Cenderawasih Bay – See the Unseen

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The Cendrawasih Bay boasts crystal waters, vibrantly coloured reefs and it houses a variety of marine creatures. The bay is home to an underwater paradise! Read on to know more.

Overview

The Cenderawasih Bay is located in between the ocean borders of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The bay is over 300 kilometres wide and exhibits ideal conditions for marine life to thrive.

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David Worabay, Pegunungan Arfak from the Cenderawasih BayCC BY-SA 3.0

Marine National Park

Teluk Cenderawasih National Park which is regarded as one of the largest national parks is located in the bay. The park also includes some of the islands of the bay. Extensive arrays of coral reefs are present in the park and it is also home to creatures such as reef fish, whale sharks, manta rays and many reef-dwelling fish and crustaceans.

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Things to do

Some of the regions of the bay are shallow and are ideal for snorkelling. If you wish to venture and explore deep into the reefs you can join in for a scuba diving expedition. For the folks who don’t know swimming and families, you can get aboard a glass bottom boat to explore the underwater world without getting wet.

Accommodation options

There are a number of resorts located at the shore and almost all the properties offer expeditions to the reefs in the bay. If you wish to enjoy a slightly unconventional staying experience you could opt to stay in a luxury yacht in Indonesia the likes of Alila Purnama which sails through the bay.

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Image Credit: Alila Purnama

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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