During manta season in Lhaviyani Atoll, our area of the Maldives becomes a magnet for not only the majestic rays but also for divers and snorkellers hoping to see them. It goes without saying that in order to have a chance of seeing them, you need to spend time in the ocean. Join as many snorkel excursions or dive trips as you can: the more time spent in the water, the higher your chances of success!
There is even a special Manta Search Boat that runs during the manta season at times when sightings have been made, and nothing beats the excitement as you make your way to the ‘Manta Point’ at Fushivaru. This trip allows you to learn about these magnificent creatures whilst on your way to admire their beauty.Learning more about these elegant animals only adds to the experience. Discover more about the research project that Prodivers is involved in, how to identify individual manta rays and additional interesting facts about their life cycles, feeding habits and the dangers that they face in today’s world.
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The Manta Trust have put together a very useful guide about how to safely swim with mantas without posing a threat to their well-being, please follow these guidelines during your encounters while snorkelling or diving:
- Enter the water quietly
- Keep fins under the water to avoid splashing
- Do not approach closer than 3 metres – let the manta come to you
- Approach from the side – never block it’s path
- Do not chase the manta as it swims past
- Never touch a manta ray
- Stay at the side of cleaning stations – never on top
- Keep low but be careful not to damage the reef
- If a manta swims towards you, stay low and stay still – do not block its path
- In addition, follow local guidelines given during the dive or snorkel briefing
Happy Manta searching!