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Manta Sandy is the most famous dive site of Raja Ampat. Normal, it's a true "spa" with manta rays! The proof in photos and video.
I am a spoiled rotten diver. I already met the mantas of Koh Bon (Thailand), the mantas of Nusa Penida (Bali), the mantas of Sangalaki (Borneo), the mantas of Komodo (Flores) ... Progressive and inexorable rise in power.
Mantas are like that: the more we see, the more we want ... Better not to start. After, impossible to pick up! And in addition, we must increase the doses.
As a result, I am now completely addicted to Raja Ampat's mantas!
Despite the lack of light that afternoon - gray sky and end of the day - my 7D has done pretty well.
Fortunately we did two dives on the site ... My battery went to the first! I was "forced", for once, to fully enjoy the show only with my eyes, without a goal in front.
Why such a concentration of manta rays at this place? In fact, the beautiful giants of the seas come here to get rid of their parasites and dirt by small fish cleaners.
It's a spa, I tell you! A term much more elegant than "cleaning station" ... The manta rays also take advantage of it to engulf plankton, when the current is of the part.
Short. The Manta Sandy site is a delight for divers!
Just sit quietly on the sandy bottom, between 15 and 20 meters deep, and admire the show.
Above the coral potatoes, dozens and dozens of mantas keep spinning ...
They never stop flowing blue, turning over the coral, disappear, to reappear without warning, on all sides. They always seem more numerous. They pass and repass, rub our bubbles, not at all scared.
Some, more curious, even come to eye me very closely. They slow down, graze me, hover over my head for a moment, then move away in a graceful flapping. It's incredible ! ! ! The first emotion passed, remains the fascination. We never tire of contemplating this interminable and splendid underwater carousel.
But the clock is ticking, the bars are spinning, the decor is coming ...
So we must resign ourselves to going back up. Slowly, quietly, slowly completing circles towards the surface, to continue to enjoy, to the end, this fabulous view of the spiral mantas.
Obviously, everyone dries their bottle on dives like these ...
In my eyes as a diver, there is no better show than a manta ray swimming ... The manta surpasses all other underwater creatures in grace. This blend of elegance and power is irresistible.
I measure my luck, having been able, here again, to attend such a ballet. And I'm not the only one ... Everyone has stars full eyes, going back on boat!
Manta Sandy is a truly exceptional site. Mantas are 95% guaranteed. It also has the advantage of being easier to dive than the neighboring site, Manta Ridge, because a little less exposed to the current.
But what is extraordinary in Raja Ampat is that even on sites that are not "manta points", it is not uncommon to cross one or two mantas, random dives, including the aptly named Blue Magic ... Remember to lift your nose, when you are taped to a nudibranch or a pygmy seahorse!