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Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#1  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:33 pm

I have to share my experience diving in Nabire, Papua, Indonesia. It took 20+ hours flying 3 jets and 2 prop planes to get from KL to Nabire. You must really want to go to Nabire to endure such a long journey.


Here is a map showing where Nabire is....


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#2  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:33 pm

I flew MAS to Jakarta in a 737. After a couple of hours transit we flew Lion Air 737-900ER jet to Ambon. The flight to Ambon took about about 5 hours. After some time in transit at Ambon, we flew a Wings Air ATR-72 Prop plane to Kaimana and then another Wings Air ATR-72 prop plane to Nabire.


The Lion Air 737-900Er at Ambon Airport...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#3  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:34 pm

At every stop, we had to lug our hand luggage down, pass though security screening and have our bags x-rayed. I swear that by the time I got to Nabire, my bags were radioactive.


This is the Wings Air ATR-72 we took from Ambon Airport. We had to disembark at a little airport called Kaimana although it was not on our flight ticket itinerary.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#4  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:35 pm

Another pic of the Wings Air ATR-72 at Kaimana Airport...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#5  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:35 pm

Kaimana Airport....


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#6  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:36 pm

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[font=Verdana][size=10px]The worst thing about flying so many legs is that you have to find space for my camera bags on every flight. I cant understand why the Indonesians love to carry bulky Dunkin Donuts boxes take take up so much overhead cabin space.[/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=10px]With the ATR-72, the overhead bins cant even fit cabin sized bags so I had to surrender my camera bags to the crew to pack away in the back. You have to make sure they stow your fragile gear gently as they just throw everything everywhere.[/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=10px]A pic of the cabin bags being removed from the plane...[/size][/font]
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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#7  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Welcome to Kaimana...


We waited about 30 minutes on the ground while the plane unloaded passengers and bags and refueled.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#8  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:38 pm

The flight from Kaimana to Nabire on the ATR-72 was about 30 minutes.


At Nabire Airport we saw smaller propeller planes that take you to even more remote places in Papua....


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#9  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:38 pm

At long last we finally arrived in Nabire Airport...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#10  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:39 pm

At Nabire Airport we saw helicopters being used as transportation to remote areas too...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#11  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:40 pm

Our luggage arriving from the plane at Nabire airport...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#12  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:40 pm

After retrieving our bags, we were met by the Dive operator and taken to load up on MPVs.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#13  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:41 pm

Nabire Airport from the outside...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#14  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:41 pm

Collecting our bags and loading up took about 30 to 40 minutes and then we had to wait a while for our tour leaders to settle up with the dive operator. While waiting I just took a pic of this sculpture at the roundabout in front of Nabire Airport...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#15  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:42 pm

While we took refuge in the MPVs from the heat, the locals were under a big old tree. I found out that it was cooler under the tree then in the car with the barely working air-con.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#16  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:43 pm

I was getting hungry and eyeing this Bakso stall outside the airport.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#17  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:51 pm

The noodles looked good but I was not game enough to try it as i didnt want to risk getting sick before I even started my diving...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#18  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:52 pm

After about an hour plus at the airport, we then had to go to some place in town to get our passports photocopied for the marine park permits. If we had known that this was required, we would have saved some time and brought photocopies from Malaysia.


By then I was really getting hungry and next to the only place in town with a photocopier was a place selling lunch. Again I was not game to try anything as there were flies all over the food.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#19  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:53 pm

View of Nabire town. Lots of bikes, MPVs and pick-up trucks...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#20  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:53 pm

We had lunch here... Bakso Sapi 888.


The lady shopkeeper's mother is from Mainland China and she was so happy to see us and couldn't stop talikng to my friends in Mandarin.


I was really hungry by then and the food was good.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#21  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:54 pm

After lunch we finally made our way to the boat by the beach...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#22  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:55 pm

From the beach we had a 2 hour boat ride to the Island of Ahe. We had originally planned to make a stop at a supermarket to stock up for the next few days on the island but somehow due to some miscommunication we just went straight to the boats.


At the beach there were some stalls selling biscuits and drinks and I bought a few things for the next few days...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#23  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:55 pm

Another view of the dirty beach...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#24  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:56 pm

This was the boat that carried our luggage...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#25  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:56 pm

View of the beach from the sea...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#26  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:57 pm

I was thankful that I wore shorts on the trip as we had to wade out to the sea to climb onto the boat. The sea was mostly calm but after a few minutes the waves would get rough and then calm down again. The trick was to time your wading and climbing onto the boat when it was calm.


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#27  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:57 pm

After such a long flight to get to Nabire we were not looking forward to the long boat ride to Ahe Island. Everyone covered up t hide from the sun and the sea spray...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#28  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:58 pm

The boat with our bags was racing with us...


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Re: Nabire, Papua, Indonesia Dec 2011: Whaleshark Adventure

Post Number:#29  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:59 pm

Its almost a 2 hour boat ride to the Ahe Island where we were staying.


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Post Number:#30  Postby arg » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:59 pm

First glimpse of Ahe Island...


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