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INTO THE BLUE

Our Dive Sites

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Diving in Raja Ampat is at the top of so many divers' bucket lists - and for good reason! Our reefs are home to thousands of species of marine life - from the tiniest nudibranch to the giant oceanic manta.

On Kri, we're so lucky to be within 15 minutes of nearly 30 spectacular dive sites. Here's a sampling of what you can expect when you visit!

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Blue Magic

Expirience level: Challenging

Max depth: 40 m

Blue Magic is a captivating dive site in Raja Ampat, offering divers the opportunity to explore the vibrant underwater world and encounter a diverse range of marine life. It is a must-visit location for diving enthusiasts exploring Raja Ampat's extraordinary marine ecosystem. It is regarded as one of the top dive sites in the region and is known for its incredible marine biodiversity and vibrant coral reefs.

Location: Blue Magic is situated in the central region of Raja Ampat, near the island of Miouskun, Dampier Strait of Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Diving Experience: Blue Magic offers an exhilarating diving experience for those seeking encounters with diverse marine life. The site is characterized by a stunning pinnacle that extends from the depths up to a few meters below the surface. It is surrounded by a variety of coral formations, including soft corals and gorgonian sea fans.

 

Marine Life: Blue Magic is renowned for its rich marine biodiversity. Divers can expect to encounter an array of marine species, including schools of fish such as jacks, barracudas, and fusiliers swirling around the pinnacle. The site is also known for its frequent sightings of oceanic manta rays, which can be an awe-inspiring experience. Other common encounters may include reef sharks, tunas, groupers, and various reef fish.

 

Dive Conditions: The dive conditions at Blue Magic can vary, with moderate to strong currents being common. Due to the potential currents, Blue Magic is typically recommended for experienced divers who are comfortable with drift diving. The visibility is generally excellent, ranging from 15 to 30 meters (50 to 100 feet), allowing for clear views of the marine life and the stunning underwater landscape.

 

Best Time to Dive: Raja Ampat is a year-round diving destination, but the optimal time to dive at Blue Magic is the best from May- October when the liveaboard traffic is less. During October - May we call this dive site bubble tragic, sense its very popular dive site for liveaboards.

 

Dive Certification: Blue Magic is a dive site suitable for divers with an Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent, considering the potential currents. It is important to have experience in drift diving and be comfortable with such conditions.

Cape Kri

Expirience level: Moderate 

Max depth: 40 m

 

Cape Kri is one of the most famous and iconic dive sites in Raja Ampat, located in West Papua, Indonesia. It is known for its incredible biodiversity and holds the record for the highest number of fish species ever recorded in a single dive. During a single dive at Cape Kri, marine biologists recorded an astonishing 374 species of fish, which is the highest number ever documented in a single dive location.

 

Location: Cape Kri is located on the eastern side of the island of Kri,only 10 minutes boat ride away from Soul scuba divers.

 

Diving expirience Cape Kri offers an unforgettable experience with its vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life. The site features a steep reef wall with stunning coral formations, including colorful soft corals, sponges, and gorgonians. When you first drop into the blue, you will be completely surrounded by bustling fusiliers. The cape itself is where the action really picks up (as if it wasn’t exciting enough already!) - huge schools of small-eyed trevally, hundreds of red-toothed triggerfish, all types of reef sharks, GTs and tuna darting past - you might even get caught up in a barracuda tornado!

 

Marine Life: At Cape Kri, you can encounter a wide range of marine creatures, including schools of barracudas, jacks, snappers, and fusiliers. Reef sharks, such as blacktip and whitetip sharks, are often spotted cruising along the reef. Turtles, Napoleon wrasses, bumphead parrotfish, and various species of reef fish can also be seen.Cape Kri has it all - from the tiny pygmy seahorse to the enormous giant grouper.

 

Dive conditions: The dive site is known for its strong currents, which bring in nutrient-rich waters and contribute to the abundant marine life. It is advisable to have some diving experience and be comfortable with drift dives when diving at Cape Kri. Although Cape Kri is an advanced site, we always find a way to safely bring less experienced divers along

 

Best time to dive: Raja Ampat is a year-round diving destination, Trusting Our expert dive guides know how to monitor the tides and currents to ensure that everyone has the chance to dive this wonder of the sea. Diving Cape Kri is definitely an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

 

Dive certification Cape Kri is suitable Open water diver, saying this the currents at Cape Kri can vary in strength, ranging from mild to strong. As a result, diving at Cape Kri is best suited for experienced divers who are comfortable with drift dives and have good buoyancy control.

