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Why Manta Point is special ?
Manta Point also knows as Emas Thila is about 1 Km long and is a gathering point for Mantas during the north-east monsoon season. It is also an excellent drift dive on both the north and south sides of the Thila. The reef top is at 15 meters and on the western side of the Thila but rises to around 10 meters on the Eastern side. Mantas mostly focus on some coral rocks on the reef top on the outside of the Thila. These rocks are one giant cleaner station for the mantas. Cleaner wrasses can be observed swimming out to the hovering mantas to remove old skin and parasites. The outside reef slopes gently to 30 meters before dropping more steeply on the outside wall. Most of the Thila has ledges, caves and overhangs 15 meters and deeper. All are filled with a vast number of fish.
What to explore at Manta Point?
Manta Point has a wide reputation as one of the consistent sites for attracting large numbers of big manta rays. Besides, there are many sea-fans, sea-whips, soft coral and squirrel fish in the caves and in the channel one can find many big dog tooth tunas, napoleons and sharks. There is one terrace at about 30 meters on the southern side where coral heads are grouped together forming small gullies and arches. At Manta Point, divers can see around the rocks are big schools of fish, most notably the masked banner fish, but also spotted sweet lips, oriental sweet lips, trevally, red bass and spangled emperor fish.
How to get to Manta Point?
You can reach the Manta Point reef which is 40 minutes using speed boat from South of Hudhuran Fushi Island, North Male ATOL.
- Amazing Diving Spot
- Diving with manta rays
- Best Mantapoint in the west monsoon
- That elegance and emotion
- A lot of Fishes under Water
Tips for you
Just wow. Best place to see manta rays and whale sharks.
This review is about the 'real' Manta Point in the Maldives, officially known as Hanifaru on Baa Atoll. This is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and only allows snorkeling. Scuba diving has been banned for 3-4 years now and visitor numbers are controlled. We booked our visit through our resort (Soneva Fushi) and part of the cost goes towards the environmental maintenance of the reserve. It's important to go at the correct stage of the tide (your resort should know this) and the right time of year. The right time of the year is May-November during the West Monsoon. The reason for this is that the plankton on which the Mantas feed is concentrated in the funnel shaped lagoon which results in huge concentrations. We tried to visit on two occasions. The first was quite rough with little plankton and resulted in an aborted trip. The second was ideal. We saw and snorkeled with approximately 30 Manta all of which were around 3-4 metres in size. The way they all cruise backwards and forwards with their huge mouths wide open within a few feet of us and with little concern with our presence was truly awe inspiring. An experience of a life-time which has to be witnessed to be believed. If you have a chance to visit Hanifaru take it. It won't be cheap but if you get a day like we did you won't regret it.