This dive site is definitely an unforgettable dive experience, and it is a highlight of the Komodo National Park and for good reasons. Between September and January, the site is the home to throngs of manta rays who swim, play around, and feed relentlessly whilst being cleaned by cleaner wrasses.
The manta rays are drawn in by the nutrients brought up by the currents from the Indian Ocean and as a result of this upwelling water, the water is colder. The currents that allow the feeding of manta rays to be possible, means that a drift dive is more comfortable. The two main manta rays that visit are Reef Mantas and Oceanic Mantas; Black Morph Mantas have also been spotted but they are much rarer.
If you find a group of mantas, the best way to experience the dive, is to hold onto the sea floor whilst becoming negatively buoyant. You can then watch as the manta rays swim by.
Below the manta rays, there is still a lot to see when visiting out of season or do not spot any, this still is an amazing dive site. Sharks can be seen sleeping on the bottom of the ocean or patrolling the reef and along the reef you will find emperors and sweetlips.
Amongst the reef, there are anemone fish, triggerfish, unicorn fish, and moray eels. The reef is also home to large groups of mantis shrimp that can be found in the nooks and crevices. These have very powerful claws that have earned them the nickname of “thumb splitters” for their ability to inflict pain on an unsuspecting misplaced hand.