Manta Point Dive Site

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Nusa Penida is famous for being home to the majestic Manta Ray, and nowhere is better than Manta Point to catch a glimpse of these amazing fish.

Manta Mating Train, Bali

Manta Mating Train, Nusa Penida. Photo Credit: Jamie Allan

The Manta Point dive site is very shallow at around 7 meters deep as this is the cleaning station for the manta ray. Mantas come here in vast numbers looking for the cleaner wrasse that live in the nearby reef to assist them by eating off the bacteria and other parasites from their skin. These manta rays can measure up to 5 meters and are Reef Mantas. They have unique black and white markings, which allow them to be easily identified, and on different days of diving, you can spot the same rays. Even though these rays are harmless, they are an endangered species and face extinction.

The bay has great water temperatures of around 24 degrees and so there are large quantities of plankton for the manta to feed on. The bay though is quite large and so can have quite strong currents. This can limit the times when diving is possible.

There is a reef as well in the bay with great soft and hard corals in great condition. They contain many moray eels, porcelain crabs and sea snakes. Common reef fish include lionfish, triggerfish, angelfish, banner fish, anemone fish, Moorish idols and angelfish. The bay features large limestone rocks and these are home to many different types of octopus.

It is also possible to spot nurse sharks, and blue spotted stingrays. There are sometimes so many blue spotted rays that they are found lying on top of each other on the bottom of the seabed. As the dive site is close to the Mola Mola cleaning stations, it is possible to see these fish as well at this site.

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Katie Stacey November 05, 2017

This is a bit of a trickier dive site to get to, but I promise you that the 60 minute boat trip from Bali to Manta Point is worth it.

Topside the views are stunning – the steep rugged hills and arched islands of Nusa Penida are completely wild, and then below the waves sits Manta Point – a cleaning station and feeding grounds for manta rays.

It is the amount of plankton and nutrients in the water that attract the big pelagic species, and as well as the mantas I also saw three nurse sharks there.

Oceanic sun fish are also reported, but sadly I wasn’t that lucky.

However, I can’t complain, as I had 7 different manta rays swimming around me over the two dives I did there and they were utterly magnificent.

It gets quite surgy as the Indian Ocean waves pound the coastline, and the reputable dive shops, won’t take you unless you are an Advanced Diver.

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Jamie Allan November 06, 2017

Manta point has been a firm favourite of mine from my first dive there. The dramatic coastline gives way to a large bay which forms a Manta highway.

The central point where the mantas tend to congregate is an ideal location to initially start the dive next too as you can check on Manta activity straight away and make a contingency route in either direction.

This site is very large and I would always choose to explore around it as you are usually rewarded with multiple manta sightings and occasional shark sightings too. It always pays to keep an eye on the blue here as well for dogtooth tuna or even mola.

Given the sites varying topography, it is suitable for all dive levels and manta encounters are usually the highlight for most guests.

I personally would never get bored of the spectacle of multiple adult mantas forming trains behind one another over sites-captivating, to say the least!

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