Dive The Underwater Sea Gardens, Weda Bay

The little known underwater sea gardens of Weda Bay in Halmahera, in the province of North Maluku, recently emerged into world’s media limelight when the rare Walking Shark (hemisayllium halmahera) was discovered in this remote area. Located in Central Halmahera in the subdistrict of Weda Tengah, Weda Bay offers divers amazing sights in these pristine aquamarine waters. Here are abundant fish life, from pygmy seahorses, tuna fish, dolphins, to napoleon wrasse and sharks, and numerous other species of underwater life.

Weda Bay, Halmahera
Weda Bay, Halmahera (Source : indonesiatravelingguide.com)

Wedged between the Lembah Strait near Bunaken in North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat in West Papua, Weda Bay offers the best of both worlds, from shallow reef tops to steep drop offs, – abundant with strange and colorful species of underwater life – to amaze both beginners and professionals.

Next to the wonders in the sea, lovers of wildlife can also enjoy Weda’s pristine rainforests, habitat of the blue Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise, hornbills, eagles, cockatoos, parrots, fruit doves, nicobar pigeons as well as the cuscus.

Weda Bay, Halmahera island
Weda Bay, Halmahera island (Source : wedaresort.com)

To ensure that these rare and endangered birds remain protected, the Resort together with the local population have cordoned off a conservation area. Their conservation efforts can be read on www.sawai-ecotourism.com.


The Weda Reef & Rainforest Resort is a small eco-resort and is the only accommodation facility around the Bay. Managed by a husband and wife team, the resort has 6 large bungalows equipped with modern amenities. The Weda resort lies close to the forest so that visitors can also enjoy the sight of the different birds just within walking distance from the resort. The resort also offers treks into the jungle to watch the Standardwing Birds of Paradise in their natural habitat.

The address is :

The Weda Reef & Rainforest Resort

Sawai Itepo, Weda Tengah, Halmahera Tengah, North Maluku.


The nearest airport to the Weda Resort is the airport of Ternate. There are daily flights to Ternate from Manado, Makassar, and Jakarta, by Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Airlines. From Ternate it takes some 4 hours journey to the Resort using speedboat, then a drive through the forest pass picturesque villages and panoramic views before you arrive at the Resort on the Beach of Weda.

International airlines fly to Jakarta, Manado and Makassar, where you connect on domestic flights to Ternate.

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