View the spellbinding beauty of sealife in Hanifaru Bay – Encounters with whale sharks

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If Maldives from the air is a spellbindingly spectacular sight, can you ever imagine about the beauty of its underwater world? Venture far off into the deep and discover its colourful marine life!

Hanifaru Bay

Locally known as ‘Vandhumaafaru Adi’, the Hanifaru Bay is an uninhabited island in Maldives featuring an underwater bay in the size of a football field. It’s popular for being the nursery ground for sting rays and grey sharks. However, it is best known the world over for its graceful, enigmatic and stunning reef Manta Rays. If you are luckier, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of manta feeding frenzy in Hanifaru Bay.

Hanifaru Bay | Image Credit - Shiyam ElkCloner, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Hanifaru Bay | Image Credit – Shiyam ElkCloner, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Best time to visit

Hanifaru Bay is recognized as the world’s largest manta ray feeding station. Therefore, all snorkelling enthusiasts and underwater photographers should consider visiting this wonderful bay from May to December since during the south west monsoon one can witness more than 200 Manta Rays accompanied by whale sharks.


Want to indulge in an unforgettable dive excursion in Hanifaru Bay? If you consider staying at a Maldives luxury resort the likes of Milaidhoo Island Maldives, you can plan an exhilarating diver trip to view Manta Rays and whale sharks.


The majestic rays can truly intimidate you as they glide effortlessly in the oceans. Rays can be easily recognized by their flat bodies similar to sharks. Encounters with eagle rays are quite common in Hanifaru Bay as they generally prefer the open waters over the deep bottom of the sea.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media.


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