Join the the scientists of the Manta Trust - the world’s leading manta ray conservation organisation - on ‘citizen science’ expeditions to explore some of the finest dive destinations on the planet. In 2019 - 2020, guests can join expeditions in both the Maldives and Indonesia, visiting spectacular locations such as Raja Ampat in Indonesia, as well as Baa and Raa Atolls and the pristine and seldom visited atolls of the southern Maldives. The Manta Trust expeditions provide guests with unique opportunities to learn about conservation and science, as well as contribute to important research on manta populations.

MANTA TRUST EXPEDITIONS HIGHLIGHTS
  • Some of the world’s leading manta experts as expedition leaders
  • Expert knowledge to maximise close encounters with manta rays and other marine megafauna
  • Informative presentations on the marine life and research initiatives
  • Ability for guests to become actively involved in, and contribute directly to, meaningful research
  • High-end liveaboards with guest capacity reduced;  ensuring exclusive, enriched experiences
  • World class opportunities for underwater photography
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Overview

Manta Expeditions

As part of their mission to raise awareness and provide education on manta ray conservation, the Manta Trust has teamed up with regional eco-minded tourism operators to provide ‘Manta Expeditions’. This series of liveaboard dive and snorkel trips focus specifically on getting our guests in close proximity to manta rays, whale sharks and other ‘wish list’ marine species, while at these time, imparting expert knowledge and skills and raising awareness.

A core focus of the expeditions is to not only to provide close encounters with manta rays but to enthuse and educate divers in marine conservation issues and the environment surrounding them. Through a series of presentations on topics covering local marine species and habitats, The Manta Trust trips ensure that divers leave with an increased awareness of the threats these graceful creatures are facing and, perhaps more importantly, how they can help.

Workshops in collecting and recording manta ID images cements the theoretical and practical aspects of the research being conducted by giving divers the tools to get involved, knowing that they are contributing meaningful data to the project.  Divers are then able to continue this work on future dive trips by submitting their ID shots on-line to the Manta Trust’s global database.

The Manta Trust has ongoing research and conservation projects located all around the world at many of the ocean’s top manta ray dive destinations.  At each of these locations our project leaders expertise and local knowledge of the manta ray population and the natural history of their region ensures our guests receive a genuinely enriched and educational experience.

Indonesia

In 2020, the Manta Trust will be running an expedition to the islands of Raja Ampat, West Papua, in Indonesia.

The diving in Raja Ampat can be broadly divided across two main area - the north with its nutrient-rich currents, denser fish life and better hard corals, and the southern area around Misool with better visibility and more plentiful soft corals. Both areas however have the same incredible biodiversity and range of different habitats and dive sites, as well as the same opportunities for amazing encounters with manta rays, dense schools of fish and fascinating macro critters.

At the heart of the northern section is the Dampier Strait and Mansuar Island. This area is home to the original resorts in Raja Ampat and many of the sites that first bought the islands to the attention of the diving world. Sites such as Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Batu Lima, Blue Magic and Cape Kri in the east, and Manta Ridge, Manta Sandy and Arborek Jetty to the west have a well-deserved reputation as world-class dive sites. Throughout the northern region, visitors have the opportunity to explore dive sites with fantastic biodiversity, large numbers of schooling fish and plenty of action when the currents are running, although visibility generally is not as good as in the south around Misool.

The Dampier Strait has become extremely popular with liveaboards and resorts and there is now a ranger station at Manta Sandy to ensure divers follow the correct codes of conduct when diving with the manta rays - and keep any disturbance from the number of visitors to a minimum.

North of the Dampier Strait are the islands of Waigeo and Gam, home to beautiful mangrove dives, sites such as the aptly named Mayhem with its incredible fish life, as well as the famous Passage - a narrow, sinuous channel that cuts between the islands. The tidal flow through the Passage creates an incredible river of water, creating perfect conditions for filter feeders such as soft corals and sea fans, which grow up to the surface beneath the overhanging branches of the mangroves.

