Mabul Island Scuba Diving
Ray Point (a.k.a. Stingray City)
Accessed by dive boat, you will roll into the water right above the reef and, having descended from the surface, gently wander down the slope.
Slowly cruising along the slope, you may stop to see the resident crocodile fish resting on the coral or on a patch of sand. This species always looks like it is simply relaxing, and seldom moves when divers are around. They appear to be happy to stay still and pose for a few photographs, even close ups, much closer than you would get to an actual crocodile!
On the bottom itself is a large sandy area peppered with small rocks and what looks like sticks pointing up from the sand. On closer inspection you will see that these are garden eels, and quite a lot of them.
Other interesting species to spot at Ray Point include, unsurprisingly, blue spotted stingrays that are often hunting along the reef in search of food. They are a greenish brown colour with vivid blue spots and a white underbelly. It's a jungle out there if these rays are around and you are a shrimp, crab or small bony fish, since the ray might pin you down with its fins and squash you with the food-crushing plates it has on the side of its mouth.
Other commonly sighted creatures likely to come into your view at this Mabul dive site include cuttlefish, boxfish and of course more of the ever-present parade of turtles.
Ray Point Reef Basics: Sloping reef
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 25m
Surface conditions: Usually calm, but can be choppy
Water temperature: 26 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 1 km (3 minutes) from Mabul Island pier or 5 km (10 mins) from Kapalai
Access: Mabul and Kapalai dive resorts
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