Glide next to Manta Rays at Manta Point

Manta Point, a calm sanctuary for Manta Rays

As you may already know, Komodo National Park is famed for its dive spots. The islands are on the channel between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. The water is warm, and it is an ideal landscape for sea life. Did you know that there are over 1000 species of fish in this beautiful archipelago? 

When taking a liveaboard to the Komodo, you will be enchanted by the idea of diving. What isn’t there to like? Swimming with dolphins, discovering neat coral gardens, and floating euphorically… It all sounds like a dream. 

One of the most famous dive spots is just off the edge of Gili Lawa and Komodo Island. Due to its particular location that attracts the beautiful Manta Rays — It is named Manta Point (Karang Makassar).  When diving in Manta Point (Karang Makassar), you will see groups of Manta float by in 3s and 4s. This site is delightful, as you can watch them as they gracefully fly through the water. The sandy bottom and weak current create a great spot for drifting slowly on the seafloor. Luckily, this area is blessed with amazing clarity. You will be enamored with how peaceful this spot is.

Why is Manta Point so amazing for Rays?

What attracts these big, flatfish to Manta Point (Karang Makassar) is its cleaning benefits. Littered with tiny underwater plankton and fish, these creatures love to nibble on the dirt of the Manta Rays. This gives these flying carpets a much-needed spa treatment before going back to their migratory habits.

If you only make small movements and keep a calm demeanor, you can attract these curious fish towards you. They will be interested in your strange human form and can even interact with you for up to 30 minutes! That’s pretty sweet. 

Manta Rays and a diver
An island next to Manta Point

Snorkelling at Manta Point

You can also snorkel through these waters if scuba diving isn’t for you. There are still great coral gardens to see and other big fish (and small) that can be spotted in these waters. Visit in between December and February for the clearest visibility, but don’t worry too much, the water is still exceptionally clear all year round. 

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