Freediving and Snorkeling with Manta Rays
This was beyond INCREDIBLE! We had an unforgettable experience, learned very valuable skills, had lots and lots of fun, and saw soooo much beauty like never before! We’ll be back! Life will never be the same again
Price: USD 35
Lot of ocean lovers are wondering where to snorkel with Manta Rays. Snorkeling and diving with mantas is an unforgettable experience! It is difficult to explain in words the sensations that arise when you glide underwater with these amazing giants.
We invite you to join us for an underwater adventure and experience freediving and snorkeling with Manta Rays around Nusa Penida.
On this half day trip we will bring you to four different dive sites.
We will meet around 7:30am at Freedive Nusa to take our equipment and listen the briefing about safety rules and behavior while swimming with mantas. We provide the whole set of equipment for freediving including wetsuits because the water in that part of the island can be quite cold, especially from July to September.
Then you will go to Toyapakeh from where the boat is leaving and will be back around midday. During this Manta Ray Tour you will visit the main attractive freediving and snorkeling sites near Nusa Penida.
1. Freediving and snorkeling at Manta Bay or Manta Point
First dive site will be Manta Bay or Manta Point where you can snorkel or freedive with Manta Rays. Which of these two dive sites we go depends on the conditions on that day as both are on the exposed site of Nusa Penida where strong currents and swell can be prevailing.
Manta Rays can usually be seen right from the surface as they feed on plankton that has been pushed into the bays by the currents. It is awesome and unforgettable experience to swim near these gentle giants which can reach up to 6 meters of wingspan.
As we are going out into nature we can not guarantee to see Manta Rays, but usually have a high chance.
Swimming with Manta Rays will be an amazing underwater experience that you will remember!
2. Experience beautiful coral reef at Crystal Bay
Our second stop will be at a reef snorkeling site. Crystal Bay presents an abundance of colorful corals and reef fish. And if you are lucky a turtle, stingray, mantis shrimp or even reef sharks might be around.
For experienced Freedivers we also offer to freedive into a cave through an underwater entrance and being amazed by hundreds of bats that call this cave their home.
3. Snorkeling at Gamat Bay
This is a small bay less visited by divers than Crystal Bay, so there are less dive boats around. A rich colorful reef at the depth of 3-5 meters, which is ideal for those who are tired of diving and just want to swim on the surface while looking at underwater beauty.Conditions are often more comfortable than in Crystal Bay – fewer people, warmer water, the sea is calmer and no waves.
4. Drift diving at Toyapakeh Wall
This dive site is a beautiful coral wall near Toyapakeh village where we began our journey. There is always some current, so this is one of the best places on the island for drift diving. We will drift along the wall observing the diversity of underwater life, while the boat accompanies us.
We can organize private charters, group snorkeling trips and freediving trips. On these trips we will provide a local guide who is a professional freediving instructor for additional in water safety and knowledge about dive sites and marine life.
Please always follow these Safety Rules and Manta Ray Code of Conduct while partaking your freediving and snorkeling activity.
Price: USD 35
Duration: from 7:30am to 11:30am
Please, notice the trip starts from Nusa Penida not from Bali. So you have to come to the island by your own and spend night here. Or you can come to Nusa Penida by first speedboat from Sanur at 7am.
If you are group of more than 6 people and want to start your trip later, it is possible to start at 11:30.
- Boat ride
- Equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, weight belt)
- Life vest
What to bring:
- Swimming gear
- Underwater camera
- Sunscreen / Hat / Sunglasses
- Water bottle
Due to strong sea conditions like big swells, strong current or stormy weather Manta Tour can be cancelled with short notice. In this case the trip can be rescheduled for another day or full refund will be given.
We are doing it nearly every day if we have enough people and weather conditions are good. Simply contact us a couple of days before your planned dates and we can provide you with the exact answer about the possibility to join the trip.
Yes, the trip starts from our school at around 8 am. So, we recommend coming to the island one day before to have rest and enjoy Nusa Penida. But in some cases, you can come to the island by the first speedboat from Sanur at 7 am. Contact us and we will try to find the best solution for you.
No, there is no exact season. They are here all year around. But nobody can promise them. It is a wild nature. The possibility to see mantas mostly depends on the weather conditions (waves, the temperature of the water, visibility, etc).
Yes, of course. Simply contact us and we will discuss all the details. You can choose your own dates and the schedule can be completely tailored for your needs and wishes.
Before the trip, you will have a briefing from our instructor who will provide you with all the information about rules, route and safety tips during the trip. However, it is important to follow the Code of Conduct (https://freedivenusa.com/manta-ray-code-of-conduct/) which was written by us especially for this kind of trip.