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They’re Back! Hot Dates and Expert Guides for Manta Spotting at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

   
May 28, 2019,
Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Republic of Maldives

Manta season is back again in Baa Atoll and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is the best place to swim with these gentle giants. Not only is the Resort home to the Maldivian Manta Ray Project – the founding project of The Manta Trust – and close to some of the most renowned manta hotspots in the world, but the Resort’s resident Manta Trust experts hold all the secrets to the mantas’ favourite feeding sites, personal history and most likely sighting dates.

Landaa’s 2019 manta ray activities include Manta-on-Call escapades, the thrilling Manta Ray Scientist for a Day experience and private manta ray snorkelling trips. All activities are conducted with the highest levels of care to ensure a safe and sustainable experience for guests and mantas alike.

And the good news keeps coming with a comprehensive update on 2018’s highs and highlights: from 54 new manta sightings and a record-breaking 59 pregnancies, to the clocking of the second highest manta sighting year (4,816 – including the highest ever in Hanifaru Bay) and 16 individual whale sharks too.   

“We felt like some of the luckiest people on the planet in 2018 when we encountered 100 mantas, 2 whale sharks and a super rare oceanic manta in Hanifaru Bay on the same day,” adds Tam Sawers, The Manta Trust’s project leader in the Maldives, based at Landaa Giraavaru.  “Another Hanifaru Bay day brought 180 different mantas too. It’s the most enchanting experience to swim with one of these gentle giants, never mind more than 100!”

Landaa’s Manta-on-Call service sees guests given a "manta phone" that rings – wherever they are at the Resort – when mantas are sighted nearby.  An exhilarating speedboat transfer ensues for a thrilling snorkelling experience.  

Manta Ray Scientist for a Day is an adventure-meets-research immersion into the world of manta conservation, cruising the Baa Atoll, free diving, taking ID photos, recording environmental data and more.  

Guests can also book private manta cruises and may even be lucky enough to swim with a manta in the Resort’s lagoon, where they are also occasionally spotted.

For a complete manta immersion, Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru also offers the minimum 4-night Manta Watch package (June to November). A chance to discover the Baa Atoll’s intense natural beauty with a Manta-on-Call trip; thrilling dolphin cruise; a chance to plant a personalised coral frame and more.

Having analysed monsoon currents and other predicting factors, Tam and The Manta Trust team have identified the following mass aggregation dates for the best chance of a manta sighting (or more!) while based at Landaa Giraavaru in 2019:

  • June 1–5
  • June 15–19
  • July 1–5
  • July 15–19
  • July 30–31
  • August 1–3
  • August 13–17
  • August 28–31
  • September 12–16
  • September 26–30
  • October 12–16
  • October 26–30
  • November 10-14

Note: Manta Watch is seasonal and manta ray sightings are subject to weather conditions and the temperament of these gentle oceanic giants.

For rates and reservations, visit www.fourseasons.com/maldiveslg/offers, email: reservations.mal@fourseasons.com or call the central reservations department of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at tel: (960) 66 00 888.