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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

After dark is an excellent time to see manta rays in the waters around the Island of Hawaii. Make the most of your opportunity by joining this small-group boat tour. Enjoy watching the manta rays feeding at night and snorkeling close to them.
  • Sail and see manta rays feed after dark
  • Small-group tour (maximum 16): Ensures a more personal experience
  • Learn about manta rays from your guides
  • Enjoy a hot tea on board
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Hot Tea
Short Sleeve Wetsuit tops
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Your "in water" guides work very hard. Gratuity is always appreciated.
Please bring a towel for after snorkeling
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St , 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

We launch out of KEAUHOU BAY, The physical address is the address of the bay and will not take you to our check-in location. Copy & paste this link into your GPS for Check-in location: https://goo.gl/maps/RB9wWXu538LKRVkt6 Allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Minimum age to participate is 6 years
  • A maximum of 16 people per booking
  • Electronic Waiver required to be signed prior to tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Must be able to climb up a metal ladder resting on a pontoon to get back in the boat
  • Must be under 285lbs
  • All participating guests must know how to swim and tread water
  • Arrive 5-10 min prior to check-in time to find parking
  • This is a wild and free excursion. No refunds are given in the event we do not get to view mantas the night of your tour.
  • If you are unable to swim and would like to remain on the boat, we welcome you. "Ride alongs" are a paid ticket as it is a reserved seat on the boat.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We have full discretion to refuse service to guests based on attire, behavior, physical fitness & condition
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries
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.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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  • "short trip to the manta ray viewing area, some touts travel 20 minutes each way so it gets real cold going back." See review

