Embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Maldives' Far North or Deep South atolls with the Manta Trust NGO! Join a citizen-science trip to support the research and conservation of reef and oceanic manta rays. The itineraries coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which influence the movements and feeding habits of manta rays.
The Manta Trust was created in 2011 in the UK. The NGO's mission is to advance the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitats through robust science and research, by raising awareness and providing education, influence, and action.
For divers who want a dive trip with a purpose, 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. You will be exploring and looking for new manta aggregation sites and undertaking more in-depth research activities, such as wingspan measurements. You'll need to be comfortable in moderate currents and have a Level 2 dive certification (Advanced Open Water or equivalent).
Contact us and we'll tell you which itinerary is available on your preferred dates. Some trips will take you to the northern atolls, such as Baa, Raa, or Lhaviyani, while others focus on the southern atolls, such as Fuvahmulah, Huvadhoo, Laamu, or Meemu.
With more than 26 atolls, the Maldives offers an incredible diversity of corals and fish, with up to 2000 species spotted so far.
If you choose to go to the Northern atolls, you'll dive into a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with one of the largest coral reefs diversity in the Indian Ocean.
If encounters with big pelagics are your thing, then consider going on a long trip to the Southern atolls between February and April: the little Galapagos of the Indian Ocean! Thresher sharks, tiger sharks, schools of great and scalloped hammerheads, oceanic mantas, Mobula rays, whale sharks, and mola-mola, you can see it all!
Allover Maldives, you'll dive into a fantastic topography with plenty of swim-throughs, pinnacles, caverns, overhangs, and coral gardens.
In Northern atolls, some of the famous dive sites you'll visit are Fotteyo Kandu in Vaavu Atoll, Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll, and Kuredu Express in Lhaviyani Atoll.
In Southern atolls, you'll get to dive around renowned Fuvahmulah and Addu Atolls.
Dive sites may change according to local conditions.