Manta Reef

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Manta Reef

This dive site is becoming more and more famous, today it probably is one of Africa's best dive sites! The reef is extraordinarly rich and diverse in fauna, with manta rays of all sizes (up to 6m!) as regular visitors... hence the name of the site! There are drop-offs from the north to the south, with rocky pinnacles that have created trenches between 24 and 28 meters; their walls offer shelter for a lot of juvenile species like the yellow-stripped snappers, barracudas, big eyes or fusiliers. The top of the reef is fairly flat and covered in soft corals. Some big groupers live around the reef's overhangs and ledges, along with giant trumpetfish, snappers and green turtles. As usual, the nocturnal, fragile, ambush and shy species shelter in the cracks and crevices: scorpionfish, moray eels, crocodile fish, Spanish dancers, nudibranchs and other shellfish.

There are 3 main 'cleaning stations' where the manta rays come to get scrubbed off and nibbled on by little specialised cleaner fish or juveniles. Doing so, the fish get fed and the mantas get rid of parasites, fungus or bacteria that could in the long run incapacitate them. In a symbiotic relationship, everyone wins! As you are watching the 'cleanng show', chances are you'll see some devil or eagle rays swimming past, and maybe a couple of reef sharks! Who knows?!

This dive site is becoming more and more famous, today it probably is one of Africa's best dive sites! The reef is extraordinarly rich and diverse in fauna, with manta rays of all sizes (up to 6m!) as regular visitors... hence the name of the site! There are drop-offs from the north to the south, with rocky pinnacles that have created trenches between 24 and 28 meters; their walls offer shelter for a lot of juvenile species like the yellow-stripped snappers, barracudas, big eyes or fusiliers. The top of the reef is fairly flat and covered in soft corals. Some big groupers live around the reef's overhangs and ledges, along with giant trumpetfish, snappers and green turtles. As usual, the nocturnal, fragile, ambush and shy species shelter in the cracks and crevices: scorpionfish, moray eels, crocodile fish, Spanish dancers, nudibranchs and other shellfish.

There are 3 main 'cleaning stations' where the manta rays come to get scrubbed off and nibbled on by little specialised cleaner fish or juveniles. Doing so, the fish get fed and the mantas get rid of parasites, fungus or bacteria that could in the long run incapacitate them. In a symbiotic relationship, everyone wins! As you are watching the 'cleanng show', chances are you'll see some devil or eagle rays swimming past, and maybe a couple of reef sharks! Who knows?!

This dive site is becoming more and more famous, today it probably is one of Africa's best dive ...

Other information

Type of dive site
  • Drop-off
  • Coral reef
Depth
  • Maximum 30
  • Maximum 40
Visibility
Good
Current
Occasionally
Required scuba diving level / certification
Advanced - CMAS 2
Fauna
  • Manta ray
  • Stingray
  • Eagle ray
  • Devil ray
  • Barracudas
  • Moray eels
  • Tuna
  • Turtle
  • Groupers
  • Groupers
  • Scorpion fish
  • Crayfish
  • Triggerfish
  • Frogfish
  • Lizardfish
  • Stonefish
  • Clown fish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Sergent Major
  • Parrotfish
  • Hermit crab
  • Crocodile fish
  • Nudibranchs
  • Flutemouth fish
  • Pipefish
  • Starfish
  • And more...
  • Trumpet fish
  • Trevallies
  • Fusiliers
  • Red Snappers
  • Brazilian crayfish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Reef fish
  • Trevallies
  • Hard coral
  • Soft coral
  • Starfish
  • White-tip reef Shark
Flora
  • Red algae
  • Encrusting algae
  • Coralligenous
  • Coral flora

The best dive centres to explore Manta Reef

Diversity Scuba Dive Centre

Mozambique | Africa
Diversity Scuba Dive Centre

Our opinion on Diversity Scuba Dive Centre:

Are you looking for the thrill of a lifetime? The team at Diversity Scuba can show you big marine mammals, fascinating manta rays, incredible whale-sharks... If you want to feel in awe of these magnificent mammals, Tofo ...

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