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No Manta Rays in April??

My boyfriend and I stayed at Reethi Beach Resort at Baa atoll from May 4 - May 10 in 2014. At the time we went, there were a couple storms and when we went for our dive trip, we didn't get to see Manta! (one of our regrets...)

So we have decided to go back to the Maldives this year, however due to our work schedule, we can only visit in April (April 13 - April 24 to be exact). Based on the dive report above, it doesn't seems like the Manta comes around until May....

If not, we may need to make time to come back in September as I heard people have better chances spotting Manta and whale shark during September - November....

Can anyone advise? We are flying from Canada so it's quite a long trip for us.. Would love to see Manta!!!!!

dras

Luke Goodrige

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Honestly I think it depends on the cyclone/season etc.. April is a bit early - but you never know you might be lucky!

Gifford Pelletier

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Not technically the best time of year.. but the other diving is spectacular and there is so many other things to see regardless of Mantas! Best of luck! :)

Laura Norris

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just landed back (yesterday - sob) from a liveaboard with MV Sea Spirit who do Manta special trips where they spend more time on manta-likely sites. we saw upwards of 15 individuals feeding (night dive) and cleaning. also did some sharky dives (grey, white and black tip, night nurse shark dive) and went looking for whale sharks (no luck on that count). food is good and plentiful, definitely a 'divers' liveaboard, we were the least experienced but well looked after. you need to take your own mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit but you can hire the rest

Mohamed Aleem

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it does get better as the season closes. id say you have a better chance in seeing large groups of mantas from August until the season ends in november. i work at a dive center in Baa Atoll. Visit Hanifaru bay and you might be lucky enough to swim with hundreds of them on a good day.

Mohamed Aleem

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lucky few have witnessed manta cyclones in Hanifaru bay.

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