Mawan is a small islet to the north of Padar, ringed by idyllic white sandy beaches and shallow coral gardens. The dive begins close to the beach on the southwest side of the island. Descend to around 15 m and swim southwest, following a wide coral-covered slope. The variety of coral and fish life here is immense, and it is worth taking time to look closely. Small critters abound—a macro-lovers paradise! But there is something for everyone here. Sharks, bumphead parrotfish and rays are commonly seen. Keep your eyes peeled towards the end of the dive, as mantas can sometimes be seen hovering just above the white sandy seafloor. Head back in towards the shallows to finish the dive, where the coral gardens offer a wealth of treasures to discover during your safety stop. Mawan does experience strong currents, and this dive can only be attempted on a rising tide. Be sure to seek advice from an experienced local guide before diving this site.
The reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) is a species of ray in the family Mobulidae, the largest rays in the world. Among generally recognized species, it is the second-largest species of ray, only surpassed by the giant oceanic manta ray
Bleaching occurs when corals expel their symbiotic zooxanthellae - pigmented, algae-like protozoa that live within the coral's cells. High temperature, pollution or other stresses can cause the coral to expel its zooxanthellae, leading to a lighter or complete loss of color.