The diversity and the life of this place is nothing short of amazing. Three quarters of the different species found in the Coral Triangle can also be found right here.
The nudibranchs, a never ending and never tiresome model.
The table coral, enormous and beautiful. A wonderful home to millions of the inhabitants of the reef.
On some places around the islands you can find mangroves, and underneath the surface the life changes from what you normally see when you dive around these islands. A very fragile eco system, badly threatened.
The common soft corals can be found in abundance underneath the jetties around the islands, beautifully attaching themselves to the pillars of the piers.
The Indian Mackerel hunts for macroplanktons in small groups, moving as one.
The soft corals comes in all shapes and colors. This one is also called leather coral. Picture taken in the evening with the silt in the water creating a starry sky.
Flatworms, quite an interesting species. With no body cavities and only one entrance for nutrition that also serves as the exit for the leftovers.
Pontoh’s Pygmy Seahorse, or Weedy Pygmy Seahorse, is named after the divemaster Hence Pontoh in Bunaken outside Sulawesi who was the first to spot it. Maximum 17 mm, the smallest of the seahorse family.
The anemone fish, in this case the Pink Anemone Fish, lives in very close symbiosis with the anemones, guarding the nest with its life.
The reef Manta, gently sweeping over the edge of the reef, the current that makes you cling for your life on the rocks just looks absolutely effortless for them.
This is Pikachu. For those of you familliar with Pokémon, the naming of this nudi is not so far-fetched.
Blue-striped Fangblenny, always with that smile and that happy look on its face.