Swimming with manta rays
Unlike whale sharks, giant manta rays glide gracefully around the waters near Exmouth year-round, particularly congregating in the latter half of the year to breed. Although you are most likely to see mantas smaller than 3 metres wide, they can grow up to 9 metres across, weighing up to 1.5 tonnes. Manta rays can reach speeds of more than 20 kilometres per hour, but they are often seen hardly moving at underwater ‘cleaning stations’ being preened by wrasse. Coral Bay Adventures and the eco-accredited operators listed below (see Swimming with whale sharks) run snorkelling cruises to see mantas, but will also endeavour to get you in the water with turtles, dolphins and the huge variety of other marine life in the spectacular Ningaloo Marine Park.
Coral Bay Adventures: (08) 9942 5955