Looking for a unique manta ray experience? The M/Y Conte Max is hosting a special Manta Trust Expedition to explore the best feeding aggregations of manta rays in the stunning Maldives.
The aim of the trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find mantas and allow guests to experience the wonder of immersing themselves amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants. The trip has been timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence manta ray movements and feeding habits in the Maldives.
Guests will get to contribute to cutting-edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals, whilst exploring two of the best manta ray destinations in the Maldives.
One of the Northern Atolls, Baa is well off the main route for most liveaboards and hosts manta rays and whale sharks. Highlights include Dhonfanu Thila and Dhigali Haa; two underwater pinnacles covered in bushy black corals, whip corals and sea fans, plus world-famous Hanifaru Bay. Hanifaru is known for its feeding manta ray congregations during August to November. This small enclosed bay hosts hundreds of feeding manta rays that barrel roll and swim to the surface to funnel plankton within the bay. This feeding pattern can be witnessed from liveaboard boats or whilst snorkelling with the rays.
The diversity of dive sites at Baa Atoll make it a great location for all diver experience levels.
Ari Atoll has 105 small islands and is famous for being regularly visited by whale sharks. Venturing into this atoll, guests will search for these spotty giants and visit some of the richest and most spectacular dive sites of the Maldives. Ari Atoll also hosts the second largest manta ray population of the country and guests will have the opportunity to find manta aggregations and night feeding events at specific sites. There are submerged pinnacles to explore and several cleaning stations where divers can get close to manta rays.
The currents are strong at Ari Atoll and most of the dives are drift dives, so the diving is best suited to experienced divers.
Departing: 24 September 2018
Duration: 8 days/7 nights