Raja Ampat is one of the places where you can see manta rays, most of the mantas have white belly, but in Raja Ampat you also can find Black Mantas, completely black top and bottom, this type of Black Mantas are endemic of this region!
In Raja Ampat (if you are lucky!) you can see mantas all year round, but is from October to April when big numbers of this amazing creatures arrive attracted by the high concentration of plankton and nutrients, at this time of the year is common to see them jumping out of the water,!
But if you want the highest probability of sight of this beautiful animal then from October to April we can find them in the cleaning station; Manta Sandy, at 15m waiting for the small wrasse to clean their parasites.
This time of the year is not only for mantas, we have a very high encounter of Devil Rays in the channel between Gam island and Friween, and more specifically in our House Reef! They are usually in groups of 6, and they like to swim back and for what allow us to have a long look at them.
Here more information about Devil Rays;
Devil Ray. Mobula tarapacana
The devil ray has forward facing cephalic fins giving it the appearance of having horns. It is identified by its distinctive large body disc covered in small denticles and its long slender whip-like tail lacking a spine.
• Dorsoventrally flattened with broad head and subterminal mouth.
• Pectoral fins extend past head, forming distinct cephalic fins.
• Dorsal fin small and at base of tail.
• Long, thin tail with prickly spines.
• Dark brown to bluish black dorsally.
• White ventrally .
• Up to 1.2m including the tail.
Worldwide in tropical waters
Normally found in schools and with a ventral rather than frontal mouth. A plankton feeder which fovors current-prone oceanic stretches.