Big Island of Hawaii

Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kona

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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket

Overview

Swim alongside manta rays and under the moonlight on this night snorkel tour in Kona. A boat with an eco-friendly engine takes you out to the snorkeling location, where you can descend into the water on a step ladder or choose to stay dry on on board. Extra amenities such as a warm shower, snacks, and beverages make this tour as comfortable as it is memorable.
  • Kona night snorkel with manta rays
  • Choose to snorkel with included gear or stay dry on board
  • Get out on the water in a comfortable, eco-friendly boat
  • Warm shower included for your comfort
  • Snacks and beverages included

What's Included

  • Light snack, juice and water, plus a nice warm fresh water shower. Snorkel gear, fins, mask, flotation devices and wet suits are also included. Special note: when booking your reservation please indicate any additional special needs you my require. We are always wanting to be as accommodating as possible as to make your trip as special and memorable as possible. Aloha
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Manta Adventures Inc.
    74-429 Kealakehe Pkwy Slip G-2, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Manta Adventures slip number is G-2 and in the far the south side corner of the harbor. Please park in the available ample parking lot and make your way to your adventure. If you are running late for some unforeseen reason please call us. CHECK IN IS 4:00PM EFFECTIVE 9/15/22.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All participants are required to fill out and sign an in water snorkel waiver.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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.

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Christi_B
I did a lot of research on what company to go with. If I could give this company a 100 stars I would. This was the most fascinating, magical excursion I have ever done in my life. The crew and captain on board were outstanding. We must have had 10 manta rays around us. The captain customize his own lights, so he gets the manta rays where the other companies maybe get one or two. And on top of that, he cut up sweet pineapple and makes homemade chocolate chip cookies that are out of this world for everyone. I will book this again it was that great!!!

