One of the most attractions in Komodo is snorkeling in the Manta Point, exploring the bright and clear water with the most graceful giants in underwater world. The waters of Komodo National Park receives huge streams of planktons from both the Pacific Ocean in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south. This results in plankton-rich water where the Manta feast upon. The Manta Point near Taka Makassar is the popular hangout station of Manta Ray in Komodo. Divers and travelers alike flocks to Komodo for a gleaming hope of swimming with this elusive, majestic creatures. Before you go, here are few things you need to know to snorkel with Manta Ray
No High Hope on Your Snorkeling Trip to Manta Point Komodo
One thing to remember before you go on snorkeling trip to Manta Point Komodo; they are wild animal. And just like any other wild animal who are free to roam around, no one can guarantee their sightings. Never put on high hopes to see a bunch of Manta during your first dive or snorkel in the Manta Point. If you’re lucky, you will. Sometimes you will just bump into one Manta Ray that quickly disappear in the darkness in a good day. Things like that happens, and you shouldn’t be too disappointed. That’s why you should never arrange a quick, short trip to Komodo if you really wish to meet the Manta Ray.
Give Yourself Plenty of Times to Travel in Komodo
Take a four days or a week of sailing trip to Komodo. This way, if snorkeling in Manta Point Komodo doesn’t give you a chance to swim with the Manta, you can always try it on another day. Or on another place. The Manta Point Komodo is not the only hangout place of the Manta Rays! You can always try the water around Makassar Reef, Mawan Reef, or even some random spot in the middle of Komodo Island’s water. Many divers and snorkelers reported close Manta sightings outside the Manta Point so definitely check them out. A lot of short-time travelers who come for the elusive creatures also reported their regret for having to leave Komodo or having a flight the next day so they cannot go for another diving in the next day. So, definitely give yourself enough time to find the Manta if it’s on your wish list.
Be Mindful of Your Waste
Being a conscious, eco-friendly traveler should be the standard. Especially when you are visiting a place as pristine as Komodo; a place where you are in the nature and everything you do will directly impact the natural surrounding. The ocean and its dwellers has suffer a lot from plastic waste from human. You don’t want to hurt our beloved Manta Ray and its marine friends. Start becoming aware with your waste during the sailing trip. Avoid using reef-harming sunscreen, bring organic soap and shampoo bar to use in the liveaboard, use less plastic packaging, and be careful at where you dispose your trash.
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Remember the Etiquette when Snorkeling in Manta Point Komodo
Never forget the etiquette of snorkeling with Manta when you meet them at Manta Point Komodo. This is part of being a responsible tourist and taking your part to keep Manta around for future generations. The rules are simple; don’t scare the Manta. Don’t swim in their way or directly below the Manta. Keep your group small. Don’t corner one Manta Ray with dozens of other snorkelers. Keep your distance. Never touch a Manta Ray—you might not only scare the Manta away, but also remove the film layer in their skin that protect them from infection. However, Manta Ray are naturally intelligent and curious creature so they might be the one who will approach you first!