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Excellent dive at Sardine Reef, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Moray eel; our journey started in Waisai and ended in Sorong on the island of New Guinea; Sorong has frequent flights to Jakarta

Moray eel; our journey started in Waisai and ended in Sorong on the island of New Guinea; Sorong has frequent flights to Jakarta

White tip reef shark; on most dives we saw white tip and black tip reef sharks along with tasselled wobbegongs; I was the oldest guest on the boat

White tip reef shark; on most dives we saw white tip and black tip reef sharks along with tasselled wobbegongs; I was the oldest guest on the boat

Tasselled wobbegong; the dive site, Sardine Reef, arises from the density of fish on the reef; there are so many that it feels similar to swimming with a school of sardines

Tasselled wobbegong; the dive site, Sardine Reef, arises from the density of fish on the reef; there are so many that it feels similar to swimming with a school of sardines

Oriental sweetlips; we did 3 or 4 dives a day with the first being at 7am; the crew helped me greatly as we had to board a speedboat to take us to each dive site (we couldn't anchor over reefs)

Oriental sweetlips; we did 3 or 4 dives a day with the first being at 7am; the crew helped me greatly as we had to board a speedboat to take us to each dive site (we couldn't anchor over reefs)

Grey reef sharks are fast-swimming, agile predators that feed primarily on free-swimming bony fishes and cephalopods; their aggressive demeanor enables them to dominate many other shark species on the reef, despite their moderate size

Grey reef sharks are fast-swimming, agile predators that feed primarily on free-swimming bony fishes and cephalopods; their aggressive demeanor enables them to dominate many other shark species on the reef, despite their moderate size

Clown triggerfish; most of the world's coral reefs biodiversity and rare species of marine life can easily be found in this archipelago about the size of Switzerland

Clown triggerfish; most of the world's coral reefs biodiversity and rare species of marine life can easily be found in this archipelago about the size of Switzerland

Sardine Reef is 4 km NE of the island of Kri; our divemaster showed us several pygmy seahorses but there was no way my camera could capture such tiny animals

Sardine Reef is 4 km NE of the island of Kri; our divemaster showed us several pygmy seahorses but there was no way my camera could capture such tiny animals

The tail of this white-lipped moray eel suggests that it's a big one; I had dinner with the group on the boat but I preferred the lunch and breakfast menus(although I didn't eat those)

The tail of this white-lipped moray eel suggests that it's a big one; I had dinner with the group on the boat but I preferred the lunch and breakfast menus(although I didn't eat those)

School of longfin spadefish; this peaceful and very social species will grow to 2 ft in length; we saw them often and they never seem concerned with us

School of longfin spadefish; this peaceful and very social species will grow to 2 ft in length; we saw them often and they never seem concerned with us

Black tip reef shark; Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau

Black tip reef shark; Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau

Tasselled wobbegong; we saw these sharks on most dives always resting, usually in a protected area and always very well camouflaged

Tasselled wobbegong; we saw these sharks on most dives always resting, usually in a protected area and always very well camouflaged

Two-stripe damselfish; upon getting close, these fish will duck down inside the coral to hide; they are popular in the saltwater aquarium trade but can be very territorial

Two-stripe damselfish; upon getting close, these fish will duck down inside the coral to hide; they are popular in the saltwater aquarium trade but can be very territorial

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