The diving around Misool in the south is characterised by dramatic underwater landscapes, pinnacles and sinuous ridges carpeted in beautiful fans, soft corals and sponges - as well as huge numbers of fish. Famous sites such as Boo and Fiabacet have become synonymous with glorious reef diving, filled with life that ebbs and flows with the currents, whilst Magic Mountain attracts divers in search of giants - the oceanic manta rays that are regular visitors to the site. A significant number of these sites now lie within the Misool Marine Reserve, a protected area twice the size of Singapore within which all fishing has been banned; a sanctuary for the incredible marine life of Raja Ampat. Already the results of this protection are evident - fish populations are booming, and the number of sharks seen is increasing every year.

Republic of Maldives

In 2019, the Manta Trust will be running several expeditions across the Maldives - from Baa, Raa, Noonu and Lhaviyani in the north, through the central atolls of Ari and Malé, and down into Vaavu and the rarely visited atolls of the deep south.

The Maldives archipelago stands on the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge in the Indian Ocean and spans some 90,000km2. Comprised of over 1000 islands, sand bars and coral reefs, the atolls of the Maldives play host to an amazing variety of fish species, corals and marine megafauna such as turtles, dolphins and whales. But the major attraction in this luxury destination is the huge population of reef manta rays, the largest recorded anywhere in the world.

The manta rays migrate around the 26 atolls of the Maldives according to the seasons, making manta ray encounters possible at any time of year. As one of the marine realm’s most charismatic and inquisitive species, an encounter with a manta ray is almost guaranteed in the Maldives. Manta rays regularly come to the surface to feed, at times in huge aggregations, and can be found hovering over coral reefs cleaning stations, making them relatively easy to photograph.

Manta rays are not the only attraction in the Maldives. They share their love of plankton with the giant whale shark which can often be found lazily feeding amongst a congregation of manta rays - gulping in huge mouthfuls of food while pivoting on its impressive caudal fin.  Five different species of sea turtle are resident in the Maldives, as well as numerous shark species. In certain areas, grey reef sharks can be seen in the hundreds! The Maldives has so much to offer - and all in a comfortable 28-30C water temperature, calm seas and idyllic surroundings.

Citizen Science - Get involved!

During these expeditions, guests will have the opportunity to experience and participate in cutting edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals. Manta Trust scientists will be collecting photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition - a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to participate in. All new manta rays will be added to the database and guests will be invited to name these new mantas. Every manta sighting is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals.

Itineraries

DEEP SOUTH, MALDIVES

M/Y Conte Max. On this expedition we will explore the pristine and less visited south of the Maldives, home to the big pelagics! Diving the southern atolls of Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulah and Addu you will experience some of the most stunning and untouched reefs the country has to offer. Our trip will also allow us to gather critical data on the poorly studied manta ray population found in these southern atolls.

At this time of the year oceanic mantas aggregate in a remote southern atoll, allowing some of the most breath-taking underwater encounters with the largest rays of the planet! During our journey we will have various chances to dive not just with manta rays. The far south of the Maldives is shark territory and here we will have the opportunity to dive in some of the most shark-populated channels where schools of dozens of grey reef sharks are typical! Tiger sharks, whale sharks by night, the occasional thresher and hammerhead shark, schooling eagle rays and resting turtles are just some of the many other attractions we are likely to encounter on this unique expedition.

Starting from Huvadhoo Atoll, home to night feeding whale sharks and stunning shark filled channels, we will navigate across the equator all the way to the southernmost Maldivian Atoll in the hope to encounter both species of mantas - the giant oceanic and the smaller reef manta!

BAA & ARI, MALDIVES

Four Seasons Explorer. Your holiday begins and ends at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru, located in Baa Atoll in the Maldives Archipelago. This expedition has been specifically timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays. At this time of year, large aggregations of as many as 150 individual mantas can be seen feeding together in the surface waters of Baa Atoll - a spectacle that is easily one of nature’s most impressive and awe-inspiring events. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find these feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of immersing yourself amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

Baa Atoll is off the main route for the majority of dive liveaboard and we will venture into this more northern atoll specifically to seek out the feeding mantas - and hopefully a few whale sharks as well. To see several of the world’s largest fish feeding amongst dozens of the world’s largest rays is something most people will never forget.

