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Raja Ampat's Manta Ridge dive lived up to its name

Manta Ridge is found in between Airborei and Mansuar islands; the mantas rays (some as large as 4 m wing tip to wing tip) can be seen at depths starting at around 6 m

Manta Ridge is found in between Airborei and Mansuar islands; the mantas rays (some as large as 4 m wing tip to wing tip) can be seen at depths starting at around 6 m

It's a great dive when you see mantas and turtles!; with visibility approaching 30m, it made finding the large animals much easier

It's a great dive when you see mantas and turtles!; with visibility approaching 30m, it made finding the large animals much easier

Juvenile dark-capped parrotfish; this species is a deep, rich blue as an adult with males generally having brighter colors; parrotfish can change their sex repeatedly throughout their lives

Juvenile dark-capped parrotfish; this species is a deep, rich blue as an adult with males generally having brighter colors; parrotfish can change their sex repeatedly throughout their lives

When there are strong currents it is nice to have a reef hook so you can safely anchor yourself; you don't hook on to coral but find a hole or crevice in a large rock

When there are strong currents it is nice to have a reef hook so you can safely anchor yourself; you don't hook on to coral but find a hole or crevice in a large rock

On this dive I found a Go Pro camera on a selfie stick!; it didn't look like it had been in the water long; I gave it to our divemaster who said it still worked but had no ID on it

On this dive I found a Go Pro camera on a selfie stick!; it didn't look like it had been in the water long; I gave it to our divemaster who said it still worked but had no ID on it

Manta Ridge is one of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat to reliably see mantas; there is a cleaning station here among the strong currents so divers typically hook in to watch

Manta Ridge is one of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat to reliably see mantas; there is a cleaning station here among the strong currents so divers typically hook in to watch

Scrawled filefish; this species can grow quite large to a size of 3.5 ft; with the many mantas and turtles on this dive it was easy to just ignore the fish;

Scrawled filefish; this species can grow quite large to a size of 3.5 ft; with the many mantas and turtles on this dive it was easy to just ignore the fish;

The green sea turtles here didn't seem affected by us at all; they can live to be 80 years old but the species is dependent on having safe, sandy nesting grounds

The green sea turtles here didn't seem affected by us at all; they can live to be 80 years old but the species is dependent on having safe, sandy nesting grounds

Raja Ampat provides a rare opportunity to see reefs that look like those Jacques Cousteau likely encountered during his legendary explorations here just a few decades ago; he called the area the Aquarium of the World

Raja Ampat provides a rare opportunity to see reefs that look like those Jacques Cousteau likely encountered during his legendary explorations here just a few decades ago; he called the area the Aquarium of the World

A group of manta rays is appropriately called a squadron; mantas can live to be 50 years old but reproduce slowly giving birth to a single pup every two to five years

A group of manta rays is appropriately called a squadron; mantas can live to be 50 years old but reproduce slowly giving birth to a single pup every two to five years

Juvenile chameleon parrotfish; this fish will gradually develop into a rainbow of colors as an adult; with parrotfish, harems of several females presided over by a single male tends to be the rule

Juvenile chameleon parrotfish; this fish will gradually develop into a rainbow of colors as an adult; with parrotfish, harems of several females presided over by a single male tends to be the rule

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