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ALJUY BAY

80 miles from Sorong

ALJUY BAY. 0°12.348S, 130°15.616E

Anchor in 45 metres a couple of miles into Aljuy Bay on west Waigeo. Beware of the tidal currents that can be swift in the channel.

The headquarters of the Australian owned Atlas South Sea Pearls is to the north of the anchorage, just behind the small island. Although a private enterprise, the pearl farm will supply limited amounts of water and fuel in emergency situations as well as helping with minor repairs. It is possible to arrange a guided tour of their facilities to see how these expensive natural gems are grown.

There are some good dives and snorkelling in the south side of the bay, right below the white patches on the cliff, and around the little island in the channel. The bay penetrates for 15 miles, displaying a rugged coastline filled with smaller pocket bays and coves with hornbills, cockatoos and other tropical birds flying overhead. This scenery is ideal for tender boat and kayak tours. Large saltwater crocodiles live at the deepest end of the bay.

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