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Saleh Bay, Sumbawa

Whaleshark Encounter in Saleh Bay

Experience the thrill of swimming with gentle giants in Saleh Bay

Information about Whaleshark Encounter

Saleh Bay, located on the northern coast of Sumbawa, Indonesia, is renowned for offering one of the most thrilling marine experiences: swimming with whalesharks. These gentle giants frequent the bay, providing divers and snorkelers a rare and unforgettable encounter with the largest fish in the ocean.

The Whaleshark Encounter in Saleh Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As you glide through the clear, warm waters, you'll be awestruck by the sheer size and grace of these magnificent creatures. Snorkelers can often see whalesharks feeding near the surface, making it an ideal activity for both divers and non-divers alike. The best time for these encounters is typically between May and October when the whalesharks are most active in the bay.

Saleh Bay is not just about whalesharks; it also offers stunning coral reefs and a variety of marine life. The bay's calm and protected waters make it an excellent location for underwater photography. Besides the marine attractions, visitors can also explore the cultural and natural beauty of Sumbawa Island, including its traditional villages and scenic landscapes.

Interesting facts about Whaleshark Encounter

Getting there: The most efficient way to reach Saleh Bay is by liveaboard, allowing for flexible and extended time at the site. Alternatively, you can fly to Sumbawa Besar and take a boat from there.

Best time to visit Saleh Bay: The prime season for whaleshark encounters is from May to October, with water temperatures ranging from 26-29°C (79-84°F), providing excellent visibility and calm seas.

Diving Conditions: The bay offers gentle currents and depths ranging from 5 to 20 meters (16 to 65 feet), making it suitable for all levels of divers and snorkelers.

Our liveaboard trips: Our liveaboard trips to Saleh Bay typically last 5-7 days and often include other top diving spots around Sumbawa and Komodo National Park.

A little known fact: Local fishermen in Saleh Bay have a unique relationship with the whalesharks, often feeding them small fish, which attracts these gentle giants closer to the shore for spectacular encounters.

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Saleh Bay, Sumbawa
Saleh Bay, Sumbawa
Saleh Bay, Sumbawa

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