First Ever Manta Festival at Baa Atoll


Manta Trust and Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru have partnered with Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution and manta rays in the Maldives. The Manta Festival is held on November 24 in Dharavandhoo Island of Baa Atoll. It is hosted in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a world known destination to see the manta rays.

This event is conducted to celebrate the various marine life of the Maldives and raise awareness of the existing threats mostly from climate change and plastic pollution. School students will have the opportunity to learn how to snorkel, thanks to the liberal to the liberal donations of snorkeling equipment from luxury tourist resorts in Baa Atoll.

This exclusive day will be a dynamic blend of informative discussion from marine biology and conservation experts, competition and educational stalls will be there from a mesmerizing selection of local marine and government organizations, along with resorts’ marine biology teams and school students. The festival will conclude with performances by Maldivian celebrity Shiuz Mohamed along with traditional music and food from local communities. Visitors and guests are welcome at the festival.

The festival is sponsored by 12 luxury tourist resorts in Baa Atoll – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Vakkaru Maldives, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Kihaa Maldives, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Royal Island Resort, Milaidhoo Island, Reethi Beach Resort, Finolhu, Amilla Fushi, Dusit Thani Maldives and Soneva Fushi, as well as luxury travel agent Manta Reisen.

The Manta Trust hopes the Baa Atoll Manta Festival will leave a lasting legacy for the communities of Baa Atoll, inspiring the next generation to become Ocean Guardians in the Maldives.