Dancing With Manta Rays

I can say for shure that the meeting with manta rays was the ultimate gool of my travel to the Maldives. It was the real Miracle that I was waiting so long.

Manta ray. Vilamendhoo Island. The Maldives.

First time when I have visited Moscow Zoological Museum many years ago I saw the incredible, giant, it’s safe to say alien animal under the ceiling of the Sea Hall. It was the giant manta ray. Then I have been there with my first son, afterward with the second one and every time was marvelling at this wander of nature.

Manta ray. Vilamendhoo Island. The Maldives.

Manta ray. Vilamendhoo Island. The Maldives.

I assumed that sometimes I’ll see alive manta rays in some oceanarium, but I wasn’t ever thinking I will be swiming with them in open ocean.

Manta rays slowly swim with wide open mouth than gracefully turn around and come back. They eat in such a way, but you would think this is a dance.

By the way, this miracle is moving right on you and it seems you will swim in its mouth together with your camera. Sometimes it’s even scary; hey, do you see me at all? But at last moment it majestically changes the course a little, swiming so closely that you can touch it. But you must not; it is dangerously for it, not for you.

Manta ray. The Maldives. Indian Ocean.

Manta ray. The Maldives. Indian Ocean.

Manta ray. The Maldives. Indian Ocean.

Manta ray. The Maldives. Indian Ocean.

If you will be on the Maldives, don’t miss the excursion to manta rays and you will get unforgettable experience that stay with you for a lifetime.

Manta ray. The Maldives. Indian Ocean.

More about the Maldives:

Chase for a stingray
Two Parts of Paradise – Vilamendhoo Island and Reethi Beach Resort

15 Responses to “Dancing With Manta Rays”

  1. Kristina Says:

    wow, the mantas are incredible!! victor, I am not so familiar with RSS, so I am currently checking on how to set it up!
    Sorry about that! 🙂 Greetings from Bali, Kristina


  2. Richard in Spain Says:

    Great photos Victor, I saw a manta ray when I was snorkeling in Indonesia a few years ago, totaly awe inspiring is the only way to describe it – It was one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done.


  3. Laura Says:

    I’ve never seen a manta ray in its natural habitat before. Cool photos and looks fun!


  4. Christy @ Technosyncratic Says:

    Manta rays are such beautiful animals; it must have been an incredible experience swimming with them. Great photos!


  5. bmj2k Says:

    I have to say, those are impressive. I know there isn’t any danger but my first reaction might have been to swim away, not to take pics.


  6. taraisarockstar Says:

    The first photo is so original and different–very intriguing and definitely my favorite. I hope I will be able to experience the dancing one day as well!


  7. Hadi & Kathleen Says:

    Awesome ray! Thanks for sharing your travels, Victor. Gorgeous photos.
    We’re so impressed we awarded you The Versatile Blogger award. It’s at: http://tripsfor2.wordpress.com.
    Thanks again. We love your blog!


  8. Chris Sheridan Says:

    Beautiful and amazing! Such a great experience and very impressive work here!


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