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Manta Madness

July - october

7 and 10 day trips

Please note:  We recommend that you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent to get the most out of this trip but you do not need a minimum number of dives to join. 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. Please note: the maximum depth for diving in the Maldives is 30m. 

This itinerary runs at the time of a New Moon when the manta are most prolific between July and October, sailing from Male to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Baa (Hanifaru Bay) and back again. As well as manta, you can get close to whale sharks, 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 whale sharks 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. Although diving is not permitted in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hanifaru Bay, divers are permitted to snorkel with these gentle giants in the lagoon. You will also visit the renowned manta cleaning stations in North Male, Lhaviyani and Baa Atoll.

Of course, sightings can't be guaranteed, but diving at this time means your chances are very high!

Please note: Manta Madness will visit either the cleaning stations of Male or Baa Atoll, which includes Hanifaru Bay. 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 sharks.

Highlights include -

  • Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay and Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and many more
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles, Lankan Manta Point
  • Lhaviyani Atoll: Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express, and Kuredu Caves