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Bucket List Inspiration: Diving with Mantas in the Maldives


I’m not an overly experienced diver, but I have been lucky enough to complete more than 30 dives in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. I earned my SSI Open Water Diver certification in Thailand, and I received my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea in Egypt, which are both amazing places to dive; however, my absolute favorite-top-ultimate diving experience was spending 45 minutes with manta rays in the Maldives. I was cruising the North Ari Atoll on a liveaboard when we stopped at Dhon Kalo Thila, known locally as the “manta cleaning station,” for an epic afternoon dive. The visibility was less than 10 meters due to the high concentration of plankton–which is fantastic, because that is what manta rays love to feed on! The current was very strong as we descended 20 meters to the bottom and settled on the seabed to spend some time with these pelagic giants. I was stunned by their immense size and wing span as some came within brushing distance of me. There were 14 manta rays in total, swimming strongly against the current with mouths open wide to sift plankton, and being treated to the cleaning treatment of resident remoras. It was so humbling and awe inspiring to witness the majesty of these creatures in their element. I know my words cannot do them justice, so here are some pictures! Do you want to go diving with these gentle giants? Thanks for reading! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Bucket List Inspiration: Diving with Mantas in the Maldives

  1. Becca, this is absolutely AMAZING. I never knew you were a diver until I was reading through Indah’s comments with the crab post, and then not long after is this incredible post from you diving with the manta rays.
    They look so graceful. What a humbling experience this must have been. Thank you for sharing such an incredible post! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Carl! I seriously cannot describe how amazing the moment was! All I can say is that I am in awe of the amazing creatures and ecosystems on this planet! I wish I could take pictures as incredible as Indah’s to do it all justice. #lifegoals Thank you for reading!! xxx

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  2. Always love diving with the mantas! Oh, your pictures are fine! It is tough to take pictures of mantas because the water usually bit murky due to plankton..I had issue as well when taking their pictures in Komodo. I did not bring my camera when diving with them in Bali but then I saw how murky it was, I’d rather glad not bring my camera.
    Great post!! I enjoy reading it and looking at the images 🙂

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  3. wow great. Diving in my bucket list too. All my friends and blogger friends know about it, but I am not a great swimmer and though of going down to sea to explore under water world gives me creeps sometime. But I still have hope that one day I will be able to do that. Fingers crossed 🙂


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    • You should totally try it, Aanchal! I am actually not a very good swimmer. I can’t freestyle swim at all, but diving is less about swimming and more about floating. My first time diving was in the Great Barrier Reef, and I had a panic attack before we went under the water. I didn’t think that I could do it. But I really pushed myself, and as soon as I got down there, it was so serene and incredible that I have been hooked ever since! You have to try it. 🙂 I am going to write a post on tips for first-time divers soon! Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

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      • Your words gave me a push. I guess I will push myself too one day to try it. And may be as you said I might fall in love and do it over & over again 🙂 Fingers crossed. I will be waiting for your post on tips for first time divers, please do consider some non swimmers 🙂

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