Sardine Reef

An incredible reef on the top of an underwater hill

Raja Ampat Sardine Reef
  • Magnificent corals and gorgonians

    Sardine Reef is an incredible diving site, is a small underwater hill with an oval shape, about 200 meters long and with its summit just 5 meters below the surface. It is covered in colorful soft coral, huge gorgonian fans, black coral bushes, masses of coral heads and dotted with large coral bommies. This submerged reef is located off the northeastern point of the island of Kri, only 10-15 minutes by boat.

    Colorful Soft and Hard Coral Raja Ampat

    An adventure in Central & South Raja Ampat

    Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT

    | 12 Days / 11 Nights | 4296 € Full Board

    Central & South Raja Ampat, 
    Waisai to Sorong

    Next Departure:

    2024 May 02th to 13th

    358 per day

    Up to 3 dives/day

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    What you should expect:

    The name of this site comes from the fact that divers will see a vast number of fish packed very tightly together, which is sometimes comparable to a school of sardines, but funny enough, there are no sardines here.

    Large coral formations make a perfect home for an abundance of fish life and it is definitely an action packed site. Some of the species that are frequently seen in this site, having a feast on the nutrients in the water, are large schools of fusiliers, banner fish, rainbow runners, butterfly fish, oriental sweetlips, snappers, moray eels, several lurking lionfish, schools of bump head parrotfish chewing up the coral as they go and damsels dancing above the hard coral, but hiding back when a divers get too close. Spanish mackerel, triggerfish, dogtooth tunas, barracudas, wrasses, jacks and large schools of giant trevallies can be seen as well.

    Larger predators like black tipped reef sharks, white tipped reef sharks and even the occasional grey reef shark, are also cruising the surroundings feasting on the easy preys.
    Besides these quite common species, it is also possible to find a rarer one at Sardines reef, the wobbegong, a bizarre looking shark that is normally only seen on Australian reefs. And the whole site is full with small reef fish and with a special combination of corals, hard, soft, bushy and coating. 

    To make it even more interesting, in some of the beautiful gorgonian sea fans it is possible to find three species of pygmy seahorses (Denise, Bargibanti and Pontohi). Other critters that also can be spotted are long nosed hawkfish, nudibranchs and flatworms of every color, so by all means it’s worth looking everywhere very carefully while diving in this area, one of north Raja Ampat’s most celebrated sites.

    Wobbegong and Blue Lobster

    The dive site Topography & Conditions

    The coral reef is not deep, sloping to around 30 meters, but Sardine Reef’s unique topography causes different currents to meet, so better be aware that sometimes the current can be quite strong, which makes the site be dived regularly as a drift dive. Most likely, the dazzling congregation of fish is caused by this current that strikes the reef at this point and then splits. To appreciate the site more, it should be dived on a falling current (E-W) and by divers which have advanced experience. Visibility is often 30 meters or more, allowing wide angle photographers to easily capture the colorful corals and the numbers of fish.

    Sardine Reef offers year-round diving with the water temperature being almost constant throughout the year at 29 Celsius degrees.

    School of Bannerfish


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