Project AWARE

Elasmobranch Tourism Factsheets - Maldives

Factsheet on tourism in Baa Atoll and Hanifaru Bay (Maldives), where large numbers of manta rays and whale sharks are found seasonally, created to produce a guide to best-practise shark and ray tourism. Hanifaru is a Marine Protected Area (MPA) since 2009; the MPA regulations include a limit on the number of visitors, set a maximum time to stay in the bay for tourists, and bans on scuba diving and fishing. 

09 December 2019

Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice

This Guide aims to provide practical, science-based information for shark and ray tourism operators who want to offer the best possible experience to their customers, while conserving species and habitats and making a positive contribution to local communities. It provides guidance, and tools that can be tailored to local circumstances, enabling operators to improve the educational quality, safety, and sustainability of their businesses.

09 December 2019