This trip is suitable for both divers and snorkellers, and will combine both activities to provide guests with the best possible manta encounters. Whilst feeding, the manta rays remain close to the surface where their favourite planktonic food is found. Remaining still on the surface of the water will give guests an up-close and personal view as the mantas glide by. When diving, guests will be treated to the marvel of manta rays hovering above outcrops of coral reef, which the mantas visit to have their bodies cleaned of parasites by groups of cleaner fish.

While the weather in the Maldives at this time of the year is likely to be more changeable, these monsoonal conditions are exactly what create the planktonic blooms upon which the mantas and whale sharks aggregate to feed. Whilst we can never guarantee these natural events, we have put together a trip which maximises our chances of being in the right place at the right time. The trip’s exact itinerary will be guided by the expertise of The Manta Trust’s Founder and CEO, Dr Guy Stevens, and the knowledge he has accumulated over a decade of researching these animals in the Maldives.

BAA & NORTH ARI, MALDIVES

M/Y Conte Max. This expedition has been specifically timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of reef manta rays. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find these feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of immersing yourself amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

Baa Atoll is off the main route for the majority of dive liveaboard and we will venture into this more northern atoll specifically to seek out the feeding mantas and hopefully a few whale sharks as well. To see several of the world’s largest fish feeding amongst dozens of the world's largest rays is something most people will never forget.

North Ari Atoll is famous for some of the richest and most spectacular dive sites of the Maldives. Ari Atoll also hosts the second largest manta population of the country and we will have chances of finding mantas aggregations and night feeding events in specific sites.

While the weather in the Maldives at this time of the year is likely to be more changeable, these monsoonal conditions are exactly what create the planktonic blooms upon which the mantas and whale sharks aggregate to feed. Furthermore, we can never guarantee these natural events, but we have put together a trip, which maximises our chances of being in the right place at the right time, guided by the expertise of of The Manta Trust’s Project Leader Officer, Tam Sawers.

MANTA PASSION, BAA & THE NORTH, MALDIVES

M/Y Conte Max. This expedition has been specifically designed for people who are IN LOVE with manta rays, and are eager to see
as much of them as possible! The trip is timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of reef manta rays. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find feeding aggregations, and allow guests to experience the wonder of immersing themselves amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

Differing from other Manta Expeditions, on this trip we aim to dive almost exclusively with mantas, carrying out long surveys on both cleaning and feeding sites. Activities planned to be undertaken on this special expeditions include animal wing span measurements, ultrasound scanning for pregnancies and photo identification! Baa Atoll is off the main route for the majority of dive liveaboards. We will venture into this more northern atoll for a few days specifically to seek out the spectacular feeding mantas of Hanifaru Bay (and hopefully a few whale sharks as well!). To see one of the world’s largest fish feeding amongst dozens of one of the world’s largest rays is something most people will never forget.

On this particular expedition we will venture even further north into Raa, Noonu and Shaviyani Atolls. Here we will conduct surface and in-water surveys, with the aim of identifying new manta aggregation sites whilst gathering critical data on the mantas inhabiting these remote atolls, of which very little is currently known.

Ari Atoll hosts the second largest manta population in the country, and we will have chances of finding both manta feeding and cleaning aggregations. The highlight of this atoll is the opportunity of swimming with mantas feeding at night within one of the local lagoons. While the weather in the Maldives at this time of the year is likely to be more variable, these monsoonal conditions are exactly what create the planktonic blooms upon which the mantas and whale sharks aggregate to feed. Furthermore, we can never guarantee these natural events, but we have put together a trip which maximises our chances of being in the right place at the right time, guided by the expertise of one of the Manta Trust’s Project Leaders, Niv Froman.

