Anantara Launches Manta Ray Experience

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in the Baa Atoll, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, offers guests the chance to get up-close-and-personal with manta rays at the world’s largest natural manta feeding destination, during their annual migration across the Indian Ocean.

For the first time, guests have the opportunity to freedive with these gentle giants at the protected site of Hanifaru Bay, which can attract more than 100 rays around the time of the full moon. With the season well underway, guests still have time to witness the spectacle first hand before the end of November or to plan ahead for the next season, which starts in May 2017. 

With a wing span of up to seven metres, manta rays congregate at Hanifaru Bay during the southwest monsoon and, with optimum wind and tide conditions, enter a shallow cul-de-sac in the reef to feed on microscopic plankton, small fish and crustaceans.

The site is 45 minutes from the resort, maximising guests’ chances of spotting the rays. Scuba diving is not permitted but guests have the choice of snorkelling or freediving.

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