15-23 June / 17-25 August 2019
£2,550 GBP per person (or £2,250 pp for couples)
depending on double or single occupancy for accommodation
maximum number of participants: 8
DIVING DAYS: 5-6
NUMBER OF DIVES: 11 - 13
> 3 nights in accommodation Vilanculos, 5 nights in Tofo
> Breakfast & lunch snacks
> 5-6 days of diving
> Talks on manta rays, whale sharks, marine conservation
> Involvement in critical marine conservation
> Research activities
> Evening meals
> Camera Gear
"Your staff, in particular [manta researcher] Anna Flam, made our visit so wonderful and special with her deep enthusiasm for her work. Many thanks for enabling us to have these magnificent encounters."
– Michael W. Ernestus, MEGA Expeditions Guest
Expedition members must secure appropriate travel insurance.
MMF is a registered not for profit, all net revenue from running expeditions goes towards supporting the sustainability of the work we do.
Even the most experienced divers have a lot to learn about life in the ocean. Our marine biologists at the Marine Megafauna Foundation have spent fifteen years studying ocean giants. This is a unique chance to learn their secrets and find out everything you’ve always been curious about. Fascinating private talks will reveal the biology, ecology and behaviour of mantas and whale sharks.
Your MEGA Expedition will fund MMF’s vital research and help to save ocean giants from extinction. As well as our pioneering conservation work, we have an education program called Nemos Pequenos (Little Nemos) that is inspiring the next generation of Ocean Guardians. By booking this trip of a lifetime, you’ll be changing lives both in and out of the ocean in Mozambique.
We host up to eight guests on each MEGA Expedition to guarantee your trip is as intimate as your megafauna encounters. You’ll spend quality time with your expert guide with the chance to chat over dinner. We also offer extras outside of the water such as Tofo Life, a remarkable experience where you’ll meet locals in a nearby village, see their way of life and make a traditional dish with them.
On this adventurous expedition for advanced divers, you’ll explore the southern coast of Mozambique, one of the world’s most sought-after diving locations, and visit sites not open to the public. Mozambique is home to a unique ecosystem; possible sightings include a mobula cleaning station (one of two known worldwide), turtles, dolphins, humpback whales and reef sharks.
Get hands-on with groundbreaking research by taking ID photos during boat-based and aerial surveys. Both mantas and whale sharks have spot patterns as unique as a fingerprint, allowing us to build a photographic catalog that tells us about individuals and the population. You’ll also learn to identify an animal’s maturity and gender and record environmental conditions.
During the expedition, guests will learn how to:
> Interact with ocean giants without disrupting their natural behaviour
> Identify the maturity of an individual animal and distinguish between males and females
> Recognize different types of manta behavior
> Take identification photos
> Record environmental conditions
> Process and organize ID photos
> Identify different individuals using their unique spot patterns
Regular evening presentations will give guests a greater insight into the biology, ecology and behavior of ocean giants such as whale sharks and manta rays, outline global threats to them and describe research and conservation efforts around the world.
Book your spot on this unique trip for a unique and unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most sought-after dive locations.
ABOUT ANNA FLAM
Anna’s research focuses on manta rays. For the last four years with MMF she has been collecting vital information on population size, structure and connectivity that can be used to further understand populations and guide the development of management and conservation strategies.
Anna leads MMF’s research on manta rays in Mozambique. She also manages the seasonal Thailand and Myanmar manta project and is the global coordinator for MantaMatcher.org.