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Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI

Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI

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Kailua-Kona, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

There’s simply no feeling that compares to seeing enormous manta rays up close, as their graceful wings seem to fly underwater and turn in rolls all around you. On this Big Island kayaking and snorkeling tour, experience the thrill of paddling to a cove in search of wild manta rays, and then watching the beautiful, graceful rays as they feed and flip through the water. While watching the rays from the kayak is great, it’s even better when you grab a snorkel and slink off the edge of your boat — joining the wild rays for a swim and an unforgettable snorkel.
  • Big Island nighttime adventure
  • Kayak along the Kona coast and snorkel with Hawaiian manta rays
  • Watch the manta rays feed on plankton
  • All kayaking and snorkeling equipment and instruction are included in the tour
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All gear is included: kayak, paddle, life vest, snorkel gear and safety lights.
Safety and equipment instruction from local guide
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Point: Tour check in and departs from Keauhou Bay Boat Ramps Just past the entrance to the Keauhou Sheraton Hotel on Kaleiopapa St. Check in times vary.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
During this Big Island kayaking and snorkeling adventure, swim up close with some of the world’s most graceful and gentle creatures, and experience the thrill of watching these rays as they literally swim circles around you.

Upon setting out for this 1.5-hour tour, you’ll receive the kayaking and snorkeling equipment at check in and go over some basic safety, before launching out along with your guide in search of the famous rays. Eventually, once you see the surface churning with the flimsy tips of their wings, or see a dark shadow moving towards your kayak in the shape of a massive ray, it’s time to grab your snorkeling gear and prepare for the time of your life. 

These manta rays are most active at night and in the hour just before sunset, as they feed on plankton rising towards the surface, which only takes place at night. To bring the rays closer, your guide will use an underwater light to attract the clusters of plankton, which in turn attracts the manta rays as they swim and feed all around you. Depending upon the level of activity and the overall number of mantas, you may end up paddling to a different spot in search of greater numbers. This is one of the great parts of snorkeling from a kayak since it allows you the ability to be flexible. 

At the end of the tour, your guide will lead you on the short paddle back to Keauhou Bay.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • For safety reasons, you MUST provide contact information in the Special Requirements box at check-out
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • There is a weight limit to the kayaks. So your estimated body weight should be disclosed to ensure your safety.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Aloha Kayak Co

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI.

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  • "I was nervous about the kayak, but they made everything easy and fun!" See review

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Manta Ray Night Kayak
Taylor_K
, Aug 2021
Iwa and Travis were awesome guides! They explained everything thoroughly, from safety procedures to chances of seeing a manta ray. We had a wonderful time and would 100% recommend this to anyone! It was such a unique experience. Thanks guys!
star-5
Amazing!
Juan_M
, Aug 2021
Such an amazing experience! The “Manta Whisperer” lived up to his name. We got to see a total of 6 Manta at a time! This is definitely a must do adventure!
star-5
Amazing trip!
Julie_E
, Jul 2021
Our family had an amazing time! The guides where amazing! Truly a fun time! This is good for families ! They only can accommodate 8 people so one of our family members could not join, but was able to watch and see from the Sheridan hotel viewing deck!
star-5
OMG
Jesse_Lesa
, Jul 2021
Oh my gosh, best thing I have ever done. The 2men are pros and explain everything. It was my first time snorkeling and they explained so well, I had no problems doing it. It was so amazing see the manta rays up close. Thank you Rabbit and Evo ( I am sure I spelled them wrong) fir the best time. It was awesome.
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Vanessa_M
, Jul 2021
This was a blast! Kayaking out to the manta rays definitely took this trip to the next level. We were bombarded with mantas the minute we pulled up and even stole them from all the other companies. Travis and Eva were extremely helpful and knowledgeable and are the guys you want in charge with a bunch of people who don’t know what they are doing! 10/10 would recommend.
star-5
Incredible excursion!
kevin_t
, Jul 2021
This is the one activity I recommend as a ‘must do’ to anyone visiting. The guides were super knowledgeable and had methods to help ensure we say lots of manta rays.
star-1
Stood Up
Troy_W
, Jul 2021
No one showed up at meetings location. No notice was given of booking cancellation. Voicemail of tour company was full. No chance to book with someone else.
star-1
SCAM - tour operator cancelled and gave no refund.
J_C
, Jul 2021
The company cancelled our tour and never responded to any calls or emails or texts about rescheduling. It is a flat out scam and Viator should not be using this provider at all. DO NOT book with Aloha Kayak, they will take you money and leave you hanging.
star-5
wonderful trip
Rowena
, Jun 2021
This kayak trip is really interesting!We see the manta swim around us!It is so cute and beautiful!I can‘t swim,but still snorkeling successful.
star-5
Aloha Spirit and Mantas
Kathryn_B
, Jun 2021
Iwa and Rabbit were phenomenal tour guides. They were patient, professional, and so welcoming. We were able to see five manta rays at once, all doing flips and turns right under our noses! I would definitely recommend this tour over the motor boat excursion any day!

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