Amazing day at Hanifaru Bay

Jan 07, 2019 Ocean Stories

We’re only a short speedboat ride from Hanifaru Bay, which is known as the biggest manta feeding station in the world. Despite their alien appearance, mantas are peaceful giants, feeding on nothing bigger than microscopic plankton and posing no threat to humans who can swim and snorkel alongside them.

Not to be confused with sting rays, manta rays are peaceful, large (from 4m in size) filter feeders, sucking in plankton. Listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, they’re not always easy to find in the wild. Hanifaru Bay, and certain ‘cleaning stations’ within the Baa atoll offer some of the best places in the world to see manta rays from June to November.

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