Graham Harvey took these fabulous shots of Manta Rays whilst on tour with us in Indonesia. As part of our Bali and Komodo Safari we did two dives at Makassar Reef (also known as Manta Point), located in the northern region of Komodo it’s widely regarded as one of the best places in Asia for Manta encounters. 30 minutes into the first dive and it was starting to feel like this would not be our day, we drifted in the shallows for quite some distance before our first sighting – the manta pictured above passed between our group for a minute or two before making it’s way up current at a pace we couldn’t match. We had another few encounters, quite possibly with the same manta but didn’t manage to find a cleaning stations where they tend to circle and spend more time in one spot.
For the following days we spent some time diving other sites around Komodo including the amazing Castle Rock, Crystal Rock and Cauldron. Our group decided a return visit to Makassar Reef was preferred in the hope that we’d get some better chances. This dive was much more fruitful, current was slightly less and conditions were favorable. Again we drifted for some time before catching up with 3 different manta – again no cleaning station. A few more sightings later and at 40 minutes into the dive we reached a circling manta which had plenty of feeding butterfly fish on it’s topside. This was a great encounter and Graham managed to fire off plenty of excellent shots to complete another fine day of diving in Komodo.0