Raja Ampat

& Cendrawasih Bay

 

West Papua,

Indonesia.

An enormous expanse, covering a huge range of what is widely considered to be the best tropical diving in the world, Raja Ampat offers unparalleled corals, dense shoals of fish, and spectacular pelagic life.

The whalesharks of Cendrawasih Bay have long since enjoyed a peaceful and close relationship with the local fisherman, who consider their presence good luck, and feed the enormous creatures.  They are completely unafraid of humans, and display marked curiosity at the presence of divers in the water.

Reef Scene I

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Manta Ray, Manta alfredi

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Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti

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Schooling Batfish, Platax Teira

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Mandarinfish, Synchiropus splendidus

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Picturesque Dragonet, Synchiropus picturatus

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Schooling fish under local jetty

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Reef Scene II

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Reef Scene III

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Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus pontohi

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Schooling fish under local jetty II

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Lembeh Seadragon, Kyonemichthys rumengani

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Reef Scene IV

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Reef Scene V

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Bobtail Squid, Euprymna berryi

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Reef Scene VI

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Nudibranch, Nembrotha kubaryana

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Schooling Barracuda, Sphyraena qenie

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Reef Scene VII

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Soft Coral Decorator Crab, Hoplophrys oatesii

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Schooling Yellow Snapper, Lutjanus quinquelineatus

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Banded Cleaner Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

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Reef Scene VIII

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Broadclub cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus

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Reef Scene IX

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Lembeh Seadragon, Kyonemichthys rumengani

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Reef Scene X

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Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Metasepia pfefferi

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Soft Coral, Dendronephthya Sp.

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Reef Scene XI

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Anemone Shrimp, Periclemines Sp.

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Reef Scene XII

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Alligator Pipefish, Syngnathoides biaculeatus

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Reef Scene XIII

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Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus pontohi

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Reef Scene XIV

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Whaleshark, Rhincodon typus

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Whaleshark, Rhincodon typus

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Whaleshark, Rhincodon typus

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Reef Scene XV

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