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Hanifaru Bay Cruise
Atolls:
Duration:
Number of Dives:
Start/End Port:
North Male – Baa – Raa
7 Nights / 8 Days
3 Dives a day & 1 or 2 Night dives a week (Total 17 or 18 dives)
Male'/Male'

Hanifaru Bay – Baa Atoll

Hanifaru Bay is a sanctuary for people who love snorkeling with manta rays and whale sharks. This UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives is legally designated as a Marine Protected Area. There are strict regulations are in place to protect and preserve this amazing wonder.

The reef at Hanifaru Bay is like a funnel that is about 1300 meters, the inner narrow part of the funnel is about 600 meters and that is where whale sharks and mantas are found more common. The whale shark season is from May to December. In this period, planktons gets trapped in the funnel-like reef and concentration of planktons attracts whale sharks and schools of manta rays. At any time there could be over a hundred mantas and several whale sharks feeding off the coral reef. This is the world’s largest feeding station known to exist.

At Hanifaru Bay you can do snorkeling, diving is not permitted any more. During your snorkeling you must keep proper distance from whale sharks and manta rays, a radius of 3 meters from head section of whale shark and 4 meters at its tail is minimum distance you must maintain. You should not approach the creature from front or cross its path, stay at sides and swim with whale sharks. It is allowed to take pictures but without flash, you cannot use scooter or motorized devices to tow yourself. Touching, stroking or even getting that close is prohibited and there are trained rangers monitoring your moves.

Prior to implementing these regulations the place was overcrowded with boats and tourists. At some point whale sharks and manta population in Hanifaru Bay went to a drastic drop. The creatures might have been disturbed by human intervention. Hence, the regulations are important to keep this amazing wonder preserved.

1st Day

Meeting at the Airport

*Long evening crossing to Angafaru in Baa Atoll

2nd Day

Dive 1: Angafaru (Check Dive)

Dive 2: Nelivaru Thila

Dive 3: Dhigali Thila

Anchorage: Near Kihaadhoo (Baa Atoll)

3rd Day

Dive 1: Dhonfan thila

Dive 2: Dhigu Thila

Snorkel at Hanifau bay

Anchorage: Near Veyofushi & Barbecue at Veyofushi island (Baa Atoll)

4th Day

Dive 1: Millaidhoo Caves

              *Navigate to Raa Atoll

Dive 2: Beryian Kuda Thila

Dive 3: Kinolhas House Reef (Night dive)

Anchorage: Near Kinolhas (Raa Atoll)

5th Day

Dive 1: Kottefaru Thila

Dive 2: The Labirynth

Dive 3: Kuroshi Giri Canyon

Anchorage: Near Kuroshi Giri (Raa Atoll)

6th Day

Dive 1: Rainbow Caves

Dive 2: Maafaru Caves

Dive 3: Fenfushi Giri

*Long evening crossing to Rasfari in North Male’ Atoll

7th Day

Dive 1: Boduhithi Thila

Dive 2: Paradise Corner (Manta Pont)

Anchorage: Kurumba (North Male’ Atoll)

 

8th Day

Check Out in the Morning

Note: these routes are weather permitting and subjected to changes due to weather or group request.

 

PLEASE NOTE: From January 2012 scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay, however you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approx 45mins).