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    Geelvink Bay (Cenderawasih Bay) Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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Geelvink Bay (Cenderawasih Bay) is a large body of water located between the mainland of western New Guinea. Named by the Dutch in honor of the Geelvinck family and their ship named Geelvinck. To the north is the Schouten Island Group (Schouten Archipelago) including Biak Island. To the west is the Vogelkop Peninsula.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Geelvink Bay was used by the Japanese and later Allied vessels. By late April 1944 Allied bombers were able to reach this area attacking targets in the area or coastal villages.

American missions against Geelvink Bay
April 30, 1944–September 30, 1944

Today
After Indonesian independence renamed "Cenderawasih Bay" or "Teluk Cenderawasih" meaning "Bird of Paradise Bay". Also known as "Teluk Sarera" (Sarera Bay). During 2002, Cenderawasih Bay was declared a protected marine national park.

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Last Updated
May 7, 2019

 

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