HABITAT & RANGE
Shown here are aerial photos taken by helicopter of feeding mantas around channels and reef passes in Palau. While German Channel and Devilfish City are the best known manta sites in Palau, almost every channel and reef pass has cleaning stations and manta feeding sites where mantas show up, depending on the tides and wind direction. Ngardmau and Ngarchelong state have the largest concentrations of manta rays in Palau. We now believe these reef mantas never leave the Palau area, but follow the plankton around the reefs. The same mantas have been photographed all around Palau, and in general stay around the western reefs from October to May when the winds are from the east, moving to the eastern reefs when the trade winds change.