We were also keeping an eye on Manta Ray pass to see if boats found any manta ray. They hadn’t been seen in the last couple of days. Finally, around 3 PM, we saw a boat pointing and a big splash. The Jacksters all jumped into our dinghy with us and we ran over with all our snorkel gear. Taking turns handling the dinghy, we all had a chance to jump in and swim with the mantas as they swam back and forth feeding. The mantas are such cool creatures with huge graceful diamond-shaped bodies, and these wicked looking big mouths, large distinctive gills, long tails, and very flexible fins on the ends. There were lots of other fish in huge schools feeding as well. Several boat loads of nearby resort guests jumped in, and the guests of the megayacht as well. Very cool experience!
[UPDATE July 20: Video clip added]
Here is a short video of the two manta rays feeding while we were there. They swam right beneath me during this clip and I swam a few feet beneath the surface to take this video. Notice that the second ray has lost his tail at some point. I don’t know whether they grow back. He has interesting white marks, whereas the first one is all black. Turn on HD for a higher-resolution version.
[UPDATE JULY 21: Here are the photos from our visit to Manta Ray Pass]
We plan to leave today, Friday, for the next island stop south called Waya.