Farondi

Raja Ampat dive site

pygmy seahorse - Indonesia divingFarondi Island is located around 12 nautical miles east of Misool Island and offers divers some stunning wall and cavern dives. This is another Raja Ampat dive destination where the quantity and variety of fish will amaze you.

Goa Besar, on the southern side of Farondi is a wall dive with a tunnel at 25 metres that is inhabited by midnight snapper and shy Indonesian sweetlips. The 20 metre long tunnel is framed with sponges and soft corals. Look in black coral bushes for ornate ghost pipefish.

Further along the wall huge gorgonian seafans are home to many pygmy seahorses. There are more than one variety here including Hippocampus Bargibanti which is commonly pink/white and bobbly plus Hippocampus Denise which is slightly smaller and often more orange in colour. These critters are incredibly hard to spot. That’s because they are so well camouflaged in the gorgonians. But they are more prolific at Farondi which makes the task of finding them a bit easier.

Large schools of fish cover the wall including fusilier and surgeon fish, damsels and anthias.

Verena’s Garden, on the southwest tip of Farondi Island, is a wall dive with a long cavern into the centre of the island.

The reef wall is carpeted with colourful soft corals, gorgonians and sea squirts. Schools of snapper, fusilier and surgeonfish are prolific.

Armies of large humphead parrot fish often storm past. Pairings of butterfly fish and angelfish are numerous. The challenge for photographers is to get the pair in one shot.

It’s worth taking your time to look in all the bush corals for critters like ghost pipe fish. Also look on whip corals for whip gobies. Crustaceans and nudibranchs are also numerous.

The cavern entrance at 5-12 metres is guarded by schools of sweepers. Mimic octopus can be found in the tunnel.