Maldives 28 Sept - 8 Oct 2023

Ocean Geographic Maldives Mantas & Whale Sharks Expedition

28 September to 8 October 2023

Join Michael AW and Ocean Geographic for this Special Mantas and Whale Sharks expedidition through thte idyllic northern atolls of the Maldives 

from $US 3580 per person  ( OG members receive $US 200 discount)  Make your reservation now. 

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This expedition is the benchmark of interaction with mantas and whale sharks experience; of all the locations in the world, Socorro, Yap, Raja Ampat, PNG, Kona, Komodo, Mozambique where mantas are known to congregate, the Maldives is without doubt the capital, the biggest remaining population of mantas is in the Maldives. Documented by science and photographic evident, the mantas and whale sharks feeding phenomenon at Baa Atoll is unique and occur nowhere else in the world. When the tide, moon, sun, wind is aligned, a vortex of up to 200 mantas…whale shark hang on the surface to feast on the broth of living wriggling planktons. Superlative takes on new meaning. And we have selected the optimum period of the season – the September equinox.

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During this expedition, we will also explore some new sites in the northern atolls – these areas are pretty new to marine tourism and you will be diving some of the most enchanting and pristine marine environment of the Maldives. And we will be visiting some of the signature sites of soft corals and night dives with mantas.  

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The reefs of Maldives are among nature’s underwater wonders where reef fishes thrive in astonishing abundance and density. Without the threat of spearguns, dynamite, and cyanide, reef fishes swim blithesomely among divers and snorkellers. Making pictures underwater in the Maldives is akin to shooting in the world’s largest aquarium teeming with fish life; many species are predictably found in enormous numbers. Not only is the profusion of fish life amazing, but also the predictability of seeing the same fishes at the same sites within soft corals in colours of the rainbow is the trademark of the Maldives underwater.

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Our Ocean Geographic photo pro and nature guides will share with you photographic and Photoshop tips that will take your photography to the next level.  The dive platform for this expedition is our favorite expedition vessel, the Duke of York. 

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The Expedition platform is the Duke of York, a state-of-the-art expedition liveaboard vessel. Exquisitely designed and furnished, the Duke of York offers a boutique style liveaboard diving experience. Palatial en-suite cabins are equipped with LCD TVs, and the spacious lounge is set up with wi-fi Internet, generous space for camera work, presentations and fine dining experiences.

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Diving support is on spacious dedicated dhohi;  three dives per day and nitrox are included.

Cost: Upper Cabin US $3,760* Lower Cabin $3580* (*plus GST, green and bed tax)  11 days/ 10 nights/ full board – twin sharing. 

Deposit USD 2000 to confirm spot.   (OG members discount applies for this trip)

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NB. Booking is not confirmed until deposit is paid. Payment details for payment of deposit will be provided once booking is completed. Booking username and password is not the same as your OG username and password. If you are new trip client you can leave the existing client login blank and complete the booking . If you are an existing trip client please check with us first and we will let you know your trip client user ID and password which will enable you a much quicker booking process.

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