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Yenbuba dive site offered lots of variety

I'm glad a diver was passing by so you can see how large the coral is!; you can also get an idea of the excellent visibility underwater

I'm glad a diver was passing by so you can see how large the coral is!; you can also get an idea of the excellent visibility underwater

Blacktip reef sharks are viviparous — producing live pups instead of eggs — and give birth to up to 10 pups each year; the pups reach maturity at an average age of about 4 years old for males and 7 years old for females with an average lifespan of 13 yrs

Blacktip reef sharks are viviparous — producing live pups instead of eggs — and give birth to up to 10 pups each year; the pups reach maturity at an average age of about 4 years old for males and 7 years old for females with an average lifespan of 13 yrs

Chromodoris elisabethina nudibranch; this is one of the more common (and most colorful) nudibranchs which can grow to 20 inches

Chromodoris elisabethina nudibranch; this is one of the more common (and most colorful) nudibranchs which can grow to 20 inches

Bicolor angelfish; this species' diet consists of small crustaceans, such as brine and mysis shrimp, as well as tunicates, corals, sponges, worms, algae, and sometimes clams; fortunately, they don't live well in aquariums

Bicolor angelfish; this species' diet consists of small crustaceans, such as brine and mysis shrimp, as well as tunicates, corals, sponges, worms, algae, and sometimes clams; fortunately, they don't live well in aquariums

This two-spot lizardfish and cloudfin lizardfish are teaming up to keep an eye out for predators; they are typically very solitary so it's unusual to see two so close together

This two-spot lizardfish and cloudfin lizardfish are teaming up to keep an eye out for predators; they are typically very solitary so it's unusual to see two so close together

A Dutch diver, Max Ammer, began to spread the word about Raja Ampat in 1990; he spent time here and realized the biodiversity was like nowhere else in the world; he invited Australian fishery expert Gerry Allen to survey the area and the rest is history

A Dutch diver, Max Ammer, began to spread the word about Raja Ampat in 1990; he spent time here and realized the biodiversity was like nowhere else in the world; he invited Australian fishery expert Gerry Allen to survey the area and the rest is history

Eclipse butterflyfish; they thrive on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of featherdusters and Christmas-tree worms; they need to hover motionless while picking at the coral and dart swiftly over short distances to get the worm before it retracts

Eclipse butterflyfish; they thrive on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of featherdusters and Christmas-tree worms; they need to hover motionless while picking at the coral and dart swiftly over short distances to get the worm before it retracts

Twospot snappers are a long-lived and slow-growing species which reaches maturity at 8–9 years, and the oldest recorded individual was 56 years old

Twospot snappers are a long-lived and slow-growing species which reaches maturity at 8–9 years, and the oldest recorded individual was 56 years old

Raja Ampat's massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching

Raja Ampat's massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching

Clark's anemonefish; we visited the town of Yenbuba after this dive; unlike Africa, the villagers just ignored us as we walked around taking photos

Clark's anemonefish; we visited the town of Yenbuba after this dive; unlike Africa, the villagers just ignored us as we walked around taking photos

Olive green sea star; there are more than 2000 species of sea stars with some having more than 40 arms; these amazing creatures have eyes but no blood

Olive green sea star; there are more than 2000 species of sea stars with some having more than 40 arms; these amazing creatures have eyes but no blood

Unlike some dive sites, here you could travel slowly to just soak in all of the small creatures; there were so many varieties of coral too with each type being home to different animals

Unlike some dive sites, here you could travel slowly to just soak in all of the small creatures; there were so many varieties of coral too with each type being home to different animals

Orange-lined triggerfish; this species, given its broad diet and distribution, is a crucial component in coral reef ecosystems through top-down control and especially through consumption of sea urchins

Orange-lined triggerfish; this species, given its broad diet and distribution, is a crucial component in coral reef ecosystems through top-down control and especially through consumption of sea urchins

Field of cabbage leather coral; this species is a soft coral most often found in slow growing colonies attached to harder substrates such as rubble or other dead corals

Field of cabbage leather coral; this species is a soft coral most often found in slow growing colonies attached to harder substrates such as rubble or other dead corals

White-spotted puffer; these fish are solitary and quite shy, always swimming away from divers; to reproduce, the male builds a nest in the sand where the female lays her eggs

White-spotted puffer; these fish are solitary and quite shy, always swimming away from divers; to reproduce, the male builds a nest in the sand where the female lays her eggs

The small populations living within Raja Ampat continue to get much of their food from the sea; they have to be very independent due to the remoteness

The small populations living within Raja Ampat continue to get much of their food from the sea; they have to be very independent due to the remoteness

Yellowmask angelfish; some members of this species live in harems while others live in pairs, they can be highly territorial and make a loud drumming sound when alarmed

Yellowmask angelfish; some members of this species live in harems while others live in pairs, they can be highly territorial and make a loud drumming sound when alarmed

Yellowbar parrotfish; parrotfish are hermaphrodites and live in harems with a dominant male; at night parrotfish make a sleeping bag out of slime bubbles for protection against predators

Yellowbar parrotfish; parrotfish are hermaphrodites and live in harems with a dominant male; at night parrotfish make a sleeping bag out of slime bubbles for protection against predators

Harlequin sweetlips; juveniles of this species are a pale, caramel brown with bright white spots down its body camouflaged to look like a poisonous worm or nudibranch to deter predators; as they grow the colors change completely

Harlequin sweetlips; juveniles of this species are a pale, caramel brown with bright white spots down its body camouflaged to look like a poisonous worm or nudibranch to deter predators; as they grow the colors change completely

There are so many liveaboards that it was difficult to select one; I used www.liveaboard.com and focused on the itinerary (Raja Ampat North is best) and read the reviews from prior guests

There are so many liveaboards that it was difficult to select one; I used www.liveaboard.com and focused on the itinerary (Raja Ampat North is best) and read the reviews from prior guests

Humpback unicornfish; this species can grow to be a foot long but only the males have the horn

Humpback unicornfish; this species can grow to be a foot long but only the males have the horn

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