CAPE MANSUAR

Expirience level: Moderate 

Max depth: 35m

Diving Cape Mansuar is truly top notch. Cape Mansuar is a notable dive site, it is known for its diverse marine life, stunning coral formations, and unique underwater landscapes. 

 

Location: Cape Mansuar is located on the southern tip of Mansuar Island, this incredible dive site is just a few minutes away by boat from Soul scuba divers.

 

Diving expirience: Drop into the blue and descend into a school of fusiliers. We typically dive this site in a zig-zag formation, starting at depth and slowly working our way back and forth up the reef. Cape Mansuar offers a mix of underwater topographies, including sloping reefs, walls, and coral gardens. The varying depths and formations create an interesting and visually captivating diving environment.

Marine life: In typical Raja Ampat fashion, we can see all species of fish here - barracuda, triggerfish, trevally, bumphead parrotfish, all types of reef sharks. We absolutely love staring out into the blue and seeing a 180 degree view of just FISH!

Dive Conditions: The visibility at Cape Mansuar is generally good, ranging from 15 to 30 meters on average. The currents can vary, and time to time we have a nice drift dive along the mansuar island.

Chicken Reef

Expirience level: Moderate

Max depth: 25m

 

One of our “yee-haw” dive sites, Chicken Reef will have your adrenaline pumping. Descend into the blue and you’re immediately surrounded by hundreds of fish as far as the eye can see. We can get quite a bit of current on this site, so conditions can be fairly advanced. However, with the proper dive planning, our experienced guides can ensure even beginners have a great time. 
 

Location: Chicken Reef is a popular dive site located in the Dampier Strait of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It is known for its abundant marine life and vibrant coral formations, making it a favorite spot for divers, particularly those interested in macro photography. The reef is adorned with beautiful coral gardens, showcasing a wide array of hard and soft corals. Divers can explore vibrant coral formations, including table corals, branching corals, and delicate sea fans. These corals provide habitats and feeding grounds for numerous fish and invertebrate species.

 

Dive Experience:  This site requires a quick deep entry, but we never hesitate to cancel a dive and re-drop if our descent isn’t ideal. Divers can take their time to observe the incredible diversity of marine life and explore the nooks and crannies of the reef. The shallow depths make it an ideal location for longer dives and extended bottom times.

 

Marine Life: Chicken Reef is teeming with diverse marine life, especially smaller critters. Divers can encounter a variety of fascinating creatures such as seahorses, pipefish, nudibranchs, shrimp, and various species of colorful reef fish. The reef is also home to different species of corals, sponges, and anemones. Once on the reef, all of our favorite critters come out the play - barracuda, trevally, angelfish and butterflyfish of every color, triggerfish, moray eels, maybe even a wobbegong shark.

Dive Conditions: The waters of Chicken Reef are generally calm, with good visibility ranging from 15 to 30 meters on average. The dive site is suitable for divers of various skill levels, from beginners to experienced divers.

Manta ridge

Dive condition: Challenging

Max depth; 12 m


Manta Ridge is a popular dive site located in the waters of Raja Ampat National Park, Indonesia. It is renowned for its regular encounters with manta rays, which are the main attraction of the site. Here are some key details about Manta Ridge:

 

Location: Manta Ridge is near the island of Arborek, in the famous Dampier straight.

Diving Experience: Manta Ridge is primarily known for its manta ray sightings. Divers can witness these magnificent creatures gliding gracefully through the water, often in large numbers. The mantas come to the ridge to feed on plankton-rich waters, and encounters with them are usually reliable.

Dive Conditions: The diving conditions at Manta Ridge can vary depending on the tides and currents. It is recommended for experienced divers due to the potential for stronger currents.

