Many people who visit the Maldives list swimming with manta rays as one of their ‘must-do’ holiday experiences and a stay at Komandoo between November and March is very likely to allow that to happen! These huge gentle giants of the ocean are mesmerising to watch and you’ll never forget your first manta encounter, it’s simply magical.
Mantas visit cleaning stations at Fushifaru Thila, a marine protected area and a well-known manta hot-spot, within easy reach of Komandoo, where small fish await their arrival and then provide an essential service in ridding the manta of parasites, payment is by way of meal! Despite their huge size, mantas are harmless, they use their enormous mouth to feed on plankton rich water close to the surface and pose no threat to humans. When swimming with mantas we have to be careful not to disrupt their natural behaviour – our interactions should be both respectful and sustainable and the ‘How to Swim with Manta Rays‘ guide by Manta Trust should be followed.
Due to the ocean’s unpredictability, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try, you might find just what you came to see! Komandoo Maldives is the destination where your dreams have a very good chance of being realised.
Be sure to check in daily to our Facebook page and Instagram for the latest updates, and be sure to sign up for just about every snorkelling and diving trip when at Komandoo to increase your chances of seeing these beauties yourself!
Lisa, the Dive Center manager at Prodivers, has been enjoying seeing the joy on the guests’ faces as they watch the mantas at a nearby cleaning station. Scuba divers were able to watch from close to the large coral blocks underwater while snorkellers had their own show at the surface. Enjoy this short clip Lisa Brand took during a recent manta excursion. A big thank you to Lisa for allowing us to share her video footage.
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