Spot the Manta Rays in Maldives

Maldives is all about the golden sun, luscious waters, the outdoors and an extra portion of fun! Lazying by the beach all day long may be a much-preferred activity while one is in the Maldives, but have you tried snorkeling and diving in the Maldives? We urge you to give diving and snorkeling in Maldives a try! We assure you that you will encounter an entirely different world below the waters of Maldives. Shoals of vibrantly coloured fish and other unique creatures await to welcome you! Here are some creatures to look out for while you venture into the depths of the beautiful blue ocean:

1. Manta Rays
Manta Rays are distantly related to the shark family and are classified as Batoidea, a type of cartilaginous fish and have around 500 described species in thirteen families. Of them, Manta Rays are the largest. The Manta Rays in Maldives are majestic creatures that are considered a privilege to witness. They are usually found closer to coral reefs and can grow up to 7.6 meters (25 ft) across and weigh about 2,300 kilograms (5,100 lb). Dive with manta rays at our Cinnamon Resorts in the Maldives and we will treat you in style. You can even opt to snorkel with manta rays and watch the world below and let it amaze you!


Photo Credits : @robeevoyage

2. Sting Rays
Sting Rays are also another must see sea-creature in the Maldives. They’re majestic creatures that are easy and fun to spot in the Maldives. They’re usually spotted at the bottom of the ocean and are usually not found swimming in the water column. They’re in search of some crustaceans at the bottom of the ocean for a good dinner! Stay alert and try your luck with some of these beautiful Sting Rays whilst we at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts assist you to have a good time!


Photo Credits : @ahmed_sir_limbe

3. Eagle Rays
Eagle rays unlike stingrays tend to live in the open ocean rather than on the bottom of the sea. Compared with other rays, their tails are quite long, and they are a well-defined rhomboidal shape featuring distinct wings. Eagle Rays weigh about 230 kg (about 507 lbs), its wings can grow as wide as 2.5 m (8 ft) and can reach up to 5 m (16 ft) in length with its tail. These strikingly beautiful creatures are a must-see whilst you snorkel and dive in the Maldives!


Photo Credits :@joerg.blessing

4. Blue Spotted Ray
As the name suggests, this Ray is more on the colourful side. It has large bright blue spots on its oval, elongated disc and blue side-stripes along the tail. The spots make it easier to spot these rays on your adventure! The Blue Spotted Rays only grow up to a maximum of 70cm, so a keen eye is vital! But fret not, our in-house naturalists at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts will help you seek them out!


Photo Credits : @passion_plongee_voyages

Let our staff and in-house experts at Cinnamon Velifushi Maldives, Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives and Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives take you through some of the specially curated activities and adventures below the surface of our luscious blue waters. Book your stay with us at any of our resorts; and we will take care of the rest of your ray-seeking adventures.

Author – Shenella Fonseka

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