On this expedition we will explore the pristine and less visited south of the Maldives, venturing into nine of the country’s twenty six atolls to dive on some of the most stunning and untouched reefs the country has to offer. Our trip will also allow us to gather critical data on the poorly studied manta ray population found in these southern atolls.
The trip is timed to provide the best chances of encountering reef manta rays, large schools of sharks, whale sharks and especially the elusive giant oceanic manta rays. At this time of the year oceanic mantas aggregate in a remote southern atoll, allowing some of the most breath-taking underwater encounters with the largest rays of the planet!
During our journey we will have various chances to dive not just with manta rays. The far south of the Maldives hosts a vast population of sharks, and it’s here that we will have the opportunity to dive in some of the most shark-populated channels, where it’s not uncommon to encounter fifty or more grey reefs during a single dive. Pristine coral gardens, schooling eagle rays, resting turtles and the occasional hammerhead, thresher shark or even tiger shark are just some of the attractions we are likely to encounter on this unique expedition.
Certainly among the main highlights of the trip, is the incredible opportunity to swim with whale sharks and mantas at night just behind the boat, as these giants feed on the zooplankton attracted by our spotlights.
Starting from the southernmost atoll of Addu, we will navigate more than 500 km across the most remote regions of the country, where each atoll will provide us with memorable encounters, and make for a once in a lifetime adventure that you will never forget!