Marine Life: In addition to the manta rays, Manta Ridge offers opportunities to observe other marine life such as reef fish, colorful corals, and occasionally other larger pelagic species like sharks and turtles. The vibrant coral reefs in the area are also worth exploring.

Best Time to Dive: The best time to visit Manta Ridge typically from October to May. During this period, we get rich plankton flow which attracts the filter feeders to Raja Ampat and they visit their holiday spa station, cleaning stations.

Dive Certification: Manta Ridge is suitable for divers with at least an Advanced Open Water Diver certification. If you are comfortable open water diver you can also access this dive site sense it is only 12 meters deep. However, due to potential currents, it is advisable to have some experience in drift diving or enroll in specialty courses if necessary.

Manta Ridge is a remarkable dive site offering unforgettable encounters with manta rays in their natural habitat. It is one of the must-visit locations for divers exploring the waters of Raja Ampat National Park.

Mike's Point

Expirience level: Challenging

Max depth: 40 m

Max Point in Raja Ampat offers divers a fantastic opportunity to explore the rich marine biodiversity and stunning underwater landscapes that the region is famous for. It is a popular dive site among diving enthusiasts visiting Raja Ampat

 

Location: Max Point is located in the Dampier Strait of Raja Ampat, near to Gam island, 15 min boat ride away from Soul scuba divers.

 

Diving Experience: Max Point offers a thrilling diving experience with a stunning underwater topography. The site is characterized by a sloping reef wall with overhang that extends into deeper depths. It is known for its diverse marine life, including vibrant coral formations, colorful reef fish, and pelagic species.

 

Marine Life: Divers at Max Point can expect to encounter an abundance of marine life. The site is famous for its schools of fish, such as fusiliers, jacks, and barracudas, which often form swirling clouds around the reef. There are also opportunities to spot larger species, including reef sharks, tunas, and eagle rays. The area's coral reef ecosystem is teeming with smaller marine creatures, making it a paradise for macro photography enthusiasts.

 

Dive Conditions: The dive conditions at Max Point can vary, but generally, the site is suitable for divers of various experience levels. The currents can be moderate, so it's recommended to have some experience in drift diving. The visibility is typically excellent, ranging from 15 to 30 meters allowing for clear views of the marine life and the vibrant coral reef.

 

Best Time to Dive: Raja Ampat is a year-round diving destination, to avoid the strongest currents, best between full moon and new moon.

 

Dive Certification: Max Point is recommended to have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification or be very comfortable diving in strong currents equivalent to fully enjoy the dive site.

New Reef

Expirience level: Easy - Moderate

Max depth: 25m

When our founder Thibault first started diving near Kri Island, he was itching to do some exploration dives. His friend Tete, who was building the dive shop compressor room, was helping him look for new sites. Thibault called him Dom Tete, which means “Grandpa Mountain” in Indonesian. On one of their excursions, Tete brought Thibault to a beautiful reef where he usually went fishing. It was only later that Thibault would discover that other divers had already dubbed this location “New Reef.” Even so, this special site will always secretly be known as "Dom Tete" to him and the staff of Soul Scuba. This stunning dive site is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life, making it a favorite among divers of all levels.

 

Location: Located near by Pasir Timbul only few minutes boat ride away from Soul scuba dive center.


Marine Life: Colorful coral gardens adorn the reef, providing a haven for an abundance of tropical fish, including angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, and numerous species of wrasse. The coral formations are home to nudibranchs, moray eels, and anemonefish, which add to the vibrant underwater tapestry

Diving expirience: Under the surface was an incredibly colorful underwater mountain, covered in spongey red corals, bommies flooded with glass fish, and incredible visibility. The top of the reef is pristine, perhaps the most perfect shallow coral garden in the area! There’s always a turtle or two playing on top, or some reef sharks circling in the distance. Thanks to the large patch of sand at the bottom of the reef, this site is perfect for conducting courses, like the Navigation portion of the Advanced course.

Dive conditions: offers divers a range of dive sites suitable for different experience levels. The shallower sections are ideal for beginners, with gentle slopes and a maximum depth of around 20 meters. More experienced divers can venture to deeper areas, reaching depths of up to 30 meters to see garden eel forest.

