Seasonal neighbours: The gentle giants that call our surrounding waters their home.

26th June 2020

The Maldives is renowned for its vast array of underwater wildlife and, as a result, has become one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Between May and November, whale sharks and schools of manta rays are commonly seen at Hanifaru Bay – a marine protected area just minutes away from Royal Island. The site is home to a majestic funnel-like coral reef where a large concentration of plankton becomes trapped. In turn, this creates an enormous feeding station for marine life – the largest of its kind in the world.

But it’s not just Hanifaru Bay that is home to these gentle giants. Here are some other dive site excursions which allow you to get up close to some of the amazing species that call the Maldives their home.

Whale Shark Point

As the name suggests, this colorful reef by Maamigili Island is a great place to see whale sharks. But that’s not all you’ll see. Swimming amongst the large overhangs you’ll also find tuna, barracuda, snapper, grouper, and Napoleon Wrasse. You’re also likely to see sting rays and eagle rays gliding gracefully through the water.

Manta Point

Between January and May, this shallow reef is among the best places to encounter manta rays. You’ll see them resting near the coral as small cleaner fish nibble parasites and dead skin off their bodies. It’s easily accessible, which means it’s perfect for all levels of divers. Plus, you’re also likely to see silver tip and grey reef sharks too.

Maavaru Thila

This dive site is also a great place to encounter manta rays. It’s a little further away from our islands, but it’s well worth the journey as you’re likely to see dogtooth tuna, Napoleon fish, turtles and stingrays. Plus, you’ll often see schools of trevallies and barracuda hunting in the current.

Discover more about our activities and excursions and start making plans for your trip of a lifetime.