Snorkel with manta rays in a marine reserve around the Yasawa Islands of Fiji.

Barefoot Manta Island

A manta ray over a coral reef.

Marine Life: Manta Rays

When: May to October

What: Snorkelling trips to a local channel between islands where manta rays come to feed and visitors can snorkel above.

This is one of the few places in the world where both types of manta ray colour patterns can be seen – black with white colour markings and chevron (white with black markings). The Yasawa manta population is also one of the few where there are currently more black morphs than chevron morph manta rays.

Suitability: All ages (should be comfortable in the water). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

How to experience

Sea Fans recommends Barefoot Manta Island:

Where: Manta Island, Drawaqa Islands, South Yasawas, Fiji

What: An island diving eco-resort with accommodation. The resort offers:

  • A small and intimate dive resort with eco-friendly, safari tent-style accommodation.
  • Scuba diving courses, packages, and trips to all the popular dive sites around the Yasawa islands.
  • Member of the Manta Trust. conducting conservation and research into the population, behaviours, and habitat of the manta rays.
  • A dedicated team of marine scientists conducting research at the resort including giant clam protection.
  • A marine tourism programme designed for people who would like to work alongside the marine biology department and learn more about coral reefs while doing great things for the environment.
  • Member of the International Ecotourism Society. They continually look for ways to minimise their ecological footprint, protecting the environment and contributing to the wellbeing of the villagers.
  • The resort employs up to 75% of the staff from the village and provides vocational training to school leavers. It is home to volunteers participating in Vinaka Fiji’s Children, Schools and Education programme.

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