While Komodo Island have the blood-thirsty, prehistoric dragons roaming on its grassland terrain, the underwater Komodo has another beast wandering around the crystal-clear ocean. That’s the Manta Ray. The gentle giants of the ocean, member of the devil ray family, and native to the waters of Komodo National Park. Manta Rays are highlight of many divers who come to Komodo National Park. They are colossal, intelligent, and very calm towards divers and snorkelers alike. The Manta Point Komodo is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving destination in the national park—given the shallow water and the clear waters. Here’s your guide to swim with these marvellous creature without harming yourself and the Manta in the process.
Snorkeling at Manta Point Komodo from Liveaboard
Do you know that the best way to have snorkeling at Manta Point Komodo is by jumping from liveaboard? Well, not literally, of course. You actually need to enter the water quietly cause the Mantas are very, very sensitive to sounds and vibrations. What we mean is embarking on liveaboard trip where it gets you to the spots in the right time of the day. Moreover, liveaboard boats in Komodo usually provide snorkel masks and fins you can rent (sometimes for free) to snorkel with the giants!
Follow Your Dive Guide
Most of the time, you will be snorkeling (or diving) at any site in Komodo waters with a dive master or dive guide from the boat. They will tell you what to do, what’s not, where to go, and which time is the best. At the Manta Point, they will guide you to Manta’s cleaning station where they are spotted the most.
The Current is Strong, So Prep Your Skills
The Manta Point is characterised with strong currents which is the first reason why the giants thrives there. The strong currents bring rich planktons which is basically Manta’s main and favourite dish! This means you need to be a confident snorkeler if you want to swim with the Mantas.
Snorkeling with the Mantas at Manta Point is Totally Safe!
How about the Mantas itself?
Are they safe to swim with?
Yes. Totally yes! Manta Ray, despite of their gigantic body, are extremely tame and charismatic. They are definitely non predator (plankton over meat!) and never show any agression. Mantas are intelligent—they are basically the smartest fish in the sea. Sometimes they show curiosity towards divers and snorkelers alike, as far as “asking” them to “swim together” or circling a snorkeler in almost a playful manner. If you happen to experience this, consider yourself lucky! Most of the time, Manta Ray will leave you alone—and just a glimpse of them is enough to make snorkeler’s day!
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Be Mindful of Your Marine Surrounding
Snorkeling at Manta Point Komodo means sharing the responsibility to keep the environment sustainable. Learn how to behave around Manta Rays. Never block the path of a Manta. Approach a Manta from their side and never attempt to touch, caress, or feed the giants. Do not try to chase a Manta Ray or scare them any other way. Be mindful with the corals below you—your fins might cause water spins which can damage the corals. Always follow the rules from your guide.