Manta Ridge

Close encounter with dozens of Mantas

Raja Ampat Manta Ridge
  • One of the main Mantas' cleaning station in Raja Ampat

    Manta Ridge is one of the most popular dive sites in Raja Ampat region, when it comes to close encounters with mantas, as it is a cleaning station that attracts groups of them. It is located between Mansuar Island and Arborek Island, in the central part of the Raja Ampat archipelago. Mantas rays can be seen in the surroundings areas, but in the central region you will have more chances to spot them.

    Manta Ridge Cleaning Station

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    Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT

    | 8 Days / 7 Nights | 3152 € Full Board

    Central & North Raja Ampat, Wayag
    Sorong to Sorong

    Next Departure:

    2024 November 08th to 15th

    394 per day

    Up to 3 dives/day

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    Topography of the dive site:

    It is a reef slope which drops below than 40 meters, however Manta Ridge can be done as a shallow dive, since already at the depth of 6 meters it is possible to watch amazing Oceanic & Reef Mantas swimming around you. As the currents can be strong in Manta Ridge, you can use reef hooks to stay in the same spot and enjoy this magnificent show. It is perhaps the most reliable dive spot within the Raja Ampat marine protected area to see mantas, and see them in large numbers. You can witness these majestic marine animals moving to Manta Ridge, to be cleaned of small parasites with the help of black lip butterflyfish and other small fishes. They can do this in groups of 5 up to 30. Can you imagine seeing many Mantas in one dive? And sometimes so close to you that you will be able to feel the full force of their gigantic flapping wings. An amazing treat!

    Dive Site Manta Ridge

    Fantastic ballet

    You will see the mantas being accompanied by other fish like cobias, remoras and golden trevallies. The mantas glide into the cleaning stations without any effort despite the very strong currents that are usually present. A unique feature about manta rays of Raja Ampat is that some of them are all black. This characteristic is quite unusual, given that most manta rays have a black upper side and a white underside.

    Going down the reef you can find several bump head parrotfish crashing over the coral, as well as blacktip reef sharks in deeper water. You can often see yellow pilot fish swimming with the Mantas. Some other marine life of the site is moon wrasse, cleaner wrasse, spotted ray, leopard wrasse, black eye thick lips and lots of small fish. Turtles can be also spotted quite often on the reef. So, if you happen to see only a few Mantas, the dive can be just as breathtaking as you drift along the ridge and up onto the top flats where numerous different species can be seen. At the sandy bottom there can be seen secluded reef formations and bushes of algaes.

    Manta Ray Flying above Manta Ridge

    Type of dive & best season

    As mentioned before, Manta Ridge is prone to strong currents in all directions, down currents are frequent, particularly on ascent. Therefore, the site is for experienced divers only and a reef hook and confidence are an absolute must.

    The water temperature is almost constant of 29 Celsius degrees. Although it is possible to dive at Manta Ridge all the year through, during the months of October till April is when the mantas come to feed at this famous cleaning station.

    Manta Ray Close to the Surface


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