Embark upon a Manta Trust Expedition onboard Four Seasons Explorer, a five-star dive centre, for the chance to experience cutting-edge research first-hand. A rare and thrilling opportunity to contribute to this incredible field of science and experience a wonder most can only dream of, this new expedition is perfect for both couples and solo travelers alike.
Manta Rays are fascinating creatures. Not only do they have the largest brain of all the world’s fish, they’re also incredibly graceful. To understand the power and presence of these marine marvels – and the work being done to protect them in the Maldives – one has to go back to 2003, when a then-Four Seasons marine biologist, Dr. Guy Stevens, encountered his first manta ray and, in doing so, discovered his life’s passion and work: to conserve these captivating creatures through active research and education.
Fast forward to 2019 and Guy is now one of the world’s leading manta ray experts. The Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMPR) that he first established at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is now the founding project of the world’s largest manta ray charity, The Manta Trust; and his team operates projects in more than 20 different counties around the world.
Thanks to this incredible expedition, guests can enjoy a rare insight into the pioneering research that Guy’s team has developed over the years. Participants of all ages are encouraged to free-dive and snorkel with mantas alongside a team of specialist marine biologists. Record critical environmental information, take manta ID photos, and join in the ID process – including naming any newly sighted mantas.
“From population size, migratory routes and life history strategies, to social interactions, growth rates, life span, reproduction and more, every time we enter the water with manta rays, we improve our knowledge of them – and the global steps required to protect them,” shares Guy Stevens, Chief Executive and Founder of The Manta Trust.
“Escorting these trips has the added benefit of transporting me back to that incredible moment when I first swam with a manta ray as guests have their own first manta encounter. It was life-changing for me and I never tire of seeing the impact it has on others too.”
No ordinary boat, Four Seasons Explorer was refurbished in 2017, unveiling a vision of sleek finishes and stylish soft furnishings. The 10 State Rooms and signature Explorer Suite (complete with a wall of windows and private sun-bathing terrace) all feature upgraded bathrooms, new artworks, plush carpets and curtains – perfect for relaxing in style after a day getting up close and personal with one of the ocean’s most impressive creatures.
For more information about Four Seasons Explorer and The Manta Trust Expeditions, either phone (960) 66 00 888 or email at [email protected].