Big Island of Hawaii

Manta Ray Snorkel Moonlight Kona Hawaii- Small Group

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Manta Ray Snorkel Sunset or Moonlight Kona Big Island

From $139.00

Select Date and Travelers

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

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Summon your courage and plunge into the waters off Kailua-Kona to swim with manta rays. During this 2-hour tour during sunset or after dark, slip on the provided wet suit and snorkel gear and follow your expert instructor into the water. Watch as the enormous vegetarian animals, some with wingspans of 20 feet (6 meters), swim in graceful loops around you, taking in clouds of plankton for their evening meal. All gear and light snacks and refreshments are provided. Choose between sunset and evening snorkel tours; manta ray sightings are guaranteed or you can do a second outing for free.
  • Swim and snorkel with docile, graceful manta rays
  • Snorkel gear and wetsuit provided
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Guaranteed manta ray sightings or come back for free

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Snorkel Gear, Flotation Devices
  • Wet Suits
  • Gratuities
  • Towel and Warm clothes such as sweater or windbreaker.

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    HONOKOHAU HARBOR. Our system will text you directions 1 day before so you have detailed directions of the meeting location. Manta Boat #1 and Manta Boat #2 depart in slightly different areas.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your own way to Honokohau Harbor, making sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time. The exact location will be sent out 24 hours prior with directions.

Your nighttime manta ray adventure begins with a safety briefing before you don a provided wet suit and snorkel gear. Join your expert instructor in the water and witness the graceful manta rays, some with wingspans reaching 20 feet (six meters), as they loop around you, feeding on plankton attracted by underwater lights.

If you don’t see a manta ray during your trip, enjoy a complimentary second outing. End your evening back at the harbor.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Weight restriction: 265 lbs
  • Please wear a swimsuit
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring a towel
  • Bring warm clothes to throw on after snorkeling (it can get chilly on the return ride)
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Pregnant women are NOT permitted on this tour.
  • No children under 5 years of age
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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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Featured review
What an amazing experience! I would highly recommend it. Our tour guide was wonderful. We took the small group tour (about 20 people) and we felt like we were in good hands. We saw a lot of manta rays who danced around us and came very close (10 cm from face/body). We could see every detail (spots on their bellies). The water was not deep and the entire place was completely lit up so we could see the entire ocean floor (no worries).


