Swim With Manta Rays Fiji
If you are thinking about coming to Fiji, you should not miss a chance to snorkel with manta rays. There are several places in the world to do this, but our site is arguably one of the best. Not only because we have both manta colorations (chevron and black), but you will be with the Fiji manta experts during your stay.
When is the manta season?
Manta season by Barefoot Manta Island is between May and October. There are rare sightings outside of this time.
When does the manta trip go?
Mantas tend to show up more around high tides, but this is definitely not a guarantee. We may go several days during the season without seeing any mantas at all. The good news for you, with us being researchers, we are keeping a close eye on the channel every day during the season. When the mantas are there, we run the trips. While we are entering our sixth season of detailed research, their aggregation is still highly variable.
How long is the trip?
The trips out in the manta channel generally last 45 minutes to an hour. However, if people are unruly in the channel and the mantas get scared off, the trip will be much shorter.
How long should I plan to stay at Barefoot Manta if I want to see mantas?
While mantas show up most days during the season, it is highly dependent on many factors. Because of this it is recommended you stay at least 2-3 nights to increase the likelihood that you will get a good manta snorkel in during your trip.
How much does the trip cost?
Our manta snorkel trip is $65FJD*. This includes all gear, experienced guides, and a manta talk with a manta scientist before the trip.
*Valid price through 2017.
Can I swim into the channel to see the mantas by myself?
Sorry, but no. Mantas are a protected species that are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. Fiji is one of the leading countries in the protection of this species and therefore we take our interactions with mantas very seriously. In addition to this, the conditions in the channel can be dangerous at times. You must be with a trained and certified guide to do the activity.