Raja Ampat dive site
Divers amaze at the amount of fish at Cape Kri. They ascent from their first dive there at burst into excited conversation about the sheer diversity. Gerald R. Allen, the renowned marine biologist, said after a dive at Cape Kri that “this is the most fishes ever seen on a single dive over a career spanning almost 30 years.” He counted 283 fish species on that dive!
Of course much of that diversity is made up of similar species. There are many different varieties of reef fish including snapper, fusilier, sweetlips, butterflyfish and angelfish. Large schools of reef fish literally engulf divers as they fin over the reef.
What gets most divers excited though, is the big schools of chevron barracuda that are seen in tornados here. Plus large schools of giant trevally and dogtooth tuna. Another favourite sighting are the huge Napoleon wrasse. Reef sharks are also seen.
Coral is also abundantly healthy in hard and soft coral varities, sponges and sea fans. The macro stuff is equally diverse with scorpionfish and frogfish waiting to be discovered along with multitudes of nudibranchs and shrimps. The reef is a sloping wall down to 40m. Visibility is excellent. Currents can be strong at times.
This is a dive site that you’ll want to return to.
Mikes’s Point. Just off Cape Kri is a small rocky outcrop that drops down to 40 metres underwater. The dive site is named after Max Ammer’s son. Max is a pioneer of Irian Jaya diving. Large schools of reef fish are present including snapper, surgeonfish and fusiliers.
On a ledge at 25 metres are gardens of huge gorgonian seafans, some of which are home to pygmy seahorse.
Currents can be very strong at Mike’s Point.To give an idea how strong, during WWII the rock was bombed, because the speed of the tide left a wake that made it look like a ship from above.