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So much fun!
Nichole_C, Mar 2024
This was a really enjoyable excursion. The crew was so much fun and the rays were gorgeous. It was a great way to see the coast and be on the water for a couple hours.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. ALOHA
Makaila_L, Mar 2024
Absolutely amazing! Everyone should add Manta ray swimming to their bucket list! We had 8+ mantas swimming around us, it was magical! crew makes you feel comfortable and educates you the whole time. Definitely will do it again!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to know you enjoyed our tour. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled to hear that you loved your experience with us.
Many Ballet
Michael_S, Feb 2024
Chris and Budda made this one of the most memorable experiences of my life. They briefed us for success, took us out on the water and we saw 11 different manta rays. Once, there were six within sight doing their underwater ballet. The mantas came within 6” of us, but never touching. I’ve been scuba diving for over 10years and this snorkel trip was the single greatest thing I’ve ever experienced in the water.
Beyond words
Christine_A, Feb 2024
Incredible experience! The crew was so kind and knowledgeable; easily one of the coolest experiences of my life. Loved learning about these gentle giants whilst getting to see them SO up close and personal! Will definitely do again!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
WOW thank you for sharing your experience. Thank you so much for the 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our service and appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you soon.
Impressive communication and willingness to accommodate
Anastasia_K, Jan 2024
We booked this experience well in advance at the beginning of our vacation but unfortunately the weather had other plans. The operator, C Big Island, were amazing at communicating with us about the weather and the sea conditions and tried their best to accommodate our schedule and move it to a different day. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and because of that we had a few other activities rescheduled and stacked at the later part of our vacation, begrudgingly we had to cancel. But, because we were really impressed with their communication and willingness to accommodate we would wholeheartedly recommend booking with this operator!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
That is so sweet of you to leave a review still and what a wonderful compliment to us office workers. Sorry about the bad weather....hope you come back and see us 😊❤️
If you get a chance, do it!
Elisabeth_B, Jan 2024
So glad we did this on our trip. Once in a lifetime type of experience, unless we get the chance to go back. I would definitely do this again. A bit of motion sickness riding back on the boat in the dark that we weren't prepared for, but other than that, an altogether amazing experience. Our guides knew what they were doing and knew how to attract the mantas to bring them right up to our group. Several mantas kept circling beneath us and so close to us they almost grazed our skin. One of the biggest highlights of our trip.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Wow what a wonderfulr compliment to the manta ray snorkel crew! Snorkeling with the manta rays is one of my personal favorites so glad you enjoyed 😊
Ashley_T, Jan 2024
Book this trip! Buddha and Chris were friendly, fun tour guides. This trip was much more intimate than any of the other boats we saw with 40+ people. We had about 15 mantas under our light board up close and personal- inches from my face! My husband was a dive master for a year and had never seen them that close. I enjoyed this trip because the mantas come to you, rather than the other way around. Incredible animals and incredible experience.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for the review. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the Manta Ray experience. The manta rays are so special too The Big Island.
Christine_E, Jan 2024
Fabulous experience! Can’t wait to do it again! Chris & Buddha were fun and Informative…amazingly close. Do recommend you know how to swim!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
So glad you enjoyed the manta rays. they really are so special to the Big Island. thank you for the review
Super excellent
William_M, Jan 2024
We saw plenty of mantas, including one that did three flips directly below us. It was a little choppy and I got to use the aloha bucket. But everyone else in our group was fine
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Yes some customers are prone to getting sea sick...and therefore we have the Aloha bucket lol. Glad you enjoyed
Disorganized but still good sighting
Jill_C, Dec 2023
Well, the manta rays were great. Our crew was a little late, disorganized, had to throw used snorkel equipment in a bucket to ‘clean’. Once we got out to the viewing area- the other boats were well organized and were less crazed. Our crew had to move our entire floating platform over to another area. I don’t know why. The captain was yelling at the crew and telling him that he wasn’t doing the right thing and she said it was a “cluster”. That was unnerving but not a big deal. For the money, I would say it could be more smooth. This group takes non-swimmers and was so nice about that. Our crew was very helpful making sure people got in without fear. Our crew was helpful in the water and I would go again, but not with Iriku.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Aloha Jill, Thank you for the time to write the review. Glad you enjoyed the manta rays in Hawaii.
Great trip
tanner_m, Dec 2023
Trip was very successful. Got to see several rays while in the water. Chris and Budda were great guys. Very nice and made the experience wonderful.
Night manta ray tour did not disappoint!
Kim_C, Dec 2023
Kris ans Buddha were our guides and they made sure that we had safe, manta-seeing experience. This is a snorkel experience in very deep water - you need to know how to swim to enjoy the experience and be safe. My adventure loving son said this is the best thing he’s ever done. Well done guys!
Simply Thrilling
Heather_K, Dec 2023
Great family excursion! My wife and I took our four sons on the trip. First, the event seemed very safe despite being in the water, at night, with big manta rays. Second, we saw many, many manta rays! They came so close to us (inches) that it was both a bit scary and thrilling. Third, the crew were great - high energy, super polite, very helpful, and answered all of my family’s many questions. Fourth, the trip was about two hours and 15 minutes from start to finish with about 40 minutes in the water. To us, that was a perfect amount of time. I highly recommend this trip with this crew:)
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Wow thank you Heather for the wonderful review! Glad you enjoyed all the manta rays here in Hawaii!
Unique experience and worth every penny!!
Wendy_S, Dec 2023
Floating and having the Manta rays less than an inches from you. The guides were great. They did the usual talks about safety and safety for the Manta ray. Loved that they did not spend tons of time about the Manta Rays, so you could have more time in the water with them.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thanks Wendy, we like to give the highlights about the manta rays because they are so special to our area....and our area only in all of Hawaii. thank you for the review!
Don’t miss this amazing experience
Christina_F, Dec 2023
Amazing experience, fish, manta rays barrel rolling under us. Float to assist keeping you and your feet on the surface. Sunset from the water, manta ray, fish. Great team helping you through every step! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! The manat Rays are one on of my personal favorite experiences 😊
Great tour
Holly_P, Nov 2023
It was an amazing experience! The crew was beyond accommodating. Highly recommend :) once in a lifetime experience
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Awesome! Thank you Holly for the review we really do appreciate it ♥️
Perfect sunset and manta ray tour!
Melissa_W, Nov 2023
Scott, Diego and Trevor were fantastic guides to see the manta rays! We saw many different manta rays which was exciting. Plus our guides were super knowledgeable and fun!! Highly recommend this tour to all!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you Melissa for joining us! ♥️
Ann_L, Oct 2023
While scheduling was a bit of a headache, the actual experience with Diego and Lena was incredible! We were given proper instruction and were checked on multiple times throughout the adventure for our comfort level and to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Yeah Manta Boat #2 taem! So glad we were able to accommodate you, and you could join us.
Fantastic experience!
Sandy_Z, Oct 2023
What an amazing experience!!! We had 3 beautiful manta rays playing by us and giving quite the show! Our manta ray expert, "Buddah' was fantastic, lots of experience and knowledge, thank you!! Both our guides were professional and courteous!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
So happy to hear you guys had a wonderful experience with our guides, and of course Buddha the manta ray whisperer. Thank you for joining us on our manta ray snorkel come again soon Mahalo.
Ask for Chris and Buddha!!
Sebastian_S, Oct 2023
The experience is always determined by the guides themselves, not the company, and they were absolutely incredible. Chris and Buddha were absolutely incredible, kind, funny, sarcastic and inspiring. I would hop on any tour with this dream team. Thanks again for a memorable, moving experience. True locals, true brothers.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hello Sebastian thank you so much for sharing your feedback so happy you got to have a fun experience with our dream team, Chris and Buddha.

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