Big Island of Hawaii

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

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Manta Magic Night Manta Ray Snorkel
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket

Overview

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 drinks and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Local taxes
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:Should I bring my own towel on the Manta Magic Tour?

A:Yes, please bring your own towel as one will not be provided.

Jun 2023

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James_B
One of the best and most unique experiences ever! Highly recommend, a must do experience on the Big Island. The booking, directions, communication was so easy. The staff was so nice and helpful, make sure you tip them! I took my family with a 13 & 9 year old and they loved it. The ankle floaty they give you is such a good idea. Just hold on to the board/raft and watch the exhilarating show. The 5 min boat ride makes this the most efficient tour to see the Rays. A++++

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Epic manta moments
Jeanne_J, Apr 2024
Our experience with Manta Magic was exceptional! The crew was amazing and informative. Our boat trip was quick and soon we were holding on to the light board where a record amount of mantas put on a show right under the surface- so close!! Highly recommend!
14 manta rays! But...
JenniferWenzel, Apr 2024
On the HUGE plus side, we saw 14 manta rays!!! On the negative side, pretty much everything else. (With the exception of the young lady who checked us in, Marianna, she was great.) I went on Monday, April 1. The boat was small and rocked horribly in the waves, but none of the 3 staff in board gave any assistance as people were trying to walk to the bench seats. They only had 1 adult sized life vest, and 2 people wanted it, so they had to figure out who needed it more between them. The ankle floats had very old Velcro and some wouldn't stay closed. No sodas or snacks were offered at any time, though there was a small bucket of sodas on board and a small basket of individual bags of chips (and a few single serving packs of Oreos cookies) at the check-in van. The captain, Jason, looked and sounded like he'd rather be doing anything else. Totally bored and checked out. Eric, the guy in the water with us, shared some interesting things about mantas but he was at the other end of the float and I couldn't hear him much on my end. There were only short sleeve wetsuit jackets available, not long sleeve, pants or full suits. And it was a very short, fast trip - 5 minutes to the site, they shoved us out the back of the boat like cattle, 30 minutes in the water, and back on board to go to the dock. This was the lowest budget, most bare bones excursion I've taken in my 3 visits to the Kailua Kona area by far, and yet it very much was not a cheap trip. At $145 each person it was on the higher end of the manta ray snorkel trips. If it weren't that we had more and more mantas join the zooplankton buffet, starting with one gigantic female from minute 1 and new ones joining every couple of minutes, I couldn't recommend this at all. But if you're just wanting to see mantas and don't care about customer service, then I'd say this is the trip for you. I'd talked to a woman a couple of days earlier who had seen 16 mantas on this Hawaii Oceanic/Manta Magic tour, which is why I booked with them, but after experiencing great vibes with Fairwinds, Sea Quest, and Body Glove earlier in our vacation, maybe I was just spoiled with their levels of guest service. But it really felt like they just didn't care about the customers at all on this boat. But hey, mantas galore! 2 stars for them.
Amazing tour!
Jennifer_L, Jan 2024
Manta Magic is amazing! This is my second time seeing the Mantas (first time was with a much bigger outfit). They are so helpful and extremely knowledgable about the Mantas. They have a smaller boat and have at the most about 12 people total. Super nice because you don't feel crammed in. Saw about 20 Mantas swimming around and some even came right up to us and brushed past our arms! Just be forewarned, it's not a guarantee that you will see them every time. These are wild animals and they are on their own schedule. A must see if you are the big Island!
Multiple manta rolls, a memorable experience!
Dana_S, Dec 2023
Great staff, very friendly and helpful. Small boat with a small number of participants which made it feel uncrowded and personal. The mantas rolled close to our bodies multiple times. It was an unforgettable and memorable experience.
