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Swimming With Manta Rays In Maldives

An incredible experience awaits you at Hanifaru Bay
Tourism in Maldives

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About Manta Rays In Maldives

Hanifaru Bay is a sanctuary and people who love snorkeling find this place a perfect destination. It is located in the Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll which is known to be one of the best spots for diving enthusiasts. The best season to visit Manta Rays in Maldives is from May to November as in this season only large groups of Manta Rays are there. Swimming with Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay is an experience to cherish for a life. People love to swim with this giant species who are completely unaffected by anyone’s presence. For once, one may be scared as they are quite big in size, but lately, people get comfortable to swim with them. They realize human’s presence in front of them, but don’t seem to complain about anything and swim along.

While being in the bay with them, one gets the feeling like a big airplane is too nearby and is crossing over. These harmless creatures stay here for several months starting from May. On full moon day, the bay attracts more than hundred mantas. Hanifaru Bay is known to be world’s largest Manta Ray feeding station. However, there is no restriction to the number of visitors who can enter the place. While one has finally reached the beautiful paradise of Maldives, there should be no excuse to not to have this heavenly and beautiful experience. The best time to see manta rays in Maldives is from December to May and September to October.

Having a flattened structure, they manage to accelerate quite rapidly and divers fall in love with these beautiful creatures. Swimming with Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay can be one of the most beautiful experiences that one may have. Mantas stay happy near the surface while feeding making them accessible to snorkelers. No matter that almost fifty to a hundred Manta Rays are swimming in a small area, they do not object humans as well in such small space.

Swimming with Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay gets travelers a sense of peace and leaves them with a beautiful feeling. This experience can be considered as once in a lifetime experience and is definitely too expensive to miss.

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    Manta rays do not harm if you touch them, however, it is advisable not to touch them as touching causes the Manta Rays to lose their protective mucus layer and develop various lesions which makes them vulnerable to many diseases.

    It is absolutely safe to swim manta rays as they are harmless. They just swim around the divers and does not harm any diver. Manta rays eat plankton and not human skin.

    Early morning or late afternoon are considered good times to go swimming with Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay.

    Whale sharks and manta rays are what you can expect to see in Hanifaru Bay.

    Yes, it is safe to go swimming with Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay as long as you are with a practiced guide.

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