Amazing manta encounter for scuba divers

Amazing manta encounter for scuba divers

Diving with manta rays is on many scuba divers’ bucket list when visiting Constance Halaveli in the Maldives. This wish can easily come true as the Maldives is known to be one of the best places in the world to see manta rays, with an estimated population of 5,000 individuals* – the largest known reef manta population in the world.

The Maldivian mantas can be seen year round as they migrate across the atolls with the changing monsoon and the resulting movement of plankton, which they feed on.

During a recent 2 tank dive trip our Japanese guests, Kazuhiko Ito and his wife Mika Ito, had an unexpected encounter with this incredible and elegant creature. The group was diving at Bathala Maaga Kahn Faru guided by Jenna, our diving instructor, who noticed a large shadow approaching from the drop off. As the creature got closer the divers realized it was a manta ray, stretching 3 meters across, gracefully swimming past them, showing curiosity and interest. It then turned and glided slowly over the divers and swam off into the blue.

Diving with this majestic creature is an exciting adventure, one that many divers would like to experience. The lucky divers from TGI Maldives Halaveli certainly have something to tick off their bucket list and unforgettable memories of their dive.

*Source: Manta Trust