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What to Do Next Summer: Exploring the Manta Point Nusa Penida

Curious Gentle Giants in Manta Point Nusa Penida

Wondering what other exciting thing to do for your next summer holiday? Why don’t you try swimming with squadron of Manta Rays in Manta Point Nusa Penida, Bali! This area in Bali’s sister island Nusa Penida is globally renowned as one of the best place to see this majestic creature. Their sheer size invokes awe and their friendly nature makes diving with them very heartening. 

Sunny Trip to Manta Point Nusa Penida Crossing Blue Waters

Sits on the east side of Bali’s satellite island Nusa Penida, Manta Point is only a short boat trip away. From Sanur (Bali), a speed boat ride takes around 45 minutes, while from Lembongan and Nusa Penida, it takes about 20 minutes. Indonesia is home to some of the most spectacular manta ray colonies in the world. There is no better place to spend your time than diving in this Manta Point Bali, which is nestled in the most idyllic bay on the island. On any one day, there might be up to a dozen manta rays at this spot. It is common for mantas to either eat or be cleaned when you arrive here.

Curious Gentle Giants in Manta Point Nusa Penida

What to Do Next Summer: Exploring the Manta Point Nusa Penida

With wingspan up to seven meters, the Manta Rays earn their title as one of the giants of the ocean. The reef Manta Rays, the species that you’ll mostly see in Manta Point Nusa Penida, could grow to roughly about five meters or more from wing tip to wing tip. Their bigger cousin, the Oceanic Manta, could grow up to seven meters and swim with absolute grace. 

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Watching the Manta Ray “Fly” in the Ocean

It’s possible to observe these massive fish up close and personal during the Manta Ray dive or snorkel. The plankton that manta rays feed on is drawn to bright lights, which in turn attracts plankton. Using their jaws open, manta rays glide through the water, filtering plankton out of the ocean. It’s like watching a dance. It’s very uncommon for mantas to practically touch their observers as they smoothly swim, flip and somersault through light beams.

What You Want to Know About Manta Ray 

Indonesia is home to two harmless Manta species, although reef mantas are the more common. Non-migratory, reef manta communities consist of several individuals. They inhabit particular regions where they clean and eat, Reef mantas do not travel long distances in search of food. The reef manta rays that live in Nusa Penida are easy to discover. Most dive centers know where to find them! Divers may observe these magnificent rays eating in shallow cleaning stations at our Manta Point dive location. There are several instances where manta rays form “mating trains,” where many males follow a single female, imitating her every action. From time to time enormous manta rays pass by here as well, which is quite exciting!

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Why This Manta Point Bali Become Famous for Manta Sighting

Being a creature of habit, Manta Rays also have dedicated feeding stations where they go to eat. These manta rays in Bali began visiting the feeding stations in Nusa Penida to gorge on the plankton that had accumulated in the area. The Nusa Penida itself receive major ocean currents between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, bringing in rich-in-nutrient planktons that serves as dinner feast for the Mantas. The Mantas are coming here to eat the belly full! 

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