Best time to travel to Maldives

Manta Rays in Baa Atoll

Visit the UNESCO sanctuary of ocean giants and join them in the water

Manta Rays in Baa Atoll in Maldives 2019 - Best Time
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The Maldives are one of the few places where you can see manta rays in massive numbers. Generally, they can be spotted all year round since winter is a good time to observe them on the western side of Maldives atolls and they are abundant on the eastern side during summer. Baa Atoll’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve welcomes the most famous manta ray gathering from June to October.

About eight mantas in Hanifrau Bay 2019
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About eight mantas in Hanifrau Bay
Reef Manta Rays (Manta alfredi) between Kuredu and Huruvalhi 2019
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Reef Manta Rays (Manta alfredi) between Kuredu and Huruvalhi

Take a speedboat trip to Hanifaru Bay or Bathaala to snorkel and dive with these amazing sea creatures. Manta alfredi migrate annually in hundreds to the plankton-rich waters of Hanifaru Bay, which is known as the biggest manta feeding station in the world.

Two mantas in Hanifrau Bay 2019
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Two mantas in Hanifrau Bay