Manta Point in Arborek Diving Site, Raja Ampat Regency
Raja Ampat Archipelago is part of Indonesia. Today, it even becomes more popular among travelers. Most of them visit Raja Ampat to explore the underwater beauty, as many dive sites are available there. The most famous one is located near to Arborek Island, which is called Manta Point. As the name implies, it is the best spot to encounter and witness majestic manta rays. That means divers can get closer to such creature and take a picture of it. Being a famous and the most attractive sea creature in Raja Ampat, giant manta rays attract both beginners and professional divers.
Let’s describe the nautical environment around Manta Point. The most recognizable thing is the crystal clear sea water. Divers would be impressed by its visibility. That means they are able to witness any nautical objects in a comfortable manner. Plus, the manta rays are seen well underwater. Apart from small fishes, corals and seaweeds also become charming ornaments in Manta Point. What about manta rays? Well, their size is enormous! Some tourists even call it the devil of the sea.
Exploring Manta Point
The best time to dip in the water is either in the morning or afternoon when the currents are nice. It is better to come with an instructor or a guide, though. The person can help tourists to reach the location in an efficient manner. Not to mention he knows the best spots to witness manta rays. Plus, he may give tourists several tips regarding a safe and comfortable diving. When it comes to the gear or equipment, tourists should have prepared it beforehand. It is because of no available facilities available near to Manta Point.
Apart from manta rays, the dive site also becomes the home of lots of fishes that come in different colors and size. Due to crystal clear water, they even appear plainly from the boat. The next attraction is Mansuar Island. Along the way to Manta Point, tourists are able to see the island with its lush vegetation and white sandy beach. Once they reach the dive site, some signs of manta’s presence are noticeable. Only the guide knows such kind of signs, though. Therefore, hiring a tour guide is compulsory prior to visiting the dive site.
Approaching manta rays in an open sea is a challenging experience. Not all people are brave enough to do so, though. With the help of an instructor or tour guide, it won’t be a problem, even for beginners. What people need to do is to follow the instructions and wear proper gear. An ideal range in approaching the creature is 5 meters. From such distance, people are allowed to take some pictures of manta rays. In this case, they need to use the right camera (an underwater or waterproof camera).
- Mansuar Island
- Pianemo Island
- Gam Island
How to Get There
Manta Point belongs to Arborek Island. First, tourists should head to Marinda Airport in Waisai City. From there, they must rent a speedboat in Waisai Port and the destination is Arborek Island. Once they get there, it takes another boat to reach the dive site, which takes about 10 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Arborek Homestay
- Manta Homestay
- Lalosi Homestay