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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI
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icon1 hour 20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Have the opportunity to admire wild manta rays in their natural habitat on this evening cruise. Set sail after dark, when the manta rays come out to feed on plankton, and use a custom-made lightboard that attracts the rays. Float through the warm waters for up to 40 minutes, use your snorkel to watch as the rays swim and feed, and learn more about the majestic creatures from your guide.
  • Small boat lets you get closer without disturbing the manta rays
  • Certified in-water guides focus on a safe and non-intrusive experience
  • Warm up with included hot drinks and snacks on the boat
  • Intimate small-group experience with a maximum of six people
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Use of Snorkeling Equiptment and Wetsuit
Snacks
Certified In-Water Guide and Lifeguard
78-7138 Kaleiopapa St , 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Please arrive on time for the start of your tour. We meet at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor down from the Outrigger Hotel. Take Ali'i Drive south to 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street. Look for our white business van near the boat ramps to check in. Be sure to come in swim wear and bring towels.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Basic swimming skills are required
  • Previous snorkeling experience is required
  • Guests must be able to independently climb up a boat ladder
  • Guest must be able to converse in English to understand verbal instructions and safety briefings
  • Your safety is our priority! If you or anyone in your group would like a lifejacket please contact our reservation line.
  • Please call to confirm availability before purchasing
  • Not recommended for those who have recently undergone surgery or who may have mobility restrictions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Island & Ocean Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, 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 Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI.

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  • "There a few of these tours and I would highly recommend this one as it is very small groups and makes the experience so much better." See review
  • "We went at 11pm and it was so worth it." See review
  • "It was a once in a lifetime experience and I recommend this with a full heart" See review

