• Diving the Similan Islands

    Best of Thailand Manta

    Expedition with the Manta Trust

    12-20 January 2019

    North & South Andamans

About the Manta Trust

Formed in 2011, the Manta Trust is a UK and US-registered charity that co-ordinates global mobulid research and conservation efforts. The team is comprised of a diverse group of researchers, scientists, conservationists, educators and media experts; working together to share and promote knowledge and expertise. The shared mission of this team is to conserve mobulid rays, their relatives, and their habitats, through a combination of research, education and collaboration.

The goal is a sustainable future for the oceans, where manta rays and their relatives thrive in healthy, diverse marine ecosystems. The Manta Trust takes a unique, multifaceted approach to mobulid conservation, which sets us apart from others in the field. Our approach revolves around three fundamental pillars: Research, Education and Collaboration.

As part of the mission to raise awareness and provide education on manta ray conservation, the Manta Trust has teamed up with regional eco-minded tourism operators to provide ‘Manta Expeditions’—a series of liveaboard dive and snorkel trips that focus specifically on getting our guests in close proximity to manta rays, whilst imparting expert knowledge and skills.

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Mata Trust Thai Food
Manta Trust Dinning Inside

Join the June Hong Chian Lee and the Manta Trust on this unique itinerary exploring the very best diving that Thailand has to offer, taking in the highlights of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Phi Phi, The Similan Islands plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

What to do? The Basics:
Suitable for photographers Reefs: A mix of colourful reefs, submerged pinnacles and boulder sites
A mix of large and small life Large Fish & Pelagics: Mantas, Whale Sharks, Eagle Rays
Macro: Everything you can dream of and more!!
Colourful Reefs Night Dives: Up to 6
Boulders and Swim-throughs Experience Level: All Levels, expect some currents
Manta tracking, research and education Extras: Presentations from Manta Trust guide, manta identification and tracking

The North & South  Itinerary – The Junk

8 nights

Embarkation: Sea Dream Guest House, Patong, Phuket

Disembarkation: Tap Lamu Pier, Khao Lak

We dive the following sites:

The North (Blue flag)

  • Similan Islands
  • Elephant Head Rock
  • Koh Bon
  • Koh Tachai
  • Richelieu Rock

The South (Orange flag)

  • Koh Phi Phi
  • Koh Haa
  • Hin Daeng & Hin Muang
itinerary Trip Information

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About Your Trip Leader – Jamie Monmaneerat

The winner of Miss Scuba International 2012 and project leader of Thailand Manta Project, Jamie has always been fascinated by the oceans and their inhabitants. Over the last 5 years she has been traveling, diving and promoting marine conservation to the world. With so much love for the oceans, Jamie furthered her knowledge and received her diploma education in Marine Biology with distinction at Oxford College.

Jamie’s devotion to manta rays started when she learnt about manta gill trade back in 2012. Although frustrated, she stayed optimistic and dedicated herself to the conservation of these majestic species. In 2014, she spent 3 months working with the Manta Trust in the Maldives. After countless hours in the water with hundreds of manta rays, Jamie decided to develop the experience and knowledge she gained in Maldives into a manta project in her home country. In 2015, Thailand Manta Project was established with the goal to research the Manta population in Thailand and increase local protection to manta and mobula rays in Thai waters. Since then, Jamie has been dedicating her time to educate and raise awareness on manta rays and marine conservation in Thailand and its neighbouring countries.

Jamie Monmaneerat
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