Swimming with Manta Rays
Updated: Aug 17
Manta Point - Nusa Penida
Manta Point is the name of a popular dive spot off the southernmost shore of Nusa Penida Island. It is so named as it’s one of the main dive sites in Bali where you can spot manta rays. These graceful rays are visible on almost every dives, along with spotted stingrays and nurse sharks.
You can dive here all year round, however, the best time to go is usually between August and October, when visibility can be an excellent 20 metres deep. The waters around Manta Point can get fairly cold, due to the open currents from the Indian Ocean. However, visibilty is often excellent here, allowing you to better explore and photograph the prolific marine life under the surface.
Other sights to see here include occasional sea turtles, reef sharks, and the oceanic sunfish (Mola-Mola). At around 10 metres within the protected bay, mantas freely roam and feed in the plankton-rich waters while enjoying the symbiotic company of cleaner wrasses who rid their bodies of parasites.
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