Swimming with Manta Rays is an adventure in itself. Many travellers have described the experience as magnificent, a once-in-a-lifetime moment that they’d happily experience again. If you’re planning to travel to the Komodo National Park in West Flores soon, you should definitely consider swimming with the Manta Rays for a safe yet thrilling underwater experience that you won’t soon forget.
The best time to swim with the Mantas is usually from April to July, during the summer months when the season is dry and the waters are calm. Be sure to book a day of swimming and snorkelling in Manta Point, also known as Karang Makassar – this is the spot in the Komodo National Park where Manta Rays are often encountered. The site is relatively shallow, safe for beginners and can be easily accessible by a 2-hour boat ride from Labuan Bajo. Experienced divers can try freediving at Manta Alley.
Manta Rays are gentle and inquisitive creatures. Do swim with them gently and respectfully and one or two might even swim right up to you and interact with you! Please refrain from touching ANY wild animals or underwater creatures while in the Park to avoid damaging the Park’s fragile eco-system.
Being wild marine animals, there is no guarantee though that the Mantas will be there when you are, you’ll still have an amazing underwater experience. Thanks to its unique location, Flores Island has some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world. There are over 1,000 species of fish and more than 350 reef-building corals in the Komodo National Park alone!
Any diver would be enthralled with the explosion of colours in the variety of dive sites that can be found around the park. You’ll be sure to come across beautiful Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Dugongs, Sharks, a plethora of Tropical Fishes, Sea Horses, Urchins, Sponges and so much more.
Have you experienced swimming with the Manta Rays and snorkelling in the Komodo National Park?