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Hanifaru & North (July - October)

7 days

You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.


This itinerary runs around the New Moon phase when tidal ranges are greater resulting in a greater flow of plankton into the world famous Hanifaru Bay, where the massive majestic mantas venture in for a feeding frenzy between July and October each year.

We sail from Male to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Baa (Hanifaru Bay) and back taking in the renowned sites of Kuredu Express, Kuredu Caves.

As well as mantas, you can get close to turtles, grey reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks. One of the big attractions is the chance to encounter mantas feeding and cleaning.

Thanks to the currents that sweep plankton into the shallow lagoons, mantas follow in vast numbers to feed. Although diving is not permitted in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hanifaru Bay, we are allowed to go in and snorkel with these gentle giants in the lagoon. After a manta has had its feed it needs to get cleaned, so we will take you to known manta cleaning stations in both North Male, Lhaviyani and Baa Atoll. So hopefully these will give you sightings all week long. Of course, sightings can't be guaranteed but diving at this time means your chances are high.

Hanifaru & North - Availability

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Please note: Certain offers cannot be combined with other offers including group-free places. If you are looking to book a group, please contact us for a quotation.

Date Boat Dep / Arr Spaces Rate Passengers
27/10/2018 - 03/11/2018 MV Emperor Virgo Male 9 € 1,649.00 Please Email
27/07/2019 - 03/08/2019 MV Emperor Voyager Male 16 € 1,349.00 Book
03/08/2019 - 10/08/2019 MV Emperor Voyager Male 18 € 1,349.00 Book
11/07/2020 - 18/07/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,249.00 Book
18/07/2020 - 25/07/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,249.00 Book
08/08/2020 - 15/08/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,479.00 Book
15/08/2020 - 22/08/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,479.00 Book
12/09/2020 - 19/09/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,299.00 Book
19/09/2020 - 26/09/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,299.00 Book
10/10/2020 - 17/10/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,649.00 Book
17/10/2020 - 24/10/2020 MV Emperor Voyager Male 20 € 1,649.00 Book

Hanifaru & North
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