Manta Sandy Raja Ampat is one of the most amazing dive sites can be found when diving in Raja Ampat. It is located to the south of a large reef; the reef that is between Airborek Island and Mansuar Island towards the Dampier Straits west end. It is known as Manta Site or Manta Mantra. This site is very rich in plankton and also serves as a cleaning station. Because plankton is what most underwater creatures eat, many of them frequent this site.
In the channel between the main reef and the smaller one in the south lies the cleaning station filled with small bommies. Here you will encounter strong currents, many butterfly fish, and cleaner wrasse, making it an ideal place for mantas to come rid themselves of parasites. So, if you are looking to see mantas, this dive site is your best bet. In fact, “trains” of them have been reported to be seen here, so you’ll be in for quite a treat. Many trains happen when a female who is ready to make is pursued by multiple males in single file.
Because of the frequency of mantas seen here, over time, the Manta Sandy dive site has become very popular. As such, the number of divers allowed in the water at the same time has to be controlled so as not to drive away the mantas. To help with this, a demarcation code has been set in place and is strictly enforced by all the operators visiting the site. This demarcation code involves authorities laying out rocks in a line at about 16m of water. This serves as a marker to guide divers in knowing where they can go to get close enough to the bommies to take pictures and observe the mantas, but at the same time remain far enough to give the mantas peace as they are cleaned. This demarcation line also serves as a place where divers can position themselves in order to be able to comfortably hold on against the currents while waiting for the mantas.
The Manta Sandy dive site in Raja Ampat is a shallow site, which means that you will not have issues with bottom time. This is perfect, as once the mantas have been cleaned, it is common for them to come and check out the divers offering them an opportunity to see them in a more up close and personal manner.
While diving in Raja Ampat, you will quickly discover that mantas are curious and intelligent creatures with no real natural enemies, aside from large sharks that attack them from behind. This means that they are not fearful, and as mentioned above, if you wait patiently at the appropriate place, they will come to you for a closer look for themselves.
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