On our recent trip to the Maldives around 4.30pm one afternoon the boat crew turned on the huge spotlight on the back of the boat in an attempt to attract Manta Ray's - and it worked!! 3 Manta Rays came to the boat and for around an hour played happily under the spotlight..
We got our equipment on and went for a night dive with the Rays and, as we were told they would, the Manta Rays came in close to the group for lots of interaction. They stayed around for about an hour until we finished our dive. After the dive we had dinner on the boat and we could see that the Manta’s were still playing around at the back of the boat, attracted by the spotlight.
A couple of hours after our previous dive me and one other diver from the group decided to make another dive and this time we were lucky enough to have 4 Manta Rays to ourselves. We sat on the floor and just waited for the rays to come to us and they didn’t disappoint as they played around us for the next hour and a quarter, sometimes bumping into us as they glided past. With spans of up to 5 metres the Manta’s completely blocked out the light from the boat as they swam over us within inches of our regulator, so close that we felt we had to duck at times to avoid them bumping in to us.
Apologies for the poor quality of the video but one of the reasons the ray's stayed around for so long was because of the particles in the water so please forget the quality and enjoy the Manta Rays as much as we did.