NewsApril 13, 2024

Swimming with the Giants: The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives Welcomes the Peak Manta Ray Snorkelling Season

Splash into the extraordinary at The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives. The all-villa resort, cradled in the heart of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, is calling all adventure seekers to witness the giant manta rays as they converge on the iconic Hanifaru Bay to feast on a dense concentration of zooplankton in what is one of the world’s most extraordinary natural spectacles.

The manta feeding season, which peaks from May through October, turns the ocean around Hanifaru Bay into a live-action aquarium, with gentle giants floating in gin-clear waters surrounded by a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. As part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience, guests at The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives, will zip across the waves on a high-speed boat before plunging into the deep blue to dance with the mantas, which gather in their hundreds.


Embrace the magic of the Maldives with the Stowaway package, designed to create an unforgettable escape. This 5-night stay, starting from USD 2,575++, includes:

  • Complimentary seaplane transfers for two.
  • Daily breakfast buffet in Kula.
  • 20% off all other food and beverages.
  • 20% discount on single-service spa treatments.
  • Laundry once a week.
  • Daily ‘Buzz Break’ at Joos Café, where you can enjoy unlimited house coffee from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment, 30 minutes of daily kayak or paddleboard rental, free access to the gym and sports facilities, and complimentary use of tennis and beach volleyball courts.

The manta ray experience takes three hours, including boat transfers, and is priced at $250 USD net per person, including snorkelling gear. For more information, please visit