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This Majestic Mantas Maldives dive trip is an ideal opportunity to dive with mantas, eagle rays, and more!
Diving in the Maldives is very often found on a divers wish-list of scuba diving holidays. In the Maldives, we are proud to offer our luxury scuba diving fleet live-aboard, sailing a variety of stunning itineraries to highlight the best dive sites in the Maldives. Divers can choose between our other Maldives live-aboard vessels to optimize choice of Maldives diving itineraries, routes, and dive sites.
The Maldives is made up of a stunning group of atolls that play host to an underwater paradise brimming with marine wildlife. Located south west of Sri Lanka in the warm, tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives include over 1200 tiny, low-lying coral islands surrounded by white sand. The abundance of marine life in the Maldives can be attributed to the ideal growing conditions the waters provide for coral reef. These coral reefs are home to more than 700 species of fish, many of which are sadly endangered. In the lagoons you can find whale sharks, turtles, octopus, manta rays and the giant Napoleon wrasse to name just a few.
The Maldives is tropical all year round and water temperatures range from 27°C to 29°C. There is no minimum number of dives required by local law and all diving is done from 'dhonis' or tenders to ensure accurate entry and exits points.
Divers have the opportunity to see a huge range of beautiful hard and soft corals as well as the potential to dive with manta rays, whale sharks, sharks, turtles, barracudas, jacks and tuna. Experience the first class diving in this unique underwater world and you may never want to leave!
The manta ray is the largest of the rays and can be found throughout the tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs. The nutrient-rich waters of the Maldives make a perfect environment for these beautiful marine animals and this itinerary visits some of the best dive sites in the area to find these magnificent creatures all year round. This Majestic Mantas Maldives dive trip is an ideal opportunity to dive with mantas, eagle rays, and more!
Hanifaru Bay (Baa) - Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives Islands. Its size is no greater than that of a football field and yet it has become one of the hottest spots on the planet for underwater photographers. The reason for this modern day phenomenon of underwater diversity is because plankton blooms between the months of May and November - a very unusual phenomenon - attracting manta rays by the hundreds. At any one time at Hanifaru Bay, there can be up to 200 manta rays feeding off the coral reefs as well as plenty of whale sharks which do the same! Hanifaru Bay has become the world's largest manta ray feeding destinations. PLEASE NOTE: From January 2012 scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay, however you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approx 45mins).
Dhigala Haa - This beautiful thila in Baa Atoll is easily circumnavigated in one dive and is a favorite for shark sightings and where you can possibly see at least 6 grey reef sharks at one time. Once heavily fished, it is now a protected marine sanctuary and the fish life is prolific and varied with blue fin jacks, fusilier, blue striped and humpback snapper, batfish and schools of barracuda.
Other important information
Rates: is based on shared twin standard cabins. If you are traveling alone you will sharing with a diver of the same sex. If you wish to upgrade to guaranteed single use cabin the cost of single supplement is 80% of the package.
If you would like to upgrade to upper deck cabin the cost is £100 per person/week
Qualification Needed: PADI Open water or equivalent - although no minimum number of logged dives required, it is recommended that divers are aware that this itinerary is likely to encounter some diving in currents. Please refer to our itinerary checklist for additional information.
Destination good for: Mantas! Huge range of beautiful hard and soft corals as well as diving with manta rays, whale sharks, sharks, turtles, barracudas, jacks and tuna
Diving: Reef diving. Normally three per day. Night dives usually two-three but not guaranteed. Trip suitable for all divers, some strong currents might occure. Drift dives and negative entries required.
Arrival/Boarding/Departure: As most flights to/from Male will involve arrival and departures between 00:00-06:00 we recommend that you book a pre-night hotel before your trip. The vessels in Maldives are available to board after 18:00. The official checkout time is 09:00. On leaving the live aboard and depending on your return flight times, you will be provided with local day use facilities. Please note this does not include the use of a hotel room although these may be available to book at an additional cost. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a hotel room for your last night or for day use. If you decide to upgrade to a hotel room on the final night of your trip, check in will be from 2.00pm and check out will be at 12.00pm.
Transfers: Free arrival and departure transfers between Male airport / vessel / Male airport
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