Farondi Island highlights 2 famous dive sites. The Goa Besar and the Verena’s Garden. Among Raja Ampat dive destinations, Farondi Island is said to be the most favorite of all divers because of its distinctive seascape.
Goa Besar is situated around the southern area of Farondi Islands. You are going to go down in a tiny southwest facing inlet upon a superficial wall top blanketed with plate corals, leather corals and yellow and purple sea squirts. Chromis and azure damoiselles indicate your dive to be the glint all over within the bright light.
Go to northwest part across the superficial shelved garden of yellow-colored soft corals and downward a wall within an underwater round gap. This hollow is filled with green, white and red black coral shrubberies, twine corals and covering sponges. Red ornamental ghost pipefish grasp undetected within the black corals.
Certainly the wall caves in to an overgrown shelf. Go along with this lowering towards the east and you will definitely experience a tunnel throughways colliding with about 25 meters along with green soft coral trees as well as yellow sponges. The tunnel is approximately 20 meters in length and 10 meters in width. Typically, you will discover nighttime snapper as well as sweetlips hanging out within the darker edges.
Off the right across the wall are incredible assortments of green, purple and orange soft corals, tiny fans, foxtail corals as well as whip corals. Take a look at the whip corals seeing that they coordinate whip coral gobies and hidden shrimps.
On the left of the channel, in the event a current is running, you could possibly observe countless lean fusiliers and huge fusiliers spilling on the wall. Around 20 meters you are going to encounter one more overhang that has fans as well as purple twine corals, shielding pound for yellowtail damsels and young coral demoiselles.
Verena’s Garden is located at the southwest portion of Farondi Island. The most important highlight here is actually a hush-hush air hollow encapsulated throughout the island walls. There are lots of tiny holes that enable sun rays to go through leaving a gleaming blue-skied water surface.
You reach the cave using the throughways at approximately 5 to 12 meters in depth. The doorway shelters golden cave sweepers and it is marked with green fans, white black coral shrubbery as well as purple sea ferns.
Back outside of the cave, you will retort the wall that descends about 35 to 40 around this area of the island. The very attractive ovals-spot butterflyfish are often not too far-flung from this point. They can be typically seen in couples. Green speckled hawkfish gaze inquisitively at you from each shelf or shrub. It is typically worth having a look out from the wall from time to time as well for the longfin batfish and redtooth triggerfish.
Right outside of the cave gateways or to the west, there are a few shelves about 28 to 30 meters and the other large overgrown shelf at about 18 meters going down towards the seabed. Little schools of humpback snapper are visible here and gigantic orange frogfish. Sometimes a prowling group of a dozen perhaps of bumphead parrotfish may be found chomping through.
Dive Experience Level: Intermediate
Water Temperature: 28 to 30
Surface Conditions: Calm
Currents: Can be strong
Depth: 5 meters to 40 meters
Visibility: 10 meters to 30 meters
Best Time to Dive: All year round
How to Get There: By liveaboard around Raja Ampat