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22 March, 2021 1617 Views

Amazing Macro Life in Raja Ampat

For many, it is the thrill of seeing the biggest pelagic creatures that draws them to the deep blue. But for others, it is the chance to witness the smallest and best-hidden critters that take pride of place at the top of their bucket-list.  


For all of those macro enthusiasts in the diving world, Raja Ampat in Indonesia offers lush reef systems. Known as being the most biodiverse in the world. Diving becomes a sport of discovery, in search for the tiniest, weirdest looking, and most rarely witnessed. Divers want to snap the perfect picture.  

Muck and macro diving are becoming increasingly popularMuck diving takes place on what might appear to be a desolate, often volcanic, sandy bottom. You need to slowly and patiently explore the black sand for creatures and critters that make their home there. But when you do find that unusual, weird, and wonderful marine life that graces the front covers of dive magazines, the rewards are plentiful 

Hairy Frog Fish Bruce Shafer

With year-round good diving conditions, Indonesia is well worth the 27 hours round trip. October to December has the best visibility. Peak critter spotting months are July and August. Although December, January, and February are the wetter months, when visibility can be affected(not that this matters when you are looking for macro critters) it also means there are fewer divers. 

Nudibranch Indonesia

So, if you want to see first-hand a Rhinopias, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Hairy Frog Fish, or a Blue-Ringed Octopus, Indonesia is the place for you. 

To make all your wildest macro dreams come true, speak to one of our sales consultants who will help every step of the way.   

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Photo credits: Gerald Rambert and Bruce Shafer.