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Manta Rays in Bali

Try diving with the beautiful and huge manta ray fish

Best time: April–May

Manta Rays
Manta Rays

While manta rays swim around all year through, the best time to see them would be in late spring. These huge guys are extremely playful and have one of the biggest brains in the fish world!

Come and take a swim with these cute social creatures, whose wing span can be up to 9 meters!

Practical info

When is the peak time for manta ray sightings in Bali?

The best time to visit Bali to see manta rays is during April and May. These months are the peak of the rainy season, and cooler waters bring massive aggregations of manta rays. Dive sites in Bali, especially Manta Point, can offer great sightings. However, manta rays are visible throughout the year in Bali. Show more

What are the popular manta ray dive sites in Bali?

Bali offers several options for diving with manta rays. Manta Point, situated on the southern tip of Nusa Penida island, is the most well-known, whereas Crystal Bay is another great spot to see the majestic creatures. Other notable locations with manta ray sightings include Nusa Lembongan, Candidasa, and Padang Bai. A reputable diving operator can help you choose the best option based on your skills and preferences. Show more

What is the wingspan size range for manta rays?

Manta rays are one of the largest marine creatures, with a wingspan range of 4 to 7 meters for the reef and giant oceanic species, respectively. The largest wingspan recorded is up to 9 meters. Manta rays are known for moving elegantly through the water with minimum effort, and their size is an essential factor in this. They are truly magnificent creatures to see underwater. Show more

What makes manta rays special?

Manta rays are fascinating marine creatures. They have unique qualities such as intelligence, curiosity, and playfulness and often exhibit individual personalities. Manta rays' filter-feeding propensities are essential for maintaining marine ecosystem balance. In contrast to other ray species, manta rays lack venomous stings, which makes them safe to swim alongside. Their gentle nature and immense size make them a sought-after sight for divers and snorkelers alike. Show more

Can non-experienced divers see manta rays in Bali?

Diving is not essential to see manta rays in Bali. Non-experienced divers and non-divers can still spot these majestic creatures at shallow dive sites. Snorkelling is an option at the sites. Manta Bay is an example of a famous spot where it's possible to snorkel or freedive with the rays. Experienced guides and reputable diving centers offer the best possible experience to witness manta rays in a relaxed and safe manner. Show more

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