Lankan Manta Point, a world-renowned site for manta rays, is located off the reef of Lankan Finolhu. You can spot these majestic creatures from a depth of 8 to 22 meters on the southeast corner of the reef around large rocks during the southwest monsoon. The reef begins at 8 meters and slopes gradually to 30 meters.
During the southwest monsoon, when plankton thrives, manta rays converge at rocks that serve as ‘cleaning stations’ for cleaner wrasses to shed old skin and parasites. Thereafter, the manta rays swim up and down the reef as they feed on zooplankton in shallow water. The manta rays remain at the ‘cleaning station’ and circle around divers.