As Komandoo Maldives’ team of champions prepares to welcome back guests from 1st September, the little cleaner wrasse fish are also preparing for their own reopening for visitors – the manta rays usually start to visit the cleaning stations from September which is great news for those of you due to visit us soon.
Manta season in Lhaviyani Atoll usually starts with the mantas arriving at the cleaning stations during September and October, a well-known spot for encountering these iconic Maldives creatures is Fushifaru Thila. The rays glide, seemingly effortlessly, over the huge coral blocks for the cleaner wrasse to feast on the parasites in their gills and on their body and our divers get to enjoy an unforgettable display. A little later in the season, usually during November, the mantas move to their feeding grounds on the western side of the atoll and aggregations of them frequent the lagoons very close to Komandoo. Snorkellers and divers generally enjoy encounters regularly right through until March or April.
The ocean is unpredictable and the mantas are wild creatures with a will of their own so we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings but you will have a very good chance at the right time of year, especially if you join us for scuba diving and snorkelling excursions as often as you can while staying with us. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and Instagram for the latest updates.
Here’s a sneak preview of what manta season at Komandoo can be like.