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What to Expect from a Triton Bay Liveaboard
Liveaboard diving in Triton Bay offers quite a special experience. Seldom dived, this remote bay is located in the eastern region of Kaimana and promises to hold some of the most untouched dive sites for liveaboards in Indonesia.
In recent years, demand to visit this area has risen and the number of Triton Bay liveaboards has increased. This growing popularity can be attributed to the fantastic health of the reef and all its inhabitants, sitting in a large Marine National Park, only accessible by an Indonesia liveaboard dive cruise.
Triton Bay Underwater
Beneath the surface, the terrain is rocky. Large seamounts attract prolific shoals of fish, and the rocks are encrusted with soft coral gardens. This attracts an incredible variety of species, including oceanic whitetip sharks, and schools of barracuda. Macro species are also quite abundant in Triton Bay, perhaps unusually so as this is not a renowned muck diving area.
Most dive sites in Triton Bay lie somewhere in between 30 and 65 feet (9 – 20 m), while water temperatures remain a very comfortable 84 Fahrenheit (29°C) with very little variance throughout the year.
Dive Sites Of Triton Bay
Saruenus Island will almost certainly be visited while sailing on your Triton Bay liveaboard. The island offers 4 main dive sites, each with quite different characteristics due to how the current acts upon it. Little Komodo is a very rocky site with boulders that breach the surface. All around the rocky outcrops, you will see shoals of all sorts of fish, including anthias, damsels and fusiliers as well as snappers and sweetlips. The rocks are largely covered by soft corals, and provide many tucked-away corners for macro species to hide, including the very rare pygmy seahorse and many species of nudibranchs and shrimp. Another must-see site on Saruenus Island is Aquarium. This is a drift dive along a wall, and is full of soft coral bommies of beautiful oranges and forest greens.
Bo’s Rainbow is an island site that is usually a sheltered site with little to no current. It is a relatively shallow dive site with an average depth of 52 feet (16 m), and when currents are weak, it is sometimes possible to circumnavigate the entire island. This is also a rocky site, encrusted with seemingly endless gardens of soft corals attracting many large schools of fish. Here you will notice that the more common species, such as fusiliers and damsels, will very often be showing off different shades of colours to what one might normally expect.
Another popular site on the liveaboard itinerary is Namatote Wall, located just off the southern tip of Namatote Island. Visibility along this wall dive is sometimes slightly limited due to the current’s shifting nature, but what is lost in visibility is more than made up for by overwhelming numbers of macro species. For those who are not so fond of muck sites, this is an excellent alternative for capturing those sought-after critters, such as nudibranchs, gobies and shrimp.
Top Tips For Divers
Many liveaboard itineraries in the Triton Bay area will include exploratory dives. This type of diving tends to be better suited for a more experienced diver. Although many sites will be suitable for beginner divers, some sites may experience more challenging conditions. Strong and shifting currents can be particularly hazardous and are fairly common around certain islands. Divers can generally expect to do 3 - 4 dives per day.
Getting To Triton Bay
The remoteness of this location means that one should expect to have to catch several flights. The most straightforward way to reach Triton Bay is to catch a connecting flight from Singapore to Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. From here, head to Ambon Airport before catching your final flight to Utarum Airport in Kaimana. A short journey, usually made by tender, is then required to embark on your Indonesian liveaboard adventure.