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Manta Hotspots



 


Global Tourism 'Hot Spots' for Manta Ray Sightings
Region Country Location Prevalent Manta Species at Location Peak Season Estimated Manta Population Comments
Central & Eastern Pacific Fiji Kadavu Island Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round Unknown, but likely to be fairly small  
Hawaii Kona & the Big Islands Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round < 350 Main attraction is the night dive/snorkel with mantas on Kona
Ecuador Isla de la Plata Oceanic Manta - Manta birostris June-October > 400 But expected to be much larger Weather conditions make this site hard to access at certain times of the year
Mexico The Revillagigedo Islands (Socorro) Oceanic Manta - Manta birostris November-June > 350 But expected to me much larger This location consistently has sightings of the real giant individuals with DW's >5m. Black mantas are also common at this site
Caribbean USA Florida- Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Caribbean Manta - Manta cf. birostris Year Round Unknown
Mexico Isla Mujeres & Isla Holbox, Yucatan Caribbean Manta - Manta cf. birostris June-Sept Unknown This Caribbean manta could well be a third species of manta ray
Indian Ocean Republic of Maldives Throughout the Archipelago Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round > 2,300 Individuals Identified (pop estimate 5,000). Oceanic mantas > 100 While Reef Mantas can be sighted all year round, the Maldives has two Monsoon (Seasons), which cause seasonal migrations of the manta rays within the archipelago
Mozambique Tofo Beach Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round Reef Mantas > 500 Individuals identified (pop estimate 900). Oceanic mantas > 100 (pop estimate 600) Note: Oceanic mantas also frequent this site at certain times of the year
Thailand Koh Bon, Similan Islands Oceanic Manta - Manta birostris Year Round (best Jan-May) Unknown
Indonesia Komodo National Park Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round Unknown Black Colour Morph mantas at this site. Manta migrate from the north to south of the Komodo with the seasons
Indonesia Nusa Penida Island, Bali Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round Unknown Black Colour Morph mantas at this site
Australia Coral Bay in Western Australia Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round > 500
Western Pacific Indonesia Raja Ampat Reef Manta - Manta alfredi & Oceanic Manta - Manta birostris Year Round (best Oct-Jun) Unknown Black Colour Morph mantas of both species at this site
Australia Great Barrier Reef, Eastern Australia Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round > 500
Philippines Manta Bowl, Donsol Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round Unknown
Federated States of Micronesia Yap, Palau, Kiribati & Guam Reef Manta - Manta alfredi Year Round < 300 All these small islands have small populations of Reef Mantas year round.

Country: Fiji / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Kadavu Island / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Hawaii / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Kona & the Big Islands / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Mexico / Manta Species: Oceanic Manta / Location: The Revillagigedo Islands (Socorro) / Peak Season: November - June

Country: Ecuador / Manta Species: Oceanic Manta / Location: Isla de la Plata / Peak Season: June - October

Country: USA / Manta Species: Caribbean Manta / Location: Florida-Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Mexico / Manta Species: Caribbean Manta / Location: Isla Mujeres & Isla Holbox, Yucatan / Peak Season: June-Sept

Country: Republic of Maldives / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Throughout the Archipelago / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Mozambique / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Tofo Beach / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Thailand / Manta Species: Oceanic Manta / Location: Koh Bon, Similan Islands / Peak Season: Year Round (best Jan-May)

Country: Indonesia / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Komodo National Park / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Indonesia / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Nusa Penida Island, Bali / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Australia / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Coral Bay in Western Australia / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Indonesia / Manta Species: Reef Manta & Oceanic Manta / Location: Raja Ampat / Peak Season: Year Round (best Oct-Jun)

Country: Australia / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Great Barrier Reef, Eastern Australia / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Philippines / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Manta Bowl, Donsol / Peak Season: Year Round

Country: Federatred States of Micronesia / Manta Species: Reef Manta / Location: Yap, Guam, Palau & Kiribati / Peak Season: Year Round

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