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Manta Ray Season at Viceroy Maldives

April 7, 2014 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

Get ready for nature’s big show as the manta rays descend on the Maldives and queue up at the coral reefs to be cleaned by the little cleaner fish. 

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Cleaning stations are dotted around the archipelago but stay up north at the Viceroy Maldives where the corals are pristine and marine life is in abundance.

Pop on a snorkel and check out the house reef or one of the other twenty sites around the Viceroy with the PADI-licensed Dive Centre.  There is a full weekly schedule of excursions for all diving abilities and prices are from HK$900 (US$110).

As a manta pulls up to a cleaning station it open its mouth wide or positions its body in such a way as to signal that it needs cleaning.  The fish greet their visitor by performing a dance, moving their rear up and down before getting to work on the attached parasites.  Some species feed around the manta’s mouth and gill slits while others focus on the rest of the manta’s body surface.  With a cognitive map of the area, the mantas revisit the same cleaning station repeatedly so stay at the Viceroy Maldives and see the mantas in full force!

3 nights half-board at the Viceroy Maldives from HK$15,699 per person.  Price is based on two people sharing and includes flights from Hong Kong on Singapore Airlines and seaplane transfers.  Price includes a 20% and free half-board for travel from 11May – 26 Sep when booked by 30 Apr.  Bookings: www.wincastle.com.hk

Further details on the Viceroy Maldives: www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/maldives

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