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Manta Alley - Komodo

Manta Ray
A manta ray in Manta Alley, off Komodo Island in the Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Manta Alley at a Glance

Depth: 5 - 30 m
Currents: Strong Surge
Season: May - Oct.

I last dived this site on 2 September 2010

No prizes for guessing what the main attraction is at this site. The geography of Manta Alley is a large ridge which runs from the mainland out to sea. Parts of the ridge break the surface as rocky islets along the way. The actual 'alley' that gives the site its name is a deep channel through the ridge. There can be a strong surge running through the channel, but if you have patience - and a good grip - you can wait on the bottom in the alley and sooner or later a manta will glide through. They seem to like to pause part-way through the channel, so if you pick the right spot you may have a manta right on top of you for a minute or so.

Manta Alley is usually the coldest of the Komodo dive sites. Temperatures of 21° to 23°C are typical. There can be a strong surge running through the alley, but currents on either side of the ridge are usually relatively calm. Your dive guide will usually decide which side of the ridge to drop in on to have the best conditions.