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Maldives April 2020

Discussion in 'Maldives' started by Password, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Password

    Password Garibaldi

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    Hi guys,

    I hope you're doing good!

    Currently I am in the process of booking our next trip to the Maldives. I am a beginner diver with 15 dives completed (PADI Open Water).
    We are looking at data range end march - first two weeks of April 2020. I have done some searches online and found that, apparently, South Ari atoll (around Maamigili, Dhangethi) is the place you want to be for Manta rays and whale sharks.

    Also found online an operator on Addu Atoll (all the way down south) which claims that Mantas can be seen all year round, with highest odds around Full moon (which is April 8th).

    I was wondering whether you guys have any experience with this? I am very curious!

    Many thanks and best
     
  2. CWK

    CWK Manta Ray

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    There are reef mantas at a site called Maa Kandu (Maa Corner). There were mantas when I dived there in 8 March 2019 (new moon).

    There is also a site called Addu Rock (which may or may not be the same site as Maa Kandu). There were mantas when I dived there on 18 February 2019 (full moon).
     
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  3. Password

    Password Garibaldi

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    Many thanks CWK!

    These sites are all the way down south @ Maldives and sound very good. Generally speaking, would you say it's worth the extra travel time to fly out from Male? Or are the odds for Manta rays at Maamigili very much in our favour already that time of the year?

    Our struggle is that we will most likely arrive at Male airport and want to visit Maamigili as well. This would mean travelling to Maamigili, back to Male, to Addu City, and back to Male.

    Best
     
  4. Christian

    Christian Manta Ray

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    For someone with only 15 dives and OW, probably not. Haven’t been to the far, far south atolls, but its main appeal is spots with big fish (sharks) and the dives are advanced. Stay in Ari atoll, enjoy and gather more experience. You can find mantas there too.
     

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