Scuba diving in Manta Reef

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 24 m
Maximum: 28 m
Medium (1-2 knots)
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m
Manta Reef is a well known site famous for its manta cleaning stations and dramatic topography. The first cleaning station is found at about 21m/70ft depth on the top edge of the house reef, which is quite flat and covered with beautiful soft corals. It is not unusual to meet up to ten large mantas at a time at this station, their wingspan reaching up to 2m/7ft wide. Sometimes they may come so close that divers can see inside their gills. The reef has south and north walls with neighboring pinnacles of rocks located at depths of 18m/59ft and 28m/91ft.

When to go

Diving is possible all year round. The average air temperature throughout the year remains around 24C/75F.The average water temperature varies between 23C/73 and 29C/84F.

What to see

Divers can explore walls, caves, gullies, beautiful swim-throughs, overhangs and fields of colorful corals. Marine life is prolific: giant manta rays, devil and eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, black-tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and even bow-mouth guitar sharks can be spotted. Walls provide shelter for schools of yellow snapper, barracuda, trumpet fish, lots of fusiliers, fairy basslets, tiny goldies and many others. Overhangs and caves are home to loggerhead turtles and potato groupers, while the crevices and cracks provide shelter for morays (giant, honeycomb, geometric and dragon), scorpion fish, Spanish dancers and colorful nudibranchs.

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