Kailua-Kona, United States
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Get up close with Hawaii’s graceful manta rays during this 4-hour 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 naturalist from the University of Hawaii, along with a Red Cross-certified lifeguard, ensure an informative and safe experience.
  • Snorkel with graceful manta rays as they feed on plankton after dark
  • Watch these gentle giants swoop and dive as they feed on plankton
  • On-board manta naturalist adds unique insight into the creatures' feeding habits and behavior
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Included snacks, drinks, souvenir photos, and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests
  • Green-listed operator adheres to standards for sustainable tourism
Board your boat at Honokohau Harbor in the late afternoon, 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 Red Cross ocean lifeguard 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, plus complimentary photos of your experience.


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, Jun 2018

this was so amazing such gentle creatures. loved it. the only down side was there a large group, most didn't speak English and a few didn't know how to swim and just jumped in. people dumbness never cease to amaze me. so needless to say, some of them got motion sick holding the buoy and started vomiting. the guides were wonderful in helping them. wish they weren't there so the rest of us could have enjoyed it even more. a must do on your bucket list.

, May 2018

Great experience. We left a bit earlier and arrived earlier than other groups. we could do some snorkling during the day time, manage to see some manta be fore it got dark. but the real excitement is after the sun sets. Hanging from the floating board with led ligts while the manta are feeding under you is unbelievable. must do

, Mar 2018

Good one. Was very bumpy ride and could see manta only for couple of minutes. May be it was the season which made our experience nauseating. Wonderful guides and they took great care.

, Jan 2018

This tour is not what I expected. The boat is very small ,which is not a problem except that you feel every bump on the water so make sure to take Dramamine. My issue with this tour is that our guide took us out to snorkel first there was 8 of us he swam so far ahead I could not keep up . He was at least 200 yards ahead in the ocean and as I fell behind and was fatigued , I panicked . Our boat was not close and he had no idea I was left struggling , really ? You have 8 passengers in the ocean with no life jackets or even a swim noodle , it would be professional to make sure your group is OK and keeping up. We had to swim at least another 100 yards to the manta ray locations on a surf board that looked jankie ! I mean falling apart and duct taped together. Our guide did try to spot Mantas for us but as this tour progressed 3 of us became seasick and we were told we could not go back to boat . The boat was the farthest anchored out at least 150 yards in the dark with choppy seas. It felt like a nightmare. There should had been a way to get back to boat when clients are puking in the ocean and not made to feel like they are ruining everyone's Manta Magic. Worse experience ever and I come to the Big Island once a year .

, Nov 2017

There were a bunch of other groups, however, this tour was the one and only small-group 5people.
The crews were fantastic!!!They took care of every single person and they did their best job.
Two thumbs up!!!!

, Aug 2017

SPECTACULAR....Highlight of our trip to Hawaii.....Guides were excellent....going out early before the masses was a great benefit as we were able to snorkel on our own for a period before dark....Mantas were AMAZING.....loved it so much we are taking scuba lessons to go back again and see form a different perspective...A MUST SEE EXPERIENCE

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