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Sardines Reef, Raja Ampat

Sardines Reef Dive Site in Raja Ampat

A Diver's Paradise of Schooling Fish and Pristine Corals

Information about Sardines Reef

Sardines Reef, located in the heart of Raja Ampat, is a submerged seamount renowned for its incredible marine life and vibrant corals. Best suited for experienced divers due to its strong currents, especially around the new or full moon, this dive site offers a spectacular underwater show with schools of fish so dense they can block out the sunlight.

The seamount rises to about 5 meters below the surface before dropping off to a sloping reef extending down to around 30 meters. The best time to dive here is on a falling tide when the current runs from east to west. Divers can expect to see numerous species of fusiliers, trevally, chevron barracuda, and jacks amidst the chaos in the blue. Predators such as grey reef sharks, white tip and black tip reef sharks, Spanish mackerel, and Napoleon wrasse are frequently spotted here. The site also boasts healthy hard and soft corals, with sea fans home to pygmy seahorses.

With strong currents and the need for negative entry and quick descent, Sardines Reef promises an exhilarating dive filled with abundant marine life and stunning underwater landscapes.

Interesting facts about Sardines Reef

Getting there: The best way to explore Sardines Reef is by liveaboard, offering seamless access to the dive site. Alternatively, you can fly to Sorong and take a boat from there.

Best time to visit Sardines Reef: For the best experience, dive during the new or full moon when the currents bring in more marine life. Water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F).

Diving Conditions: Expect strong currents, particularly on falling tides. The seamount top starts at 5 meters and drops to 30 meters, with visibility ranging from 15 to 30 meters.

Our liveaboard trips: Several of our liveaboard vessels operate in this region, offering trips that typically last 7-10 days and often include visits to other iconic Raja Ampat dive sites, such as Misool and Dampier Strait.

A little-known fact: Sardines Reef is named not because of actual sardines, but because of the dense schools of fish that resemble the famous schooling behavior of sardines.

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Sardines Reef, Raja Ampat
Sardines Reef, Kri,  Raja Ampat

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