A close encounter with a whale shark in Saleh Bay, the largest bay of the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. Photo: Rio Ario Gundala
A close encounter with a whale shark in Saleh Bay, the largest bay of the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. Photo: Rio Ario Gundala

The best place to swim with whale sharks? Saleh Bay, in Indonesia’s Sumbawa island, provides an awesome, ethical experience – for now

  • Saleh Bay is the world’s newest whale shark tourism site, developed in 2018 to create jobs and promote awareness of the species.
  • These giant, endangered creatures are hunted for their fins, meat and oil, with less than 10 per cent making it to adulthood

A close encounter with a whale shark in Saleh Bay, the largest bay of the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. Photo: Rio Ario Gundala
A close encounter with a whale shark in Saleh Bay, the largest bay of the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. Photo: Rio Ario Gundala
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