Whale sharks are large ocean animals that can weigh up to 11 tons and measure up to 12 meters in length. These creatures attain maturity around the age of 30 and can live to be between 60 and 100 years old! Whale sharks, although being the largest shark species, graze on plankton and are friendly creatures. They can be found in tropical oceans all around the world. Indonesia is one of the best places to see whale sharks. If you want to see whale shark Indonesia for yourself, we’ve put together a list of sites you should go:
Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara
Sumbawa provides a peek of incredible marine life as well as snorkeling opportunities. It’s also a fantastic place to see whale sharks in Indonesia. Whale shark conservation tourism is available at Labuan Jambu, a town near the bay. To get to this location, fly to Sumbawa Besar’s Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin III Airport and then drive about 100 kilometers to Labuan Jambu.
There are plenty of must-see attractions in the area as well! Island-hop to Lipan Island, where you can see coastal cliffs, or Dangar Ode, where the sand is pearlescent. Gili Mariam, on the other hand, is a suggested site to visit if you wish to explore a secluded natural spot. Take a walk along their beautiful sand beaches or climb the tiny hill. You can even pitch your tents here for some camping fun in the great outdoors. When it gets dark, you can gaze dreamily at the beautiful night sky.
Derawan, East Kalimantan
Imagine a paradise where you can swim and dive alongside aquatic creatures in wide stretches of clean water. Talisayan Derawan in East Kalimantan is a renowned tourist attraction. Whale sharks can be seen as fishermen starting their day fishing, according to residents, because many of them throw their catches into the sea.
It is best to plan your diving trip to Talisayan during the summer months, when the south winds are blowing, which is from mid-June to mid-September.
To get to Talisayan, travel to Berau’s Kalimarau Airport and then continue by land for a 4-hour drive. To go to the center of the water, you’ll need to take a boat from Talisayan Pier. Keep in mind that whale sharks only come out once the sun has risen. So make it a point to get up early in the morning!
Cendrawasih National park, West Papua
Teluk Cenderawasih National Park in West Papua is home to a vast protected marine reserve with a diverse range of flora and animals. In one of Southeast Asia’s largest national parks, you’ll see plenty of wildlife, including the gorgeous exotic Cendrawasih bird. Whale shark Indonesia in Cendrawasih National Park can be seen in its waters all year. The best place to see them is Kwatisore Bay, near Nabire. It’s also a good idea to dive early in the morning, as they’re more likely to be observed then.