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Diving in Port of Sorong

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When to go to Port of Sorong

Diving is possible throughout the year. The prime season is from October to April with the best visibility, while the off season has high levels of plankton that attract pelagic fish. The average air temperature is 31C/89F, and the humidity is 70-90%. The water temperature is constant, at 28-30C/82-86F. Visibility ranges from 10-20m/33-66ft. The average diving depth is 20m/66ft. The currents may be moderate or strong.


What to see

The fauna include carpet sharks, ‘walking’ sharks, colorful coral shelves, rockfish, octopi, conger eels, small jellyfish, stinging hydroids, seahorses, bumphead parrotfish, turtles, giant trevallies, and barracudas.

Scuba diving in Port of Sorong

The port city of Sorong is in the province of West Papua by the Halmahera Sea, about 305km/190mi away from the Manokwari, the capital of the province. Within 2km/1.2mi there is Cassowary Cape, with cassowary trees and a white-sand beach. There are also opportunities for birdwatching, seeing a waterfall, and going on island tours. The destination Port of Sorong is suitable for both snorkelers and divers. There is no possibility for deco diving. The maximum depth is 30m/98ft without an opportunity for solo diving. The seascape is unforgettable, featuring a reef with plenty of fish and endemic species.


Most popular dive sites

The most interesting dive areas are the manta cleaning and feeding stations near Manta Ridge, whale watching area near Misool Island (part of the Raja Ampat Islands), and Wai Island, which is good for wreck dives and night dives, with a sunken WWII bomber overgrown with soft corals. In the area of Raja Ampat Islands the sites that are worth visiting include Blue Magic, Cape Kri, The Passage.