Makassar Reef or better known as Manta point. It is known as Manta Point because it is the point where we have the best chances to see Manta Ray.
It is one of the biggest dive sites in the Komodo National Park. Its name translated from the local language of Flores means the great reef.
As we said Manta Point is the largest point of the park, it has an extension of about 2km long by 500m wide.
The reef goes from 5m deep in its shallow part to more than 18 in a very slight slope, but in this dive we don’t go deeper than 15 or 16 meters, becuase the Mantas are usually in shallow waters
Sadly almost the entire bottom of the dive site is formed by rubbel, small pieces of dead coral. This is because dynamite was used long ago to fish in this area. But there are many areas where we have healthy coral and this healthy are cleaning stations for the Mantas. That’s why we have so many in Komodo.
Being a very flat dive site. The currents at Manta Point are very manageable whether they are strong or shoft. The current always flows horizontally, so we just drift with the current making a zig-zag to try to cover more and find more Mantas.
Depending on the tides we will jump in the north or in the south side of the dive site. That’s because in falling tide it flows from north to south and when is rising from south to north. In Ihasia we always check the current in every dive and always choose the best point to jump.
As we said Manta Point is the dive spot where we have more chances to see Mantas Raya, but there are not only Mantas in this dive.
We can also find black and white tip reef shark, turtles, rays, moray eels, bumphead parrot fish, and if the current is not strong we can find an endless number of nudibranchs. We know the Mantas are what most of the people wants to see, but do not lose detail of the rest. You won’t regret it.