Cape Kri Dive Site

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The Cape Kri dive site is famous for a record that was set by Dr. Gerry Allen for the highest number of different species on a one-tank dive. He recorded 374 species here and it went on to become a world famous dive site for its huge numbers of diversity.

School of Fish

Schooling Fish – Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

The dive site is found on the Northeast point of Kri Island in Raja Ampat and at this point, the currents navigate through the channel between this island and the small island of Koh. Large schools of snappers, barracudas, and trevallies are found swimming in the currents. Visiting the site at dawn at dusk is normally when there is the largest number of fish.

The reef slopes down to around 40 metres and at the bottom of the reef, there is a very old anchor that has become home to a large group of sweetlips. The top of the reef is made up of many hard corals that are patrolled by black tip reef sharks. The variety of fish is hard to describe, but divers will find all types of marine life in all shapes and sizes. Macro divers will be pleased with the variety of nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, scorpion fish, shrimps, and other small creatures, whilst divers looking for larger marine life can spot some of the many huge Queensland groupers or sharks. Divers will spot Napoleon wrasse, barracuda, giant trevally, and tuna on most dives.

Cape Kri Diving Map

Cape Kri Dive Site Map

Cape Kri Dive Map. Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

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Anne-Sophie October 05, 2017

Cape Kri, located in the Dampier Strait in Raja Ampat, is the dive site where more than 350 different species have been spotted in only one dive. This is a world record!

While Cape Kri is like a fish soup, it can also be tricky with strong currents. I have been hit with currents each time I dove on that site. But as every diver says, currents bring life ! Grey reef sharks, napoleons, giant trevallies… I just needed to put my hook on a rock to enjoy the show. The atmosphere is very special on this dive site. Water is so deep blue, there is so much life.

As I barely moved, my air consumption was very little, guaranteeing a beautiful long dive.

When I reached my air consumption limit, I simply took my hook off from the rock, and let me fly with the current until the end of the dive. Just magic.

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Kaelyn Lynch November 06, 2017

I’m often asked about the best dive I’ve ever done, a question I find impossible to answer. But, I can say there’s only one dive that’s made me cry underwater.

Cape Kri is named the most bio-diverse site in Raja Ampat, the Mecca of marine biodiversity. It boasts a record-setting 374 different species of fish, and on this particular dive, I felt like I saw every one of them.

We timed it just right, and found ourselves not only drifting along a breathtaking reef, but immersed in an astronomical amount of fish life. We were surrounded by what seemed like every large fish species imaginable, in schools so dense you could hardly see through them.

I actually panicked at one point when I momentarily lost my divers behind a wall of Spanish mackerel. Just off the reef, sharks and tuna burst through huge balls of baitfish, adding to the display.

My emotional moment came as I was enclosed in an amphitheater of tuna, barracuda, trevallies, and hunting sharks, throwing my arms wide in pure joy and amazement.

Back on the boat, the guides were buzzing even more than the guests, a testament to how special the experience had been.

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