Whereas Manta Rays are discovered off each the western and japanese coasts of Australia, this time of the yr is especially good for scuba diving or freediving/snorkeling with Manta Rays off the east coast. Many in style dive and vacation places are frequented by Manta Rays, so you will get an up shut and private expertise with these charismatic ocean giants.
Early knowledge from Project Manta exhibits that rays journey a distance of at the least 500km between Woman Elliot Island in Queensland and Byron Bay in New South Wales inside a couple of months.The analysis that has been collected by Challenge Manta over a few years has allowed them to determine a number of predictable aggregation websites for the Manta Rays of japanese Australia.
Within the far north, 350km east of Cairns, is the spectacular Osprey Reef. Osprey Reef is a well-liked dive location with an abundance of sharks and fish life, and coral reef partitions that shoot up from 2000m to 2m! It's a bucket listing vacation spot for a lot of scuba divers, lots of who benefit from the shark feeding excursions whereas on the market. However divers to the reef are additionally handled to common sitings of Manta Rays all year long.
Heron Island is a small coral cay island and common vacationer vacation spot situated on the southern GBR, 80 km northeast of Gladstone. Turtles, sharks and different marine life attracts eager scuba divers from everywhere in the world to this protected marine park, however divers can even encounter Manta Rays. They're most often seen across the outer reef of Heron Island.
Woman Musgrave Island
A brief distance from Heron Island is the much less well-known location of Woman Musgrave Island. In contrast to Heron Island, Woman Musgrave is a tenting website solely so it isn't as frequented as another dive places. However, those that do enterprise there'll virtually all the time discover Manta Rays, typically in very giant numbers solar baking on the floor and infrequently leaping out of the water! One of the best spot that we've got discovered on Woman Musgrave for Manta Rays is the Southern aspect of the island the place the reef drops away to about 15m.
Woman Elliot Island
Woman Elliot Island is one other in style dive location. It's situated off the coast of Bundaberg, and isn’t too removed from Heron Island and Woman Musgrave Island on the southern Nice Barrier Reef. Many scuba divers journey to Woman Elliot Island for Manta Ray and Turtle encounters. Manta Rays are notably prolific right here within the winter months the place they are often seen aggregating by the tons of!
North Stradbroke Island
Native to Adreno Scuba Diving, North Stradbroke Island is situated off the Brisbane coast. Many dive operators run journeys to in style dive websites together with ‘Manta Bombie’ the place tens of mantas may be noticed day by day throughout summer time months, from October till March or April. They will typically be seen right here displaying indicators of ‘courting’ the place a number of male mantas will comply with a feminine manta round. A spectacular website which makes this probably the most frequented scuba places for these hoping for an up shut and private expertise with Manta Rays. You'll want to drop in and see us when you’re on the town, we might love to listen to about your upcoming or current manta dive!
Byron Bay is a four hour automotive dive south of Brisbane and a fantastically laid again weekend or vacation vacation spot. Manta Rays are sometimes encountered by scuba divers right here throughout summer time months.
The Solitary Islands is a sanctuary zone situated off the Coffs Harbour coast. Round January to Might annually Manta Rays combination placing on a implausible show for scuba divers.
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