Beautiful Marine Life at Manta Bay Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida has the most impressive oceans with underwater life. The beaches and oceans framing the island are offering wonderful experiences for divers and snorkelers. One of the best locations where you can see the beauty of underwater life is Manta Bay Nusa Penida.

Snorkeling in Manta Bay is everyone’s favorite activity. Unique and impressive experiences when you meet huge mantas in their habitat will always put a smile on your face. If you are planning to explore Manta Bay, many details below are going to get you ready.

Are The Big Mantas Dangerous?

Snorkeling at Manta Bay Nusa Penida

Before jumping into the water, you need to know that manta rays can grow so big. Their size can reach 23 feet or 7 meters. Those big manta rays can weigh up to 3000 kilograms. The big size of this animal makes many people freak out and too scared to get close. But, are those mantas dangerous?

Manta Bay Nusa Penida is home to many huge mantas that won’t harm you. Those marine animals are super friendly to humans. This earth has two different mantas, oceanic mantas, and reef mantas. The ones in Manta Bay are reef mantas.

They are the second biggest mantas in the world after oceanic mantas. The size of manta rays in Manta bay is between 3 and 3.5 meters. These beautiful creatures are filter feeders, meaning they eat smaller fishes, crustacea, and plankton. They have small and sharp teeth to chew their foods.

Best Spots to See Manta Rays

Before visiting Nusa Penida, you need to know when the manta ray season starts. And then you need to know the best spots where you can dive and interact with the huge mantas. Nusa Penida has two best spots to see beautiful mantas.

  • Manta Bay Nusa Penida

Mostly, manta rays are going to swim into the shallow water to eat. The shallow water has a bunch of plankton that is the main course for the big mantas. Many people choose Manta Bay to see the beautiful mantas for the first time. This location never fails to entertain snorkelers.

Generally, the right time to snorkel in Manta Bay is in the morning. However, you shouldn’t snorkel without hiring a guide. Locals around Manta Bay are ready to help you experience the wonderful ocean where manta rays are going to get close to you.

  • Manta Point

This location has high cliffs around the ocean. Manta Point’s location is on the south side of the island. The depth of the water here is about 15 meters. This is an excellent place to watch manta rays, especially for expert divers and snorkelers.

Manta Point isn’t a good location for leisure swimming because of the big waves. But many divers love this spot since Manta Bay Nusa Penida can be too crowded with newborn snorkelers waiting to see the mantas. At Manta Point, the mantas are usually enjoying small fishes around them.

What to Expect from Manta Bay

Manta Bay is home to beautiful mantas. However, manta rays here are smaller than the ones at Manta Point. Manta rays are not the only marine animals you may see while snorkeling or diving at Manta Bay. Some other gorgeous animals are waiting for you under the water.

1. Sharks

While exploring underwater life, you may spot some nurse sharks and bamboo sharks. They love to swim above the coral reefs or sleep under the rocks.

2. Dolphins

Sometimes, you may meet the smartest sea mammal while waiting for the mantas to show up. Those animals love to interact with people and they don’t even hesitate to swim to the beaches.

3. Flora

Coral reefs are decorating the floor under the water. Before manta rays approach you, you may want to enjoy the colorful coral reefs. Just don’t touch or kick them with your fins. Your softest touch is enough to destroy them. Don’t touch anything you see under the water to keep them and you safe.

How to visit Manta Bay

Manta Rays at Manta Bay

Thousands of travelers around the world put Nusa Penida's Manta Bay on their itinerary. You should do the same because the manta rays here will impress you. Visit the Nusa Penida snorkeling tour and book the best package that will take you to the best places to see manta rays on the island.

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