Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:
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". My my my ! Such a tourist propaganda makes me a real effect ...
Thailand, February 2006
The first time I saw mantas was in February 2006, in Thailand, on a dive cruise in the Similan Islands.
This trip is not listed here on Bubbles Underwater & Beyond, but I still put some photos online, on my very first websites of the time:
The manta rays arose at the end of the dive, while I was back on the boat with the rest of the team ... I immediately handed palms, mask and snorkel, and jumped into the water to admire them, snorkeling !
Super visi, magic moment. I webbed thoroughly, with all my strength. Palmated as ever, to follow them. It is because they are fast, despite the majestic slowness of their "flight". My emotion, my excitement were such that I felt no fatigue. Sacred adrenaline rush!
Below, 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: laden and icy water, exhausting current. They swirled around the rock aptly named "Manta Point". Fascinating spectacle that their incessant carousel in the blue mist ... And here is one, and one more, and two more! ! ! ...
You can find the story of this dive at the end of the link below: