The Manta rays are intelligent creatures with the largest brain found in any marine species. These animals seek encounters with humans, instead of swimming away from them, which is quite mindblowing.
Entering the Water
When entering a Manta ray site, one should be careful not to create any major disturbances in the water. Also, you should consider diving at least 10 metres away from a Manta ray, and keeping your fins below water level so as not to make any splashing noises, that would inadvertently scare these calm giants away.
Approaching a Manta ray
It would help if you always approached a Manta rayfrom its side, giving it an unobstructed path ahead. During this experience, always make sure to maintain a distance of around 3 metres between the creature and yourself. It is better to stay low and let the Manta ray glide over to you, instead of vice versa.
Manta Ray Hotspots
The southernmost point of the Maldivian archipelago harbours Addu atoll, an excellent destination for spotting manta rays all year round. However, this location is more suited for scuba divers rather than snorkelers due to strong currents that prevail in the area.
Getting the Experience
Having fun can come in all kinds of forms when you’re holidaying in the Maldives. Water villas with pool options can provide somesatisfying experiences while you may need to indulge in more adventurous activities such as diving with Manta rays to get your adrenaline pumping. You can find many resorts in the islands, such as Saii Lagoon Maldives, where certified instructors offer diving excursions and courses.