It's essential to go at the right phase of the tide at the ideal time of year. For Manta Point, the ideal time of the year is May-November at the time of the West Monsoon. The purpose behind this is that there are great opportunities to discover mantas here, sustaining on the plankton rich water going out of atoll. Along the reef top I could simply find the moray, scorpion fish, octopus and substantial napoleon wrasse.
From the Maradhoo harbor to the dive site it would take around 35 minutes; I meanwhile listened to the dive instructions. The dhoni, a local dive boat, stopped initially at the Maa Kandu channel and the chief gave the sign to enter the water.
We saw and snorkeled with more or less 30 mantas, all of which were around 3-4 meters in size. All the mantas sailed to all directions with their giant mouths completely open not beyond a couple of feet of us. With little concern, we looked fearing and at the same time stunning for we had never had such an experience.
We looked for more than 30 minutes; a few mantas come so close that I could see their eyes from a safe distance, an experience so stunning that for a few moments I simply forgot to breathe. While we were down there, there were many to see other than the mantas, an experience of a life-time, which must be accepted.