Why Diving with Rays in Raja Ampat is the Ultimate Scuba Diving Experience
Diving in Raja Ampat itself is an experience like no other, but diving with rays in Raja Ampat pushes it to a whole new level. Not only is the remote Indonesian archipelago home to some of the world’s most diverse marine life in general, it also has many species of rays in large numbers. This is partly thanks to a large area of Raja Ampat being designated Indonesia’s first Shark and Ray Sanctuary.
What kind of rays can you see?
Manta rays are top of the list for many divers when it comes to species they want to see. Luckily, manta rays in particular, are a common sight in the waters around the islands, and they are known for their gentle and curious nature. Manta rays can grow up to 23 feet wide and are one of the largest species of rays in the world. When diving with mantas, you may see them glide gracefully through the water, and if you’re lucky, they may even approach you for a closer look.
Raja Ampat is also one of the few places in the world where you will see reef mantas, or black mantas, and oceanic mantas all in one area. In fact, there is a local cleaning and feeding station just about 15 minutes from Papua Paradise Eco Resort.
Another ray species commonly seen in Raja Ampat is the devil ray. These powerful creatures can reach up to 20 feet in width and are known for their speed and agility. Devil rays are less common than mantas, but when you do see them, it’s a truly unforgettable experience.
If you dive at a site called Blue Magic, keep an eye out for a huge stingray that is rumoured to live there. It is thought to be the largest ever recorded anywhere in the world. Apart from these massive rays, there are also many species of stingrays and whiprays to be seen.
Where and when to see rays in Raja Ampat
The best time to see rays in Raja Ampat, Indonesia is typically from October to April, which is the dry season in the region. During this time, visibility in the water is generally better, allowing for higher chances of seeing rays and other marine life.
Manta rays are most commonly seen at Manta Sandy, Manta Ridge, and Manta Point, but they can be unpredictable and it is possible to see them year-round and at many different dive sites. Gangga Divers at Papua Paradise Eco Resort are always up to date on sea conditions and also the best locations for spotting rays. If there are rays in the area, they will get you out to the best locations to see them.
Scuba diving with rays in Raja Ampat is an unforgettable experience that should not be missed. From the gentle mantas to the powerful devil rays, these creatures are a highlight of the incredible marine life found in Raja Ampat. Even the most seasoned divers will find diving with rays in Raja Ampat is the ultimate scuba diving experience.
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