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star-5
Must do!
Tony_E
, Jun 2022
Highlight of the trip! Tour guides were great. Quick 5 minute zip around the corner once on the boat and you are in the water. Two guides for about 12 people felt completely safe in the dark open ocean with these huge creatures swimming below us. Very knowledgeable and they provide information as you’re going through the experience. Definitely recommend.
star-5
Once in a Lifetime Experience!
Julie_H
, Jun 2022
An experience that we will never forget! These beautiful creatures are so amazing and seeing them at night under the lights in the water made it very spectacular. We highly recommend. Crew was helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly!
star-5
The rain started as we...
Summer_J
, Jun 2022
The rain started as we pulled up to the van. It was after sunset so chilly in swimsuits. If you have a dry bag for towels just in case I highly recommend that you prepare better than us and bring towels or jackets for the trip back. In spite of the weather, this trip is amazing and once in a lifetime. Highly recommend this company and the kind woman who signed us in and got us prepared for the boat! (So sorry I did not get your name) There were fish and many mantas made an appearance. So exciting to be in the bay at night!
star-4
Manta Ray Liotta
Emily_F
, Jun 2022
Really cool, new experience. Surreal to be in warm water at night. Beautiful to see the ray’s night-feeding ritual. Felt very safe. I highly recommend bringing two towels for yourself when you get out. Gets a little chilly afterword, and for us, there was quite a bit of rain. Great captain and guides.
star-5
Do not miss this!
Jason_S
, Jun 2022
This was awesome! Make sure to get there early enough to find a parking spot, but if you’re too early there’s nowhere to really hang out. There are restrooms nearby but they were closed so plan accordingly. The staff was great. Safety is their number one priority. They were professional and helpful. There were lots of similar tours around, some with big flashy boats. Dolphin was no frills, but don’t let that sway you. The boat ride is about five minutes long and they deliver when it counts. They get you to the spot and in the water safely and get you to a board with lights. The plankton and rays do the rest. Try to keep an ear out because the guides provide great information and facts about the rays. The time goes by fast and it’s hard to get used to the rays swimming right up towards your face. This was so much fun and only something you can experience on the Big Island.
star-5
Evening with Rays
Norman_S
, Jun 2022
We were fortunate to be able to book our larger part of 15 for this trip. The captain guides were knowledgeable and pleasant. They did a great job keeping everyone informed about what was happening and informing us about everything related to the manta rays. The up close and personal experience with the rays was beautiful and amazing. A definite must-do out here.
star-5
Bucket list adventure
Steven_H
, Jun 2022
Incredible experience. Guides were fun and informative. The manta rays get so close to you but are so gentle.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Adventure!!
Minh_D
, Jun 2022
Me and my partner were on our babymoon with a hesitation to book this experience because I’m 6ms pregnant. However, it was absolutely worth it for the life time experience. We wish we would have known before hand that it will be very itchy by some black needle fishes and tiny jellyfish we should have brought whole body swim suits
star-5
Amazing manta rays
Mary_B
, Jun 2022
It was great. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The manta rays were amazing and plentiful. Definitely worth the money.
star-5
Magical experience!
slginlc
, Jun 2022
The manta rays a literally right in front of your face! Majestic creatures. An incredible experience. Justin was an EXCELLENT guide. We highly recommend this tour!!
star-5
Bucket List checked
Peter_G
, Jun 2022
Colleen and Tristan were awesome tour guides. Words can’t explain. Worth every penny. Majestic creatures. Bucket list Fasho.
star-5
Fun rainy night!
Lina_W
, Jun 2022
They guide was very thorough and helped us put on our snorkeling gear along with our wet suit. Once in the boat everyone was helpful and well informed about the Manta Rays. It was raining the whole time but it was worth it.
star-5
The manta rays in the...
Shelley_P
, Jun 2022
The manta rays in the water was excellent. We saw at least 12 manta rays. They literally brushed up against you. The feeling was like no other. Highly recommend! Do not need to be a good swimmer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip
Laura_D
, Jun 2022
We were so surprised by how close the Manya Rays come to us. We even got touched by them a few times.
star-5
Definitely do this in Hilo! Great company.
Janette_B
, Jun 2022
We saw many! This is definitely must see in Kona. The operation is ran well and the staff was very knowledgeable. It does not require any real skill so do not be hesitant to go. They had hot tea and cookies after which was great. It was one of our favorite experiences!
star-5
Great excursion!
Allyson_S
, Jun 2022
Manta rays were so close and there were several of them throughout the excursion. The guys were great at giving us some facts and overall this is the best excursion we have done so far.
star-5
Amazing
MaryAnn_H
, Jun 2022
We loved the experience. It was the favorite part of out trip. Justin and Lila were excellent guides. They told us a ton of facts the facts and really made the trip fun. I was blown away by how close the manta rays got and how big the they were. Dolphins discoveries did a great job and it was the best time.
star-5
Wonderful, breathtaking
Mike_W
, Jun 2022
Experience of a lifetime. Wonderful, knowledgeable crew. Highly recommend as something you should not miss in kona
star-5
Shortest boat ride, no seasickness!
Heather_R
, Jun 2022
All I can say is this was incredible, definitely something for your bucket list. Here’s the pointers that I can give you about the trip. We had two small children with us and we prepared them for what was going to happen by watching videos and showing them pictures of what manta rays look like. We talked about how large manta rays are but their tummy is the size of a baseball and their mouth is the size of a nickel, the rays ate gentle calm giants. To say they LOVED it was an understatement. They want to go again tonight. This tour has the shortest boat ride, less chance to get seasick and there was no exposure to exhaust fumes. There are no scuba divers so the snorlkers won’t need to wait on the swaying boat for them to gear up and exit the boa, more time in the water for us. The illuminated. ‘surfboard’ is easy to hold and the manta rays love the light and do circles under the snorkelers on the surface. They provide us with wetsuit shirts that help for all around comfort. All you need on the boat is a towel and your car keys, unless you’re bringing your phone in the ocean (I totally do not recommend that) leave your phone in the car. I loved this adventure, so so so much! I’ve gone on other manta ray night trips with different companies before but the ease of this one made it my absolute favorite. I highly recommend it.
star-5
Up there with the best!
jeremy_e
, Jun 2022
Our family has done some pretty cool things… We have sailed into the Niagara Falls… been a shark cage off the coast of Oahu… zip lined in the jungles of Mexico ….stuff like that. THIS experience of snorkeling at NIGHT with Manta rays was right up there with our very best!!!!

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