The huge area of Raja Ampat represents a big marine reserve, that stretches out to the north (Waigeo and neighbouring island) and to the south-west (Misool). The whole region is a labyrinth of straits between small sandstone islands eroded by the waves. The dry season is between September to March, however, rainfalls are to be expected throughout the whole year.
A striking charachteristic in the Raja Ampat biology is the tight compenetration between different ecosystems. The tropical rainforest conquers the sea by pushing itself out through a complex system of small islands. Looking towards the top from the border of the reef, you can see the dark green of the forest, in a symbolic sight.
Raja Ampat is in absolute the diving site with the highest biodiversity, regarding both the amount of species of fish and invertebrates. An incredible amount of fish crowds the areas near the hard corals. The diversity of the settings is simply spectacular, all due to the geography of the site.
In this large marine park hard and soft corals with the most peculiar shapes contend the space while colonizing every square centimeter of a perfectly healthy and undamaged reef.
The Large Schools of Fish
The presence of large fishbanks of fish which have become rare elsewhere, like these Plectorhynchus polytaenia is the best testimony of the perfect state in which this fish community finds itself without the excessive pressure from fishing activities.