Manta Point Dive Site is popularly known as Emas Thila (Explore the best dive sites). It is an incredible drift dive on both the north and south sides of the Thila. The reef top is at 15 meters and on the western side of the Thila but rises to just about 10 meters on the Eastern side. Manta point five site is typically focused on various coral rocks on the reef top on the outside of the Thila. Along the reef, the boundary is a shallow ledge at 15 meters.
This popular dive site is perfect for beginners. Manta Point is frequently visited by many cruise ships and divers. The main reason for divers to come to Lanka Manta Point is Manta rays, and to view whitetip sharks (Brown Milbert’s sand bar shark), lobsters (family of large marine crustaceans), and humphead wrasses (Māori wrasse).There is one patio at about 30 meters on the southern side where coral heads are grouped mutually, forming small gullies and arches.
Dive Inside the Marine World
Around the rocks are big schools of fish, most notably the masked bannerfish (Heniochus Monoceros), but also marked sweet lips (Pink Mouth Pigfish), oriental sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus), trevally (ray-finned fish), red bass (mangrove jack), and spangled emperor fish (Lethrinus nebulosus). Manta Point dive site have many sea-fans (Formerly known as gorgonians), sea-whips (Alcyonacea), soft coral and squirrel fish (Holocentridae) in the fissures and in the canal one can find plentiful big dog tooth tunas (Gymnosarda unicolor), napoleons (Humphead wrasse) and sharks.
Best Time to Dive : August – November