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Snorkeling with Manta Rays on the Big Island of Hawaii
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour from Kona

Kailua-Kona, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Swim near a manta ray natural habitat on this 1.5-hour night snorkeling tour from Kona. Led by an expert guide, journey five minutes off the Big Island’s west coast where the mantas come to feast on plankton. Dive in the water, and swim in an area known for manta ray sightings. The area is lit by your vessels diving lights, so you can get a clear view even in dark waters. Afterward, dry off, and enjoy warm soup, bread rolls, and hot drinks as you recount your underwater adventures.
  • 1.5-hour manta ray night snorkeling in Kona
  • Spend time snorkeling in the manta ray’s natural habitat
  • Watch manta rays feed off plankton
  • See the underwater world under lights from your vessel
  • Enjoy warm soup, bread rolls, and hot drinks after your swim
  • Choose between four different tour times
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Manta ray night snorkel
Use of snorkel equipment, wetsuit and instruction
Warm soup, bread rolls, snack mix and hot drinks (Beginning September 1, 2020)
Hotel pickup and drop off
Beer and Wine (available to purchase)

Departure Point

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at Kaleiopapa Street in Kailua Kona 30 minutes before your departure time. There are four times to choose for this tour, including 5:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 6:45 p.m.

Once you get checked in and set up, hop aboard your vessel with your guide and journey out onto the water under the moonlight. Your guide stops your boat near an area known to be a manta ray natural habitat. Rays are most active at night, so your chances of catching sight of them during this tour are higher than a daytime tour.

Snap on the last of your snorkel gear and jump into the ocean.The diving lights on your vessel are safe for the manta rays (and you), and allow better visibility for your evening dip. As you hang out by the manta ray natural habitat, keep an eye out for rays. The rays are quite big and feature wingspans up to 15-feet (4.5-meters) wide.

After your night snorkeling, dry off, and enjoy warm soup and a hot drink onboard. Your boat returns to your original departure point when the tour concludes.
Stop At:  
Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kona Sunrise Charters

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.

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What is the maximum group size during Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour from Kona?
This activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers.

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This was one of the most amazing...
, Jan 2018
This was one of the most amazing experiences I have had. We saw around half a dozen different manta rays, sometimes alone and sometimes swimming in groups. Some of them came extremely close to us, even inches away from my face. Some of them swam together, almost in synchronized fashion. It was mesmerizing. Keep in mind that even though wetsuits are provided, the water was quite cold. The staff was great about helping people that wanted to get back to the boat rather than spending the full hour available in the water although I recommend staying as some of the most amazing encounters we had were near the end of the hour! The warm soup and hot chocolate when we got out of the water were the perfect way to cap off the experience.
Seeing the manta rays feed was one of...
Debora R
, Jan 2018
Seeing the manta rays feed was one of the most unique and incredible travel experiences I have ever had. The tour ran very smoothly and the crew was lovely. Highly recommend!
This company does it the best. They...
Elaine I
, Oct 2017
This company does it the best. They have a special lighting set up that attracts the mantas and makes for comfortable viewing.
The trip is great, but I am an...
Luis V
, Sep 2017
The trip is great, but I am an experience diver, so being restricted to watch them from the surface is a bit annoying. I did enjoy the amazing approaches and acrobatics of the Manta Ray it was only one unfortunately and this is one of the cleverest tours I have even been. You are almost guarantee to see the rays as the lights attracted them to feed the plankton underneath.
Totally amazing! Such a great...
deborah k
, Aug 2017
Totally amazing! Such a great experience! We would highly recommend as this was our favorite!
Awesome, once in a lifetime experience...
Melissa I
, Aug 2017
Awesome, once in a lifetime experience. Wet suits were provided as well as snorkel gear. Shortly after the boat anchored and put out the lights, mantas were already showing up. The rays get very close and create excellent picture opportunities if you have an underwater phone/camera case. Afterward, hot cocoa, soup, and bread are made available to help you warm up. Highly recommended for anyone staying on the Big Island.
There are several options of tours and...
Leonard O
, Aug 2017
There are several options of tours and we had the best! the biggest boat, best lighting to bring in the Manta Rays. As a certified scuba diver for over 50 years I give this experience a 10 out of 10. The crew was friendly, informative and beyond helpful as my wife has never been in the Ocean or snorkeled one of the dive crew stayed with her for her duration of the experience. After words to have hot soup which was incredible, hot chocolate ready to warm us up was a real treat. Bring your GoPro camera I got an hour ballet of three incredible Mantas so close the big one brushed against me several times and at 16 feet wide she was a beautiful. This is a must do when in Hawaii
What a fantastic experience! Definetly...
Jennifer C
, Jul 2017
What a fantastic experience! Definetly worth every penny! A once in a lifetime experience for us! I would highly recommend taking gravol or some type of motion-sickness pill before getting on the boat as you are floating/bobbing in the sea and on the boat for a very long time. Both my husband and I were quite sick after but so worth the amazing experience of being up close and personal with these beautiful creatures! One came so close that I felt it brush against my arm. Wow!
This tour was incredible! I was very...
, Jul 2017
This tour was incredible! I was very impressed that we got to see these amazing animals so up close and personal. The night time boat crew were friendly and informative. It was a little confusing as to where the boat launch was, but we found it after asking around. I would highly recommend this tour.
This was cool, but it totally depends...
, Jun 2017
This was cool, but it totally depends on weather and how many other people are night snorkeling in the same area. On the night we went, there were 4 other tours there and we hardly saw the Manta Ray. Once the other tours left, we had much greater success. You just hold on to the raft and float. the manta ray come to you. You can get tired and cold pretty quickly. The crew was great, and they served warm soup on the boat which totally hit the spot

Product code: 3226MANTA

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