Dive at Blue Magic, Dampier Strait, Indonesia on 28/2/13 - ATJ's Diving Site

Dive Details



28 February, 2013


3:18pm - 4:10pm


Dive 28 of the Raja Ampat trip in February 2013 on board the S/Y Indo Siren and the third of six dives in Dampier Strait.

The current was pretty strong on this dive which made it difficult to stop and take photographs. We still saw quite a lot. Near the end of the dive, after seeing a large wobbegong, we saw the largest moray eel I have ever seen. This one made the one from "The Deep" look tiny. I wish I had taken some video of it. It's head would have been 25-30 cm high.

As mind blowing as the moray was, there was still better to come. While starting my ascent, Timo signalled to me to look where he was pointing. I did and I saw a giant manta which had a wing span of at least 4 metres. Timo thinks it was 5 metres. The visibility was not great and it disappeared very quickly but it was an amazing thing to see.


Sheree Papuni




15 metres


51 minutes

Maximum depth

25.0 m

Average depth

15.8 m

Water temperature



Dive Profile from Citizen Hyper Aqualand

Camera gear


Nikon D7000


Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D


Ikelite 6801.70

Lens port

Ikelite Flat Port 5502.41


2 x Ikelite SubStrobe DS161


Depth information, where present, indicates the depth of the camera when the photograph was taken and can be used to approximate the depth of the subject.

Paeony bulleye, Priacanthus blochii. 24.4 m.

Multibarred angelfish, Centropyge multifasciata. 22.6 m.

Clown triggerfish, Balistoides conspicillum. 17.4 m.

Blue-face angelfish, Pomacanthus xanthometopon. 17.1 m.

Day octopus, Octopus cyanea. 16.5 m.

Pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti. 20.9 m.

Pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti. 20.8 m.

Orangutan crab, Achaeus japonicus. 19.5 m.

Nudibranch, Flabellina sp. 17.8 m.

Nudibranch, Phyllidia varicosa. 13.8 m.

Bearded scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis barbata. 13.5 m.