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Manta rays are large rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft) in width, while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft 1 in). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are classified among the Myliobatiformes (stingrays and relatives) and are placed in the family Myliobatidae (eagle rays). See details at Wikipedia.

One of the best places in the world to see Manta Rays is Nusa Penida – Bali, Indonesia. You can see Mantas year around, not just seasonally.

During your Manta snorkeling tour in Nusa Penida, you will stop at Manta Bay where Mantas is. If you see the Mantas, please follow your guide instruction. For your information, here some tips “How to swim with Manta Rays”. (Source: https://swimwithmantas.org, artwork by Rebecca Carter Art).

How to sustain-ably interact with manta rays, wherever you are in the world.

How to Swim with Mantas


Enter the water quietly and calmly, no closer than 10 meters / 33 feet from the manta ray.


Keep your fins below the water’s surface when swimming. Splashing and noise can scare mantas away, so you want to approach the manta as quietly as possible.




How to Swim With manta rays


Do NOT approach closer than 3 meters / 10 feet. Instead, remain still and let the manta come to you.

You should approach the manta from their side, giving them a clear path ahead.





How to Swim with Manta Rays
As the manta swims past you, do NOT chase after them! You will never catch up to a manta anyway, and will likely scare them away in the process.

Do NOT touch a manta ray. You will ruin the encounter and may receive a fine depending on local laws.




How to Swim with manta Rays7.
For scuba divers only.
Chances are if you are diving with a manta, you will be encountering them on a cleaning station. These are important sites for manta rays.
During the encounter, remain at the side of the cleaning station. Do NOT swim onto the main cleaning area.

For scuba divers only.
Keep low and hover close to the seabed, but be careful not to damage the reef beneath you. Depending on the dive site, you may need to stay in an area designated for divers.


How to Swim with Manta rays9.
For scuba divers only.
When a manta swims towards you, do NOT block their path as they swim overhead. Stay low and stay where you are.

In addition to the above steps, be sure to follow any extra rules, laws and regulations that may be specific to the manta site you’re visiting.





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