Manta Sandy

One of the most renown dive site in Raja Ampat

Manta Sandy Raja Ampat

A world-class signature dive

Manta Sandy is an iconic diving and snorkeling site in Raja Ampat, located off the Southern coast of Gam Island, close to Mansuar Island. It is probably one of the best known Raja Ampat dive sites and is considered a signature dive of the area.

The site, which is a main cleaning station, is famous for its consistent population of manta rays between October and April. These majestic marine giants can be found either feeding at the surface, as the area is rich in plankton, or hovering over a cleaning station.

Manta Sandy Raja Ampat Dive Site

Discover the mythic archipelago of the Four Kings

Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT | 8 Days / 7 Nights

South Raja Ampat & West Waigeo Island, 
Waisai to Waisai

Departures
2022
- 11th
 May
5th June
- 2nd, 11th & 21st Aug
9th & 19th Nov
3rd Dec

Departures 2023:
- 10th Jan
- 3rd & 13th Mar
- 29th Apr
- 23rd May

300$ per day instead of 350$
Total 2399$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
10.0
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
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Map Cruise Raja Ampat 8 Days 7 Nights

Day 1 : Sorong - Waisai

The adventure starts with your pick-up from Sorong Airport or your hotel, the crew will transfer you to the vessel located in Waisai harbor. Once arrived, you will be offered a welcome drink and right after your check-in, we will lift the anchor. You will have enough time to unpack, set your gear and socialize with others. You will spend your first dinner and night on board.

Day 2 : East Dampier Strait

South Waigeo, Gam Island and the Dampier Strait are a renowned area of Raja Ampat. The Dampier Strait is full of an amazing marine diversity due to the rich currents going through this area. We will start with diving on the East side of the passage at Blue Magic which is an incredible dive site and the best to start your dive liveaboard. In the afternoon, we will go diving to Sardine Reef and Kap Kri where we will have the chance to see some big pelagic! At the end of the day, we will drop the anchor in Yenbuba bay where we might have the time to take a small walk in the streets of this authentic village toward the church.

Day 3 : Mansuar Island

The small village of Saundarek is located on this island but it does not change the fact that this is one of the most abundant area in marine life. We will go diving in the waters from this village and discover the Napoleon wrasse, barracudas and reefs sharks that swim in the area… Later, we will have few opportunities and will decide the dive sites according to the conditions but the idea is either to go diving with Manta rays at Manta Ridge, in the incredible Coral Garden of Mayhem or in Cytrus or Yeben Kecil… Many wonderful dive sites full of diversity. At the end of the day, we will have a tasty BBQ party on Yeben beach!

Day 4 : Pianemo Island

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Pianemo and go dive on its famous Reef where you will enjoy one of the largest populations of pelagic in the area. This site is very impressive, especially when the current is strong, when you can see the most of it. After breakfast, we will go dive on Melissa’s Garden, the most well-known site in the region, famous for its impressive and healthy hard coral reefs. Then, we will dive in Galaxy dive site which offer a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon after your third dive, we will take you to Penemu Island where you can walk up to the famous viewpoint above Pianemo’s star-shaped lagoons. You will also have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset, dinner and night on board.

Day 5 : Wayag archipelago

Early morning, we planned to do a small trekking to the top of mount Pindito where an astonishing view is waiting for you, probably the best panorama you ever seen… After that, we will organize a dive in the waters next to this island where diversity is optimum. In the afternoon, we will go cruising between the islets with the speed boat and you will be offered to go diving, kayaking or paddling around this wonderful area. Few viewpoints are not to be missed!

Day 6 : Wohof Island

We will drop the anchor in front of this paradisiac island where white sand beach meets walls and stunning corals. We will go diving on the epic site of Edy’s Black Forest, black corals cover this reef with exceptional macro and don’t forget to look around to spot the schools of Trevally… We will also dive on Wofoh wall which is a gentle drift dive that allows you to examine the multicolor corals and the beautiful macro within the rocks: nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps are everywhere in the wall, just look around you to not miss anything!

Day 7 : Dampier Strait

Today is a special day as we need to schedule the dives according to your return flight. Anyway, most probably, we will be able to admire Wobbegong sharks in Mioskon and we will take you to Cape Kri where a record of 374 fish species identified during a 90-minute dive! A muck night dive awaits you at Yenbuba Jetty where we can find bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudis. Only one or two dives will be possible on the last full day of cruise to match the surface time required for your return flight on the next day. In the evening, we will sail back to Sorong.

Day 8 : Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, it will be time to say bye-bye to the crew, after what we will bring you back to your hotel or to the Airport in Sorong.

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

Topography & Dive Plan

The site is a narrow channel located between the main reef and a smaller one, which features small coral bommies. Currents in Manta Sandy are usually moderate, with some exceptions though. Still, unlike Manta Ridge, this site not only welcomes experienced divers but beginners and snorkelers as well.  The depth of the dive is also perfect for all levels, ranging from an average of 5 meters down to a maximum of 20 meters. On a good day up to 20 Mantas have been spotted. They normally will be waiting above the two rocks for a cleaner wrasse to come out and start cleaning them.


Black Manta in Manta Sandy

Respect Manta Rays

These gentle giants, at over five meters long with a wingspan up to 6-7 meters, they are curious and intelligent and they are not scared off by respectful snorkelers and divers. If you are patient, they will often come and check you out, but it is important not to approach the rays too closely, as they may leave the area. Sometimes, manta rays will only appear when there is a current. The feeling of being surrounded by these enormous rays, will be a memory you will never ever forget.
It is better to book your diving or snorkeling adventure in advance, as 20 divers are allowed per day to respect the manta rays.

Manta Sandy Cleaning Station

Advices & Recommandations

Manta Sandy is just half an hour away from Manta Ridge, which is another cleaning station in the area, thus another great spot to encounter mantas, so if you happen to see only a few of them in this site, better check out the second site as well.

This cleaning station is one of the flagship sites of Raja Ampat and is one of the best spots in the world to observe all year-round these graceful beauties, however during the months of October till April is when the mantas come to feed at this famous cleaning station, giving you more chances to see them.

Dive Site Manta Sandy Raja Ampat