|Fiji - Chasing the 'Mantas'|
|Written by Paradise Yacht Charters|
|Friday, 28 August 2009 13:04|
We were told by Captain Andy Grocott – captain of the Motor Yacht VVS1 (Click here for password) - that the best time to catch a glimpse of the mantas is when the tides are going out and the currents are stirring up the nutrients from the bottom of the ocean floor. During this time the mantas swim into the current with their mouths open to gather as much food as possible. That time this morning was between 9 and 10 am.
After spending an evening at anchor in the pass between Drawaga Island and Naviti Island, enduring or enjoying a gentle roll (depending upon your constitution), the tides and current were the perfect conditions this morning for "Manta Hunting"!
We donned our swimsuits and grabbed our snorkel gear and headed out in search of Mantas. We cruised in VVS1’s coast guard version dinghy with lots of speed, size and stability, from one end of the cut which runs over a beautiful reef to another. No Mantas.
We decided to at least enjoy a snorkel floating through the pass and enjoying the reef below hoping that a Manta would pass our way. Still nothing.
Before heading back to the yacht however, we gave one more pass to the far side of the reef and we were not disappointed! MANTAS !!
The waves had kicked up and swift current meant that you had to time your jump into the water and swim quickly to see these magnificent creatures – but there they were with amazing spans casting shadows on the ocean floor. Two of the mantas even swam past each other, almost giving each other a ‘kiss’ as they glided through the water.
All in all - another amazing morning in Fiji!