Raja Ampat offers among several marine environments in which you are able to observe the full assortment of sea fish, from sharks, manta rays, batfish, groupers, pygmy seahorse or instruction jacks, bannerfish and barracudas, pale-tailed surgeonfish and big six-banded angelfish, purple and threadfin anthias increase the spectrum of color! Hidden from the cracks and crevices of the world are banded pipefish and even giant morays. You may wish your log-book pages were more! Here’s our run from the best 4 Raja Ampat dives sites from the Dampier Straight – make sure you don’t miss them.
Blue Magic – Another World
Sitting in the center of the “blue” sea, and the ever-present expectation of what is just beyond sight creates this spot true “magical”. Let a swell of joyful expectation flood your body as your descent onto this submerged reef. Great schools of fish swarm around the mostly hard corals and a couple of soft corals, relentlessly being pursued by large numbers of Spanish Mackerel, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Dogtooth Tuna, Rainbow Runners and innumerable Jacks.
Cape Kri – The Biodiversity
Be the priority, the site that gave us cherished names – Biodiversity! Cape Kri is possibly the most famous of Raja Ampat dive sites because of the record-breaking 283 species (and developing) recorded in one dive! The Cape corner offers divers a kicking current, which can give even the most seasoned divers a dash of blood together with all the scintillating possibility of a Manta and Eagle Ray flying. Further, along with the site, the steep incline has absolutely everything on offer. The coral areas play host to an accent of color provided by swarms of Fusiliers, Damsels, Surgeons, and Anthias. You might also be amazed by Bumphead Parrots, Napoleon Wrasse, plus some rather large groupers.
Manta Sandy – The Ballet
Manta Sandy is not a rich dip because it doesn’t offer you the extent of life you can view at other sites while diving Raja Ampat. However, when you strike it fortunate, it is pure gold. On a good day, it may look like the runway of a crowded airport as around 20 Mantas somersault and play around in those cleaner channels leaving anglers in amazement of those enormous creatures.
We have a strict policy of adherence not to approach them too closely since they spook very easily and will leave the region not returning for long periods – if ever. Divers remain behind a predetermined lineup allowing us to spend up to an hour viewing these graceful giants circling back and forth.
Sardines Reef – The Rush Hour
An oval-shaped reef area, Sardine Reef sits right in the center of some open sea. But divers don’t come here searching for schooling Sardines, they come searching for schooling everything else! The fish here are packed like sardines all over the world. All this food attracts predators such as Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Giant Trevallies, and many Jacks. Sometimes you might even discover some Grey Reef Sharks on the hunt. Additionally, this is a great site to spot some more common species, such as Oceanic Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, and Napoleon Wrasse.