BAA, RAA & LHAVAYANI, MALDIVES

M/Y Blue Voyager, M/Y Conte Max. This expedition has been specifically timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of reef manta rays. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find these feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of immersing yourself amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

On this expedition we will explore the pristine and rarely visited northern atolls of Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani diving on untouched reefs and looking for poorly studied manta ray populations. A trip designed especially for adventurers looking for something new and rarely offered in the Maldives!

Baa Atoll is off the main route for the majority of dive liveaboards and we will venture into this more northern atoll specifically to seek out the feeding mantas and hopefully a few whale sharks as well. To see several of the world’s largest fish feeding amongst dozens of the world’s largest rays is something most people will never forget.

Just north of Baa we will venture into Raa Atoll, one of most unexplored atolls of the Maldives regularly visited by mantas and hosting some stunning dive sites. Vertical walls covered in soft corals, gardens of anemones and mantas gliding above our heads are only a few of the marvels of this region.

Before descending back to Malé we will finally visit Lhaviyani Atoll, another spectacular northern atoll. Here sharks, schools of eagle rays, tunas and other large pelagic fishes will be the main characters of our dives with the possibility of encountering more manta rays and dive one of the most beautiful shipwrecks of the country.

While the weather in the Maldives at this time of the year is likely to be more changeable, these monsoonal conditions are exactly what create the planktonic blooms upon which the mantas and whale sharks aggregate to feed. Furthermore, we can never guarantee these natural events, but we have put together a trip, which maximises our chances of being in the right place at the right time, guided by the expertise of The Manta Trust’s expert staff.

RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA

Raja Ampat, which translates to “Four Kings” in Indonesian. With their sublime scenery of steep, jungle-covered islands, scorching white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, spooky caves, weird mushroom-shaped islets and pellucid turquoise waters, Raja Ampat is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful island chains in Southeast Asia. The region is home to over 1500 species of fish ranging from tiny gobies to magnificent manta rays and is known to be the marine area with the highest recorded diversity of fish and invertebrate species in the world!

During this expedition we will explore both the northern and the remote southern Raja Ampat offering you a stunning variety of dives, wildlife and especially the chance to dive world famous manta sites such as Blue Magic, Manta Sandy and Magic Mountain, the latest being a special site where you will have the unique chance of seeing both species of manta rays at once - the giant oceanic manta, _Manta birostris_, that grows up to 7m wide in wingspan, and the smaller reef manta, _Manta alfredi_. You might also see both colour variations of manta here, the chevron and the black morph.

Raja Ampat is particularly famous for its untouched reefs festooned with wildly colourful soft corals, hard coral gardens, massive gorgonian sea fans, and an extremely rich reef life. Wobbegong and bamboo sharks, pygmy sea horses and harlequin shrimps are just a few of other incredible creatures you will have the chance to encounter on this once in a lifetime expedition!

Vessels

FOUR SEASONS EXPLORER

Indulgence abounds aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, a 39-metre, three-deck catamaran, launched in 2002. The Explorer blends fine dining, luxury modern living, access to secluded, seldomvisited beaches and coral reefs, and of course the opportunity to meet some of nature’s most fascinating and enigmatic creatures.

With a maximum of 22 guests on board, and 25 crew to cater to each and every one of your needs, tranquility and extravagance is guaranteed. The Explorer boasts two bars, a lounge and a library, same-day laundry and spa services, access to wireless internet, waterspots facilities, and twice daily housekeeping. The large sundeck offers ample space for relaxation after your diving and snorkelling, whilst the Explorer’s master chefs create a custom menu for each meal, served from the spacious dining room and complemented with a selection of fine wines and spirits. Dedicated space is allocated for dive equipment, and our 16 metre support vessel provides divers with safe and easy access the most stunning and unspoilt dive sites in the Maldives. A full set of diving equipment will be provided for guests who prefer not to bring their own.

