Dive With a Purpose- The Great Megafauna Migration

The Great Megafauna Migration: Track whale sharks, mantas, and turtles​

20 lucky divers and biologists from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program (MWSRP) will conduct exciting megafauna research aboard our vessel Carpe Novo Explorer. There is an idea that whale sharks, manta rays, and turtles migrate when they feel a change in monsoon season coming, migrating east to west between atolls and vice versa. How quickly and when they transition has not yet been clearly defined. Therefore, the megafauna research will focus on continuing documentation of these monsoon movements, and be deploying temperature and current reading loggers where the whale sharks are not expected. The oceanic conditions in these isolated parts of the atolls will be compared to the areas where whale sharks are expected, assembling information on how quickly the season has changed, and how the megafauna has responded to it.

The ‘Big 3’ whale sharks, manta rays and turtles will also be photo identified and compared to previous sightings in the national level database. Currently, 29 individual whale sharks are already known to be local inter-atoll travelers, and special attention will be paid to their movements. Guests joining this expedition are offered nightly workshops and lectures to discuss every aspect of the MWSRP’s work, including leading-edge findings and Maldives specific species research.

2018 Expedition dates: May 19-12 & May 26 – June 2

3 to 4 dives will be offered daily visiting many unique reef environments. Divers who wish to join the expeditions must have a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent, with 70 logged dives and excellent buoyancy control.

These expeditions are priced from USD 1,863 per person for the week and include:

  • 7 nights aboard the assigned vessel
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • 3 to 4 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure)
  • Use of tanks, weights, and belts
  • Drinking water, tea, and coffee
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Evening workshops on marine ecology, coral reef, marine life and more
  • Onboard marine biologists
  • GST 12%