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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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Get up close with Hawaii’s graceful manta rays during this nighttime snorkel experience along the Kona coast with a small group. Watch these gentle giants as they swoop and dive for plankton just below the surface during their evening feeding. An on-board manta ray specialist, along with a certified swim guide, ensure an informative and safe experience.
  • Snorkel with graceful manta rays as they feed on plankton after dark
  • On-board manta naturalist adds unique insight into the creatures' feeding habits and behavior
  • Included snacks, drinks, souvenir photos, and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests
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Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Local taxes
Wetsuit (optional)
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Please meet us at Keauhou Harbor, 30 minutes prior to your time of departure. When you arrive at the harbor, we'll be parked near the boat dock. Look for a white van with lights on top. It can be difficult to find us in the dark, so please call if you don't immediately see us.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your boat at Keauhou Harbor in the evening, allowing you to reach the manta snorkeling site just in time for sunset. You’ll get a short introduction to the feeding habits of these wondrous creatures from your on-board naturalist as you travel to the snorkel site.

Once you arrive, grab your snorkel gear and get ready to experience this one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon. Snorkeling is optional, so those who choose to remain on board are free to enjoy the sunset. Those who choose to snorkel will jump in the water and grab onto a ‘light board,’ which helps attract plankton to its glowing surface. A certified swim guide will be nearby to help in the unlikely event there are any issues..

Soon the mantas will begin their aquatic ballet, swooping and diving through the water as they feed on the plankton attracted to this site. When your snorkel time is up, head back to your original starting point. You’ll leave your trip with unforgettable memories of this unexpected natural phenomenon, plus complimentary photos of your experience.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be able to comfortably swim 25 yards in the ocean while using a snorkel.
  • A ticket is required for all passengers, regardless of age or whether they are entering the water.
  • Maximum weight per person that can be accommodated is 275lbs.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Oceanic
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I had a hip replacement so I would not recommend the trip for those with limited mobility because getting in the boat was fine but climbing out and back in was daunting enough to keep me in the boat." See review
  • "We highly recommend this activity if you are in Kona." See review
  • "This is for sure a must do for anyone that goes to the big island." See review


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The whole team from the...
, Oct 2021
The whole team from the gal that check me in to the captain and deck hand was very professional, informative, and fun. What a great experience.
Simply Amazing
, Oct 2021
Justin and Brent were amazing. They made our Manta Ray experience very memorable. The know of Justin is as if he is a Marine Biologist. I would do this trip again.
The mesmerizing ballet of...
, Oct 2021
The mesmerizing ballet of the marvelous manta ray was spiritually uplifting ... sharing this with my spouse of 50 years ... unforgettable!
Night manta ray experience
, Oct 2021
An amazing experience. This was more incredible than anticipated. Hunter was terrific with sharing facts about the manta rays and keeping the experience safe. We will be returning to do this again on our next trip. This should be a “must do”… on everybody’s bucket list.
Hunter and Josh were...
, Oct 2021
Hunter and Josh were great. The experience was awesome. We saw at least 10 Mantas. Also we felt absolutely safe and well taken care of.
The guides are friendly...
, Oct 2021
The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. Great job at calming some in our group. All around a fantastic experience and so worth the money.
, Oct 2021
Amazing experience! The captain and guide were so good with our young children and made the experience incredible for all of us! We saw several different manta rays and learned so much about these amazing creatures! Thanks for the fabulous night!
Amazing Experience
, Oct 2021
The Manta Rays came up close and personal! It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend for anyone visiting the Big Island if they are looking for something unique and easy to do.
I see why this is a top attraction.
, Oct 2021
Justin, Taylor and Brent made this experience easy and extremely memorable. We had about 7-8 Manta Rays swim around us for the hour tour. The Rays got within an inch or less to your face. The largest ray was 12ft from wing tip to wing tip, AMAZING!!! For those like me who are nervous about ocean water, you are very close to shore, the guides are in the water with you and the boat ride was 3 minutes long. One thing I didn’t expect was the needle fish poking you a few times while floating (doesn’t hurt just a little ocean life surprise). The water was about 76 degrees and I would recommend the wet suit; I got cold the last 10 minutes. For half the trip I captured GoPro videos the other half I sat back and just watched. The reviews aren’t kidding when they say it is the top activity to do on the Big Island! Would do again.
Amazing experience. Do...
, Oct 2021
Amazing experience. Do not leave the island without doing this. Incredible guides. The Mantas were extraordinary and played with us the whole time. Thank you!!

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