Muck Diving in Raja Ampat
Muck diving does not sound like a particularly attractive past time but it is a term used to describe the fascinating array of macro life in the underwater world and has nothing to do with dirt at all. The phrase was originally coined by scuba legend Bob Halstead to describe diving off the black sand beaches of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. Since then it has been adopted by scuba divers who are drawn to the weird and wonderful small fish, molluscs and other creatures referred to fondly as “critters”.
Raja Ampat has some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the world so the term muck seems totally unrelated to the uninitiated. However, there is a simply marvellous variety of unique and diverse critters in the ocean here including pygmy seahorses, stunning assortments of nudibranchs and a variety of other crustaceans.
This is one of the remotest places on the planet and one of the only ways to scuba dive in Raja Ampat is to go by boat. Characterised by limestone cliffs, turquoise oceans, shallow coral gardens and thousands of cays and shoals this untouched paradise provide not just sightings of macro life but also plenty of opportunities to see sharks, stingrays, turtles, many species of reef fish and dolphins.