INTO THE BLUE
Our Dive Sites
Photo by Nick Hulley @hulleyvisuals
DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF RAJA AMPAT'S WATERS
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!
Heralded as the most marine biodiverse place on Earth, Cape Kri really lives up to the hype. Home to a whopping 374 species of fish (that we know of!), Cape Kri has it all - from the tiny pygmy seahorse to the enormous giant grouper. 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! The site itself is enormous, and can be dived 3 different directions, ensuring that no two dives are ever the same. Although Cape Kri is an advanced site, we always find a way to safely bring less experienced divers along. 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.
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. In Indonesian, “Yenbuba” means “long sand”, named so for the long stretch of sand between Kri and Mansaur that reveals itself at low tide. This dive site is perfect for all experience levels. 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. For Open Water students, this is perhaps the only place in the world where you can see sharks on your confined water dive! More experienced 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!
Between Kri and Mansaur, there is tiny emerald island called Ransiwor. 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! We could sit in the shallows and watch the schools dance in the sunlight for hours. Trevally, fusilier, batfish, unicornfish, tangs, moorish idols, bumphead parrotfish - you name it, it’s there.
Diving Cape Mansuar is truly top notch. Located on the southern tip of Mansuar Island, this incredible dive site is just a few minutes away by boat. 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. 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!
Quite a unique dive, Mike’s Point can only be dived a handful of times per month. Taking into account the tides and moon cycle, our experienced dive guides know how to plan this dive to get the perfect conditions and high concentration of fish life. We start the dive descending along a wall, dropping down to 30 meters for our Advanced certified divers, or 18 meters for our Open Water guests. Here we find incredible topography - beautiful overhangs covered in rainbow-colored soft coral, interesting rock formations carved out of the wall. At depth, we often see a school of gorgeous oriental sweetlips. We ascend slowly to a shallow reef, where we pass through a small swim through. The rays of sunlight coming through the cavern-like passage are simply stunning. We end the dive playing with colorful reef fish in a breathtaking coral garden.
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. This site requires a quick deep entry, but we never hesitate to cancel a dive a re-drop if our descent isn’t ideal. 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.
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. Under the surface was an incredibly colorful underwater mountain, covered in spongey red corals, bommies flooded with glass fish, and incredible visibility. 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. 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.
Photos by Nick Hulley @hulleyvisuals
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