Snorkel with the Manta Rays in Maldives
Opportunity of snorkeling with manta rays in Maldives is one of the most popular & unforgettable experiences during your family holiday in Maldives. The warm waters surrounding tropical atolls of the Maldives, makes the spectacular experience of snorkeling with manta rays in Maldives as one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world.
Reef Manta Rays who are residents could be seen year-round in Maldives, swimming from one atoll to another atoll across the twenty-six atolls in parallel to the changing monsoons. There are two different Manta Ray seasons in Maldives, first from May to October where the reef Manta Rays are found in the eastern side of atolls and from November to April reef Manta Rays are sighted on the western side of atolls of Maldives. In general, from May to November is the best time to visit Maldives for reef Manta Rays as Manta Rays feed in Plankton rich waters of the reefs.
It is easy to spot a dozen of Manta Rays feeding at a time in shallow waters around the atolls of Maldives. During the season, the reef becomes a cleaning station for Manta Rays. As Manta Rays float to be cleaned, it is the perfect time to witness this magical creature up close and personal. Manta Rays are very friendly towards the humans. During your family holidays in Maldives, a snorkeling with Manta Rays should be on the top of your bucket list of things to do in Maldives.
The best places to see Manta Rays in Maldives are the Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll and South Ari Atoll. Hanifaru Bay is a UNESCO protected Biosphere reserve and is undoubtedly the best place in the Maldives to see large herds of Manta Rays and occasional Whale Sharks from May to November as Manta Rays gather Hanifaru Bay in Maldives for feeding. This large gathering of Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay is one of the greatest wildlife phenomena of the world and is not to be missed during your family holidays in the Maldives.