The manta season, here at Hurawalhi is about to kick off, and expectations are high this year for some further incredible experiences for our guests. Needless to say, our resident marine biologists from the Manta Trust are rubbing their hands in expectation.
Data collected from the marine biologists and Prodivers’ team indicates the season starts in September, when these majestic creatures return to the Lhaviyani atoll at the Fushifaru cleaning station. These ‘cleaning stations’ as they are so called, allow fish to keep themselves free of parasites. Fushifaru has also witnessed pre-mating behaviour by the males and females that frequent here.
With the onset of the north east monsoon in November / December, manta rays are more often seen on the western side of the atoll, and right next door to Hurawalhi. The Hurawalhi sandbank is one of the main feeding hot spots in the atoll, and almost daily sightings are possible right through until February / March. There are two additional favourite spots for the manta rays during this time.
Swimming with manta rays and see these graceful creatures in their natural habitat is an incredible experience, and this adventures forms part of the Hurawalhi Chic Bucket List – the must do experiences for guests during their stay.
Our marine biologists provide regular excursions during this season, offering insights and understanding into the lifecycle of manta rays, ways to interact while swimming with them and why they need our help and protection.