Manta Point is a very special place. It attracts divers from around the world not only with fantastic underwater views, the colorful world of reefs and bright marine life, but also with something that remains forever in memory. Namely – “devilfish”. Giant rays that live here in the depth are called so.
And where is this tasty morsel for the divers? Manta Point is located near Komodo Island. From the port in Labuan Bajo you can get there in about an hour by speed boat. You can see giant manta rays right during the dive, if you are lucky. In any case, it is worth a little wait and they will definitely appear. These majestic sea creatures truly fascinate when they swim, gently waving their wide fins. They seem to hover in the blue depth, cutting the water.
Every year, Manta Point attracts many people who want to see this unusual sight with their own eyes.
Special aspects of meeting mantas
A particular species of rays, called mantas, swims to the reefs so that small cleaner-fish can remove the parasites who choose the ray to be their habitat. Local divers call this place a “cleaning station”.
Diving to the depths can frighten off beginners, but there are several diving centers on the shore where you can complete a special dive program or train with an instructor, gaining experience, and only later go to the open sea to meet with the manta.
In order to see the manta, you need to be under water for a long time. Giant rays swim up to the reefs, waiting for the cleaner-fish. Manta rays are already accustomed to scuba divers, so people with equipment do not frighten them at all.
Some divers take the risk and swim up to a huge creature to touch it with their hand. This, of course, significantly raises the level of adrenaline in the blood. A person feels like a tiny tot next to the mantas, because the span of their “wings” can reach 6 meters!
If you definitely want to see giant rays, the best thing is to choose the high season – September – October, at this time the chance to meet the manta during the dive is almost 100%.
Exactly at this time, they approach in groups the site of cleaning.
It should be noted that the water here is quite cold (about 20 ° C and lower), so you need be scrupulous about the choice of a wetsuit and be prepared that in the water you will tremble and spend oxygen faster. Here go deep currents that bring cold. In addition, these currents are quite strong, so we recommend that each of the divers get their own signaling device.
A meeting with huge rays at Manta Point is very likely, but, unfortunately, the ocean is not an oceanarium, where you can certainly see everything that is there. If you are unlucky for the first time, then you can always dive more.