat.org