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Sar­dine Reef, Raja Am­pat Raja Am­pat, the large area of ocean to the east of West Pa­pua’s Bird’s Head Penin­sula, con­tains over 600 is­lands, and prob­a­bly even more dive sites. Pick­ing one is hard, but Sar­dine Reef – an oval-shaped un­der­wa­ter hill on the east side of Kri – makes for an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and rep­re­sen­ta­tive ‘sam­pler’ of the Raja Am­pat ex­pe­ri­ence.

Soft co­ral, gor­gonian fans, black co­ral bushes and slopes of co­ral heads pop­u­late the en­tire Sar­dine Reef area, and large schools of fusiliers, sar­dines, damsels, ban­ner­fish, but­ter­fly­fish, sweet­lips and snap­pers fre­quent the site, pick­ing tasty morsels out of the cur­rent.The pelag­ics of­ten visit too, with bar­racuda, giant treval­lies

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