Exploring the Manta Ray Habitat Map
There are 11 different species of rays around the world, however, two species are classified Manta Rays. Because Manta Rays prefer warmer waters, they are located primarily in 3 major oceans. In the above Manta Ray Habitat Map, you can see their oceanic range is quite vast. You will most often observe the two species of Manta Ray in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The Giant Manta Ray is the largest of the two species. They may reach between 7 and 9m in width. Giant Manta Rays will embark on large ocean crossings.
The Reef Manta Ray is smaller in comparison to the Giant Manta Ray. The Reef Manta may reach up to 5m in width. They do not travel as far as the giants, and will stop around French Polynesia and Hawaii.
Wondering where are the best places to see Manta Rays in the wild?
Giant Manta Rays are found near Fiji, Indonesia and Australia.
Reef Manta Rays are found closer to Hawaii, Tahiti and the Galapagos
Do you want to join a conservation program with a truly reputable organization? The Oceanic Society offers many opportunities to work with various sea animals, including Manta Rays in Micronesia!