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Manta Madness

  • Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay and other great dive sites
  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles

This itinerary only runs when the manta are most prolific from August to October, sailing from Male to the northern atolls of Baa (Hanifaru Bay) and back again. As well as manta, you can get close to whalesharks, hammerheads and reef sharks. One of the big attractions is the promise of manta encounters and diving at this time of the year will hopefully fulfil that promise. Thanks to the currents that sweep plankton into the shallow lagoons, manta and whalesharks follow in vast numbers to feed. Here you'll see manta swim and loop at dive sites that have been chosen to hopefully give you sightings all week long.

Manta Point and Gangethi are well known stations that manta visit all year round and Rasdhoo and Maya Thila promise some fabulous diving with hammerheads, grey reefs and white tip sharks. Be sure to do the night dive on this trip! Of course, sightings can't be guaranteed, but diving at this time means your chances are very high!

Please note: For this safari we recommend all divers to be Advanced Open Water Divers or similar and have about 30 logged dives. You should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided. Manta Madness will visit either the cleaning stations of Male, Ari and Vaavu atolls or Baa Atoll, which includes Hanifaru area. This is at the Cruise Director's discretion based on the weather and current conditions to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whale shark.

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