Seamount and reef covered with colorful soft coral and sponges in clear blue water. This is a good example of what a diver sees at Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This remote area is underwater photographer’s heaven. The wide-angle photographers enjoy the colorful reef and large schools of fish while the abundance of small creatures keep the macro photographers busy. Of course you don’t have to be a photographer to enjoy Raja Ampat. The view is stunning and diving is very dynamic.
I envy the local dive guides who get so intimately familiar with dive sites and the resident wildlife in the area. This Napoleon wrasse and our dive guide have developed a special bond between them over the years. There is such trust that the fish would swim over to him and let him touch it and even hug it! I was filled with awe to witness this display of inter-species friendship.
Colonies of cabbage coral (Turbinaria reniformis) sometimes forms tiers which offer good hiding place for school of fish like these soldierfish. The red fish are big-scale soldierfish (Myripristis berndti) and the whitish fish are shadowfin soldierfish (Myripristis adusta). A large field of cabbage coral colonies like this image taken in the South Pacific is rarely seen anywhere else in the world.