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Mantas and whale sharks appear at the top of most divers and snorkellers ‘must see’ lists and with good reason – they are big and make a big impression on anyone privileged enough to spend time in the water with them.

Here in the Maldives, our teams at Euro-Divers are in the very fortunate position of being able to encounter these gentle giants of the ocean time and time again – it’s one of the best places in the world to see them, especially the areas of South Ari Atoll, North Male Atoll and Raa Atoll with sightings possible all year round but even more likely during the south-west monsoon season.

Best manta hotspots in the Maldives

For manta hotspots that are within easy reach, book a stay at Alila, Club Med Finolhu, Kani, Dhigali, Kurumba, LUX, Meeru, and Vilamendhoo. Eriyadu and Kagi from January to April and keep your fingers crossed for awe-inspiring sights.

A Diver Takes A Picture Of A Manta Ray.

Divers Swimming with a Manta Ray

Take the picture of a lifetime and dive with manta rays in the Maldives!

Where to see whale sharks in the Maldives

If the biggest fish in the sea, aka the whale shark, is THE marine creature you most want to see, stay at LUX or Vilamendhoo where there are regular sightings.

Both the whale shark and manta rays are filter feeders and have huge mouths to scoop vast quantities of water containing the tasty morsels of plankton, they pose no danger to divers and snorkellers but, for their own protection, a respectable distance must be adhered to during encounters.

A Whale Shark With Remoras Attached To Its Body.

Whale Shark with Remoras

Euro-Divers Maldives offers sustainable encounters with these gentle giants, where you can see this relationship up close.

Best Practices for Swimming with Mantas and Whale Sharks

To make diving and snorkelling with these gentle giants sustainable, follow these best practice guidelines:

  • Enter the water as quietly as possible.
  • Never chase or block their path.
  • Give them space and don’t get too close.
  • Never touch them.
  • When observing mantas whilst diving, never position yourself on top of the cleaning stations – watch from the side.

Following this best practice will lead to a longer encounter as the creatures will not feel threatened, it will also prevent their natural behaviours from being disturbed, making future encounters more likely.

Get ready to realise a life-long dream with Euro-Divers Maldives.

If you’ve been lucky enough to encounter whale sharks whilst diving with us, let us know about your experience in the comments below.