Scuba Diving with Manta Rays in Komodo National Park.
Have you ever been snorkelling or scuba diving with Manta Rays? If so, you would remember the experience for sure. Many people say that being in the water with Manta Rays if one of the best experiences they have ever had while in the ocean.
Komodo National Park is well known for spotting Manta Rays while snorkelling or diving. They are some of the most graceful creatures in the world and if you are lucky, you will find them gliding elegantly around you why you are in the ocean. Reef Mantas average a width of about 5 meters and can measure up to 7 meters wide. This can be intimidating for some people, but have no fear, Manta Rays are harmless. They are usually extremely curious and love to swim around scuba divers and snorkelers.
What is a Manta Ray?
Manta Rays are closely related to stingrays and are the largest rays in the world. There are two types of Manta Rays, which are called Reef Mantas and Giant Mantas. In Komodo National Park, you will find Reef Mantas. They have a large wingspan, a diamond shaped body, extremely wide mouths, and laterally placed eyes. In a recent study, they identified 1,085 different reef manta rays in Komodo National park, so there is a very good chance you will see them while in the National park.
Are Manta Rays Dangerous?
Not at all. They can not harm divers in water and are actually very curious creatures. They have no poisonous sting and are not aggressive at all. They can very big, so yes, they can be intimidating for some people at first, but soon you will see why they are amazing creature to witness in the ocean. Mantas actually have the largest brains of all fish in the world, which helps with communicating, problem solving, and learning. Each one has different patterns on their underside which can be used to identify them and also study them as well. Some people even call their under markings, their finger prints, because each one is unique in its own way.
Why come to Komodo to swim or dive with Manta Rays?
Considering that Komodo National Park is a UNESCO heritage site and the Indonesian government put a ban on exporting and fishing of Manta Rays, if is a great place to spot them in the wild. This makes the area the largest sanctuary for manta rays and can be seen quite often, especially during rainy season.
Is there a Manta Ray season in Komodo?
Fortunately the area has an abundance of food, so you can see Manta Rays all year around in the National park. You can see them all year around, but it is more common to see them in much higher numbers during the rainy season, which is between about Dec - Feb.
What are the best dive site in Komodo to see Mantas?
The most popular spots to see Mantas are Makassar Reef, (which is well known as Manta Point) Manta Alley, as well as an island called Mawan Island. The mantas enjoy these areas because there is usually a light current where they can feed on zooplankton. They also tend to stay in these areas because there are cleaning stations that help to remove parasites.
The area of Komodo National Park consist of 29 islands. The largest and most popular of these islands is Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. In 1986 UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site because of the Komodo Dragons, which are on Komodo and Rinca Islands, and as well as the diverse marine life in the park. In 2012, Komodo National Park was also selected as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the world. There are many beautiful places in the world to visit, scuba dive, and snorkel, but rest assured Komodo is famous for a reason. If you visit this area, you are guaranteed to see amazing natural wonders of the underwater world. If you are interested in Scuba diving Komodo or a Komodo Island Tour package, please contact Maika Komodo Tour.
The Benefits of a Komodo Tour and Scuba Diving Combination.
Many visitors come to Komodo National Park looking for the best Komodo Tour Package. What if we told you, the best Tour Package is a personalised itinerary that fits exactly what you and your family/group are looking for.
At Maika Komodo Tour, we understand that many families come to the National Park and may have an idea of different things they want while on their boat trip. For example, if you are a family of 4 and Dad and daughter are certified scuba diver but Mom and Son are not. Have no worries, we can customize your Komodo trip to tailor to what you would like. Also, you may be a certified Scuba Diver but you are not interested in diving 3 times a day for 3 or 4 days. Instead, we can offer you a trip, where maybe you only dive once or twice per day and you can still do trekking, snorkelling, or just taking some time to lay on the beach. If only half of your group is certified divers, we can make an itinerary where half of the group can go snorkelling in the same places that you would like to scuba dive. Fortunately, many of the locations in Komodo are excellent for snorkelling and scuba diving. With a few exceptions, (like currents and tides) we can work out locations that you would be happy with for all the members of your family or group.
There are many great locations to scuba dive as well as Snorkelling including; Siaba Besar, Pink Beach Komodo, Manta Point, Sebayur Island, and many more…depending on the season and tides. This offers our customers much more flexibility on their boat trip. If you would like to spend more time in locations such as Padar Island, Komodo Island, Rinca Island, or any other location in the Park, we can work with you to make sure everyone gets the most fulfilling experience out of the their time in the National Park.
We offer Day trips, 2 days/ 1 Night, 3 days/ 2 Nights, and 4 days/ 3 night Live-aboard boat trips. We have many options for different size boats, including standard, superior, or a deluxe Pinisi. We also offer private charter trips, shared trips. On the shared trips, we also have options for private rooms or shared rooms.
At Maika Komodo Tour, we strive to make sure each and every guest has a trip of their lifetime. We recognize that for many people, traveling to Komodo National Park in the South Pacific is a once in a lifetime experience that they may have been planned out for many years. Combining that knowledge with the passion that our crew has for showing their home to the world, creates what we call the Maika Komodo Tour experience. All of our guides has years and years of experience and our chefs are some of the best in the business. You’ll find that our crew is always happy and willing to go our of their way to make sure your group has a wonderful time at each and every location you visit.
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