Welcome to Nabire
For travellers the main attraction of this relatively prosperous town is swimming with whale sharks. Whale sharks can grow over 10m long and inhabit warm seas all round the world. They feed mainly on plankton but also on small fish and for this reason they hang around fishing platforms called bagan in the southwest of Teluk Cenderawasih, 1½ hours from Nabire by boat. Close encounters with at least a few of these harmless giants are almost guaranteed any day of the year. Don’t touch or interfere with the whale sharks, and try to discourage locals from doing so as well.