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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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Nov - Apr
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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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Luckily their flight was supposed to land minutes after mine - so the wait time was limited. You may have to wait for a longer period as they provide limited transport facility. Located in South Malè Atoll - a 40 KM distance from Malè Airport which takes approx 45 mins ride from there. A gala ride with lots of swings and jerks in the midst of the Indian ocean - you can see water all around. If you are fresh and energetic you may find several islands crossing by. This island is an hour ahead of the scheduled Malè time for Sunlight saving and you will have to set your clock manually. Welcomed on a beautiful island - one of the largest in Maldives - surrounded with turquoise water and white sands and beautiful wooden layovers. The whole of Olhuveli reception staff was standing in a que waiting for us welcoming us with cool fragrance towels and a welcome drink to start off our stay. A smooth check-in style where all papers were ready on our arrival and with minute details they hand us our key to the room. I choose 3 different rooms for my 4-Night stays here as this is a large island and required quite a lot of walk around. The first day, as I knew, would be a late check-in day I choose their basic room which was a - DELUX room. Located in the proximity to the reception, a little inside the beach area - it had 2 floors - we being with children were provided the ground floor - quite crunched with a king bed, small bed and the COT. The lightings were quite less but just sufficient. 4 water bottles - refilled twice a day - tea/coffee sets. Mini bar with soft and hard drinks to keep you and your kids happy. Happy that it was just a one night stay here. 2nd Night in Water Villa Jacquizi Room - Very Very spacious and very expensive - but worth every penny. Massive suit like room - a kids room - a dressing room - a beautiful bathroom and to top it all the open Jacquizi over the waters, a view which you may have just seen in your dreams. You would simply love being in it. An espresso machine added in the room to make the coffee feel a little more good. 3rd and 4th Night in Grand Series - a different island connected by a small bridge which was built last year - believe me it's the best of the best thing you will be staying in your life. I booked a Grand Beach villa with pool and the series begins with 631 - very happy this was my room - just next to the restro which we were to eat for the next 2 days. Massive room newly build and with a superb washroom - choose as you like - open to sky. All these rooms were located in different locations and I am happy that my travel planner planned these things as per my direction. Coming to the resto's and bars. If you're in Deluxe series you will have to have most of your buffet in Sunset Restaurant - a lot of veg options found here - located in one side of the buffet - only one or two eggless bakery items which was quite a turn down. A limited drinks menu to choose from for an all inclusive member - all the drinks mentioned DAI were for these members and I must tell you they are just OK types. For the Grand Series - the Buffet is Maafushi - almost the same menu as before but this is a little small place to dine in - but very good and open sitting facility. Staff are really helpful and they get things prepared for your Infant/ children on request. The bar's Lagoon, Sunrise, Dhoni, Island Pizza are all filled with the same drinks and there is no change in the menu. So it's the same thing all around in the ISLAND. To your amazement there is a Kids club - Mankanzaa, if I can remember correctly - very good and nice place for your child to stay. 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    Kolkata

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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