Raja Ampat provides among several marine surroundings in which you can observe the entire range 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 add to the range of color! Hidden from the cracks and crevices of the reef are banded pipefish, as well as giant morays.
Start from number 5, here is our list of the top 4 Raja Ampat diving sites in the Dampier Strait. Make sure that you don’t miss them next time you’re in Raja Ampat.
1. MANTA SANDY
Manta Sandy isn’t a conventionally diving site as it does not offer you to the extent of lifestyle you can see at other locations while diving Raja Ampat. But when you strike it lucky here, it is pure gold. On a good day, it may look like the runway of a crowded airport as around 20 Mantas somersaults and drama around in those cleaner channels leaving divers in amazement of those enormous creatures.
We have a strict policy of adherence not to approach them too closely since they spook very easy and will leave the region not returning for long spans — if ever. Divers stay behind a pre-determined line makes it possible for us to spend as much as time seeing these graceful giants circling back and forth. Bliss!
2. BLUE MAGIC
Sitting in the center of “blue” ocean, the ever-present expectation of what is just beyond sight makes this spot really “magical.” A rush of excitement flood in your body as your descending to this underwater reef. Vast schools of fish swarm around the mostly hard corals and a few soft corals, relentlessly being chased by big numbers of Spanish Mackerel, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Dogtooth Tuna, Rainbow Runners and countless Jacks.
3. SARDINES REEF
An oval-shaped reef patch, Sardine Reef sits right in the center of an open sea. Divers are not only coming here to look for Sardines, but they are also come here for studying the area. The fishes here are packed with sardine. Big groups of Fusiliers, Surgeonfish, Snappers, Damselfish, and Butterflyfish are also taking shelter on this beautiful underwater mound.
All this food attracts predators like Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Giant Trevallies, and several kinds of Jacks. Additionally, this is a great site to spot some less common species such as Oceanic Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, and Napolean Wrasse.
4. CAPE KRI
At number 1, Cape KRI gave us the biodiversity! Cape KRI is probably the most famous of Raja Ampat dip sites due to this album breaking 283 species (and developing ) listed in a single dive!
The corner of the Cape KRI offers divers a kicking current which will give even the most seasoned divers a dash of blood with the scintillating prospect of a Manta and Eagle Ray flying by.
Additional along the site of the steep slope has absolutely everything on offer. The coral fields are home to Fusiliers, Damsels, Surgeons, and Anthias. Dogtooth Tuna, Barracuda, Mackerel, Trevallies in Addition to Gray Reef, Blacktip Reef and White Tip Reef Sharks are frequently seen patrolling the region.