MANTA POINT

Type                                                      : Drift

Current                                                 : Mild-strong

Max.depth                                            : 16 - 23 m

Recommended certification level   : All Levels Subject Conditions

 

Due to lthe high rate of Manta sightings, one of the most popular dive sites in Komodo National Park.

 

The original name is Karang Makassar, a small island off the east side of Komodo with a series of long current swept reefs running north to south.

 

In the middlle between Komodo and Rinca, Manta Point is positioned in the  middle of the biggest channel connecting two different Oceanic Climates, the Indian Ocean to the South, and the South West Pacific to the North.

 

That is why it is one of the richest feeding grounds in the World for these giant and graceful rays. The ground is sandy, mixed with coral blocks rich in colour, with rocks and broken corals in the deeper parts.

 

The Manta rays come here to feed plankton and other objects during current.

 

Mantas can be seen almost every day of the year, it`s really rare to see none, more often the question is if there is one, or 10, and often 15 to 25, even 50 and more have been counted!

 

Another exiting experience is when divers show defensive body language when sighting Mantas by NOT swimming towards the Mantas but rather position themselves on the ocean floor, Mantas may come and circle over the divers for minutes or even half hour, often coming close to arm`s reach or even 10 cm, certainly a spectacular experience!  

 

Apart from Mantas you may see reef sharks, hump back rays, sweetlips, emperors, turtles and a great deal of micro marine life.