Whale Shark Excursion

Amanwana, Indonesia - Whale Shark Excursion

Located just east of Moyo Island, Saleh Bay is known as the home of the second-largest Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) population on earth with at least 99 known Whale sharks inhabiting its waters year-round. Unesco also recognised the presence of Whale sharks in the bay, having added the area to its Biosphere Reserve list in 2019. In the presence of an experienced guide from Konservasi Indonesia - a non-profit organisation leading conservation in the area - guests can experience these magnificent creatures first hand and learn how to protect their future.

Amanwana, Indonesia - Experience Amanwana, Moyo Satonda National Park, Indonesia - Saleh Bay

Swim with Whale sharks

As the sun’s first rays light up over Mt Tambora, board Amanwana’s dedicated speedboat and take a relaxing two-hour cruise to Saleh Bay. To start the day, the resort’s chefs prepare a gourmet breakfast which is enjoyed on board, before entering the calm waters of the bay with an experienced guide for once-in-a-lifetime underwater experience. 

Adopt a Whale shark

Guests can adopt a Whale shark that swims in Amanwana’s nearby waters. Aiming to encourage greater awareness of the importance of conservation, adoption fees support crucial research and promote protection of endangered species. 

  • Return speedboat trip from Amanwana to Saleh Bay 
  • Interactive lecture by Amanwana team
  • Opportunity to spot Whale sharks from the boat and swim alongside them
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Breakfast, snacks and refreshments
  • Non-alcoholic beverages 
Amanwana, Moyo Island - Indonesia, Whale Shark Experience

Find out more

To make the experience as enjoyable as possible, please kindly refer to our frequently asked questions below. 

Comfortable swimwear and coral-safe sunscreen. 

Saleh Bay is fortunate to have a large population of Whale sharks and Amanwana’s guides are experts at locating them. Nevertheless, sightings cannot be guaranteed on every trip. 

Guests who don’t feel confident to swim with the Whale sharks still have the opportunity to observe them from the boat.

At Saleh Bay, Whale sharks can be observed all year round. However, in line with the moon’s cycle, they tend to be most active and visible around the new moon. 

Diving is permitted. However, a safe distance of three to four meters should always be observed.

As the experience is limited to one excursion per day, with a maximum capacity of six guests, booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.