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Diving & Swimming with Manta Rays in Bora Bora

Swim in a company of these gracious underwater creatures in the waters of the Anau Lagoon

Best time: May–December

Diving & Swimming with Manta Rays
Diving & Swimming with Manta Rays

These giant marine animals appeared about 150 million years ago. Manta rays can be up to 7 m in size with brachial slits located on the belly and oversized pectoral fins welded to their head enabling movement. Anau is a classic manta ray "swarm site" among the French Polynesia islands. They usually avoid contact with humans, but not in this spot. You can safely swim next to them. However, please do not touch them. In this lagoon which is famous as a “manta ray channel” there are usually over 30 of these huge devils simultaneously.

May through December is the best time for diving and swimming with manta rays.

Practical info

When is the best time to swim with manta rays in Bora Bora?

May through December is regarded as the best time for swimming with the manta rays in Bora Bora. During this period, the water is clear, allowing for better visibility. The Anau Lagoon is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of these graceful creatures that cluster in large numbers within the lagoon. Show more

Where can I swim with manta rays in Bora Bora?

The Anau Lagoon on the eastern side of Bora Bora is renowned for swimming with manta rays. Specifically referred to as a 'manta ray channel,' the lagoon is home to several 7-meter long manta rays. Visitors can marvel at these peaceful creatures as they feed on planktonic organisms. Show more

What is the size of a manta ray that can be found in the Anau Lagoon?

The Anau Lagoon in Bora Bora is home to manta rays that can grow up to a whopping 7 meters in size. These majestic creatures have a distinct appearance with broad pectoral fins on either side of their heads and long tails. Visitors to the lagoon can marvel at the unique features of these peaceful creatures without interfering with their natural habitat. Show more

Do manta rays in Anau Lagoon avoid humans?

Visitors to the Anau Lagoon in Bora Bora can expect to swim alongside many manta rays. While most manta rays avoid human contact, those at Anau Lagoon are friendly and cluster in large numbers. However, visitors should be careful not to touch the manta rays to avoid creating unnecessary harm to these docile creatures. Show more

Can I touch the manta rays while swimming with them in Bora Bora?

Swimmers should keep a safe distance from the manta rays and avoid touching them when swimming in Bora Bora. Manta rays are a protected species under the laws that govern French Polynesia. Thus, interfering with them can cause distress and harm to these delicate creatures. Visitors to Bora Bora can capture their beauty and splendor by merely observing them from afar. Show more

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