Mantarays in the Whitsundays
Possibly the most popular of all marine life found in the Whitsundays is the majestic manta ray.
These special type of rays are certainly the most sought-after animal to see in the region, simply because they move so gracefully and are curious by nature, often swimming close to snorkellers and divers.
Many travellers head out on a Whitsundays tour in the hope to see a manta ray in their own natural environment, to the extent that a popular snorkel site has been fittingly named ‘Manta Ray Bay’.
Manta rays in the region has been known to stay around Manta Ray Bay at certain times of the year and can also been found around the islands, cruising the shoreline and often surface nearby anchored vessels.
Manta Rays are harmless to humans and spend their time eating plankton and travel along using their incredibly large wings which can sometimes be seen from above the surface.
The best way to have the chance to see a mantaray is on an overnight sailing trip.