No holiday to the Maldives is complete without swimming alongside some of the ocean’s most fascinating fish – the manta rays. The proximity of Kudadoo Maldives Private Island to the atoll’s manta hot spots – both feeding and cleaning stations – makes snorkelling or diving with these gentle giants an obvious item to add to your itinerary. Have your residence butler arrange a manta search excursion for you to experience the privilege of meeting some of the 378 mantas that have been identified in the atoll so far; perhaps you even swim with one previously unknown – if you take the ID photo of a manta that is previously unknown, you also have the chance to name it!

During your holiday at Kudadoo you can join as many manta search excursions as your wish. Sightings are more frequent during the high season, generally from October to March. Whether it be by jet ski, dive or snorkel boat, or speedboat before stopping for a gourmet picnic on the desolate Dream Island, your residence butler together with the resident marine biologists/Manta Trust researchers can help you curate your ideal ocean exploration itinerary.

Lhaviyani Atoll’s manta rays at a glance:


– 378 individual reef manta rays identified

– 191 females, 182 males and 5 individuals for which the sex could not be determined

– 52% of the Lhaviyani reef manta ray population are adults and 48% are juveniles. Of these Lhaviyani Atoll mantas, 314 individuals have been sighted more than once, and 149 have been seen in at least one other atoll in the Maldives

– Most commonly sighted in Lhaviyani Atoll overall: Feng Shui and Crusty – both females which have been recorded 52 times each.

– Most commonly sighted manta rays in 2019: Nestlé and Crusty

– The atoll’s most popular locations for mantas: Fushifaru Thila, Dhanifaru, and Hurawalhi Sandbank, all within easy reach from Kudadoo.