Mesharifa is a small island of coral sand. It is located in a large lagoon off the fishing village of Mohamed Gul, 10 miles west of Shambaia.
This lagoon is filled with large manta rays attracted by the extraordinary abundance of plankton. Especially between August and November, these fascinating creatures form groups of up to dozens. They congregate near channels and passages where the current brings them large quantities of food. As in any area filled with plankton, visibility here is not very good. Therefore, to get good photos it is necessary to get very close to the animals (often they swim close to the surface).