M/Y CONTE MAX, MALDIVES

Back in 2004, the Maldives did not offer many boats that boasted the same comfort and standard for non-divers as the country’s various island resorts. With the launch of the Conte Max that year, the concept of a cruise that combines the rejuvenating experience of diving in the Maldives, with the wellbeing of an on-board ayurvedic spa, was born.

Since its launch, the Conte Max has become one of the best-known and best-loved boats amongst those that regularly visit the Maldives. At 33m in length, she offers eight elegant and comfortable cabins, each with their own spacious en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

Scuba diving excursions are delivered by a traditional Maldivian dhoni that accompanies the main vessel. When taking a break from the underwater world, the Conte Max offers three sundecks, a bar, two restaurants, onboard WiFi, and TV + CD/DVD player facilities, with a wide-collection of music and movies on offer to help you relax. And of course, there is the Massage Centre, with an onboard Indian masseur offering Ayurvedic treatments to help you unwind.

MSY AURORA, INDONESIA

The MSY Aurora is a spacious, double masted, teak motor-sail yacht, built following the traditional ‘Pinisi’ style and designed for a discerning dive clientele. Guests aboard will experience modern comfort combined with the charm of a traditional boat.

Aurora was built in Sulawesi following modern and environmentally friendly principles and will give guests the opportunity to explore remote areas which only a few – if any – have seen. The yacht has 8 double cabins each with private bathroom, A/C and daily room service to make your cruise enjoyable and comfortable. A crew of 14 members will welcome you on-board and will be dedicated to making your Indonesian experience a memory you will never forget.

MY BLUE VOYAGER, MALDIVES

M/Y blue Voyager was built specifically for divers and originally sailed in the Red Sea. She welcomes 26 divers on board with spacious modern comfort, providing the best Maldivian diving experience. M/Y blue Voyager is a 37-metre, steel hulled vessel that boasts three roomy double cabins and ten twin cabins and features an indoor dining area, a bar and sky lounge, as well as a Jacuzzi. A shaded outdoor lounge area can be found on the Mid Deck, plus four different sun decks: a viewing deck located at the front of both the Mid Deck and Upper Deck, an open air deck on the Top Deck and an ocean deck at the stern of the boat, all providing comfortable seating and loungers.

The ocean deck is a unique feature allowing guests to relax in the open air while close to the water. On many evenings the flood lights will illuminate the water just off the ocean deck to attract plankton which brings the manta rays and whale sharks.

Expedition leaders

DR GUY STEVENS

In 2005 Guy Stevens founded the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP), with the aim of helping to conserve the Maldivian manta ray population through active research and education. In 2011, Guy went on the found The Manta Trust, along with a collaboration of scientists, conservationists, photographers, filmmakers and communicators. His work with manta rays now takes him to other corners of the world, but for him the Maldives will always be the best place to see and study these amazing animals.

Guy’s research on the Maldivian mantas, especially in the famous Hanifaru Bay, has been showcased in dozens of popular articles - including a feature in National Geographic Magazine - and several television documentaries aired around the world (BBC, ITV, National Geographic, Animal Planet, ABC). Guy’s research in Hanifaru contributed to the declaration of Baa Atoll as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011. In March 2013, Guy and the rest of the Manta Trust team were key players in securing a spot for both species of manta on Appendix II of CITES, followed by securing further protection for reef mantas and mobula rays under the Convention on Migratory Species - both key pieces of international legislation that have greatly improved the level of global protection for these vulnerable animals. In 2014 the MMRP was instrumental in adding manta rays to the Maldivian National List of Protected Species. As recently as October 2016, the Manta Trust were key players in the successful efforts to place all species of mobula ray under Appendix II of CITES, joining their larger manta cousins.

Guy has recently completed his PhD focusing on manta rays at the University of York in the UK. Throughout the expedition, Guy will be providing lectures and informal talks on manta ray and whale shark research and conservation. In addition, he will conduct general presentations on marine biology, with a focus on the diverse and productive marine ecosystems of the Maldives.

