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Dive Adventures - Australias Leading Scuba Diving Travel Experts, Australia and Asia Pacific
 
Dive Adventures - Australias Leading Scuba Diving Travel Experts, Australia and Asia Pacific




Ahe Dive Resort - Papua

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Ahe DIve Resort

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Ahe Dive Resort is a newly established initiative fully owned and run by the local Papuan community with assistance from the Scubasigns Foundation and Papua Eco Tourism. It is their ambition to create a sustainable economic alternative to replace practices such as over-fishing, shark finning and other less sustainable exploitation of the local environment.  Profits from Ahe Dive Resort  flow back to the
regional fishing community. In return the kampungs (villages) will no longer

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

catch certain species of marine life, agree on the increase of no take zones, experiment with new fishing methods and no longer allow commercial fishing within their waters. Ahe staff and the local community are also involved in conducting research on both reef conditions (Reef Check) and a whale shark research project for the region.

Located in Cenderawasih Bay in Papua, Indonesia, Ahe Island measures only 250 x 150 metres and is part of the Haarlem Islands (a group of 8 small islands). The nearest town is Nabire, a 40 minute boat ride followed by a 30 minute car ride away.

 

Should you choose to visit Ahe, you will be venturing into a unique area of which very little is known and where hardly anyone has dived before.  Ahe Dive Resort is currently the only dive operation in the area. With the unknown comes one big adventure. A positive attitude is required!  Very, very limited English is spoken or understood. The local staff are the first generation not to become fisherman and are still coming to grasp with understanding service levels and the tourism/dive industry in general. Dive briefings are limited, materials such as outboard engines can break down now and then, the climate can be stifling (warm, humid and raining most evenings), there is only one point on the island where you will get mobile phone reception and there is no internet available yet on Ahe.

Travelling to Ahe can be challenging but will offer a very rewarding experience. 
Flights to Nabire operate from Jakarta with a stopover/transit in either Biak or Ambon.

Scuba Diving at Ahe

Ahe is an exploratory diver’s dream destination.  There is an abundance of reefs in the direct proximity of Ahe, both shallow reefs and drop offs. The number of large sponges and gorgonians, soft corals and hard corals is most impressive. Next to the reefs there are large mangrove and sand areas as well as seagrass. 

25 sites in the vicinity have already been mapped and researched. Exploration dives can also be conducted and guests are encouraged to map and name at least one new dive site.

Macro photographers will be delighted with what Ahe has to offer and much time can be spent on the house reef alone photographing the high population of Pygmy seahorses, Ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, devil scorpionfish and special crab species. Dolphins can be seen daily and some sites have been found featuring reef sharks and Wobbegong.

Sites further afield from Ahe have shown potential for encounters with dugongs and larger sharks, in the north sperm and blue whales have been seen and there are leads and information on salt water crocodiles, leatherback turtles, hammerheads, coconut crab, interacting dolphins and Sawtooth sharks.

Water temperature rarely drops below 30°C and visibility can vary between 15 to 40+ metres. Most dive sites have little or no current. The seas are calm in general with higher waves during the rainy season between the end of November to March. 

Diving is conducted from traditional perahus (large dugout canoes with side riggers). Ahe Dive Resort can support a maximum of 8 divers at one time given the number of dive tanks and compressor capacity.

Due to the remoteness of Ahe (the nearest hyperbaric chamber is far away in Manado) and limited resources, minimum diver requirements are Advanced certification with at least 50 logged dives.


Whale Shark Experience Ahe

Ahe is one of the few places in the world where encounters with whale sharks in large groups can be found with such regularity. The whale sharks roam about 2.5 hours by boat from Ahe, visiting the local fisherman's Fish Platforms to feed off the 'ikan puri' or anchovies that the fishermen catch in their nets. Multiple hour sessions with groups of whale sharks can be expected with an average encounter of 5 whale sharks in one outing. Up to 15 whale sharks have been seen at the one time under the platforms. 

The behaviour of the whale sharks is quite unique in that not only will they stay with you for a long time (often many hours) but they are far from shy and not scared of flash photography or bubbles from divers.  Often you will be approached face to face by the whale shark with only centimetres between you and the shark, making this a truly magnificent experience.

Encounters with the whale sharks can be done both on scuba or by snorkelling.  There is a strict no touch and no chase policy and a maximum of 10 people are allowed in the water with the whale sharks at any one time.
Around the time of full moon or festivals and celebrations, when the fishermen do not engage in fishing activities, it is unlikely to see the whale sharks under the platform area.


1 Accommodation & Amenities

Accommodation:
Ahe Dive Resort has 5 bungalows measuring 5 x 6 metres. Built in traditional Papua wooden style, each bungalow has either a double bed or two single beds with mosquito net and it’s own private bathroom with European style toilet. Showering is done with water and pan. For a warm wash, your water can be placed in the sun during the day to utilise nature’s solar heating!
All bungalows have electricity from 18:00 until 23:00 and are equipped with lights and 5 electricity plugs.

 

Amenities:
Fresh water, tea and coffee is provided in your room. The restaurant serves European style breakfast and an Indonesian
style lunch and dinner consisting of rice, vegetables, chicken or fish. There is no meat available in the region.

During the day there are three plugs available for 220V on solar energy. Between 6pm-11pm electricity is run off the generator.
Internet is not available on Ahe, but there are two internet cafes in Nabire.
There are no facilities to change foreign currency.

 

Activities:

Diving, snorkelling, whale shark encounters. Wander through the mini jungle to see the Cuscus and bird watch. You may be lucky enough to see turtles nesting and hatching. View the magnificent sunsets.


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