Today we will take you underwater. You can join us and Raja4Divers on a dive on the house-reef of Pulau Pef. Have you heard of Raja Ampat? Pulau Pef is located in the middle of Raja Ampat, an area well known by scuba divers. The beautiful reefs are full of colours and the biodiversity is higher than in most other places.
Around Pulau Pef, Raja4Divers has already discovered more than 65 dive sites that we regularly dive with our guests. Some of these dive sites have just been discovered recently and are in pristine condition. I’m sure we will discover even more in the future.
For sure we will introduce you to some of these dive sites in the future. In this blog post we will take you to “Kerang Sembilan”. That’s how the house reef of Raja4Divers on Pulau Pef is called in the Indonesian language.
Every dive with Raja4Divers is something special
Diving with Raja4Divers at the house reef of Pulau Pef is very convenient. Our equipment room is located right over the reef and you can reach it over a jetty from the island. The scuba tanks and our equipment are ready. We are getting into our wetsuits, test our equipment and then we only need to take a big step forward to get into the water.
We signal to each other that everything is O.K., release the air of our BCD’s and descend into the wonderful underwater world of Raja Ampat. Just in front of the jetty, in about 10 metres depth, we can see the first artificial attraction. A sculpture built with armouring iron. Some corals have been planted on the sculpture and within weeks the sculpture has become an artificial reef used by different animals as a shelter.
We follow the main reef “right shoulder”. Only a few metres away from the jetty is a ridge leading in a 90 degree angle away from the main reef. We follow this ridge and descend to 30 metres where we explore a plateau full of beautiful table corals, sea fans, anemones and other coral species.
We are swimming in the middle of schools of colourful fish. Sweetlips, mackerels, fusiliers, damsel fishes, angel fishes, butterfly fishes and many more are escorting us through the water.
As soon as we are getting closer to the reef, we can see the small creatures hiding between the corals. Nudibranchs, shrimps, pipe fishes, gobies and crabs are only a few of the many different creatures that are hiding between the corals.
Some of the animals are very bad swimmers and the only protection against predators is their camouflage. As a diver, it is very difficult to spot these animals and a lot of training and patience is needed to find these creatures. Scorpion fishes, ghost pipe fishes, pigmy seahorses, sepias and octopus are extremely well camouflaged and can completely blend in with the corals.
With all the different things to see we have completely lost track of time and it’s good that we have dive computers. We are running out of bottom time and it’s time to start our ascent.
On our way up along the reef we spot a fin sticking out under a big coral block. Who is hiding under the corals? We swim closer and then we can see that a wobbegong is sleeping under the rock.
Suddenly we can make out the wooden pillars of the jetty. Many different species of fish use the pillars of the jetty as their shelter. A whole family of bat fish is swimming around the pillars and we can get very close to them.
There is another attraction under the jetty. A whole family is sitting around a fireplace and preparing a meal. The concrete sculptures have been placed here a few months ago and now they are slowly covered by lichen, corals and other creatures.
Unfortunately it’s already time to ascend and get out of the water. We hope you enjoyed the dive with us.
Have you heard of Raja Ampat? Scuba diving with Raja4Divers around Pulau Pef is amazing. Would you like to know how to travel to Raja Ampat on a budget?