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Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat

Manta Sandy Dive Site in Dampier Strait

Mesmerizing manta ray encounters and vibrant marine life await

Information about Manta Sandy

Manta Sandy, located in the heart of the Dampier Strait, is a must-visit dive site for manta ray enthusiasts. Known for its reliable manta ray sightings, this sandy slope extends from just a meter below the surface down to 18 meters. The highlight of Manta Sandy is its cleaning stations, where reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) gather to be cleaned by smaller fish, offering divers unforgettable close encounters with these gentle giants.

The dive site features a sandy bottom with large bommies acting as cleaning stations, surrounded by coral rubble. Operators have set up a small wall to ensure divers stay a respectful distance away, allowing the mantas to complete their cleaning routine undisturbed. Divers can also explore the sandy area for critters, such as nudibranchs, Pegasus sea moths, and various crustaceans. From December to April, when the water is rich in plankton, manta sightings are more consistent, although visibility can be lower, ranging around 15 meters.

Manta Sandy is not just about mantas; the site's rich biodiversity offers a plethora of marine life, making every dive here a captivating experience.

Interesting facts about Manta Sandy

Getting there: The best way to reach Manta Sandy is by liveaboard, providing direct access to this and other prime dive sites in the Dampier Strait.

Best time to visit Manta Sandy: From December to April, water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F), attracting more mantas due to the plankton-rich waters.

Diving Conditions: Depths range from 1 to 18 meters (3 to 59 feet), with moderate currents. Visibility is around 15 meters during the peak manta season.

Our liveaboard trips: Our liveaboards offer 7-10 day trips that include Manta Sandy and other Dampier Strait highlights like Blue Magic and Cape Kri. These trips are designed to maximize your chances of seeing manta rays and other marine wonders.

A little known fact: Manta Sandy's cleaning stations are so effective that mantas often return repeatedly, allowing divers multiple opportunities to observe their fascinating cleaning behavior up close.

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Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat

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