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Manta, Whale Shark & Wrecks (North)

  • Gaafaru Atoll: Wrecks
  • Lhaviyani Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Pelagics, Channels and Coral reefs
  • Noonu Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Pinnacles and great dive sites
  • Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay and other great dive sites

This special itinerary have been chosen to run when the manta are most prolific between August and October. Boarding your liveaboard in Male, you head north to begin your safari ending in Baa Atoll (Hanifaru Bay) where you catch a flight back to Male.


Your journey begins with wreck diving at Gaafaru Atoll, continuing on to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Noonu with an abundance of grey reef sharks, exciting channel diving, beautiful coral formations and pinnacles brimming with life. Baa Atoll is home to Hanifaru Lagoon where you can snorkel with the manta and whalesharks that come to feed on the plankton in this shallow lagoon. Of course, sightings can't be guaranteed but traveling at this time of year means your chances are really high! Baa Atoll is also home to many pinnacles, overhangs and alternative manta sites.

You can combine this itinerary with the safari Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs (South), which is the return trip but calling at different sites, making an exciting two week safari covering eight atolls. Contact us for details and prices.

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. This itinerary 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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