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Manta’s in Maupiti 8-24-14 August 25, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.
Manta at cleaning station

Manta at cleaning station

Manta’s in Maupiti 8-24-14

There are a couple of cleaner stations here inside the lagoon, that specialize in cleaning Manta’s that come in from the ocean that is about a mile away. The pass is about 75 yards wide. These are 12 to 14 foot mantas. There aren’t many places in the world where you can dive or snorkel on a manta ray’s cleaning station, where cleaner wrasses feed on parasites from the mantas’ wings and gill areas, in less than 18 feet of water. Visibility is pretty good. One sailboat family while we were here reported eight mantas they saw at once. I saw four at a time and took pictures of three at once hovering on a bommie, a large coral head. The mantas come in to the bommie, hover for several minutes to a longer time frame while the cleaner wrasse do their job. There is another coral head nearby that is also a cleaner station. Three to four mantas can hover on the bommie, while others are queued up waiting in line. The bottom depth is about 29 feet. One of the village boaters came over to another boat and our boat and let us know we should move another hundred meters back, as the local regulations are 200 meters away from the cleaner bommie. We both moved.

The other pictures are of ornate butterflyfish; and saddled butterflyfish with one sixbar wrasse. These were out near the reef in shallow water with much clearer water.

Here’s a picture of the WiFi sign and the desk the lady cleared somewhat when we first used the WiFi, at Manu Pension.

We’re looking for a weather window for the trip to Rarotonga about 5 or 6 days away. Seas are about 3 meters and winds are light in the five knot area at this point. We’d like smaller seas and wind 10 to 15 kts. We’ll see how it goes.

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue
Maupiti, French Polynesia


– s / j –



1. Marie & Greg - August 25, 2014

Nature sure is amazing. Who would have guessed that there’s a “car wash” for Manta’s! Thanks for sharing. Marie

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