Bandit angelfish are endemic to Hawaiʻi and are most commonly found around Kauaʻi and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. These curious angelfishes often show interest to divers and snorkelers, and their prominent appearance can be easily recognized by their unique color pattern, for which it gets its name. Like a robber’s mask, the distinct black band passes through the eyes and extends the length of its body. The name “bandit” means ‘bent like a bow’ and refers to this slightly arched black band.
*Due to the constant rotation of animals back to the ocean, we cannot guarantee the presence of any specific animal.
This species reaches approximately 7 inches (18 centimeters) in length and is most commonly observed at depths over 100 feet (30.5 meters). The bandit angelfish likes to spend its time near deep ocean ledges exposed to currents where it can feed on sponges to its heartʻs content.