NIV FROMAN

Niv has been passionate about nature for as long as he can remember. His dream has always been to live in close contact with the world’s wild places and to try and understand their fascinating mysteries. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Milan, Niv completed a Masters degree in Environmental Management, focusing primarily on animal behaviour and evolution. In 2010, Niv started working as a marine biologist in the Maldives, an experience that brought him closer to marine life and developed his passion for the underwater world. Building on his background as a professional swimmer, Niv quickly became a proficient freediver and qualified as a Dive Master. Following his first encounters with the Maldivian manta rays, their complex and poorly understood behaviour drove his desire to learn more about these majestic animals and work to aid in their conservation. It was this drive that brought Niv to the Manta Trust, with whom he worked as the Project Leader for the Maldivian Manta Ray Project from 2013 to 2017.

In 2017 Niv moved on to lead a new research project and conduct his PhD on the reef manta population in the Chagos archipelago – part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. In his new role Niv will collaborate with many biologists and research institutions to further our understanding of manta foraging ecology and movements in this super-sized marine protected area. This information will be critical to further the species’ conservation measures both in Chagos and on a global scale. During the expeditions, Niv will provide lectures and informal talks on manta ray and whale shark research and conservation. In addition, Niv will conduct general presentations on marine biology, with a focus on the diverse and productive marine ecosystems visited by the Manta Trust expeditions.

Niv Froman will be onboard the MSY Aurora during the Komodo, Indonesia, expedition and the M/Y Conte Max during the Manta Passion Expedition in the Maldives.

SIMON HILBOURNE

The underwater world has always fascinated Simon from a young age. His passion for the ocean stems from watching his parents scuba dive in Sri Lanka whilst he floated above on his body board. Simon took up scuba diving and carried that passion through to work as a scuba instructor for a time in Australia, Cyprus and Honduras.

Enrolling at the University of Southampton in the UK, Simon studied marine biology. His Masters dissertation focused on whale shark seasonality in Mexico. Upon graduating, Simon continued to work with whale sharks, this time in the Philippines, before swapping over to study manta rays here in the Maldives. Simon is an avid underwater photographer and loves to try and convey the beauty of the natural world and the conservation issues it faces through his photography. Simon joined the Maldivian Manta Ray Project back in 2016 in North Male Atoll, and has now taken over the role of research and administration officer in Baa Atoll.

Simon will be onboard the Manta Cruise during the Malé to Gan Expedition, and the M/Y Duke of York during the Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani Expedition.

TAM SAWERS

As far back as Tam can remember she has always had a passion for nature and all things waterbound. Growing up along the Eastern Cape Coast of South Africa, Tam was lucky to have been exposed to the natural beauties along this untouched coastline form a very early age. Fulfilling her lifetime ambition to conserve this environment and the wildlife therein, she pursued a BSc Honours degree in Zoology at Rhodes University in South Africa. Setting solid foundations, her university education gave way to fantastic opportunities providing her with first-hand experience as a scientific research assistant aboard the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian Research Vessel monitoring fish stocks along the West Coast of Africa.

Now equipped with an advanced diving certification and backed by a greater understanding of the devastation that wrack the worlds’ oceans internationally, Tam was drawn to York University in the UK where she cemented her education in the field of marine conservation by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marine Environmental Management. This provided her with the opportunity to fulfil a research placement in the Maldives with the Manta Trust in 2014, answering to a childhood dream of one day swimming amongst some of the most exquisite megafauna that grace the worlds’ oceans. It is here that she was first acquainted with the majestic manta rays. Her utter amazement and appreciation for these great creatures has led her on a fast track path to pursue a career focussed on the conservation of these endangered species.

Having initially taken up the role of Global Database Manager, Tam now serves as the Project Leader for the Manta Trust’s world-leading Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP). In her role, Tam manages the Manta Trust’s founding project from a resort island in Baa Atoll, collecting as many ID photographs of manta rays as possible.

Tam Sawers will be onboard the M/Y Conte Max during the Baa and North Ari expedition in the Maldives.

