Big Island of Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay / Captain Cook Snorkel Tour in Kona, Big Island

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Private Manta Ray Snorkel
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Enjoy the opportunity to swim with manta rays on a private snorkel trip off the Kona Coast. Board your private charter at night and head out to an area where these gentle giants are known to swim. Don your provided snorkel gear, equipped with dive lights, and jump into the water for a closer look at these rays while still maintaining a safe distance.
  • Search for giant manta rays on a nighttime snorkel tour
  • Select from various tour times to suit your schedule
  • Enjoy hot drinks and snacks after your snorkel
  • A private boat and crew means a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • pineapple & water

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 787100 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

      Please arrive 10 min. early. Address is 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street. Look for boat launches / ramps at the bottom of the road & meet at the picnic table by the restrooms. 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

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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.
    • Not recommended for travelers with physical or mobility restrictions
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 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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    Carlos_S
    Booking to check in was seamless. Team was super friendly and looking for every detail. Our diver was great and shared a lot on interesting information. Well worth it.

    Reviews

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    Amazing
    Oreo_F, Apr 2024
    Justin and Eric are great. The speed boat was tons of fun, definitely better than one of those bigger boats. It’s more intimate
    Only 2 hours not 4
    Ryan_B, Apr 2024
    Would give 5 stars, but it’s advertised as a 4 hour excursion but it’s really only 2 hours. They have people waiting at the docks for the next tour so it wasn’t cut short they just book this excursion for only 2 hours. Captain Ryan was excellent. Our kids had a blast. Small boat so it’s not packed with too many people. It would have been nice to know it was such a short trip.
    definitely worth every second and cent
    Nichole_S, Mar 2024
    All of it was amazing the captain and cocaptain were friendly, and the snorkeling was amazing. They took the time to show us things around the island that were memorable and had historical information.
    The ride to Kalekakua was...
    Ken_R, Mar 2024
    The ride to Kalekakua was very bouncy as there was wind and good size waves, The place was crowded and you are constantly bumping into people from crowded tour boats. The coral was very bleached, sadly ,and the fish were not very plentiful maybe because the water was turbid due to wave activity, The crew was very nice and did their best.
    No frills, fun guides,...
    Heather_R, Nov 2023
    No frills, fun guides, super quick boat ride which was perfect for my family. Capt did a great job in some challenging and unusual swells.
    No one ever showed up and...
    Norm_O, Oct 2023
    No one ever showed up and we didn’t even receive a phone call. We are trying to get her money back. Obviously, there was a lack of communication between the website and the company.
    Awesome
    Juan_A, Sep 2023
    Captain and crew were friendly. Boat ride was super fun and snorkeling spot was super nice. Captain was knowledgeable of history of island.
    Great Snorkeling Time
    Stephen_R, Aug 2023
    We had a great time. The crew was fantastic and most helpful. It was fun. Would definitely do this again!
    Really cool experience
    Deb_L, Mar 2023
    Great experience! Team was friendly, knowledgeable, responsive. Emphasized safety of the mantas, which we loved, and people as well. The whole thing went very smoothly. Only issue is that communication from "phone team on the ground" did not exactly line up with information from the team at the snorkel site. (e.g., on phone, we were told they would have full length wet suits to use, actually only have shorties). Not a big deal for us but might be for some people being in the water at night.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Mahalo Deb. I will straighten Jont out about the wet suit length ;) Very glad you had a great trip. see you next time.
    Manta memories
    Rowenna_L, Nov 2022
    Lovely crew with great information . Called us ahead of time to make sure we knew where to go. Made sure we knew what to expect and shared good stories and information. The Mantas were beautiful and such a great opportunity to see.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Aloha Rowen, Thank you for your review. We are glad we could create a memorable experience for you and that the process went well. We hope to see you next time. Mahalo
    Coolest tour you can do!
    Sandee_S, Apr 2022
    We did the 9 pm tour. Eli was our Manta guide. He knew their names and where to put us for the best show. And boy was he successful we had like 10 Mantas dancing below us. They would get so close they would almost rub their bellies on us it was probably the coolest thing I've ever experienced. Also the boat ride is super short although I still recommend sea sickness pills as I did get a little sick climbing back into the boat. But it was a wonderful private experience and we will probably do it again because it really was that cool!
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Thank you Sandee. It was a pleasure and we enjoyed having your group out on a Private Manta Ray Night Snorkel. 10 Mantas is a Fabulous night and we're delighted that we were able to share this with everyone. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
    Great experience!
    Amy_L, Mar 2022
    The guides were so friendly and helpful, and the Manta Rays were amazing! We saw sooo many and our guides gave us lots of really fun facts.
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Thank you Amy. It was a pleasure having your party out with us on a Private Manta tour. I'm pleased to hear that the experience lived up it's reputation and that you were able to learn a bit about these magnificent creatures. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
