Manta season has kicked off around Olhuveli Beach and Spa Maldives

The Maldives is one of the world’s hotspots for manta ray activity and is home to the largest and most studied populations on the planet. In fact, this archipelago is one of the best places to visit if you want to enjoy diving with mantas. But you might like to know that there is a precise relation between the location you intend visiting and the period of the year you choose.

The reason is that manta rays are filter feeders and eat huge amounts of plankton. While planning your trip, it is important to understand which is the right location to meet mantas, depending on the time of the year.

A haven of natural tranquility, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives is a top destination for seeing some of the world’s rarest sea creatures. Until November, enjoy the ‘manta ray season’, offering divers, snorkelers and even dry-land spectators an even greater chance of spotting one of nature’s unusual creatures.

They thrive in the Maldives’ waters. Especially during the summer months when the higher level of plankton in the water and prevailing winds and currents of the hot weather entice rays of all sizes to migrate to Olhuveli’s tempting shores. One of the most exciting experiences Olhuveli offers with manta rays is seeing them from the jetty at dusk, when its spotlights entice shoals of frenzied fishy activity.

These muscular creatures flip in and out of the water. A wonderful experience for those wanting to watch nature’s theatre played out to the backdrop of a perfect sunset.

To snorkel or dive with manta rays is an almost indescribable experience. They move through the water with such grace, gently soaring through the turquoise lagoons, over reefs bursting with life. It is truly a magical feeling to see these creatures fly through the water. Manta Rays are inquisitive by nature and if you can control your excitement and remain still, the rays will swim around you with tremendous elegance.

Manta Ray season, Olhuveli Beach and Spa MaldivesOlhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives

Nestled amid lush tropical vegetation and shaded by graceful palms. Encircled by stretches of powdery sandy beach and a vast crystal clear lagoon, a truly breathtaking island with plenty of secluded sandbanks where paradise seekers escaping from the pressures of daily modern life can forget the outside world and let go of all inhibitions.

Beautifully designed villas stand over turquoise waters, fusing modern flair with traditional architecture, white sandy beaches giving way to endless sea views that stretch for miles. It is truly a place where mind and body can relax, the senses can be invigorated and spirit will feel soothed.

Set in the turquoise heart of the Indian Ocean that is Maldives, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives is situated at the tip of South Male’ Atoll and offers one of the best luxury water villa accommodations, restaurants and recreation activities. It is made easily accessible by a 45-minute exhilarating speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport.

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The Season of Manta Rays at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

The waters of the pristine Baa Atoll around Four Seasons Resort Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru are some of the richest in the Maldives.  Declared a UNESCO World Biosphere in July 2011, the Atoll is home to nine core protected areas including Hanifaru Bay and Baathala, two renowned manta ray hotspots within easy reach of the Resort.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru offers our guests a once-in-a-lifetime chance from June to October to get up close and personal with majestic manta rays and the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark. During this time of the year, a combination of southwestern monsoon currents and lunar tides bring large quantities of planktonic shrimp (mantas’ favourite food) to various sites around Landaa Giraavaru, attracting large numbers of manta rays.

The manta rays with wing-like pectoral fins that stretch to a length of 13 to 15 feet (4 to 4.5 metres) move gracefully through the water while feeding with their enormous mouths. Having one of the largest comparable brain sizes of any marine animal makes them highly curious, resulting in some very close snorkelling encounters.

The Season of Manta Rays at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Guests who visit the Resort during the months of June and November 2017 can also sign up for the Resort’s Manta on Call service: a thrilling experience that sees them collected from wherever they are in the Resort when mantas are spotted and whisked away in a speedboat to snorkel with them. Guests are provided with Manta Phone on which they will be called immediately when mantas are sighted.

Hot dates for a Manta Visual Feast – 2017

Guy Stevens – founder of the world-renowned Manta Trust – has identified the below hot dates for 2017 when manta rays are most likely to converge at renowned local feeding and cleaning sites:

  • June 7 to 11
  • June 22 to 26
  • July 7 to 11
  • July 21 to 25
  • August 5 to 9
  • August 19 to 23
  • September 4 to 8
  • September 18 to 22
  • October 3 to 7
  • October 17 to 21
  • November 2 to 4
  • November 16 to 21

Please note that sightings are subject to weather conditions and the temperaments of the mantas themselves.

Aerial, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Manta Watch!

Available from June 7 to November 21, 2017, the Manta Watch! package is perfect for guests who seek to experience the best of the manta season. The Manta Watch! package at Landaa Giraavaru includes:

  • Round trip airport transfers by seaplane for two
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two
  • One Manta-on-Call snorkelling excursion for two persons by speedboat
  • A personal coral frame propagation
  • One dolphin cruise and marine biologist briefing for two

The four-night package starts from USD 6,285 and it is subject to 10 percent service charge and all applicable taxes.

For rates and reservations, contact your travel consultant, book online or call the central reservations department of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at tel: (960) 66 00 888 or email: [email protected]