Manta Point dive site is one of the most famous dive sites in Nusa Penida. Because this is where you can, almost every day of the year, dive with Manta rays. And if you are well guided you will see much more !
The site welcomes several coral heads which serve as cleaning stations for the Manta rays. It’s quite an eco-system : Manta rays constantly turn around the coral head so that the cleaner fishes, mostly wrasses, remove their bacteria and other parasitic microorganisms. Plankton is also very present and manta rays can eat the plankton while being cleaned.
It is possible to identify the Manta rays with the patterns of their belly, which is unique, like an identity card or a fingerprint. This way, divers can easily count them or even recognize them. They are present most of the time, except during their breeding season. During these times they meet and breed in the depths. Pollution, water temperature or other factors can also be adverse factors.
At Warnakali, we like Black Mama, which is totally black and huge. Her babies are also almost totally black, but smaller.
Manta Point is also a very rich site for macro. You can see crabs, the famous clownfish, surgeon fish, butterfly fish, rabbit fish and all the endemic fauna of the island. You can see sting rays, eagle rays and marbled rays. And with a bit of luck black tip sharks and bamboo sharks. There may also be turtles and many species of nudibranchs, more or less rare. We also saw a juvenile bamboo shark last October.
The site is generally suitable for discovery dives as the manta rays are usually in between the sea level and 10 meters. For those who are looking for more demanding dives, there is a much deeper part, down to 40 meters, where asperities and reliefs are numerous.
Unfortunately, Manta Point is becoming a very busy place and it can happen that the site is full of divers. That is why Warnakali usually tries to adapt the time of the dive to arrive before or after most of the other dive centers. Some cleaning stations are less accessible to other divers and therefore better preserved. And a little away from the cleaning stations there are some caves and canyons where it is nice to dive. Visibility is often worse than other dive sites and water can be a little bit colder, but it is worth it !
Type of diving: reefs, photography, training, fish identification, macro
Depth: 7 to 40 meters
Level required: from discovery divers to experienced diver
Visibility: 5-20 meters
Current: no to weak, strong surf possible
Access: 40 minutes, very nice boat trip along the west coast of Nusa Penida
Temperatures: 20 to 27 °
Fauna and Flora: Manta ray, Sting Ray, Marble Ray, Eagle Ray, Black tip shark, Bamboo shark, crabs, clownfish, fish surgeon, butterfly fish, rabbit fish
Best time: Diving all year