Big Island of Hawaii

Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel

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Manta Ray Night Snorkel

From $89.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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
  • Snorkeling gear and a wetsuit are provided
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Use of Snorkeling Equiptment and Wetsuit
  • Certified In-Water Guide and Lifeguard
  • water
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    The TIME you book is CHECK IN TIME arrive at wetsuit van. Address is 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street. Look for "Hawaii Island Ocean Tours & Kona Snorkel Tours" White Van by the Outrigger Hotel entrance. Park Free along road, NO parking in the long narrow stalls designated for vehicles w/boat trailers.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Embark on a guided snorkeling trip in Kailua-Kona, starting with an easy meetup to collect your wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Limited to 13 guests, this adventure promises an intimate marine life experience and great access to your guide.

Set off after dark, the ideal time for witnessing manta rays in their natural feeding ritual. A quick, 3-minute boat ride takes you directly to a frequented manta ray spot, ensuring more time spent in the water, and less time traveling. The small boat enhances your experience, allowing close proximity without disrupting the rays.

In the water, enjoy up to 40 minutes floating alongside your guide to look out for manta rays in their natural habitat, using a light board to attract plankton, and consequently, manta rays. Then finish back on the mainland, right where you started, so you can continue your onward adventures.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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/physical restrictions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 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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Beth_B
Despite some choppy waves our crew did an awesome job. Jordan, Hunter and Danny were great! They were very knowledgeable about the Manta Rays and super helpful. Made the experience smooth and enjoyable. Would highly recommend this experience with this group. Even Shay at the beginning was so nice and helpful. All around a great experience!

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Amazing experience!
Lisa_M, Apr 2024
Amazing experience - we saw 6 Mantas, very close to our spot in the water. Our guides were excellent - shared lots of information about the Mantra rays, were very safety oriented and overall provided a great experience.
Great experience
Daniel_M, Apr 2024
Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and funny while still being big on safety. I could tell they actually cared a lot about the manta rays which was cool. We saw a ton of manta rays and they were great about tracking where the manta rays were and moving us to there.
Amazing experience, great service.
TimMichele_K, Apr 2024
Book it early in your trip so if you can do it twice if you'll have time. This is an incredible experience and the 40 minutes goes by lighting fast. Great service, efficient and short boat ride to see magnificent creatures. Bring water to Prince your face and have a drink after the excursion. We couldn't find facilities near for wash up but it didn't matter. Great captain, very experienced and efficient, informative guide in the water. Would use this outfit again due to lower numbers of people on the float. Excellent customer service since we couldn't make it one night, they rebooked us for the next!
Amazing and Fun
Myra_A, Apr 2024
It was an amazing experience. It was soo cool to swim with the manta. I saw 5 of them that I was bumped 3x by them😃😳😳The crew~Hunter, Jordan and Shay were knowledgeable, and friendly.
Great crew. Saw 3-4 Mantas.
Hardik_S, Apr 2024
Once in a lifetime experience swimming with these gentle giants. Highly recommended. Friendly & informative crew.
Amazing Experience!!
Anthony_S, Apr 2024
This was an amazing experience from start to finish! Check in was simple as all the instructions were very clear. The crew were fun and informative!! Most importantly the RAYS were stunning - so graceful in the water! If you get the opportunity to take this tour with this operator DO IT! So worth it!!
Amazing experience
Michelle_B, Apr 2024
Wow!! The most amazing experience ❤️ Hunter, Shay and Jordan were the best guides ever! They made this excursion very relaxing and fun! Would highly recommend!! We saw about 6 Manta Ray's. They were in our face. Worth every penny!!!
Enjoyable experience
Jessika_R, Apr 2024
Everything was easy. We saw lots of Manta Rays and the guys were so friendly and helpful. I loved that they respected the Manta Ray. Very enjoyable experience. Amazing animals!
Fun experience with rays
Kim_S, Apr 2024
My husband and I enjoyed seeing the rays. We saw about a dozen during our 30 min Snorkle. The water was not clear and the waves were very rough. I am not giving 5 stars as I feel they need to confirm folks have snorkeled before as it was a requirement for booking. We had a woman whose obviously never has been and it really made it difficult on everyone else.
Amazing Manta Ray experience!
Lori_J, Apr 2024
Wow! What an amazing experience! The boat captain and crew were very attentive and helpful. We were enthralled by the Manta rays! The boat took us quickly to the site and we spent plenty of time in the water while the rays swam all around us. The life guard and our guide were so knowledgeable and did all the work so all we has to do was enjoy the delightful experience!! Highly recommend this tour!!
Awesome mantas!
Dean_G, Apr 2024
Excellent crew. Very professional. Awesome manta rays on the night we went. Highly recommended! Thirty minutes in the water goes by pretty fast with a good group.
Highly recommend
Namrata_G, Apr 2024
Highly recommend. Great crew and amazing experience. Saw over a dozen manta rays swim inches from us. Wet suit was good to have, it was cold!
Night Manta Ray snorkeling
Kevin_A, Apr 2024
Hunter and his crew were a great. I saw 8 Manta Rays. Lifetime memory for sure. A must do if in Kona.
Amazing Crew & Experience
Melissa_W, Apr 2024
This was was of the best experiences we’ve had! The crew was great & I loved that it was a smaller group. We ended up seeing 6-8 manta rays! They were right in your face. If you are considering this, please do it! You will not regret it.
Up close and personal with so many Mantas!
Mike_D, Apr 2024
We saw lots of rays. The crew were awesome, both onshore (Natalie and Devon) and on the boat (Captain Hunter, Shay, and Jordan). The boat was a little small, but it totally fit the needs of the excursion.
10/10 recommend
Katlyn_H, Apr 2024
Amazing experience. Highly recommend going on this. 10/10. We saw 10-15 huge Manta rays that kept coming up to us.
It was crazy good. The...
Weston_G, Apr 2024
It was crazy good. The Manta's are inches from your face. Also, just seeing the plankton in the water was fascinating. People were at the bottom scuba diving as well which was interesting to see all at the same time. A bit of an element of danger made it exciting as well (something about jumping into the ocean at night from a small boat was really cool).
Loved the small group...
Susan_E, Apr 2024
Loved the small group experience. Great animal experience for the kids 7-16. Not sure I would bring kids under 6.
Fantastic Adventure
Valerie_T, Apr 2024
Our group of 4 adults and 1 child enjoyed an exhilarating night swim with manta rays. We were fortunate to see 6 very active rays.
Fantastic experience with the Rays!
David_M, Apr 2024
It was a very special experience. My grandkids were just blown away with his close the Manta Ray's got to us. We would do it again.
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