Join this Maldives Manta Snorkeling experience at Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll to snorkel with huge schools of Manta Rays in the world famous aggregation site.
Hanifaru Bay is located on the Eastern side of Baa Atoll. The reef system of Hanifaru measures’ more than four square kilometres but the actual Bay Area is much smaller than this. Between the months of May and November, plankton in substantial quantities gets pushed inside the bay due to the combined effect of the tidal and oceanic current.
The plankton becomes trapped inside the bay, and Mantas gather here in great numbers to feast. Their numbers are often in the tens and at times there can be more than 100 rays feeding in the bay, now and then along with Whale Sharks. The two gentle giants of the Maldivian waters feeding together.
Join us for a Maldives Manta Snorkeling experience at Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll. It is quite a feeling to float among these animals as they swim and roll around gulping the plankton-rich water.
The Maldives Manta Snorkeling experience at Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll runs when there is a good chance to see Manta Rays at the Bay. Weather conditions and local information will be checked before hand.
A thorough briefing will be given before setting off. Flash photography is not allowed. Snorkelers must maintain a distance from the Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, and must not chase after them.
Trips will be conducted in small groups and all snorkelers will be accompanied by a Hanifaru Bay certified guide. 45 minutes will be allowed per group in the Bay.
If there are other boats in the bay, there might be a short waiting time. The total number of people and boats in the bay is regulated, to not disturb the animals.