Transformational travel meets research odyssey

 

Looking for something completely different for this year’s vacation? How about spending a thrilling seven nights in the company of some of the world’s leading manta ray scientists, observing and documenting gentle giants of the sea in one of their favourite global playgrounds? (And naturally, all in Four Seasons style!) Look no further than the fourth annual Manta Trust Expeditions: two unique opportunities to cruise the Maldivian atolls onboard Four Seasons Explorer in the name of manta ray research.

This year’s dates (August 17 to 24 and August 31 to September 7) have been carefully chosen by The Manta Trust’s expert team to reflect their ‘peak sighting’ predictions, based on the southwest current movements of plankton (mantas’ and whale sharks’ favourite food) through the Baa and Ari Atolls.

Guy Stevens, manta expert and founder of The Manta Trust (the world’s leading manta ray charity) will be escorting the expeditions – (Johann, please confirm this to be the case again) designed to immerse guests in every fascinating aspect of the Trust’s research and conservation efforts, from learning how to free dive and take ID photos, to helping record critical environmental information, contributing to data collection and even naming any mantas new to the Trust’s database.

“The Four Seasons Explorer trip is a real highlight of the Manta Trust calendar,” comments Guy. “The Maldivian waters are not only home to the world’s largest known population of manta rays but are often visited by whale sharks as well. And because both creatures feed at the ocean’s surface, it’s possible to get front row seats to the spectacle as a snorkeller, opening the experience to guests of all ages and water-confidence. If previous years are anything to go by, we can’t wait to see what this year’s expeditions bring.”

To get access to a side of the Maldives rarely seen by tourists – and the opportunity to snorkel with and study our most exciting residents – contact the Resort at reservations.mal@fourseasons.com or call +960 66 00 888.

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