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The best places to dive with rays

Getting up close with a manta ray is every diver’s dream. These majestic, elegant yet peaceful animals glide easily through the ocean and make up for a truly magical experience that you will never forget. Manta rays can grow up to 7 meters and live at least 50 years. Although these gentle giants can be found in many places around the globe, they prefer warmer, tropical waters like the Indo-Pacific. Some favourable dive sites where you’ll have higher chances to swim with these graceful creatures, are the Socorro Island in Mexico, Kona in Hawaii and Raja Ampat in Indonesia.

Approx. 1 hour travel time. Steep sloping reef with best done as a drift dive as there is always a slight current with occasionally strong currents. Very good for one-way dives.

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Lankan is a cleaning station for manta rays and scuba divers visiting often get to see an amazing manta show, one of the highlights of any trip to the Maldives.

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Manta Point / Makassar Reef

Makassar Reef, aka Manta Point, is located in the central area of Komodo National Park. It has a rubble bottom and is a beginner friendly dive site. Max depth is 18 m. This site is considered a drift dive.

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Koh Tachai Pinnacle/The Dome

The Dome is a hidden reef point located about 500m south of Tachai Island. A large dome-shaped bedrock shaped like an upturned plate is dotted around a large granite boulder. The top of is at 12 meters and the current can be the strongest in the area depending on the conditions. As a result, there are many large predatory fish such as blue and white trevally, bluefin tuna, barracudas, manta rays, and whale bays.

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This site is located in Marigondon, Mactan Island, Cebu, it can be accessed within about 5-10 minutes from Mactan Island. Site consists slope and a straight wall. Entrance to the cave is at about 30 meters, and the depth of the cave bottom is within 38 meters. Sometimes strong tides, so watch tide tables.

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Located in Koganezaki Park, you can enjoy various flowers depending on the season, and entry/exit is very easy to do due to the ramps and handrails. When you enter, you’ll see a wide range of gorotas up to a few meters deep, and beyond that, you’ll see an entire surface of the sand.

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Gordon Rocks, Galapagos

Near to the Santa Cruz Island and also known as the “washing machine”, you find the Gordon Rocks. Due to currents and upwellings, this dive site is suitable for advanced divers. On this site you will see hammerhead sharks and the famous oceanic sunfish (mola mola).

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Roca Partida may seem like it is out in the middle of nowhere, sitting approximately 70 miles west of Socorro and 85 miles from San Benedicto, but it is thriving with life. Accessible only by liveaboard, this is an advanced dive on a pinnacle that rises from hundreds of feet of water.

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Alcyone is an underwater mountain off Cocos Island. Strong to very strong current is always possible. Dive on the rope. There is a maximum depth of 30 meters. Great dive experience required! This is a great dive site that is always worth it!

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Manta Ray Heaven

Manta Heaven is one of three typical spots where dive operators out of Kona take divers for the famous manta ray night dives. Get ready for the show of a lifetime as huge manta rays swoop right over head at these cleaning stations while you circle around a single light source that attracts them.

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Featured Dive Destinations

Every possible type of adventure can be found in ’tropical paradise’ Hawaii including dramatic jagged cliffs, active volcanoes and clear turquoise waters.

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The volcanic islands of Galapagos marine life is what puts this dive destination at the top of every diver’s list.

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The southeast region of Sulawesi, Indonesia is home to some of the most spectacular diving in the entire world.

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Two of the most popular diving regions in the Sea of Cortez are Cabo San Lucas and La Paz.

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Southern Atolls

The Southern Atolls Region is made up of Laamu Atoll, the Northern and Southern Huvadhu Atoll, Fuvahmulah Atoll and, Addu Atoll.

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Phi Phi Islands

The heady mix of jungle-clad cliffs and ribbons of soft white sand has long enchanted visitors to the islands that make up Koh Phi Phi.

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Safaga is a wonderfully secluded tourist destination with just a few vacation homes and bungalows along with a small hotel.

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Scuba diving in the Shikoku region is possible year-round, with most dive sites less than a 15-minute boat ride away.

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Great Barrier Reef

Home to several vulnerable, endangered, and endemic species, marine life on the Great Barrier Reef is nothing short of extraordinary.

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Explore underwater life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

Want to go diving with the amazing freshwater stingray? Explore the map here for dive site around the world.

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Giant oceanic manta ray

Scuba diving with mantas is one of the most amazing experiences any diver can have underwater.

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Reef manta ray

There is nothing like watching reef manta rays, these large filter feeders soar past you like a flock of birds - find out where.

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Seeing these beautiful animals underwater is an incredible moment that will last a lifetime.

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As long as you keep a safe distance, you can experience beautiful dives with stingrays.

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Click here to find the most popular areas to dive with electric rays.

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Skates can be found in most parts of the world - find it out exactly here.

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Diving with guitarfish is fairly common as they are abundant in numbers and widely distributed throughout tropical and warm temperate ocean waters.

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Diving Career Opportunities

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Australia offers a great diversity of diving adventures, from tropical diving in the north, to cold water diving, shipwreck explorations, and coral reefs.

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Diving in Mexico is a breathtaking, world-class experience. This country offers many adventures and a landscape full of natural wonders.

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Indonesia is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world with more than 17,500 islands distributed over 5,000 kilometers.

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The Philippines is an archipelago composed of over 7,000 islands in three main regions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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An island nation located off the southwest coast of India in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of 26 different ring-shaped reefs called, atolls.

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Expect colorful coral reefs only a short swim from land and abundant underwater life in Curacao.

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The Arab Republic of Egypt is a country that sits in the Northeast corner of Africa on the Mediterranean Sea to its north and the Red Sea to its east.

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Thailand, The Land of Smiles, is a joy to explore, from the friendly locals to the dazzling scenery and offers some of the best diving in the world.

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