Hanifaru Bay, manta rays sanctuary
by Jorge Mezcua on Jan 12, 2023
Hanifaru Bay is located in Baa Atoll, Maldives. For several years, Hanifaru Bay has begun to be recognized as one of the top dive spots in the world, mainly due to the abundance of manta rays.
The mantas are attracted to this bay by the large amount of plankton that currents bring there through the channels that Baa is connected to the ocean. In this area you can see groups of more than 200 manta rays that gather spinning with their mouths open trying to take all possible plankton.
The plankton also attracts whale sharks in this area, creating a very important breeding place for the population of whale sharks in Asia.