The 2nd Baa Atoll Manta Festival will be hosted on 20th and 21st September 2019 on Baa Eydhafushi.
The festival is a collaboration between core partners: Manta Trust, Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll Education Centre, Baa Atoll Council, Eydhafushi Island Council and Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru as well as resort sponsors.
The festival will include two day-to-night events including 30+ interactive marine-themed stalls, local businesses, competitions, panel discussions, and entertainment. Students from 13 schools across the Maldives will be in attendance.
According to the Manta Trust’s Flossy Barraud, they want their annual Baa Atoll Manta Festival to encourage young Maldivians to experience the beauty of the ocean by spending more time in the water swimming and snorkelling. Resorts sponsoring 2018’s Manta Festival donated snorkelling equipment to every school in Baa Atoll. And this year, the resorts are taking 200 students from 12 local school snorkelling with manta rays inside Hanifaru Bay. Moreover, they hope this will inspire the next generation to continue to protect the marine environment and the Biosphere Reserve.