RANSIWOR

Expirience level: Easy 

Max depth: 25m

Dived at the right time, we think this is one of the best dive sites near Kri! Swim along the south side of the island, and you will encounter loads of colorful coral, turtles, reef sharks, and more. Midway across the island, at rising tide, you will be surrounded by so many fish, you won’t know where to look first!

 

Location: Ransiwor is between Kri and Mansaur, there is tiny emerald island called Ransiwor, just minutes away from our dive center.


Marine Life: Ransiwor is known for its vibrant coral gardens, colorful reef fish, and occasional sightings of turtles, octopuses reef sharks,trevally, fusilier, batfish, unicornfish, tangs, moorish idols, bumphead parrotfish - you name it, it’s there.

 

Dive conditions: Diving expirience: is a shallow dive site suitable for all levels of divers. It offers calm conditions and every diver love this dive site, it has something for everyone from macro to bigger marine creatures.

 

Best time to dive: All year around

Sardine Reef

 

Dive condition: Moderate

Max depth 30 meter

 

Sardine Reef dive site in Raja Ampat offer a wide range of experiences, including encounters with vibrant coral gardens, schools of fish, reef sharks, and a rich variety of marine creatures.Once underwater, divers can explore the reef, which is often teeming with vibrant coral formations and diverse marine life.

 

Location Sardine reef is located near by Koi island, Dampier straigh, Raja Ampat. Only 10 min boat ride away from Soul scuba divers.

 

Diving expirience : This site is known for its immense schools of fish, including fusiliers and other small fish species, resembling a swirling vortex of marine life Large schools of fish, and encounters with reef sharks, turtles, and other marine species

 

Dive conditions: This pinnacle dive site offers breathtaking underwater scenery with vibrant corals, where divers can experience strong currents. Fast entry from the boat into blue and drifting into the dive site.

 

Best time to dive: Raja Ampat is a year-round diving destination, best visibility on Sardine reef is from May - October when it get +30 meters.

Yenbuba jetty

Expirience level: Easy

Max depth: 25m

Yenbuba Jetty is a wooden jetty that extends out into the water, providing an artificial structure that attracts a wide variety of marine species. The jetty pillars and beams are covered in colorful soft corals, sponges, and other encrusting organisms, creating a vibrant and visually stunning backdrop for divers. In Indonesian, “Yenbuba” means “long sand”, named so for the long stretch of sand between Kri and Mansaur that reveals itself at low tide.

 

Location: The Yenbuba Jetty dive site is located next to Yenbuba village. We are lucky to have such an incredible reef like Yenbuba right at our doorstep. Just a few short minutes away by boat, this site sits at the end of the Yenbuba village jetty, across the channel from Kri on Mansaur Island. It is a popular dive site known for its unique underwater experience and abundant marine life.

 

Diving expirience: Diving at Yenbuba Jetty allows you to explore the rich biodiversity that has made Raja Ampat famous. The site is known for its excellent macro photography opportunities, with numerous critters and smaller marine species inhabiting the area. Divers can encounter a range of fascinating creatures such as pygmy seahorses, pipefish, nudibranchs, and various crustaceans hiding amongst the nooks and crannies of the jetty structure.

 

Marine life: In addition to the macro life, Yenbuba Jetty is also frequented by larger marine species. Schools of fish, including fusiliers and damselfish, can be seen swirling around the jetty's pillars. Turtles, snappers, and occasional reef sharks may also make appearances. Divers will love the huge field of cabbage coral and large schools of fish that call this reef home - curious batfish, fusilier, triggerfish, unicornfish, even Napoleon wrasse!

 

Dive conditions: The currents at Yenbuba Jetty can vary, it is easier dive site and be done many different ways. You can also witness SEApeople coral restoration project near by the jetty.
Read more about Seapeople and coral planting from our previous blog

 

Best time to dive: Yenbuba Jetty can be dived in all year around and it offers divers a unique and rewarding dive experience, show casing the incredible biodiversity and vibrant marine life. T

 

Dive certification: Yenbuba jetty is suitable all the levels and everyone can enjoy this dive site. Thanks to the calm conditions and shallow sandy sections near the jetty, we often conduct our dive courses at this site - from Discover Scuba all the way up to Rescue.

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