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Which months to see manta rays.

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Which months to see manta rays.

We are staying at Sofitel Private Island for a week in early February and we are wondering if manta rays are around at this time. Is it possible to go anywhere to snorkel where we may see them or is it only possible as a diver?

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1. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

We got back from Bora Bora about 2 weeks ago...We went with Raanui Tours did the full day....Fabulous...ALL SNORKELING....The took us to where the Mantas hang out.....It was pretty deep...I'd say about 70-80 ft.....But we saw 2 Manta's snorkeling.....Leo (our guide) said there would have been more (and in shallower water), but there were quite a few snorkelers in the water, and one boat was too close to the Manta area....Apparently they get spooked if there's a lot of action and they head to deeper water.....It was really cool....They look HUGE even at 80' away.....Here's a video clip I took of the Mantas...Raanui also took us to swim and ride with the bigger Lemon Sharks....Here's another video clip I took of my wife getting towed by a Lemon Shark....we all did it...An experience I'll never forget....

www.youtube.com/watch…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9aD_5HYpkQ

Edited: 9:45 pm, December 05, 2012
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2. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

Missing the Old Hotel Bora Bora with the Manta Rays coming to feed at the Pontoon from the plankton attracted by the floodlights....

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3. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

Manta Ray video at the hotel Bora Bora :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLGuPm_58wQ

meherio

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4. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

Wish we had gone to see that when it was still open. No other hotels do that today?

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6. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

I suggest you go on the shark and ray feeding excursion while you are in Bora Bora and you will definitely see them.

Regards BO

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7. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

Raanui?

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9. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

Raanui is the way to go....Best bang for your buck in Bora Bora.....Do the full day tour which includes the BBQ lunch on a private island.....Book it yourself and save the 30% your hotel will charge to do it for you (a simple phone call)....Arieta is the Mom, just e-mail her for reservations....Fabulous day, and you won't regret it......Here's Raanui's link.

http://www.boraborasafarilagoon.com/

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10. Re: Which months to see manta rays.

Reading frequent reports from Eric at Raimiti on Fakarava of Manta ray sighting near the property.

meherio