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Manta point is the place to be for dives with the gracious and huge manta rays.
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Manta Point is located south east of Lankan Finolhu (Paradise Resort) and it is 1 hours sailing from Male. In the southwest monsoon when the plankton blooms there are many mantas found on this reef, where they feed and get cleaned by the smaller fish at the 'cleaning stations'.
To make sure you have the best experience, remain neutrally buoyant, stay in one place and let the mantas come to you. The depth is about 15 meters allowing plenty of bottom time. The mantas will circle around in clear view of all the divers. A unique and exciting dive for novice and experienced divers.
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Manta Point has a wide reputation as one of the most consistent sites for attracting large numbers of big manta rays. In 15 meters depth on the south east corner of Lankanfinolhu reef are several large coral rocks which mark the point where mantas converge during the southwest monsoon season. Mantas have been photographed here as early as April and as late as November. These rocks are one giant cleaner station for the mantas. Cleaner wrasses can be observed swimming out to the hovering mantas to remove old skin and parasites. The mantas circle the rocks awaiting their turn to be cleaned and when they are finished they swim gracefully up and down the reef feeding on plankton in the shallow water.
Sometimes mantas come so close you can almost touch them, however divers are asked not to chase or harass mantas as they are easily frightened and less inclined to return in the future. Do not hold the top of the coral rocks or the mantas may think the cleaning station is occupied.
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