THE BIRDS OF THE SEA
The mantas that swim around Dhigurah are ‘reef mantas’. Although smaller than the oceanic mantas, the reef mantas are still pretty big, growing to an average wing span of 3-3.5 meters (9-11.5ft).
Hop on a boat to snorkel or dive with these animals around the corner! Or even better, paddle away on an SUP or canoe, take a mask and plunge in just outside of Dhigurah.
FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MANTAS
The word ‘manta’ is actually Spanish for ‘blanket’ or ‘cloak’, and it’s pretty easy to see the connection.
THEIR SPOTS ARE LIKE FINGERPRINT
Just like Whale Sharks, Manta Rays can be individually identified by the spots on the underside of their bodies.
SWIMMING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THEM
Mantas have to swim constantly to stay alive – the forward propulsion flushes water over their gills.
MANTA RAYS GIVE BIRTH TO LIVE YOUNG
Baby mantas are born looking like miniature adults, and receive no further care from their mothers. Fertilized eggs cases grow inside the mother until the pup is developed – this is estimated to take as long as one year, from mating to birth.
THEY REALLY LOVE BEING CLEAN
Mantas are clean freaks – they will seek out and return repeatedly to “underwater cleaning stations” to have smaller fishes clean them of parasites and dirt.
In fact, they can spend hours a day getting clean and they even wait in line for their turn.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not! We operate our excursions on a flexible schedule. our excursion crew, led by our excursion guide Fauzan, will be happy to assist you on the spot.
We usually operate one excursion a day. However should you be interested in a private excursion, do not hesitate to contact our Front Office Team. They will be happy to assist.
Our excursions are usually for half a day. We depart early in the morning to be back on time for lunch at Hermit’s.