Top 5 Maldives Resort to see Manta Rays

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Top 5 Maldives Resort to see Manta Rays


Hanifaru Bay is a world-famous snorkelling site, renowned for attracting exceptionally high numbers of magnificent manta rays and gentle whale sharks. The Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve was created in recognition of the incredible biodiversity and importance of the underwater ecosystem in this area.Manta and Whale Shark SeasonMantas typically grace the waters of Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve between May and November.

Peak times for spotting them during this period is during the full moon and the new moon. Whale sharks are also found year-round in the Maldives and from May to November they migrate to Baa Atoll.

Join us for a thrilling snorkel excursion where you’ll go in search of mantas or whale sharks.

The Science Bit

Hanifaru Bay has a unique dynamic water circulation system due to the funnel-like reef shape – it’s about 1,300m long and 600m wide at the narrowest point. During the north-western monsoon (May-Nov) huge quantities of zooplankton become trapped in the bay, creating a kind of zooplankton ‘soup’ which in turn attracts large numbers of zooplankton-loving ‘megafauna’ like whale sharks and manta rays. Hanifaru is also a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles.

Top 5 Maldives Resort to see Manta Rays

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