Manta Ray Season
Witness Manta Ray Migration at Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo Island, situated in the UNESCO protected marine reserve Baa Atoll in the Maldives, is the perfect location to witness the annual gathering of hundreds of manta rays from May to October.
This year, guests who book to stay at Milaidhoo between May and October 2021 direct on www.milaidhoo.com will be entered into a raffle to win an exclusive private cruise on Milaidhoo’s luxury yacht to snorkel and swim with the Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay during their stay. One lucky winner will be selected for the once-in-a-lifetime experience each month throughout the season.
Manta Rays (Manta Alfredi) migrate to the atoll’s plankton-rich waters every year from May to October. Milaidhoo, home to a spectacular house-reef, is only 15 minutes by speedboat from Hanifaru Bay, the biggest Manta feeding station in the world. Guests can see, swim and snorkel with these gentle giants of the ocean, witnessing them search for and feed on microscopic plankton.
These special excursions to Hanifaru Bay can be arranged throughout the season, coordinated with the reserve’s expert marine park rangers who ensure the most rewarding sighting opportunities, and supported by Milaidhoo’s resident Marine Biologist. For more of an up close and personal experience, the team at the Ocean Stories Aquatic Centre at Milaidhoo has identified several secret diving spots outside of the protected marine reserve where Mantas congregate, and diving is possible.
Those wishing to visit can take advantage of the “Discover Milaidhoo” offer, with rates starting from $1,535 per night in a Water Pool Villa inclusive of half board, based on two sharing, applicable for stays until 31st October 2021.
MILAIDHOO ISLAND MALDIVES
Milaidhoo Island Maldives is a pristine island paradise proudly rooted in local island traditions. The boutique luxury resort features 50 contemporary Maldivian style pool villas, custom- made and made for comfort designed by a renowned Maldivian architect. Every guest is assigned an Island Host to help create meaningful experiences and cater to their every need. Activities include over-water spa treatments, sunrise yoga classes and snorkelling excursions to view the incredible house reef.
Dining is a highlight with Milaidhoo being home to three world-class restaurants, including Ba’theli. This unique Maldivian restaurant reflects the heritage of the islands and is built in the shape of three traditional boats on pillars over the lagoon. The restaurant’s innovative and delicious meals are steeped in Maldivian tradition, with each dish inspired by favourites of the ancient maritime Spice Route.
Milaidhoo is the authentic Maldives, a resort of reinvented luxury, where guests feel they belong, experiencing barefoot informality within the natural and lush setting of a tropical island. As an adult only resort, Milaidhoo is known for its romance and destination dining offerings – any dream can become a reality, from sunset dolphin cruises to sailing to a deserted sandbank for a private beach picnic.