The temperate ocean water of the Maldivian atolls are home to the highly intelligent, largest rays of the world, the manta rays. We invite you to join us as we visit the coral-reef equivalent of our onboard spa, the manta ray cleaning stations.
On this journey we'll explore these high cognitive functioning sea creatures behaviours and habitats, whilst also learning how you can help protect these highly threatened beings.
Alongside the daily dives and explorations of the western side of the atolls, you'll enjoy ocean talks from local NGOs' guest speakers, PADI Specialty courses, and entertainment. You'll leave having made a real difference in conserving these devil fish that are fundamental to our marine ecosystems.
Best of Maldives Itinerary: Vaavu - S Ari - N Ari - Male (no domestic flight required)
This itinerary is planned to maximize our chances of encounters with manta rays while visiting some of the best dive sites the central Maldivian atolls have to offer.
We will dive around the most famous manta spots in the Maldives, as well as some lesser-known cleaning stations. You will see the most breathtaking coral formations the central atolls have to offer, complete with channel dives and a plethora of marine species which share this ecosystem with the graceful mantas.
Between dives, you will have a chance to participate in workshops that will help us better appreciate the behavior of these fascinating creatures before jumping in the water with them.
You will visit South Ari atoll, a popular hotspot for whale sharks too!
On top of daily diving you'll experience:
- PADI AWARE Specialty courses: Manta Awareness, Dive Against Debris and more.
- Project AWARE Specialty course: INCLUDED (theory-only course).
Love Ocean Talks
Manta Talks: Join us for a series of engaging presentations to learn all about manta rays anatomy, physiology, behavior and conservation status. You'll discover how to identify individual mantas and what personal actions you can take to protect them.
PADI AWARE Specialty courses
PADI Manta Awareness: Explore the grace and beauty of these infamous manta rays further, learning more about them as a species, the threats they're facing, how to follow the code of conduct around manta cleaning stations and what you can do to help conserve them. (To gain this PADI Specialty Certification you must be at least 10 years old and certified as min. Junior Open Water Diver).
AWARE Dive Against Debris: If you want to make a difference on every dive you make, this course is for you. In this course, you'll begin learning about the widespread problem of marine debris, and you'll leave with the knowledge and skills to help tackle it. You'll start protecting our blue planet through both clearing local dive sites of trash, and also completing crucial Dive Against Debris surveys. After the clean-up dive we will weight, sort and record our findings so you can submit your first survey results to Project AWARE. (To gain this PADI Specialty Certification you must be at least 12 years old and certified as min. Junior Open Water Diver).
Project AWARE: In this interactive workshop you will learn how to channel your passion for diving into protecting the dive sites you love the most. This course will provide simple diving ethics to live by, and how you can make a difference when traveling, diving, taking photos and more. This course only requires a keenness to learn.
If you're looking to recharge and unwind whilst still reveling in the magic of these graceful, gentle creatures, join us at the spa deck to learn more about manta rays and their ecosystem.
Join us reveling in the remarkable 'Andrea: Queen of Mantas', a story of 30 year old Andrea Marshall who changed the world of marine biology, giving up everything for a life observing the largest population of manta rays in the world.
Next up, we have 'Majestic Mantas', following Pacific Manta Research Group scientists study their local manta ray population, whilst also showcasing the impact microplastics and other toxic trash has on these mysterious fish.
Feel the commorardary aboard our floating resort and spend the evening reveling in good stories and good food during manta ray themed dinner.
If you fancy yourself as a budding photographer, take part in our Manta Ray underwater photo contest, where you'll compete to capture the iconic "manta train". We also have 20 manta trivia cards waiting to be found around the boat.
If you're ready to take the plunge and not only share experiences with these magnificent sea creatures, but also make a lasting impact on their conservation, we can't wait to welcome you aboard.