Queen Of Mantas


Bespoke tours with manta rays all over the world

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“Making a difference out in the field and playing an active role in the protection of our oceans is a rewarding and life changing experience.”
-Andrea Marshall

Most people that love the ocean dream about playing a more active role in education, research or conservation. Who wouldn’t want to get more involved in something that they are passionate about? To that end Dr. Marshall has always encouraged that people take a proactive approach to their travel or ocean hobbies.

Demand from her supporters, combined with the need to fund her international research, has inspired Andrea to create ‘Ray of Hope Expeditions’. Each year the Queen of Mantas and other senior scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation embark on international expeditions to the world’s foremost manta ray aggregation sites to engage in field research and conservation.

Explore new aggregation sites with us, encounter mantas in remote destinations, photo-document manta rays for upload to Manta Matcher, participate in research activities, investigate manta ray fisheries and receive lectures from world-class biologists as a part of your package. The goals of each of the expeditions are unique but every trip is tailored to engage participants while producing high quality science. To download the ROHE brochure, click here >

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2019 SEASON

 

Myanmar and Thailand (EXPEDITION COMPLETED)

Join Andrea and the MMF Southeast Asia research team in Myanmar and Thailand on this exclusive once a year manta ray research expedition to the Mergui Archipelago and the Surin and Similan National Parks (March 4th – 12th 2019).

 

Komodo, Indonesia (EXPEDITION COMPLETED)
Join Andrea in arguably one of the best aggregation sites for manta rays in Southeast Asia. Komodo is one of the most diverse and exciting places to visit on the planet. From pygmy seahorses to Komodo dragons this National Park has it all. Get ready to see Indonesian diving at its very best. Choose from two exciting expeditions to Komodo in July 2019 on the luxurious Arenui Boutique Liveaboard.

 

 

2020 SEASON

 

Raja Ampat, Indonesia (FULLY BOOKED)
February 2020-Join Andrea, Janneman and Stephanie in the heart of the coral triangle for a special focused tour of all of the manta ray hotspots in the Bird’s Head Seascape. Travel with us aboard the luxurious Coralia Boutique Liveaboard from Misool to Wayag through the heart of the Dampier Strait and visit all of the most iconic dive sites in the region while learning all about our research and conservation efforts. Get involved as citizen scientists by uploading your manta sightings, hear fascinating research lectures and contribute to MMF’s program in Raja Ampat. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to tour one of the best marine protected areas in the world and dive with marine megafauna and spectacular marco life in this unspoiled island wilderness.

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*MMF is offering a M.E.G.A Expedition to Raja Ampat just prior to this trip, which Andrea will also lead with Dr. Simon Pierce. Currently there are still a few spaces available on this trip. If you are interested in joining on this expedition please enquiry directly to Andrea (andrea@marinemegafauna.org) or MMF (info@marinemegafauna.org)

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Andaman Sea, Indonesia (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE)
We are introducing a new expedition to our roster in 2020, a 19-day bespoke Ray of Hope Expedition through the Andaman Sea, spanning three countries and covering some of the best aggregation sites for manta rays in the Indian Ocean. We will offer a SINGLE trip from March 17th- April 5th and this may be the ONLY time we offer this expedition. It will be a VERY manta focused expedition with expert biologists/researchers leading the fieldwork and knowledgable local guides helping us as we navigate. Participants will be kept to a minimum of ten lucky individuals. Please only enquire if you are ready for a serious adventure. 

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Bazaruto Seascape, Mozambique (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE)
In a highly anticipated new offering, Andrea Marshall and Janneman Conradie want to welcome you to their base of operations in Vilanculos, Mozambique to share the secrets of the Bazaruto Seascape. Contribute to Andrea’s on-going manta research efforts in the region and get up close and personal with the epic marine megafauna of Africa’s Marine Serengeti. Choose from an August or September 2020 expedition.

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