Indonesia: Diving With Manta Rays

By , March 14, 2011 4:06 am
Underwater Life

Underwater Life

Komodo National Park is famous for its dragons, but it also attracts divers from all over the world for its marine life. When I heard I could see oceanic manta rays, I didn’t think and just signed up.

Because of the strong currents, we did drift dives which means we jump out of the boat at one spot, drift along with the current, and then have the boat come pick us back up.

During the first dive, I saw a sea turtle, giant stingray, a couple sharks and a manta ray, but it was too far to get a clear view.

Fortunately, in the second dive at Manta Point, I saw THREE enormous manta rays that were at least 15 feet wide! Though this was not by accident. This location is where oceanic mantas come to scratch their bodies on the coral.

Thanks Elena for the pictures!

Anemone

Anemone

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Lots Of Fishes

Lots Of Fishes

First Oceanic Manta Ray!

First Oceanic Manta Ray!

Huge Clam And Small Diver

Huge Clam And Small Diver

Sweet Lips Fishes

Sweet Lips Fishes

Mouth Of Oceanic Manta Ray

Mouth Of Oceanic Manta Ray

Blowfish

Blowfish

Lionfish

Lionfish

Big Shark

Big Shark

Something Weird

Something Weird

Huge Sting Ray

Huge Sting Ray

Oceanic Manta Ray

Oceanic Manta Ray

Yellow Coral

Yellow Coral

Moray Eel

Moray Eel

Colorful Fishes And Coral

Colorful Fishes And Coral

Blowfish

Blowfish

Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

Oceanic Manta Ray

Oceanic Manta Ray

Soft Coral

Soft Coral

White Sea Star

White Sea Star

Angelfish

Angelfish

Boris & The Ladies Back From Diving

Boris & The Ladies Back From Diving

What We Paid: IDR USD Euro
– Two dives with Dive Komodo Diving Company 800,000/pp 91.20 65.60
– Komodo National Park entrance fee
[required one-time fee to enter the park]
20,000/pp 2.30 1.60
– Komodo National Park diving permit 70,000/pp 8 5.70

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