October 16 -Oct 26, 2024

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Oct 16- Oct 26, 2024 (10 nights/11 days)

Manta Rays & Whale Sharks

We have an amazing itinerary planned: starting north of Male to focus on the Baa Atoll, Hanifaru Bay (world famous for large numbers of manta rays) and the surrounding atolls (for whale sharks and reef sharks) then we make our way south before returning to Male for departure.


Group Leaders:

Kim Randall and Amanda Delaforce. Both with a wealth of travel and underwater experience. Kim is located in the US. Amanda is located in Australia. They met on a trip in the Maldives and have been passionate about diving, marine encounters and photography ever since. They have been running this trip for over 8 years. They look forward to sharing this unforgettable experience with you. Please refer to the testimonials page for comments on the ‘Maldives Dive and Snorkel Trip; Manta Rays and Whale Sharks’.

Trip Information:

We have planned this route to maximize the amount of time spent with manta rays and whale sharks.  It is an unforgettable experience. You are responsible for getting yourself to Male International Airport (MLE). A short domestic flight (included in cost) will be required to Dharavandhoo Island for a three night (Oct 16-19, 2024) stay to go out to Hanifaru Bay with the large aggregations of manta rays.  We then board the charter vessel (Oct 19-26, 2024). Please note check-in time for the vessel is usually around 2:00pm. Scuba diving courses can be undertaken on the vessel if you are an open-water diver and want to progress your level/depth. 

Cost for Trip:

Notes on the Itinerary:

The above trip routing is designed to be able to visit spots most frequented by Manta rays including famous Hanifaru Bay in Baa atoll. The trip starts in Baa atoll, which means a one way domestic flight will be needed at the start of the trip.

Guests will be encouraged to gather pictures and/or make sketches of the mantas seen during the dives. This information is passed on to to assist in information gathering and research of the manta population in the Maldives. Divers observations will be included in on-going manta research being conducted in the Maldives. Data on manta identification and migration is being collected by the Marine Research section of the Ministry of Fisheries in Male.  BONUS: If it is a “new” manta and it is spotted for the third time, the guest can decide on a name and keep track of “their manta” in future.

Package Includes:

The Vessel: Carpe Novo  

The MV Carpe Novo is a 42 metre long (138 feet) motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, three decks plus a sun deck. It is the newest boat of the Carpe Diem fleet, starting operation in 2016. With the upper sun deck, bar on the middle deck and rest area on the lower deck – you will be very spoilt for a week.

Superior rooms (upper deck): each have a king size bed which can be divided in two super singles and desk, dresser, hanging closet, large windows, individually controlled air conditioning systems, flat panel TV/HD player, private ensuite bathroom with shower.

Standard rooms (lower deck):  each room provides individually controlled air conditioning, one queen bed and one super single bed, desk/chair, dresser, hanging closet, TV/HD player, portholes, private ensuite bathroom with shower.

The electricity voltage onboard is 220V and international outlets are available onboard if required. If joining from the US, check that your chargers are 120V/220V compatible (most electronics- laptops, iPads, GoPros, camera battery chargers are compatible). 

For the photographers, the vessel offers a spacious camera room for setting up and charging cameras/batteries, and the crew will assist with carrying cameras to/from the dive dhoni and are trained in careful care of camera gear. 


How to secure your spot:

Please note that this trip has limited spots, so you will need to get in quick to secure your booking. The following payments will be required:

Email: Before booking, please email to check available space/rooms/cabins. You'll be provided an individual invoices and payment instructions. We recommend purchasing your flights into Male (capital) as soon as possible to secure reasonably priced flights, once you receive and invoice. 

Note: Bookings less than 100 days prior to a trip require full payment. (This can be spread out by a couple of payments within a few days of each other if needed). 

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