    Great trip.
    Fred_H, Jan 2022
    Great experience. Small group, knowledgeable staff. We learned a lot about mantas we never imagined before. Would definitely recommend.
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    Thank you Fred. It' great to hear that you enjoyed the tour and came away with a whole new insight on these gentle giants. Mahalo for the high recommendation and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
    Great 40 minutes!
    Deb_C, Dec 2021
    There were multiple manta ray snorkel companies at the starting point, so finding ours took just a few minutes. Viator gave me multiple addresses, but it was fine. After checking in, we waited for the boat for a bit. Large groups came in and I am glad that we had just the 4 of us; kids 16 and 14. We held onto a surfboard that had (6) ropes added to the sides. We saw a bunch of mantas. My son had two touch him. I brought a GoPro and the video quality is good with the lights that the guide used.
    Response from Host, Dec 2021
    Thank you for sharing Deb. Sometimes being in a smaller setting can really make a BIG Difference and I'm happy to hear that you were able to see/record mutltiple mantas on your tour out with us. Mahalo for leaving us a review and we hope to see everyone back out again. Aloha.
    Not what I expected.
    Garrett_N, Oct 2021
    Part of our group really struggled in the water. Neither of the staff members there even noticed there was an issue. We booked this tour because we thought we would get a personalized experience. It did not feel that way.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Aloha Garrett, I'm sorry to hear that the tour was not what you had hoped for. Normally our private tours are even more personal and attentive towards guests. If there is something specific you would like to share or areas of improvement I can help address please feel free to contact me at 808-491-3412 or email me at hawaiiislandandoceantours@gmail.com Attention Ashlie. I have reached out to my captain and crew and am hearing a much different version so I am a little unsure as to what the "issue" is/was or why your group was "struggling". At Hawaii Island and Ocean Tours we strive to give guest's a great experience and open to feedback and suggestions for future improvement. I hope the rest of you stay on the Big Island was full of fun and filled with great memories. Mahalo for joining us and for your time. Sincerely, Ashlie
    Absolutely awesome!
    Carlos_S, Oct 2021
    Just got finished with the night snorkeling trip with manta rays. WOW! What an absolutely awesome experience. The staff was courteous and extremely helpful. They explain what to expect and what you may encounter, but it is beyond words. We were outfitted with snorkeling equipment and wetsuits, hopped in the boat and were taken to a point that has several HUGE manata rays. After getting in the water, you hang on to a modified surf board outfitted with LED lights to attract plankton. The manta rays are gliding around effortlessly, coming within inches of you, swirling around doing loops as they eat the plankton. Several times the rays were almost brushing up against us. The rays ranged in sized from 10-15 feet wide. The trip concluded with a ride back to were we started. If I had one complaint, it would be the parking. Not enough spots for all the tours that leave from that ramp. Highly recommend this trip and this company.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Thank you Carlos. It was a pleasure sharing a night out with you and your family. We're glad to hear that you had a great time. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
    They were great with our...
    Shane_S, Oct 2021
    They were great with our 6 year old who was nervous about the snorkel. We saw over 13 manta rays! Wonderful experience and great company.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    Thank you. 13 Manta rays is an incredible night! I'm glad that we were able to share this experience with everyone...including your 6 year old. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
    Worth it!
    Carlos_S, Jun 2021
    Booking to check in was seamless. Team was super friendly and looking for every detail. Our diver was great and shared a lot on interesting information. Well worth it.
    Response from Host, Jun 2021
    Thank you. We appreciate your support mahalo for the review. Hope to see you again. Aloha.
    An amazing experience
    Baljit_B, May 2021
    What an excellent experience. Starting at the check in at the dock, the staff was friendly, our gear was safely stored, and the equipment we were given was great including the rental GoPro. The boat ride out and back with our captain was great and great care was taken to make sure we got on and off the boat safely bat the dock and at the water site. Our guide in the water was wonderful and funny. And we must have seen 8-12 beautiful manta rays who circled about for thirty minutes coming within inches of you and often brushing up against you. And the crew helped guide you but also made sure we all treated the manta rays with care and respect. An amazing experience.
    Response from Host, May 2021
    Thank you. So glad you were able to join us and witness Kona's amazing manta rays. We appreciate your support and Mahalo for the review. Hope to see you again. Aloha.
    Perfect & Intimate
    Noelle_M, May 2021
    Please please go with this crew, they're amazing. It's nice to have just your own private group for this experience. Instructor was clear and the guide was knowledgeable and helpful. One of our people got sick and thankfully they took care of her quickly! My in-laws used another business and they werent given the same attention to detail as we were.
    Response from Host, May 2021
    Thank you for such kind words and high recommendation. We truly enjoy sharing this experience with others and glad we had the opportunity to share it with you. Perhaps in the future we could have all of your family out with us, but if not we hope everyone had a wonderful time visiting the Big Island. Aloha.

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