The walking sharks of Raja Ampat

Walking shark in Indonesia

Photograph by Mark Erdmann, Conservation International

Expect the unexpected: three words that so appropriately describe a holiday in Indonesia. Swim with thousands of jellyfish. Walk on pink sand beaches. Kayak on what once was a volcano. Indulge in five-star luxury while you explore a remote new world.

It’s also quite possible that you could swim with a shark that walks. Honest. Take a look at this:

Walking sharks, which are from the bamboo shark family, use their pectoral fins to “walk” across the ocean floor. They are endemic to Raja Ampat and are known locally as kalabia. Three years ago scientists discovered a new species of walking shark; they named it Hemiscyllium halmahera – Halmahera epaulette shark – after the island of Halmahera, on whose coral reefs the shark was first seen. Read more about its discovery on the Conservation International website.

Halmahera is near Ternate in Raja Ampat, the area where Dunia Baru sails between October and February. The waters here boast the richest marine ecosystem in the world and the diving, needless to say, is utterly spectacular.

If you’d like to charter Dunia Baru please contact your broker.
Please note that in January 2016 Dunia Baru will be sailing
from Raja Ampat to Myanmar… what promises to be
an unforgettable destination.


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