Raja Ampat will spoil divers with its amazing biodiversity. Within your first few dives, you are likely to spot the wobbegong. These strange carpet sharks are often seen curled up in cabbage corals, waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey.
Next, look out for the black manta rays of Raja Ampat. They can be seen at cleaning stations and sometimes have a white patch on their underbellies. Other large creatures to look out for are nurse sharks and whitetip sharks. Make sure to try out night dives as you might catch sight of the epaulette shark which seems to walk across the reef, or the tiny bobtail squid.
For macro lovers, Raja Ampat is heaven. It is one of the best places to see the Pontoh’s pygmy seahorse, as well as a myriad of nudibranch, frogfish, scorpionfish, blennies, gobies, pipefish, crab and shrimp. Whale shark lovers should head to Cenderawasih Bay. Whale shark sightings here are unique to anywhere in the world as these sharks have learnt to tag along with fishermen, sucking on fishnets for small bait fish left behind.
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