Photo by Bill James
There is still though a question to be answered. Why especially in this bay? The cliff at this dive site is about 50-60 metres high. Right at the beginning of it (if you come from the North) there is a gap in the cliff. In this gap you have a beach area which is about a hundred metres wide and at sea level. Since there is not that much current in the area, the portion of the sea is under direct sun light even after 12 o'clock when the sun is going towards west and the topography allows for a good upwell, the plankton thrives here more than in other sites.
I personally named this place Manta Point after the very famous dive site located in the Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Now people can enjoy seeing these sea giants in a local dive site only 20 minutes away from Naama Bay jetty.
Just a few tips for the people that have not dived with these fish before. All mantas and sharks are very sensitive to high frequency pitch sounds. That means that they do not at all like tank bangers, shakers and underwater horns. The do not like people swimming fast to them either. So in order for everybody to see and enjoy the dive, you should refrain from doing so. This year I have already done this dive five times and I saw mantas five times. Last year I had 94% success (16 out 17 times).
When you come in Sharm, ask your dive guide about this dive. It's a great third dive to finish up the day with something unusual.