The manta ray is the largest of the rays and can be found throughout the tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs. The nutrient-rich waters of the Maldives make a perfect environment for these beautiful marine animals and this itinerary visits some of the best dive sites in the area to find these magnificent creatures all year round. This Majestic Mantas Maldives dive trip is an ideal opportunity to dive with mantas, eagle rays, and more!
**PLEASE NOTE** The dive sites below are just an example of the route taken and are not guaranteed. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
Hanifaru Bay – Baa
Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives Islands. Its size is no greater than that of a football field and yet it has become one of the hottest spots on the planet for underwater photographers. The reason for this modern day phenomenon of underwater diversity is because plankton blooms between the months of May and November – a very unusual phenomenon – attracting manta rays by the hundreds. At any one time at Hanifaru Bay, there can be up to 200 manta rays feeding off the coral reefs as well as plenty of whale sharks which do the same! Hanifaru Bay has become the world’s largest manta ray feeding destinations. PLEASE NOTE: Since January 2012 scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay, however you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approx 45mins).
This beautiful thila in Baa Atoll is easily circumnavigated in one dive and is a favourite for shark sightings and where you can possibly see at least 6 grey reef sharks at one time. Once heavily fished, it is now a protected marine sanctuary and the fish life is prolific and varied with blue fin jacks, fusilier, blue striped and humpback snapper, batfish and schools of barracuda.
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
Originally sailing as a blue o two fleet vessel in the Red Sea, M/Y blue Voyager was fully refurbished in 2017 ready for her move to the Maldives. M/Y blue Voyager is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel that boasts three spacious double and ten twin cabins. She features a separate outdoor dining area, bar and sky lounge, as well as a luxurious Jacuzzi.
M/Y blue Voyager benefits from a separate tender and diving dhoni which allows for the best use of space on the liveaboard to explore the pearls of the Indian Ocean in comfort. The vessel is also equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and camera station.
£1795 per person
Includes: Return flights from London – Male (other UK airports may be available on request and a supplement may apply), internal transfers, full board on the vessel (incl. water, tea/coffee + 1 BBQ), all diving on 12lt cylinder with air fills and weights, and Green tax.
Please contact Medhi at Aquanaut Scuba & Snorkelling Centre on 020 8546 8882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book on this Fabulous Maldives safari!