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  • 15 days, 14 nights onboard the M/Y Conte Max.
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Join Niv Froman onboard the M/Y Conte Max for a ‘citizen science’ expedition specifically designed for people who are IN LOVE with manta rays, and are eager to see as much of them as possible! The aim of this trip is to find feeding aggregations, and allow guests to experience the wonder of immersing themselves amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants. The package includes shared accommodation in double cabins.

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Join Niv Froman onboard the MSY Aurora for a ‘citizen science’ cruise, exploring Raja Ampat and diving world class manta sites such as Blue Magic, Manta Sandy and Magic Mountain in search of both oceanic and reef manta rays. The package includes shared accommodation in double cabins.

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  • 10 days, 9 nights onboard the MSY Aurora.
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Join Dr Guy Stevens onboard the M/Y Blue Voyager for a ‘citizen science’ expedition to explore the pristine and rarely visited northern atolls of Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani diving on untouched reefs and looking for poorly studied manta ray populations. The package includes shared accommodation in standard cabins.

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  • 8 days, 7 nights onboard the M/Y Blue Voyager.
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Dive with oceanic mantas, sharks and other pelagics

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Join Guy Stevens onboard the M/Y Conte Max for a ‘citizen science’ expedition exploring the pristine and less visited south of the Maldives, diving Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulah and Addu and visiting some of the most stunning and untouched reefs the country has to offer. The package includes shared accommodation in standard cabins.

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  • 8 days, 7 nights onboard the M/Y Conte Max.
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Search for manta rays in the northern atolls of Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani

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Join Simon Hilbourne onboard the M/Y Conte Max for a ‘citizen science’ expedition to explore the pristine and rarely visited northern atolls of Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani diving on untouched reefs and looking for poorly studied manta ray populations. The package includes shared accommodation in standard cabins.

Learn more about this expedition.

  • 8 days, 7 nights onboard the M/Y Conte Max.
  • Full board.
  • 3 or more dives / snorkeling excursions every day.
  • Green tax at $48 per person payable onboard.
  • Entry fee to Hanifaru Bay Marine Protected Area at $30 payable onboard.
  • Service charge / crew tips to be paid onboard.
Diving
Snorkeling

Search for feeding aggregations of manta rays in the atolls of Baa and North Ari

Guided Trip Starts 23/09/2019 Ends 30/09/2019

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$2160

Join Tam Sawer onboard the M/Y Conte Max for a ‘citizen science’ expedition timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants. The package includes shared accommodation in standard cabins.

Learn more about this expedition.

  • 8 days, 7 nights onboard the M/Y Conte Max
  • Full board
  • 3 or more dives / snorkeling excursions every day
  • Green tax at $48 per person payable onboard
  • Entry fee to Hanifaru Bay Marine Protected Area at $30 payable onboard
Diving
Snorkeling

Dive and snorkel with manta rays onboard the luxurious Four Seasons Explorer

Guided Trip Starts 29/08/2019 Ends 05/09/2019

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$6800

Join Dr Guy Stevens onboard the Four Seasons Explorer for a ‘citizen science’ expedition timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

Learn more about this expedition.

  • 8 days, 7 nights onboard the Four Seasons Explorer.
  • Full board.
  • Transfers to and from Landaa Giraavaru.
  • 3 or more dives / snorkeling excursions every day.
  • GST & Service Charge.
  • Green tax at $48 per person payable onboard.
Diving
Snorkeling

Dive and snorkel with manta rays onboard the luxurious Four Seasons Explorer

Guided Trip Starts 12/09/2019 Ends 19/09/2019

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$6800

Join Dr Guy Stevens onboard the Four Seasons Explorer for a ‘citizen science’ expedition timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

Learn more about this expedition.

  • 8 days, 7 nights onboard the Four Seasons Explorer.
  • Full board.
  • Transfers to and from Landaa Giraavaru. 
  • 3 or more dives / snorkeling excursions every day.
  • GST & Service Charge
  • Green tax at $48 per person payable onboard
Diving
Snorkeling