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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
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  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get up close with Hawaii’s graceful manta rays during this 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 ray specialist, along with a certified swim guide, ensure an informative and safe experience.
  • Snorkel with graceful manta rays as they feed on plankton after dark
  • On-board manta naturalist adds unique insight into the creatures' feeding habits and behavior
  • Included snacks, drinks, souvenir photos, and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Local taxes
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St
    78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Please meet us at Keauhou Harbor, 30 minutes prior to your time of departure. When you arrive at the harbor, we'll be parked near the boat dock. Look for a white van with lights on top. It can be difficult to find us in the dark, so please call if you don't immediately see us.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Board your boat at Keauhou Harbor in the evening, 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 swim guide 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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
  • A ticket is required for all passengers, regardless of age or whether they are entering the water.
  • Maximum weight of 280 pounds per traveler.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 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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Traveler Tips


I had a hip replacement so I would not recommend the trip for those with limited mobility because getting in the boat was fine but climbing out and back in was daunting enough to keep me in the boat.
We highly recommend this activity if you are in Kona.
This is for sure a must do for anyone that goes to the big island.
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Awesome experience
Antonio_L, Aug 2022
Awesome experience. Knowledgeable crew and we saw about 8 manta rays. Everything was well-organized. A must do!
The Magic Is Real
Jennifer_B, Aug 2022
Fabulous guides and an amazing up-close manta experience!!!! We saw at least 7 giant rays. Magical. Go!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Marta Ray party
Sayed_S, Aug 2022
Captain Hunter and the crew were awesome! I had a great time. Saw a lot of Mantarays. A must do activity.
Awesome experience! ...
Eleanor_M, Aug 2022
Awesome experience! Lifetime of memories. The crew took great care of us. Manta Rays were unbelievable!
Best experience on the Island
Beth_E, Aug 2022
This was the most incredible experience we had on our trip!!! I know I’m not suppose to say this but normally you see about 3 mantas, we must have seen 12+. What a majestic creature, so graceful and unique. Our Captain and crew were wonderful and helpful, from the moment we checked in to departure. Very safe, clean, and friendly!!!
Best tour on big island
Allison_B, Aug 2022
Amazing experience! Was a million times better than I expected. The Rays came so close. Was one of the coolest experiences I have ever done. Remember to bring a water proof phone holder!!
AMAZING! A must!
Jeniffer_H, Aug 2022
It was such a great experience. It is fascinating and so much fun. So worth it. Definitely amazing!! :)) It is a MUST. staff were amazing. Book fast..... they sell out quickly. We attended the 10:00 p.m. AMAZING!
Blast
Robert_G, Aug 2022
Fun night and Great adventure and great guides especially Hunter his passion for the Mantas shows through.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Magical!!
Paul_M, Aug 2022
The Manta rays were so close you could touch them! You can see inside their mouth. No cavities!! Amazing experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing experience
Laura_D, Aug 2022
Our guide, Hunter, was amazing! The captain and the girls who checked us In were all so nice and professional and informative. The mantas were magical!
Manta experience
anees_a, Aug 2022
Great experience! Amazing how close they come to you. Both my son and I really enjoyed watching the Mantas so close.
Mind blowing bucket list must do OMG
Vivian_G, Aug 2022
This was truly amazing. The staff was helpful, friendly, we got in and out quickly. The staff was very knowledgeable about mantas and clearly care about them and research them in addition to being tour guides. All pros But the mantas!!!! There were four at the same time. They come so unbelievably close as they scoop up the zooplankton. I mean… CLOSE! Wow just wow
Best excursions
Stephanie_G, Aug 2022
We went on a 7:30 trip lexy, Justin and Eric were our guide and was absolutely amazing, they guided and answered any questions we had with so much professionalism. We did get to see the manta ray and it was an amazing experience.
Best experience in the island
Vered_M, Jul 2022
Wow an amazing experience. We saw so many manta rays and they even touched us. Just bring a towel and a jacket for after cause the water are freezing! But totally worth it
Manta Ray - ok but not amazing
Brian_M, Jul 2022
My husband and I did the Manta Ray Night snorkel. It was an experience, but I can’t say I would do it again given the price point. The crew was knowledgeable and nice. It’s quite pricy and while it was a neat experience, it wasn’t amazing like a lot of people describe it. It was ok. We saw a few rays, but they’re not huge and sighting was few and far between. I wish they’d provide a wet suit and not just the top. It was pretty cold and I was relieved/glad when it was over. I was happy to get out of the water.
We actually missed our...
Jane_D, Jul 2022
We actually missed our trip, by 5 min. We have been on many excursions and this was a first. She said she called at time to deport but left no message or didn’t text . . And had a Michigan number not Hawaii!! Typically we are reminded the day before and then again the day of. That was not the customer service we received from this company maybe because this was such a small business they don’t follow up with with customers. We’ve learned our lesson the hard way stick with the more well know companys!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Aloha - we apologize for the inconvenience of you being late to the tour. We send confirmation emails at the time of booking and reminder emails 24 hours before the tour, and we ask our guests to arrive 30 minutes before the tour. If you arrive 5 minutes after tour time, you are 35 minutes late. We did call you before the tour, and you didn't answer your phone. Our staff uses their personal cell phones to call guests who are late (the staff is already at the harbor or on the boat), which is why you received a call from a Michigan cell phone #. We run up to 7 manta ray snorkel tours per night, and we run on schedule, which is why we ask guests to arrive 30 minutes early. We can not hold up the tour for guests that are running late, as that will unfairly delay all the other tours that evening. When guests do miss their tour, we rebook them or offer a credit for a future tour. We are one of the highest-rated tour companies on the Big Island, and one reason is that we run on time. If you are going to show up late for a tour, then blame the tour provider for you being late, that is very unfair to the tour provider. This review should be removed because it is not our fault that a guest arrived late, did not answer their phone, and missed their tour.
I love how close the rays...
Michele_C, Jul 2022
I love how close the rays came to you and the guides were funny and informative! Definitely a magical experience!
Amazing experience
Michael_B, Jul 2022
Had so many manta rays swooping within inches of us. Never imagined them getting so close. The crew was helpful and knowledgeable.
Short and sweet
sophiay_t, Jul 2022
Very well run, very efficient manta ray operations 3 minute boat ride means no queasiness. Fast check-in. Clear instructions ; knowledgeable guides. And of course manta rays! Highly recommend. It was just enough of the manta ray experience without having to commit 3 hours
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic experience with...
ken_h, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience with very nice people. For me it was the only experience I can equate with skydiving, Predjama and sunsets over Lake Garda. Just please make sure your camera is set up and your mask and snorkeling gear is set up, you are going to want to see and film this.
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