Occasionally we also get to enjoy some awesome experiences for ourselves and on a recent trip to the Maldives I was lucky enough to have a couple of very special experiences.
We went on a night dive where we knew there were 3 Manta Rays and, as we were told they would, the Manta Rays came in close to the group for lots of interaction. They stayed around for about an hour until we finished our dive. After the dive we had dinner on the boat and we could see that the Manta’s were still playing around at the back of the boat, attracted by the spotlight from the boat.
A couple of hours after our previous dive me and one other diver from the group decided to make another dive and this time we were lucky enough to have 4 Manta Rays to ourselves. We sat on the floor and just waited for the rays to come to us and they didn’t disappoint as they played around us for the next hour and a quarter, sometimes bumping into as as they glided past us. With spans of up to 5 metres the Manta’s completely blocked out the light from the boat as they swam over us within inches of our regulator, so close that we felt we had to duck at times to avoid them bumping in to us.
My buddy for the dive thankfully took some great shots of me as the ray’s came close and gave me some great momento’s of an experience I will remember for a long time.