Guidelines for Diving With Manta Rays and Mola Mola in Bali
The following Code of Conduct has been disseminated across operators in Bali and its aim is allowing divers to witness these amazing creatures without interfering in or disturbing their natural behavior. Here at World Diving Lembongan we follow these simple steps to ensure that our divers have AMAZING encounters!
- Always stay close to the reef, never approach the mola from above – if you wait it will slowly swim up the reef as it is being cleaned
- If manta rays or mola are just entering a cleaning station do not approach until the cleaning has begun and the fish have been stationary for at least 1 minute – once the cleaning begins the fish will relax and are less likely to be startled.
- Do not get too close – stay at least 3 – 5 meters from manta rays and mola.
- If manta rays and mola are swimming or approaching a cleaning station stay at least 10 meters away to give them chance to settle.
- Do not touch manta rays or mola – their skins’ surface is covered by a mucus membrane to protect against infection – touching the fish removes parts of the membrane.
- Do not swim under or behind mola as this startles them.
- Do not block a manta or mola’s exit from a cleaning station – never crowd either fish – they will become startled and flee.
- If manta rays are cleaning remain passive and observe them from the bottom of the cleaning station – do not swim to the top of it.
- If a manta ray or mola approaches you remain still and calm – jerky movements will startle the fish. Neither mola nor manta rays are harmful.
- Do not use flash photography as this disturbs the fish.
- Do not use personal underwater motorized propulsion vehicles or make loud noises.
- Be courteous to other divers and restrict your interaction time to 5 minutes when other groups are present.
- Dive with companies who follow the Code of Conduct and always follow your dive guides directions.
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