Manta Ray Party Happening at Koh Bon, Similan Islands
Divers are reporting of loosing count of the number of different manta rays circling the famous west ridge pinnacle. Some are say it is as many as 10 and others are saying more. All are saying that they are putting on an amazing show for all levels of scuba divers.
Large groups of manta rays are no strangers to the region and numbers of 25+ at a time have been recorded just over the border in Burma. Phuket scuba diving liveaboard boats do have regular trips to the Burmese portion of the Andaman Sea.
We are quite fortunate in Thailand to be blessed with the Giant Oceanic Manta rays which are the largest species of mantas. They have been recorded up to 7 metres wide with the average disc width of around 4 metres. The largest up to 1,350 kg in weight.
The Giant Oceanic Manta spent most of their life far from land, ocean bound and travelling in with the major currents looking for nutrient-rich waters. The preference is to feed on zooplankton.
Racha Noi is the best day trip site to try and find these majestic creature and it is not uncommon for those doing the most basic of PADI activates PADI Discover Scuba Diving and PADI Open Water course to have seen them.
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