Since 2017, Kokomo has worked closely with The Manta Project Fiji, a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to the research of manta rays. Together, we are working to estimate the size and movement of Fiji’s manta population within and around our archipelago, raising awareness of their conservation needs and the benefits of sustainable tourism.
When the collaboration first began, Kokomo relied on photo identification to help identify individual reef manta rays. By taking photographs of the spot patterns on their bellies, our marine biologists have helped to identify over 140 manta rays for the Fiji database. Similar to a birthmark, these spot patterns are completely unique. During the season, guests will have the opportunity to snorkel with manta rays and to capture photographic images for identification.