Manta season is back at Four Seasons Resort Maldives Landaa Giraavaru
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,” Tam Sawers, The Manta Trust’s project leader in the Maldives, based at Landaa Giraavaru, said.
“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 four-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!) whilst 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
Combining innovation, wellness and conservation, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a 44-acre, 103-villa wonderland in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve — a 30-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport.
Its sister property, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa lies to the south: an enchanting garden island complete with Island Spa sea sanctuary and Tropicsurf coaches and guides. It features 96 thatched beach and water accommodations constructed by local craftsmen using indigenous materials and techniques to reflect a true sense of the Maldives.
The luxury catamaran Four Seasons Explorer connects the two properties via three, four and seven-night cruises, plus private leisure, surf and manta ray charters.
The latest addition to the Maldives collection, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll opened in 2016 as the group’s first exclusive-use private island: off limits to everyone else, limitless to the guests.