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Top10 Spots - Snorkeling with Rays

With their flat bodies and their gills shaped like wings, rays are the “birds” of the sea. Dozens of species populate the world’s seas. The biggest of them, the manta ray, is completely harmless and can have a span of up to 9 meters. Snorkelers can observe these majestic fish in many different places in the world, and sometimes very close up. Check out our top 5 snorkeling spots to swim with rays.

Raie Velidhu ▲ The question you can ask yourself before a snorkeling session in Velidhu is not whether you will see any rays, but rather which ones you’ll see. A spotted eagle ray? A bluespotted ribbontail ray? Or – the dream of many – a majestic manta ray? All three, perhaps.

Raie Shark Ray Alley ▲ Shark Ray Alley is well named: a non-stop procession of southern stingrays and nurse sharks awaits you at the most popular spot in Belize. You can also find stingrays and eagle rays at Hol Chan Cut. If you’re staying in Caye Caulker, you might like to know that this small island also has its very own Shark Ray Alley, which is less busy.

Raie Petite Terre 2 ▲ Petite Terre is a real jewel bathed by the Caribbean Sea, not far from Guadeloupe. In the channel separating the isles, you will have no trouble seeing spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays.

Raie Akumal 2 ▲ Akumal is famous for its turtles, but it would be a mistake to forget that you can easily come across three species of rays there too: the spotted eagle ray, the yellowspotted ribbontail ray and the southern stingray, which you can’t miss in the seagrass beds. You can observe rays on many others spots of Riviera Maya, particularly at Puerto Morelos.

▲ The small port of the island Félicité, in Seychelles, is an appreciated refuge by the spotted eagle rays, which are always there, by 12 to 20 feet deep. Waters which surround la Digue and its dependences are amongst the best of Indian Ocean to observe spotted eagle rays. If you are in la Digue and if you cannot make the excursion for the island Félicité, go to Anse sévère

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