Always remember to look out for boats and don’t crowd marine life. For your own safety, don’t get in the water if it’s too choppy and use a lifejacket if you’re not a strong swimmer.
Be sure to adhere to the snorkelling code of conduct in order to protect the reef, do not touch any coral or marine life, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going into the water and don’t take anything from the ocean, unless it’s trash.
If you want to photograph manta rays, then I suggest doing it in the daytime. If you’re a keen photographer then the sheer size of the rays means that it is worth investing in a fish-eye lens to get the whole thing in the frame.
Try and get them in shallow waters to use the natural sunlight or use a strobe if you’re diving deeper. Be patient as you’ll get a better shot from waiting than by chasing the manta around. If you’re snorkelling then you can get a decent shot by using a GoPro in an underwater housing.
So if you’re planning on visiting any of these places, find out whether you’ll be passing a manta ray bay along the way!
Have you ever been snorkelling with manta rays? If so, whereabouts in the world did you see them? Let me know in the comments below!
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