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Best excursion ever!!
Sydney_Q, Feb 2024
Captain Bill, Melissa, and Callum were extremely welcoming and incredible hosts on our adventure. They made sure we were doing ok the entire time and offered us water, fresh cut pineapple, fruit snacks, and cookies. They were very knowledgeable, accommodating, and kind. As for the mantas, we were kissed three times! Such cool creatures that we got to see up close. At one point we counted 8 mantas in front of us!
Amazing night with Manta's - more than we could count!
Kevin_M, Feb 2024
We had a great night viewing the Manta's. The crew of Kevin and Cal were awesome along with Captain Bill. Because of high surf, our tour was postponed four nights but fortunately we were able to get out on the fifth night. There were more Manta's than we were able to count. At least 12 to 15+ in a continuous stream feeding at the lights. A highlight of our trip to the big Island. Would definitely go again.
One in a lifetime experience
Brent_L, Jan 2024
This was an incredible tour, the crew was amazing and very helpful. We saw at least 10 Manta Rays, one of them was at least 15 feet across. We were worried about getting in the water at night with our kids (9 and 12) but those fears were quickly alleviated by the helpful crew. They got us in the water during sunset and as it got darker the show became more incredible with the Mantas flipping in front of our faces. The captain was proud of the boards he built and talked about how his lights and system Was better than other boats. Based on what we saw with the other boats I would agree with him. The board they built was pretty cool! We would recommend this tour to anyone coming to Kona. The only negative is the boat is very tight with the 24 people crammed in there. **Don’t forget your underwater cameras, we didn’t bring ours and wished we had. Luckily a friend had one and shared the video with us. The crew does not have any camera / video equipment. **
Manta crazy
Wesley_H, Nov 2023
The captain and crew were awesome, set us up perfectly, it was great to get there a little early and snorkel at the spot too
Fantastic experience
Karen_O, Oct 2023
Excellent activity, the captain and crew were awesome and gave plenty of information and guidance, we saw several Manta Rays up close, this one is now ticked off the bucket list, fantastic!
Magical, fascinating
Christi_B, Sep 2023
I did a lot of research on what company to go with. If I could give this company a 100 stars I would. This was the most fascinating, magical excursion I have ever done in my life. The crew and captain on board were outstanding. We must have had 10 manta rays around us. The captain customize his own lights, so he gets the manta rays where the other companies maybe get one or two. And on top of that, he cut up sweet pineapple and makes homemade chocolate chip cookies that are out of this world for everyone. I will book this again it was that great!!!
EXCELLENT Tour with Amazing Staff!!
ShawnS_H, Aug 2023
This was one of the most amazing things we have ever done!! We saw at least 6 Manta that stayed with us the whole time we were there! Captain Bill, Karen, and Cal were phenomenal hosts! It was informative, fun, and they were super helpful! If you only book 1 excursion while you are here, this should be it!
Not worth the price.
Kira_L, Jul 2023
No Manta Rays showed up. They said a light meal would be provided but it was a piece of pineapple and a cookie. It was disappointing. The crew were very nice, though. We still gave them a tip.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
hi Kira not sure why you expected a light meal. We offer and provided light snacks, cookies, fruit, waters etc, please recheck your booking confirmation. We also were disappointed that the mantas did not cooperate. We view the mantas in their open ocean in their habitat, unfortunately this happens a very small percentage of trips. Your reference to providing a tip, though very much appreciated seems odd, you were a single booking (we). As stated in our departure briefing you are welcome to return for free any time in the future until you are completely satisfied with you Manta experience. Mahalo Capt Dan n Crew
Once in a lifetime experience!
Brad_P, Mar 2023
The manta rays were magnificent! They swam just inches under us! Beautiful graceful creatures of the ocean! Our staff was great! Extremely knowledgeable of the life of the manta rays , entertaining , and very cautious of everyone’s safety! Highly recommend this amazing tour!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We are thrilled the crew took such good care of you. Your safety is our top priority! We really appreciate your kind words, and we hope to see you again. Please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Awesome Trip
Michael_S, Oct 2022
Fantastic evening as we were fortunate to have Manta Ray viewing for the entire night snorkeling duration. Must experience this adventure.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We're so happy you enjoyed the experience and had a good show. We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Incredible!
Britney_G, Sep 2022
The crew was so knowledgeable about the mantas! The boat was fantastic, the crew was lovely, the experience was superb!!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. Thank you for the high remark and we're thrilled that you had such a great time with the crew and the mantas! We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Too crowded but lots of manta rays
Veronica_H, Sep 2022
The many’s ray experience itself was great and the tour guides were very hospitable and accommodating. The only thing that completely ruined this tour for me was the amount of guests on the boat. There was over 24 ppl and it was crowded. I don’t do well in confines, crowded spaces and I wish I would have known it was going to be very crowded and I would have opted for a small group tour. Other than that, they delivered on the manta rays and their level of ocean expertise.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We're so happy you enjoyed the experience and had a good show. We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona, it might not be so crowded next time! Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
It was amazing! It's good...
Tamara_S, Sep 2022
It was amazing! It's good to know the habits and more about the manta rays. The personal was really friendly!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We're so happy you enjoyed the experience and had a good show. We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Must have experience
Donna_S, Sep 2022
What a great experience. Drew was amazing. Remembered everyone's name, introduced us to his manta girlfriend Gabby, and kept us entertained. Captain Dan was equally as entertaining and delightful. Worth every penny and then some.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. Drew's memory is pretty insane, I'm always impressed he can remember everyone's name after only hearing once! We hope to see you again! Please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Awesome trip
Deirdre_T, May 2022
The crew was awesome we saw a bunch of manta rays they had the right equipment for the trip the boat was in good condition i would recommend this trip to anyone
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We're so happy you enjoyed the experience and had a good show. We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Awful from start to finish
Candice_R, Apr 2022
One of the most awful experiences of my life. Packed onto a small boat with too many people, a captain who sucked any amount of joy out of the room, very very choppy water (apparently a calm night comparatively), and very cold water. The manta were beautiful but the entries experience was so miserable I’d rather see them in an aquarium.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
HI are sure you have the correct Company as we have one of the biggest vessels in the fleet and only load to 2/3 capacity to ensure a comfortable trip for all. We have some of the warmest waters of all the Islands with an average yearly temp of 78/81. But anyway obviously this is not for you - We wish you all the best at the aquarium as we would rather see them in the wild as they should be. MAHALO
Conquered fears
Melissa_C, Feb 2022
The crew and experience were great! Will be back for this one since the mantas were shy the night we went!
Response from Host, May 2022
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We're glad you enjoyed the experience and hopefully next time the mantas won't be so shy. We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Amazong
Thierry_M, Feb 2022
Very good experience. Manta ray were so close. This is amazong and unique. The crue was very kind and perfect
Response from Host, May 2022
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We are thrilled you enjoyed the experience and the crew! We hope to see you again, please don't hesitate to call for your next adventure in Kona. Mahalo, Manta Adventures Team
Rough seas
Steven_M, Dec 2021
The crew was great, put we didn’t see any Manta Ray. The sea was rough and we floated in the cold water for about an hour. Sam the deck hand offered another trip,but NO vouchers were issued to any participants or refund. The Captain of the boat bragged on how he has the best lights out of any crew(boat) and still saw not even 1 Manta Ray! Several people got sea sick as well. Including my wife.. This was the worst part of our vacation.. Would I do it again?
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Aloha, Thank you for choosing Manta Adventures and taking the time to review your trip. We are sorry you didn't get any manta rays, we always honor getting guest back on if the mantas didn't show up. As I said on the boat just give us a call and we'll get you booked for another night. Unfortunately we can't control the ocean conditions or animals but if you wanted to try again the summer months are generally calmer at sea and warmer water temperatures. Mahalo, Manta Advenures
Hold a valid pass and was refused to get on board
Jinwen_X, Dec 2021
Such a horrible experience! We booked from Viator and got confirmation email. Went straight to the harbor and showed them the pass. The lady refused to get us on board as she couldn’t find our reservation on her phone. She kept saying they were all booked full till Jan 2nd. We were left in a dilemma and this totally disrupted our schedule. We wasted almost four hours figuring out why this can happen and it finally turned out to be a “refund”. No solutions were given except a refund. If “refund” can help, can they “refund” our time? We only stay in the big island for two nights and this totally destroyed our expectation. Super disappointed and upset!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hi unfortunately you booked thru Viator which is a 3rd party booking service - They had problems with their API booking notification system which did not allow the booking to pass thru to our booing platform - we simply had no idea that you held a booking, which is a bad situation - please feel free to direct your anger towards Viator we are in the middle as well - this is why we always suggest booking directly on our site @ mantaadventures.com this will avoid any 3rd party booking mishaps - when you return to the big island in the future please contact me Capt Dan and i will offer you a free trip on us - again. sorry D
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