As part of our mission to raise awareness and provide education on manta ray conservation, the Manta Trust has teamed up with regional eco-minded tourism operators to provide ‘Manta Expeditions’—a series of liveaboard dive and snorkel trips that focus specifically on getting our guests in close proximity to manta rays, whilst imparting expert knowledge and skills.

Reef Manta Ray, Manta alfredi, Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives © Guy Stevens, Manta Trust 2017 (5).JPG

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.



Reef Manta Ray, Manta alfredi, Neyo Beyru, Raa Atoll, Maldives © Guy Stevens, Manta Trust 2016 (2).jpg


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.


upcoming expeditions

See below for more information about our each of our upcoming Manta Expeditions.





Reef Scene, Maaya Faru, Ari Atoll, Maldives © Guy Stevens Manta Trust 2014.JPG



Twenty Six Atolls - Central/North Atolls from 09 to 18 November 2016. In partnership with the Manta Trust


10 days / 9 nights onboard Manta Cruise in partnership with the Manta Trust.

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FURTHER information & bookings

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