There is an abundance of unique snorkeling and beachcombing spots around Komodo National Park. Yet still, one of the most attractive and unique locations is Taka Makassar island and its spectacular reef. Despite a very tiny land size and diving focus, Taka Makassar owns a must-visit reputation during your travels in Komodo National Park.
Also known as Taka Makassar Manta Point, this unique Komodo location possesses strong currents that attract mysterious manta rays in large numbers. Thousands flock to Taka Makassar’s surrounding reef year long to experience an intimate encounter with the manta rays. Thus, making Taking Makassar a real diving paradise for manta lovers.
Another highlight of Taka Makassar in Komodo is a unique, crescent-shaped island with a Pink beach in the middle of the sea, a supreme spot for relaxing and snorkeling in shallow waters. The experience may remind you of swimming in a private pool, although a more beautiful and majestic one with all the captivating Komodo Park scenery around. Due to its small size, Taka Makassar island is quite limited when it comes to exploration. Still, with its distinctive island shape and pinkish sands, you are guaranteed an Instagram-worthy shot, especially from a drone. Therefore, the best period to visit Taka Makassar island is definitely during the low tides.
You do not have to go deep to take in the beauty of the underwater world here. The famous Taka Makassar is known as the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. It is also one of the best sanctuaries in Indonesia to encounter the manta rays as regarded by experts such as marine biologists. This reputation has led the country to come up with various laws in the hopes of preserving the gentle manta rays. As a result, this has increased the status of Taka Makassar Komodo as the top diving and snorkeling destination in Komodo National Park.
Ten meters is all it takes for you to reach the sandy bottom of Taka Makassar Manta Point. At all times, be ready to meet the gentle creatures in their natural habitat. The base of Taka Makassar Manta Point is filled with plankton, attracting the manta rays to come for feeding and cleaning. Not surprisingly, the trip to Taka Makassar will not be complete until you encounter the only real star of the area.
The manta rays in Komodo National Park are known to be harmless and intelligent. Give them some time, and you will find that in no time, these gentle and curious creatures will start to swim closer to you. It is a fantastic experience altogether to swim with manta rays as they often come in groups of even up to 30 or more. The more commonly sighted species in the waters of Taka Makassar is the Reef Manta.
While the manta rays are considered the focus of the Taka Makassar tour, there are many other marine creatures ready to amaze. Factors such as mild currents and excellent visibility contribute to the reputation of Taka Makassar as a place to also encounter turtles, sharks, eagle rays, giant trevallies, huge clams, various kinds of sponges, and cuttlefish.
Taka Makassar is so famous that you will always visit it during any day trip or liveaboard cruise across Komodo National Park from Labuan Bajo. As a stand-alone destination, Taka Makassar is within an hour’s reach from Labuan Bajo on a speedboat.
So whether you are after an epic photo of the Taka Makassar island, or swimming alongside dozens of gentle creatures at Manta Point, you are guaranteed to be left amazed by the beauty of Taka Makassar in Komodo.