Guests can study manta rays and whale sharks from aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, which launches from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives // (c) 2014 Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

In a new program for 2014, guests of the Four Seasons Resort Maldives can join a seven-night research expedition studying the Maldives most fascinating residents, manta rays and whale sharks.

Guests can study manta rays and whale sharks from aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, which launches from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives // (c) 2014 Four Seasons Hotels & ResortsDeveloped in conjunction with The Manta Trust – the world’s leading manta ray charity – and escorted by its founder and world-renowned manta expert Guy Stevens, two expeditions will immerse guests in the trust’s research and conservation efforts.

The expeditions will run August 21–28 and September 11–18, 2014, dates identified by The Manta Trust as being peak sighting periods due to the southwest currents moving large quantities of plankton through the Baa and Ari Atolls, attracting manta rays and whale sharks from all over the Maldivian Archipelago.

With manta rays and whale sharks feeding at the surface of the ocean, each expedition is suitable for divers and non-divers alike. All expedition participants will be encouraged to engage in every aspect of the conservation experience: learning how to free dive and take ID photos; contributing to data collection; helping record critical environmental information; participating in workshops and even naming any mantas new to the Trust’s database.

Hosted aboard the Maldives’ fastest and most levitra online overnight delivery luxurious liveaboard, Four Seasons Explorer, each expedition also offers the excitement of a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience.  Aside from daily gentle giants studies, participants will enjoy effortless access to a side of the Maldives rarely experienced by tourists, where remote snorkel hotspots, secluded cultural experiences, isolated craft villages visits, deserted sandbank barbecues, castaway beach massages, uncrowded water sports and spectacular sunrises and sunsets are an enchanting daily occurrence.

“The Maldives is one of the best places in the world to study these fascinating creatures, due to its large manta ray and whale shark populations, and there’s no finer vessel than Four Seasons Explorer to embark on that journey,” said Manta Trust’s Founder and Chief Executive Guy Stevens. “Education is the most important step in achieving environmental protection, but we hope these expeditions also showcase the fun and excitement that can be experienced along the way.”

The program starts at $5,600.00 per person, with accommodation in the Explorer Suite starting from $10,800.00 per person. Rates include transfers, full board and three dives/snorkelling excursions per day.

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