Manta Magic
Brenna_B, Dec 2023
Wonderful team of folks that did an awesome job! It was easy to find, and we had a great time during our trip!
Do not pass on this adventure!
Shelene_W, Dec 2023
The night manta ray snorkel is a must! During our time in kona we toured the volcano park, went scuba diving and toured. This is one of my favourite adventures so far, do not pass on this!
The staff was amazing. ...
Heather_N, Nov 2023
The staff was amazing. Very knowledgeable and friendly, made the experience fantastic and engaging. Such an awesome experience we’ll never forget! Mahalo plenty!
Kona Experience
Shane_P, Nov 2023
While in the water had was brushed by a Ray 3 different times. The colour of the Rays were amazing. A worthwhile trip!!!
Must do wxperience
Will_O, Oct 2023
Excellent use of our time. A short boat ride with a great crew took us to see a thrilling manta ray experience. Can’t overstate how fun this was, especially for our 11 and 9 year olds.
It was a fantastic...
Dun_L, Sep 2023
It was a fantastic experience. The mantas seem like they want to really get close and see what's our deal. It's both scary and terrific to be close to such huge creatures.
Fantastic!!
Terry_L, Sep 2023
Saw up to 8 mantas simultaneously! Lots of knowledgeable tidbits shared about mantas. Loved everything about trip! Great crew on Captain Jeff’s boat.
Manta Rays Extraordinaire!
Jennifer_S, Sep 2023
Checking in was easy and the boat ride is short, which is a plus after the swim and you’re cold and wet. The guides were very knowledgeable about what to expect. It is difficult to find the right words to describe the experience of watching theses majestic creatures swimming and feeding. We were extremely fortunate to have more than the average number of manta rays present. The longer you were in the water the closer they swam to you. I highly recommend this experience.
Rock and Rollers
Marvin_M, Sep 2023
Unbelievable experience! The staff were all very efficient, friendly and informative. We learned a lot and why it's so important not to purposely touch the Manta rays. They have a protective slippery substance on them that rubs off if you touch them. But they touched and lightly bumped me! Don't worry, my slippery slime is fine. 😬 Anyhoo, it was an experience of a life time and I really appreciated the smaller group option, cost more worth more I usually say! The phone cover they offer didn't work well with my phone but the experience it was so amazing, who cares 🤗 Manta rays rock... and roll alot!
A must do.
Dan_J, Sep 2023
Wonderful experience! 5 huge mantas just playing inches away from us. Just an awe inspiring moment. Beautiful.
Worth it, but come prepared!
Haley_P, Aug 2023
The rays sure like to get up close and personal! A few of us got poked! Such an incredible experience and definitely worth it! But definitely take medicine beforehand if you get motion sickness. Laying flat in the water made us feel dizzy by the end, and the boat ride back was rough because of that. I would do this again, but definitely with meds next time!
Amazing! A must do experience!
James_B, Aug 2023
One of the best and most unique experiences ever! Highly recommend, a must do experience on the Big Island. The booking, directions, communication was so easy. The staff was so nice and helpful, make sure you tip them! I took my family with a 13 & 9 year old and they loved it. The ankle floaty they give you is such a good idea. Just hold on to the board/raft and watch the exhilarating show. The 5 min boat ride makes this the most efficient tour to see the Rays. A++++
Best experience ever
Ian_L, Aug 2023
Totally amazing. So very glad we went with Hawaii Oceanic. Smaller boat. Great guide. Saw about 9 turtles constantly for 45 minutes. Don’t need to swim far and felt safe at all times. You need a modicum of fitness to be able to hold on superman style for 45 minutes. The Mantas are huge and magnificent. Best experience ever!
Breathtaking experience with family
Phil_D, Jul 2023
These are truly amazing creatures! Thanks to everyone at Hawaii Oceanic(Melissa, Capt. Shawn, Andrew, Ake -sorry if I spelled it wrong) for making this experience awesome from start to finish! Recommend 100%!!!
Amazing
Jessica_L, Jul 2023
Amazing experience! Very friendly staff. Jeff, Eric, Ake and Melissa were amazing. We went on a 9 pm excursion, and it got chilly toward the end. Highly recommend this company.
Amazing!! Best experience...
Kevin_B, Jul 2023
Amazing!! Best experience we had during our trip !! Check in process could be better organized but overall everything was great.
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