Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Manta Ray Drop Off, in the Bait Reef area of the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef, boasts spectacular underwater cliffs and a plunging wall that drops off to 30 metres. The wall is covered with gorgonians, soft coral trees, sponges and sea whips.
The Manta Ray Drop Off site is great for snorkelling as well as diving. Best known for the soaring manta rays found cruising the wall in winter (May to September), reef sharks and schools of pelagics are common any time of year.
Site is exposed to southerly winds and is very prone to strong currents. Best to dive during slack water, neap tides.
Visibility: 12 - 30 metres
Diving depth: 3 - 36 metres
Bottom: Total coral cover in shallow water to five metres, wall dropping to 30 metres cut with crevices. From 30 metres down, bottom is made up of coral rubble, sand and scattered coral heads.