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So you’ve planned your diving trip to Raja Ampat – what awaits you in the depths below? In addition to the colourful, beautiful and dazzling Raja Ampat fish and corals you’ll find beneath the waves, you’ll also find a wide number of sea critters, marine life and other oceanic creatures roaming the waters of Raja Ampat.

Thanks to its location in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is home to the richest undersea ecosystems with the highest concentration of marine life and coral reef on the planet, with over 550 different species of corals, 700 species of molluscs and over 1500 species of  fish as well as several different shark species, sea turtles, manta rays  and reef-building corals.

What types of fish can be found in Raja Ampat?

According to Reef Life Survey, Raja Ampat is the global epicentre of marine biodiversity with one of the world’s most extensive populations of tropical fish recorded – approximately 1500 fish species in Raja Ampatcan be found in the waters surrounding the islands here, more than anywhere else in the world including 23 fish species that are endemic, including species of walking shark, flasher wrasse, damselfish, coral goby, cardinal fish and dottyback.

The richness of fish species in Raja Ampat can also be attributed to the Indonesian Throughflow, which carries warm water from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean, bringing with it essential nutrients, and contributing to the perfect environment that supports the biodiversity.

The survey concluded that there are counts of over 100 fish species in Raja Ampat  per 50m transect, particularly in the areas surrounding Cape Kri, where one would find beautiful sloping soft and hard coral gardens, macro life, shoals of pelagic fishes, even manta rays and sharks!

On the reef flats, you’ll come across the smaller fish such as damsels, fusiliers, anthias, angelfish and butterfly fish while in the more open waters, you’ll find slightly bigger fish such as tuna, trevally and mackerel. Around jetties and reef points, you’ll find batfish, surgeonfish and barracuda. Bigger species including sweetlips, napoleon wrasse and bumpheads can also be found all around Raja Ampat.

Here are just a tiny glimpse of the more popular and colourful tropicalfish in Raja Ampat you’ll come face-to-face with while exploring with Mikumba Diving:

Angelfish

Angelfish

Beautiful and graceful, the Angelfish is popular with divers, thanks to its pretty colours and unique shape with elongated dorsal, ventral and anal fins. It’s called Angelfish because of its silhouette, which closely resembles the head, wings and dress of an angel. 

Butterflyfish

Butterflyfish

There are over 114 species of Butterflyfish, with captivating colours and intricate patterns. This fish grows up to only 20cm with a thin, disk-shaped body much like the Angelfish, and spends its days pecking at coral and rock formations with their long, thin snouts in search of coral polyps, worms, and other small invertebrates.

Clownfish

Clownfish

One of the smallest of fish species in Raja Ampat living in the anemones, the Clownfish is a mix of yellow, red, orange and black and can grow anywhere from 7-17 cm long. Its diet consists of small invertebrates and algae, and food scraps that the anemones leave behind. All Clownfish are born male and once they become female, they cannot become male again.

Napolean Wrasse

Napolean Wrasse

This enormous fish is also known as the Humphead Wrasse. It can grow to around 2 metres  long and live up to 30 years or more. With a bulge on its forehead and fleshy lips, it roams through coral reefs alone or in pairs in search of molluscs, starfish, or crustaceans. Males are light green or aqua and females are grey, red or brown.

Raja Ampat Sharks

Raja Ampat Sharks

Raja Ampat is a haven for shark lovers with a wide number of shark species often spotted here. You can come across the Tassled Wobbegong Shark, the Blacktip Reef Shark as well as Whitetips and Grey Reef Sharks,  larger species like the Oceanic Whitetip Shark and even the endemic Epaulette Walking Shark.

Raja Ampat Manta Rays

Raja Ampat Manta Rays

Who doesn’t love the delightful manta ray? They’re a must-see when diving here in Raja Ampat. Between November and April, you could be lucky enough to dive with the gigantic and beautiful oceanic mantas. They come in during these months to get cleaned and to feed after being away out in the open ocean during the rest of the year. Oceanic mantas are huge, majestic creatures and are known to be very curious animals. They’ll come right up to you if you stay calm and close to the reef.

Fish Spotting With Mikumba Diving

Come face-to-face with exotic, beautiful and colourful fish species when you join Mikumba Diving’s Raja Ampat liveaboard trip. On our liveaboard, we’ll take you to the most popular Raja Ampat dive sites and locations that are only accessible by boat.

Staying on our Raja Ampat liveaboard also means you won’t have to embark and disembark multiple times throughout the day; you can also maximise your dive time as you will be based directly on the water. You won’t be bound to a boat schedule so you can go for as many dives as you like, and at any time during the day or at night, plus, you’ll be surrounded by all of today’s conveniences and creature comforts while onboard.

Ready to meet all of the wonderful Raja Ampat fish residents and creatures? Book Mikumba Diving’s Raja Ampat liveaboard trip today for your next adventure with our boat, Jelajahi Laut, and explore the magnificent underwater world at your own pace. Contact us for more information to book your diving trip with Mikumba Diving!