Manta rays

Palau, Ocea­nia

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - January -

A small is­land, ap­prox­i­mately 1,000km off the coast of the Philip­pines, Palau of­fers one of the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to go scuba-div­ing with ma­jes­tic manta rays. The win­ter months, par­tic­u­larly Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, are the best time to swim along­side dozens in one lo­ca­tion and the high sea­son usu­ally de­liv­ers calm, warm wa­ters. These grace­ful rays, with a wing­span of up to 4m, in­habit the bar­rier reefs sur­round­ing the ar­chi­pel­ago, of­ten vis­it­ing clean­ing sta­tions.

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