Manta Ray Discovery on the Four Seasons Explorer
There is no better way to gain an insight into the world of manta rays and whale sharks than staying on board the Four Seasons Explorer for a week this August or September along with Guy Stevens and the team from the Manta Trust.
At a Glance
The expedition only runs for two weeks in 2014: 21 - 28 August and 11-18 September
An educational vacation for every member of the family. Excellent way to introduce your children to the underwater world.
If guests choose to stay at either Four Seasons Kuda Huraa or Landaa Giravaaru pre or post the cruise, one person can sail on the Four Seasons Explorer for free.
Three dives/ snorkeling excursions per day
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included on board the Four Seasons Explorer
Escorted by Guy Stevens, Chief Executive and Founder of the Manta Trust
The peak sighting months to see manta rays and whale sharks are in August and September
The Four Seasons Explorer is the only liveabord dive boat in the Maldives
Non divers can indulge in snorkeling, watersports and spa treatments
Meet our specialists
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.
For two weeks only this summer (21-28 August and 11-18 September 2014), Guy Stevens and the team from the Manta Trust - the world's leading manta ray charity - are giving guests of all ages a unique opportunity to learn more about the gentle giants of the Maldives, in the Baa and Ari Atolls, while staying on board the Four Seasons Explorer, a 39-meter, three-deck catamaran, accommodating a maximum of 22 guests.
Suitable for both divers and non-divers, children and adults, the 7-night Manta Trust Expedition has something for everyone to enjoy aboard on the world's only floating Four Seasons 'resort'. In the company of some of the world's leading experts, improve your free-diving technique, learn how to take photos, and help record critical environmental information as you are immersed in every aspect of this fascinating research experience.
Guest wanting to enjoy some time above water can enjoy the water sports, luxurious accommodation or relaxing massages on board. This itinerary really is suitable for guests of ages and a great way to spend a week during the summer vacations with the children. An educational insight to the giants of the sea.
The 7-night trip starts from Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, a seaplane journey from Male. Guests will board the boat and following your orientation the dives and snorkeling will begin.
Each night the captain will anchor in quiet locations throughout the atolls, arriving back at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru for disembarkation on the last day. Guests will then make their way back to Male for their journey home; we can arrange a stay at either of the Four Seasons properties for those who want to stay on.
During the week the chefs will prepare some of the most delicious food you can imagine, from a beach BBQ on a sandbank to a lobster dinner on board. There are dives throughout the day: at sunrise, sunset and at night.
Location & Directions
The Manta Ray expedition begins at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru and sails around the Baa and Ari atolls over 7 nights. Guests can then continue their stay on the island or make their way to the sister island, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. These sister properties share renowned Four Seasons service and attention to detail, offering a unique opportunity to explore the secluded and stunning archipelago of the Maldives.
When to go
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
The Maldives scuba diving season runs all year round. April, May and June are the hottest months of the year and, due to plankton blooming, see manta rays and whale sharks. These months are popular with divers seeking the large pelagics. December to March normally enjoys the best visibility. The Maldive Islands have a wet season between May and August, which reduces visibility and may restrict the number of accessible dive sites due to poorer surface conditions. This is less of a concern for liveaboards that can vary their itineraries to cover only those sites enjoying the best dive conditions.