Some people visit different beaches in different countries to dive or snorkel. If you are one of those people, you need to visit Manta Bay in Nusa Penida, Bali. This bay is actually a bay since there are some bays in the site that are surrounded by abrupt cliffs.
The bay here is shallow so you can see the Manta from the surface of the sea. Snorkelers can also enjoy their activity in this bay. Do you think you’re ready to visit the bay and meet the Mantas? Below is everything you better learn before booking our tour package to Nusa Penida.
What You Will See at Manta Bay
People believe that Manta rays are dangerous since they can grow up to 7 meters (23 feet) and weigh about 3000 kg (6600 lbs). But actually, this huge animal is completely harmless to people. Manta rays you’ll find in Bali are Manta alfredi or Reef Manta species
Those Manta rays are the second biggest rays after the Oceanic Manta. These Manta rays are filter feeders that will only feed on crustaceans, planktons, and also smaller fish. These Manta rays have teeth that aren’t sharp. They use their teeth only to chew the food.
Manta rays don’t have a tail stinger that is poisonous so you can swim comfortably and safely with those Manta rays. Those rays will enjoy interacting with people and won’t be surprised by the snorkelers.
Best Time to Visit Manta Bay
There is no specific season for Manta rays in Bali. Those Manta rays will be present along the year because of the Indonesian throughflow. Technically, this is the massive water stream volume that runs around the archipelago of Indonesia from Timor to Bali.
Arrange your trip to Manta Bay with a local trip organizer who will do their best to help you find and meet the Manta rays during your snorkelling or diving activities. Based on locals’ opinion, visiting the bay in the morning is much more recommended, it is when the Mantas are most active.
How to Access the Amazing Manta Ray Site
The bay is located on the west side of Nusa Penida Island, precisely in Tanjung Pandan. If you are going to visit this site from Bali, there are several ways that can help you reach Nusa Penida Snorkeling site.
- Fast Boat
Fast boat is the only transportation that can bring you south from the main island of Bali. If you want to go to the bay directly, you need to go to Padang Bai harbour or Sanur harbour. In this harbour you can get a ticket to reach Nusa Penida by boat. You can click here to find out how to get to Nusa Penida safely and accurately.
The cruise time from the main island of Bali is about 60 minutes. If you depart from Nusa Ceningan or Nusa Lembongan, the best transportation is still a fast boat. The cruise time for those two other places is faster compared to the cruise time from the main Bali Island.
- Rent a Vehicle
To get to Manta Bay, visitors have to travel by land and sea to get a boat service to this place. The easiest way to reach this snorkelling site is by renting a vehicle. There are rental companies providing this service. You can rent a motorbike for a faster trip. But if you are traveling in groups, rent a car for a more comfortable trip.
If you don’t want to think about the struggle, the easiest way is booking a tour package to Nusa Penida Island. The tour package will include transportation to various destinations in Nusa Penida Island, including the snorkelling site where you can enjoy your snorkelling activity.
Rules To Follow During Your Snorkelling Activities
Ready to explore the beauty of Manta Bay? You are about to meet the fishes, corals, and manta rays. There are rules to follow in order to keep everyone happy.
1.Don’t touch the gorgeous corals
A responsible snorkeler will not touch the coral. You may get hurt by touching the corals. Some species like the fire corals have toxicity and painful stings. Some corals may cause burning sensation, rash, or even skin irritation. Stay away from the corals.
2.Don’t just feed sea animals
Marine animals like Manta rays don’t eat bread and corn, and don’t feed those animals with foods that don’t belong to them since those foods may make the marine animals sick.
If you are ready to visit Manta Bay, Book our Nusa Penida Snorkeling Tour which will take you to several different snorkeling locations. Visit the official website of CanezaBaliTour, for the Nusa Penida Tour and book the tour package you want.