As we all know, one of the highlights of Soneva Fushi (at least for us Water Babies) is the spectacular trip to Hanifaru Bay where you have the chance to encounter upwards of 50 Mantas’ in the bay.
We have, however, been lucky enough at Soneva Jani to have some regular sightings of Manta Rays on our very own house reef in recent weeks. Although not the sheer number that are sighted in Hanifaru, it is always special to encounter these majestic creatures, even in ones or twos, especially when you are least expecting it!
Manta Rays will follow their food, and are spotted in this region during the South-West Monsoon season, when the strong South-Westerly winds push the Plankton up towards us in the North-East where it becomes trapped. Noonu Atoll is still a relatively unknown area in terms of Manta and Turtle populations, and we are eager to contribute our data and ID’s to the MantaTrust, who are currently seeking to develop a better understanding of the population in this area before the season ends. Fingers crossed for more future encounters!
So if you are visiting us at Soneva Jani and don’t find the time to pop down to Baa Atoll, you may be lucky enough to have an encounter on our very own House Reef Snorkelling trips…
Hope to see you there!