Curious about what you might see on your Bali Dives? During scuba diving and/or snorkelling you see so many things, one more beautiful than the other. The underwater world is completely different from the surface. Everything seems so quite and peaceful, but most of all there are a lot amazing creatures, living between the corals
I made a list of my top three favourite creatures to see on my Bali dives!
The Manta Ray ends at number three in my list of favourite things. The Manta Ray is the largest known ray and can sometimes be hard to find. That is why it’s so special when we see them!
The Manta Ray has a wingspan up to 7 meters and weighs up to a maximum of 1.800 KG. The average length is 4.5 meters and can be up to 9.1 meters! It takes 6 to 8 years before the Manta Ray is mature. In contrast to most of the rays, the mouth of the Manta Ray is more in the front and not at the bottom. With this mouth they filter feed and eat mostly plankton and small fish.
By moving their wings powerful, they can reach high speeds and even spring up out of the water. But most of the time, they float gently through the water and collect plankton from the water with their gills.
We are incredibly lucky in Bali to have very regular sightings of Manta Rays at “Manta Bay” and “Manta Point” on Nusa Penida island – you can snorkel or dive with these majestic creatures!
Number two is definitely Mandarin Fish, a small, brightly colored fish. I love this fish because it is one of the most beautifully coloured fish in nature. These colours are ideal camouflage between the brightly colored coral types. The skin of this fish is covered with unpleasant tasting mucus, the bright colours warn predators for it.
Did you know that the family of the mandarin fish includes more than 10 sexes and 182 species of the total of 267 sexes and 2100 species. They live in small groups near the seabed between the coral.
An adult mandarin fish only reaches a length of 2.5 to 4 centimetres. But there is a difference between men and woman mandarin fish; males are recognizable by the tip fin on their backs.
Wondering where on your Bali Dives you can find these beautiful fish? Look no further than our dive centre up in Menjangan!
And absolute my favourite…
Have you ever heard of one of the most fascinating and mysterious creatures in Bali? They are harmless to people, but can be very curious and will often approach divers. Some idea what we’re talking about? With no doubt, my favourite is the Mola Mola!
They are the heaviest known bony fish in the world, with large specimens reaching 10 feet (3.1 meters) horizontally and 14 feet (4.2 meters) vertically, and weighing almost 5,000 pounds. Mola Mola’s are found in tropical and temperate oceans around the world. But Bali is the most beautiful place to spot the Mola Mola.
What’s your favourite creature to spot on your Bali dive? Let us know in the comments below!