Cruising in the open ocean, manta ray always look so graceful flying beneath the water. The gigantic body doesn’t represent their soft heart. The giant manta rays are always so gentle towards the marine life around them—even to curious divers around them. The plankton-eaters could grow up to 7 meters long and 4.5 meters wide, and they continue to be the highlight of diving for many divers. The phenomenal Manta Ray is not easily seen at just any part of the world. But luckily here in Bali, they love the currents that run from Timor to Bali and are seen almost all year round. One of the best place to spot the Manta Ray is Nusa Penida where they are frequently seen in squadron! So if meeting the ocean’s gentle giants is in your bucket list, don’t stop reading and follow these tips.
Go for Nusa Penida than Lembongan for Manta Ray
When you search for Manta Ray in Bali, you will possibly see Manta trip to Nusa Lembongan instead of Nusa Penida. While there’s a chance to see Manta in Lembongan, this information might be quite misleading. The highest possibility to dive with Manta Ray is in Nusa Penida than any other places. So if seeing the Manta is your priority, you know where to go.
Wake Up Early in the Morning!
Do you know that the Manta Ray in Nusa Penida tends to get most active in the morning? Wake up early, go with your dive centre, and get your gear up. Get in the boat and go to the Manta Point. If possible, get there between 6 to 7 o’clock in the morning. Not only that the Manta Rays are plenty and active at such hours, the sun is also friendlier to the skin than if you come later in the day. Though they are frequently seen at all time of the year, it’s best to come during the dry season. May to November is when the sky is bright and the water is clear, so you have the highest chance for bright sunshine, flat seas, and highest visibility.
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Book A Hotel Near the Manta Point
Time is everything. Especially when you want to get as early as possible to see the Manta. It’s best to stay at a little pricier hotel near the Manta Point rather than staying at budget accommodation at the other side of Nusa Penida. Remember that the island is quite hilly, so it will get some time to travel between one side to another.
Have fun swimming with the amazing ‘flying’ flat fish!