HONEYMOON IN THE MALDIVES – dolphins and manta rays

One of the highlights of our honeymoon in the Maldives was a private dolphin watching cruise in the Indian ocean. We were surprised to see, as we boarded the boat, there were 3 staff members (1 to drive the boat, 1 to anchor it, 1 to look out for dolphins).. outnumbering the 2 of us! But it also meant we were more than well taken care of – with cool wet towels, iced waters and coffees served aplenty. Boy, I could get used to this kinda life!

We sailed off across the blue, blue ocean and shortly afterwards, one of the guys yelled “DOLPHINS!!”, sending Chris and I into a frenzy. We immediately forgot our coffees and dashed outside on to the deck and true enough – TONS of dolphins jumping in the water! We sped up towards them and soon, they were swimming and jumping right next to our boat. Apparently you can’t do that in Australia, but in the Maldives, you can go RIGHT UP to the dolphins :P They were sleek and beautiful… a whole 300(!!!!) of them! I love how they leap and play in the water.. what a nice life to be a dolphin in the Maldives :)

Getting accustomed to spotting dolphins by now, I suddenly spotted some about 20m away. “Hey, there they are!”, I yelled. The guys rushed over to see and true enough, there were a few fins poking out of the water. But then the guys got really quiet and kept staring, and so did I, and I noticed that they fins were still and fluid in the water.. not moving in and out of the water like regular dolphins.

“EEEEEKKKKK…… SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!”, I squealed, suddenly irrationally scared.

Everyone was still quiet and staring out at those silent, moving fins.

Then, one of the guys smiled and laughed and said, “Oh! Noooo… I see them. MANTA RAYS!!!”

And they were! Giant manta rays, 3 of them, gliding through the water. It was the tips of their ‘wings’ that were breaking the surface, which was what I saw. These creatures are totally amazing to see in real life – so massive yet so graceful. They glide through the water so silently, totally unafraid despite coming right up close to us (literally 1 meter away). We looked around for some snorkel masks, so we could jump into the warm waters and swim with them… but there were no masks on board :( Such a shame, imagine being able to say you swam with and touched giant manta rays!!

What a trip :) What they should do is arrange a Dolphin-And-Manta-Ray-Snorkelling trip. Now how incredible would that be?!


On the boat for our private Dolphin Watching Cruise

My sexy man :)

Dolphins swimming right next to our boat!

And also jumping in the air

There were around 300 dolphins, was incredible!

Video of the dolphins swimming next to the boat

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Video of them jumping in the water!

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Elegant, gorgeous creatures

And then we saw……… Manta rays!

They were HUGE and so silent and smooth in the water

Video of the manta rays

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We wanted to jump in and snorkell and see them up close,
but we didn’t have any masks on the boat, booooo



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49 responses to HONEYMOON IN THE MALDIVES – dolphins and manta rays:

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  2. babyflite says:

    We did a dolphin cruise in NZ and there were about 1500 of them all around the boat. It was awesome! They were so playful and just kept following the boat around. Hopefully we’ll be able to go diving with manta rays in Thailand next month. We did see one while diving in the Maldives but it wasn’t up close. Did you get to see them breach?

  3. missustay says:

    SO ENVIOUS!!! i didn’t get to see so up close when i went whale-watching at SF. i love such experiences. makes us feel so small as compared to these animals.

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  5. mizzalaneous says:

    Wow, that sounds like a magical experience. 300 dolphins! *envious* Amazing animals, they are.

  6. mizzalaneous says:

    Wow, that sounds like a magical experience. 300 dolphins! *envious* Amazing animals, they are.

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  8. rollagirl9 says:

    Stunning! It’s a shame you didn’t get in the water with them – we did in Hawaii, with both dolphins and manta rays – one of the highlights of my life! They brushed against us and felt like rubber covered with jelly :) Magical!

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  9. babyflite says:

    We did a dolphin cruise in NZ and there were about 1500 of them all around the boat. It was awesome! They were so playful and just kept following the boat around. Hopefully we’ll be able to go diving with manta rays in Thailand next month. We did see one while diving in the Maldives but it wasn’t up close. Did you get to see them breach?

  10. mizzalaneous says:

    Wow, that sounds like a magical experience. 300 dolphins! *envious* Amazing animals, they are.

  11. dottybunny says:

    So cool.

    I do not have much luck where dolphins are concerned. Went for 2 of such experiences in Australia, but only managed to see one or two dolphins from a distance. So envious.

    • beverly says:

      I was really nervous that we’d also see them far away and they wouldn’t come close – apparently that happens pretty often! too bad we coldn’t swim with them though, it would’ve been so fun :)

  12. vamprila says:

    wow! to see manta rays from land is so great!!! as a diver, the are by far my favourite! =D your maldves honeymoon had been fun-filled. Compared to yours, mine just seemed like endless days of rotting and spas. Hahaha, which is fine by me! Glad you had fun!! =D

  13. vamprila says:

    wow! to see manta rays from land is so great!!! as a diver, the are by far my favourite! =D your maldves honeymoon had been fun-filled. Compared to yours, mine just seemed like endless days of rotting and spas. Hahaha, which is fine by me! Glad you had fun!! =D

  14. vamprila says:

    wow! to see manta rays from land is so great!!! as a diver, the are by far my favourite! =D your maldves honeymoon had been fun-filled. Compared to yours, mine just seemed like endless days of rotting and spas. Hahaha, which is fine by me! Glad you had fun!! =D

  15. popcorn_feet says:

    sooooo cool! I would have loved that! I think more than the parasailing which I would have screamed through :)

  16. popcorn_feet says:

    sooooo cool! I would have loved that! I think more than the parasailing which I would have screamed through :)

  17. wwenzz says:

    Wow wow wow!

    I love seeing wild and happy dolphins!! So envious of you two!

  18. wwenzz says:

    Wow wow wow!

    I love seeing wild and happy dolphins!! So envious of you two!

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