Manta Ray, Komodo. Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

The Manta Ray Who Cuckoo

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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I can't stand it anymore! Before continuing to tell you more about Flores, I MUST show you this video: a charming manta ray and its friends, met in the Komodo Marine Park... A fabulous corner of Indonesia for divers, the ultimate goal of my crossing of Flores from east to west.

Diving with the mantas in Komodo

Manta Ray, Komodo. Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Face to face with a manta ray. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)

The short video that you will find a little bit below was made at Canon 7Dby my little hands a little feverish, in the archipelago of Komodo. At the site called Karang Makassar, exactly.

There, the mantas do not stop to tumble, often in groups of three, four or five ... All in a water at 28 ° C, less than 10 meters deep. And (it's rare in the area), there was not too much power for once.

An hour of non-stop show. (Sigh…)

The video

Besides, they're not shy, the Komodo mantas. One of them, more curious than the others, came to greet me with a graceful unrolling of wrist, uh... horn, uh... what's that thing called again?

Ah, yes, it's a horn. A cephalic horn, even, according to Wikipedia. Or a rostrum, as reported me Johanne, a reader of the blog.

Come on, I let you admire (re-sigh) ...


  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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  1. I put myself in the position of the ray and asks me: Who does she see? What film does she record with her horn, her spreading "wings"?
    No matter what she thinks, she is gorgeous, elegant, princely! Well done and thank you for highlighting her 🙂

  2. Yaouh, I love rays and especially mantas !!
    I had the chance to see in Polynesia it was on the occasion of my 100th dive, great ❗
    Since then, the chance makes good things since at each new 100th I have the chance to make a dive with a ray 🙄
    Can't wait for the 500th one 😉
    In any case, congratulations for these beautiful images!

  3. @Elyes: These are mantas rays that are beautiful. As for the quality of the video, it is perfectible, I assure you. We can see, with the backlight, that I forgot to clean the glass in front of the lens ... But as the mantas have tumbled as soon as we launched, I did not think of anything, in the excitement of moment !

    @Ysbilia: Me too, I wondered what could happen in the head of this manta, when I met his eyes, that little black eye come to inspect me ...

    @Laurence: Ah, the mantas, we do not get tired ... For me, it's soon the 400th: it would be nice if I could program mantas on the day said!

    @Morgan: Thank you ! Manta rays, it's really magical, under water. You will find other underwater videos on this page:

    @Alimata: Arf. Happy, yes, it's nothing to say !!! The excitement was mostly in my head, finally. I forgot to clean a little the window of the box after the launch, result we see dirt in the back, grrrr. And then, I did not have time to do the white balance as it should, which forced me to readjust a little post-prod ... But hey, huh, we're not going to quibble when a manta comes greet you like that. I prepare the long version, I have mantas full my hard drive !!!

  4. So happy ❓
    Very nice cuckoo manta and not the slightest tremor visible despite "little hands a little feverish"
    A video pro at Ko Modo our Ko Rine 😉

  5. Mantas must be the most elegant fish! It looks like long living sails! These are beautiful! And congratulations for the control and the composure. Although I know she's not dangerous, I'm not sure I would not have backed away from her approach. Because it's impressive, anyway, those little beasts.

  6. Hi Corine, it's Matthieu, Annabelle and Iohan, we met on the Tida Apa Apa of Bertrand during your cruise with Jerome on the occasion of an aperitif.

    We saw your beautiful photos, and I wanted to thank you for the advice you gave me that day which was very valuable to me afterwards.

    We also dived in Karang Makassar the day after tomorrow and we saw the manta rays, I have photos and videos, I'm waiting for our new computer with Adobe Premiere to work the editing and take a little photos (including removing the dominant blue that reigns). I tinkered a little under Picasa, and the results are already impressive.

    Imagine that for Iohan, the dives in Komodo were his first after obtaining his level 1 he spent in the pool ... it spoils too much no?

    Really, congratulations for your shots, I find them very successful, and you had the chance to see the seahorses and nudibranchs. It is especially on small fish that you see that you stabilize well because for me, the big things are fine, but the little ones, it's a little vague .... and especially the time that I position myself, they were already far ... But hey, I do not have your experience since I display 30 dives in all and it will come with experience. I'm already happy with my photos, I'll try to send you two or three if you're interested, I do not know where but if you want to tell me.
    It remains the work of a beginner ... but hey.

    We were not able to dive in Maumere (damn and rezut !!!!), we booked too late. But we caught up well in Tulamben with John of Eco dive. I even paid for a dental cleaning with shrimp, usually assigned to groupers.

    I hope we continue to exchange, I note your nickname and I will create an account on to discuss with Titbulle.

    See you soon.


  7. @Melissa: "Long living sails" ... Beautiful image, it is well seen. And I assure you, we are not afraid when they approach. There is absolutely nothing to fear (they do not have a venomous sting or teeth). We are just hypnotized, fascinated by the beauty of the show.

    @Matthieu: As I am happy to hear from you !!! I am delighted that you have fun with the photos and videos sub ... you will see, we take taste! I will answer you by e-mail, in private. But I add here that Iohan is very lucky, indeed, to start his life of diver by Komodo !!!

    @Mohamed: I do not know if mantas are present all year round in Komodo. One thing is certain, they are here in July. Matthew, above, saw them too !!!

  8. Hello Miss Bourbeillon,
    I read your blog, as a travel consultant, I learn each place from your writing, very useful for me, just like reading a travel book. You are incredible! People come to me to check their trip around Indonesia (the place you visited is the place that most my French clientele ask to visit), all the time that I just imagined that I'm on this place, but you have already, there, given all the details information ... It's my dream as a travel consultant, to have a travel itinerary as you have had. Thank you for giving us an inspiring travel experience through your writing. And I can not wait to read more about your journey in your blog.


  9. Ouh Komodo! I felt the call of the island when I was at the Gili and that divers every day boasted of stays there ... A day soon, without a doubt!
    Very nice video, but I'm sure it's nothing compared to the sensations you had at that time under the water!


  10. @Harvesto: Welcome to this blog, I am impressed that you can read my travel stories in French. Thank you for your message. Terima kasih baniak!

    @NowMadNow: That, I must say that Komodo is definitely worth it. The destination is now in my top dive sites in Asia, with Sipadan. I'm not about to forget this incredible dive among the manta rays in Karang Makassar ...

  11. @Keev @Yann: Thanks thanks !!! Now I have to mount a lot of subaquatic sequences stored in my hard drive ... I have something to occupy myself.

  12. @Travelogue: Well no. Unlike stingrays of smaller size, large mantas do not have a venomous sting at the base of their tail. Nothing to fear, they only eat plankton.

  13. Ah, the mantas ... I'm still speechless in front of the show ... an intense moment of happiness that reappears when seeing your images ...

  14. @Manta: I can't believe how lucky we were. We were in the middle of the manta-express. There was only me and my partner, no current, great visi, and mantas that kept coming... (sigh) I have lots of other video clips that I have to edit... 😉