Reviews

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star-5
Wonderful experience
Yue_J
, May 2022
Terrific experience. The tour was not crowded with only 6 people, and the crew was friendly and helpful. At first, there was only one Manta, but five gathered after about 10 min. It was even more wonderful when I was touched by a Manta when it was doing a barrel rolling near surface.
star-5
It was amazing how close...
ktscrappin
, May 2022
It was amazing how close they swam to you. We had the privilege of watching quite a few swim around us. The night was capped off with dolphins swimming around us.
star-3
Wish I saw a Manta Ray
Jessica_H
, May 2022
Came to the big island to surprise my husband with this experience- was told we always see at lest one. We saw none. Not mad - you can’t control wild animals. But wish they offered a discount or a reschedule to try again
star-4
Fun
Baylee_S
, May 2022
We had a lot of fun! I couldn’t believe how close they got. The captain and check in person were really nice & helped us out.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Baylee. It's great to hear that everyone in your group had a good time and enjoyed the tour. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
star-5
Manta ray snorkel review.
Alan_V
, May 2022
Couldn't have been more pleased with the Manta ray tour. Everyone from lead diver to boat captain to the check-in process was topnotch.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Alan. It was a pleasure having you and your group out with us. Mahalo for the kind words towards our crew and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
star-5
unforgettable experience,...
Bogna_J
, May 2022
unforgettable experience, plenty of mantas dancing just in front of your face, obligatory point during stay on Big Island
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Bogna. We appreciate your support and glad that we were able to share this memorable experience with your family. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
star-5
Amazing!
Heidi_O
, May 2022
We were able to see several manta rays - including one doing dozens of barrel rolls right beneath us - over and over ! Amazing !
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Heidi. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the underwater acrobatics show. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Must do!! Awesome crew!! Small group!!
Richard_D
, May 2022
This was an amazing trip!! The crew was so knowledgeable and friendly. The boat ride was quick. We had MANY Manta rays swim right up next to us!! It was absolutely amazing!! It is a small group (6 of us in total). The small group setting made it even more perfect!! They prepped us before leaving by asking us to not touch the mantas. You could hear other tour operators nearby lecturing their customers about not touching them. Our guy treated us like an adult, asked us not to touch them, and then we were on our way. Super great trip!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Richard. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the tour and short boat ride out to the manta snorkel site. We have a great respect fort these wild animals and appreciate the opportunity to share them with others. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
We went during the 630...
Heidi_P
, May 2022
We went during the 630 show and while fun, we were a bit disappointed since we only saw two manta ray. There were 4 “fly by” as they call them but we were under the impression we would see a lot more.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for joining us Heidi. I know how frustrating it can be after hearing and reading about how great this tour is and then to have only a couple of mantas show up. I can tell you that every night is different and every tour is different when it comes to how many mantas you will see. Mantas are wonderful, intelligent creatures and while they know where the buffet line is, they also have a mind of their own and come and go when they please. I wish we could add the mantas to our payroll to make it the same experience for everyone. That being said, we do appreciate your support and would be happy to work with you if you would ever like to try your luck out with us again. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Big Island and wish you much Aloha.
star-5
Do this!
Lydia_M
, May 2022
So incredible!!!! Even though cannot touch the manta with my hands, a few would swim right up and brush against me. We had a view to the bottom of about 7 mantas swimming around. The diver/guide was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed his educational commentary. This was a once in a lifetime experience!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Lydia. We are delighted to hear that you were able to join us and go belly to belly with these graceful, gentle giants. 7 mantas is magnificent night! Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Experience of a lifetime!
Brian_T
, May 2022
Unbelievable!! So thrilling! We couldn’t have imagined what was in store before we experienced the manta rays swimming literally inches from our faces. We will never forget this exciting and beautiful activity!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for sharing Brian. We're thrilled to hear that this experience was such an eye-opener for you and that you were able to come face to face with Kona's friendly manta rays. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Absolutely Amazing !!
Yvette_S
, May 2022
Seeing the Manta Ray and how they swim right up to you is just amazing! It’s an experience that will last a lifetime! Our crew members were awesome and were very informative! I definitely would recommend doing this!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Yvette. We're excited to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Mahalo for the recommendation and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Must do while in Kona
Christine_T
, May 2022
This was an amazing experience, we saw a ton of rays and everyone was super helpful and explained who the rays were and how they told them apart. They were also mindful of the rays and reminded everyone the importance of not touching them to keep them safe, which I appreciated. Truly one of the coolest experiences I have ever had, top of the list of Big Island experiences!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for sharing Christine. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour and that snorkeling with the mantas was such a highlight for you. We have a great respect for these gentle giants and appreciate the opportunity we have to share this excursion with others. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Kid Friendly and Safe!!!!
Rebekah_M
, May 2022
Amazing experience!!! The crew was awesome!! They provided wetsuits with sizes for my 4 year old up to size 3X, snorkels and masks (but they let you use our own gear), and snacks at the end. The swimmer in the water, Mike, was extremely helpful with my four year old who was super excited but not great at snorkeling. He opted to take his snorkel out of his mouth and just put his face in the water to see for a few seconds and then lift his head up to breathe. Mike told him the names of the Manta Rays and what they are and how big their throats were and honestly kept him entertained throughout the whole experience without annoying the other couple!!! He was amazing!! The boat was a RHIB which was awesome, the group is only 6 max so all the reviews saying other people scare the rays are irrelevant with this group because the diver will make them stop, you hold onto a surfboard the whole time so their isn’t much swimming involved, and the boat stays close. I READ THE REVIEWS AND WEBSITES OF EVERY MANTA RAY TOUR ON THE ISLAND AND THIS TOUR WAS THE BEST!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Wow...Thanks for the fantastic review Rebeka. There are several very good manta tours on the Big Island and it is humbling to read that you think so highly of our operation. I'm pleased to hear that you were able to experience this one of kind adventure with your family and that Mike was informative and entertaining even for your 4-year old. He is a great human and I will be sure to pass the kind words and kudos back to him. Mahalo for joining us and for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope the rest of your trip was just as memorable and that we will get to see you and your family back out again in the future. Aloha.
star-5
View a real dream.
Wayne_S
, May 2022
Wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable crew made experience safe and relaxing. We loved it. Ocean magic view stunning for our family - age 12 to 62. Thanks.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Wayne. We're stoked that we were able to share this awesome adventure with your family. Mahalo for the kind words and for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
star-5
Loved it when the guy in...
Michele_P
, May 2022
Loved it when the guy in the water from another group began explaining all about the species and how to identify the females from the males. One ray even had a paralyzed cephalic lobe which was interesting. There were more than 6 mante ray I could see at one time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for joining us Michele. Snorkeling with over 6 mantas is a fantastic night. There is a lot of interesting information that can be shared between groups and a lot of personality each individual manta rays displays. I'm happy to hear that you found this tour both educational and informative. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
BOOK THIS
Kylie_S
, May 2022
One of the coolest most memorable experiences you’ll ever have. Extremely awesome, can’t even explain it. I’d definitely do this multiple times and recommend to everyone. Crew was awesome, manta rays were even more awesome. It was raining while we went and it was still amazing. You won’t be sorry you booked this.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Kylie. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed tour even with a little bit of rain. Mahalo for the kind words and for taking the time to leave us a review. We definitely hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Wow!!
Anne_L
, May 2022
The abundance of Rays, and experience!! A small issue with the board and light, but called in professional help and quickly solved the issue!! Hey things mechanical happen, would still rate it a 5 star plus!!!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Anne. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour (despite some minor issues) and were able to see multiple manta rays. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Great experience, great crew. Book with this company.
Mark_W
, May 2022
A great experience, one we will do again when on Hawaii. Happy we went with this company, we had a great time and had 5 rays feeding right in front of us.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Mark. 5 Mantas is a wonderful night and it was a pleasure being able to share this unique experience with you. Mahalo for your support and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Amazing
Samantha_H
, May 2022
Probably one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had in my life! I was scared before starting the tour but once you’re in the water it all goes away. They are so majestic!! This is a MUST do when visiting the big island.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Samantha. We are happy to hear that the tour was such a hit for you. Jumping into the ocean at night is definitely intimidating, but the manta ray night snorkel ends up being more magical than it is terrifying once you've experienced it. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.

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