what to expect
A core focus of our expeditions is to not only provide close encounters with manta rays, but to enthuse and educate guests in marine conservation issues and the environment surrounding them.
The Manta Trust has ongoing research and conservation projects located all around the world at many of the ocean’s top manta ray dive destinations. Trips visiting these locations are led by project leaders and members of the Manta Team, who bring their expertise and local knowledge of the manta ray population on-board to help our partnering operators maximise encounters during your trip. Through a series of presentations on topics covering local marine species and habitats, they also ensure that divers leave with an increased awareness of the threats these graceful creatures are facing and how they can help beyond their holiday.
Citizen Science & Photo-ID Workshops
Workshops in collecting and recording manta ID images cements the theoretical and practical aspects of the research being conducted by giving divers the tools to get involved, knowing that they are contributing meaningful data to the project.
During a trip with Manta Expeditions, you’ll have the opportunity to experience and participate in cutting-edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals. Manta Trust scientists will be collecting photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition. For those interested, the trip leader will provide workshops to any guests that wish to get involved. All manta rays encountered during a trip will be added to the regional database, and guests will be invited to name any new mantas that are identified.
Every manta sighting is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals. Through these workshops, divers will be able to enjoy world-class marine encounters, whilst knowing they are also contributing meaningful data to Manta Trust's research and conservation efforts. After the trip, eager guests are able to continue contributing on future dive trips, by submitting their ID shots online to the Manta Trust’s global IDtheManta Database.