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"Manta Madness" Maldives Liveaboard trip

The Manta Madness trip only runs when the manta are most prolific from August to October, sailing from Male to the northern atolls of Baa (Hanifaru Bay) and back again. As well as mantas, you can get close to whalesharks, hammerheads and reef sharks.

Thanks to the currents that sweep plankton into the shallow lagoons, manta and whalesharks follow in vast numbers to feed. Here you’ll see manta swim and loop at dive sites that have been chosen to hopefully give you sightings all week long.

Manta Point and Gangethi are well known stations that manta visit all year round and Rasdhoo and Maya Thila promise some fabulous diving with hammerheads, grey reefs and white tip sharks. And be sure to do the night dive on this trip!

The "Manta Madness" liveaboard package includes:

  • 8D + 7N onboard MV Orion
  • Free coffee & tea & snacks & 1 bottle of water per day
  • 3 dives per day (17 in total)

Example Itinerary

Day 1:

Meeting & Greeting in the airport upon guests\' arrival. Transfer to the boat at 13:00. Introductions and briefings, equipment preparation and set up. No diving

Day 2 through 6:

Typically, the schedule for the day is as follows, however, the timings can be different depending on the exact route and weather conditions:

  • 06:00 Wake up call
  • 06:30 Briefing, coffee&tea and toasts, 1st Dive
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 2nd Briefing and Dive
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 15:30 3rd Briefing and Dive
  • 17:00 Afternoon tea and snacks (normally a cake)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 7:

Two dives, Male City tour upon request and depending on the route and weather conditions

Day 8:

Check out, transfer to airport @ 0700 & 0900 hrs No diving

Price is per person and based on double occupancy.

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Dive with Mantas in the Maldives onboard of M/V Orion

The main deck of the M/V Orion has a large salon with sofas and large dining room with bar and TV whilst on the upper deck is the Jacuzzi, massage room (paid locally and subject to availability) and the main bar. The fly deck is really roomy with lots of sunbeds. Wi-Fi is available when in range at an additional charge.

All diving is done from her large 19.8m dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. Orion is rebreather-friendly and able to support Poseidon MKVI, AP vision and manual Megalodon units. She also offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

Dive sites included in this trip

  • Baa Atoll, Hanifaru Bay and other great dive sites. (Hanifaru and Baa Atoll depending on conditions that week)
  • North Male Atoll, Paradise Manta Point Cleaning Station

Depending on Weather and Diving conditions the Cruise Director will decide between:

  • Rasdhoo Atoll, Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll, Whalesharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive

Or

  • Lhaviyani Atoll, Famous Kuredu Express, Mantas at Fushifaru Kandu
  • Gaafaru, Wrecks of the SS Seagull, Lady Christina and Erlangen.

Price is per person and based on double occupancy. Trip is available between August and early October

Click here to contact us if you would have any questions, would like to have a quote for another travel date or would like to create a more custom package.

Price is per person and based on double occupancy. Price may change based on season.

Maldives Liveaboard trip: "Manta Madness" 7N + 17 dives - $1,947.-

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