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Facing us, mouths open, the divas fly, whirl, brush against us, move away in a magical turn and iron so close that we could caress them.
Huge. They are huge. Between four and five meters wingspan for those with white belly. Blacks are gigantic, more impressive and more fearful too.
In a formidable energy, they want to show us that they are beautiful, majestic, elegant, graceful, agile.
I revisit the page dedicated to them on the site Dive-the-world.com. Sangalaki is renamed here "The Manta Expressway". Oh, my! This kind of tourist propaganda has a real effect on me...
Thailand, February 2006
The first time I saw mantas was in February 2006, in Thailand, during a diving cruise in the Similan Islands.
This trip is not listed here on Bubbles Underwater & Beyondbut I had put some pictures online, on my very first websites of the time:
The manta rays appeared at the end of the dive, while I was back on the boat with the rest of the group... I immediately put on my fins, mask and snorkel, and jumped into the water to admire them, snorkeling!
Superb vision, magical moment. I flipped all the way, with all my strength. I flipped like never before, to follow them. They are fast, despite the majestic slowness of their "flight". My emotion, my excitement were such, that I didn't feel any fatigue. Quite an adrenaline rush!
Below is the little shaky video I made at the time:
Indonesia, Nusa Penida, July 2008
The second time was last summer (July 2008), in Indonesia, in the waters of Nusa Penida, off Bali.
Difficult conditions: ice-cold water, exhausting current. They swirled around the well named rock of "Manta point". Fascinating spectacle that their incessant carousel in the blue fog... And here is one, and another one, and another two !!!...
You can find the story of this dive at the end of the link below :