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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii
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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
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
  • A ticket is required for all passengers, regardless of age or whether they are entering the water.
  • Maximum weight of 280 pounds per traveler.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 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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  • "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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Amazing experience
, May 2022
Wonderful experience, everyone was amazed at the beauty and gracefulness of the Manta Rays. Highly recommend not missing this experience!
Swimming with Mantas
, May 2022
Great experience! The manta rays swim right next to you! The tour guide said that usually there are only 2-3 but we saw 8-9 different rays. Highly recommend!
, May 2022
It was well organized and they had good strategy to get people back to the boat if sick. It was amazing to see the mantas, but the sea was rough that night and we had to wait for the mantas for what felt like a long time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your feedback, and for recognizing that we did well with the things we can control. While the Kona seas are typically some of the calmest in the world, there are nights when a swell comes in and we are forced to deal with rougher conditions. We can't control the ocean conditions, or when the manta rays will appear, but we will always prioritize the safety of our guests and our team, as we deliver the best experience possible for the given conditions.
Highlight of our trip
, May 2022
We saw many mantas and the captain was very knowledgeable. Great experience! Definitely a must do in Hawaii.
A must see on the big island!
, Apr 2022
It is a unique experience to see a Manta Ray 'fly' pass you! A must see on the big island! The crews are very friendly.
Unbelievable experience....
, Apr 2022
Unbelievable experience. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. The team was incredible fun, professional, and informative.
Great experience!
, Apr 2022
We absolutely loved the manta ray dive! We saw so many manta rays as well as several other fish. The crew was very professional and entertaining. This is a must do not just for the first time but as a return event.
Amazing manta experience
, Apr 2022
We had a great time! Straight out there and straight back, less than 5 min on the boat. Got a good amount of time with 3 mantas. They only do small groups so I get more personalized time.
, Apr 2022
Night snorkel with manta rays is one of the best experiences my family and I have ever had. Simply ahh-mazing! The tour operator, Hawaii Oceanic, was outstanding. The guide was super knowledgeable and they give you wet suit tops and ankle floats to make you experience easier.
Family with kids
, Apr 2022
Our family of 6 loved this tour! It was short and sweet. The boat ride was short (3 of us get very motion sick). Staff was amazing. Seeing the rays was incredible. This tour is truly suitable for anyone and is unlike anything we have ever done before. The only very small negative was that we did get cold towards the end. So much fun!

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