ACCOMPANIED BY THE MANTA TRUST ASSOCIATION
Late summer coincides with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of reef manta rays. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of the Manta Trust experts to find these feeding aggregations and allow you to have the wonderful experience of diving into the feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.
On this expedition we will explore the rarely visited northern atolls of Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani to encounter the little studied manta ray populations. A trip designed specifically for adventurers looking for something new and rarely offered in the Maldives!
Baa Atoll is off the main route for most dive cruises and we will venture to this more northerly atoll to look specifically for the famous mantas of Hanifaru Bay and hopefully some whale sharks too. Seeing several of the world’s largest fish feeding amongst dozens of the world’s largest rays is an unforgettable memory.
Just north of Baa we venture to Raa Atoll, one of the most unexplored atolls in the Maldives, regularly visited by mantas and home to some stunning dive sites. Vertical walls covered in soft corals, gardens of anemones and mantas hovering overhead are just some of the wonders of this area.
Before heading back down to Male, we will finally visit Lhaviyani Atoll, another spectacular northern atoll. Here, sharks, schools of eagle rays, tuna and other large pelagic fish will be the protagonists of our dives with the possibility of meeting other manta rays and diving on one of the most beautiful wrecks in the country.
Although the weather in the Maldives at this time of year is likely to be more changeable, it is these monsoon conditions that create exactly the planktonic masses on which the mantas and whale sharks congregate to feed. Furthermore, we can never guarantee these natural events, but we have designed a trip that maximises our chances of being in the right place at the right time, guided by the knowledge of the Manta Trust’s expert on board.
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