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Take an evening swim with the manta rays on this 1.5-hour snorkeling tour from Kona. Led by an expert guide, you’ll venture five minutes off the west coast where the mantas come for plankton. Hop in with these gentle creatures as you swim side-by-side in the warm waters, lit by the vessel’s diving lights. Afterward, dry off and enjoy warm soup, bread rolls and hot drinks as you recount your underwater adventure. 


  • Hop aboard and experience the popular Kona manta ray snorkel
  • The manta ray night snorkel was voted "one of the top 10 things to do in your life" by the Travel Channel
  • Snorkel next to these gentle giants and watch as they feed on plankton

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What You Can Expect

Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona

Manta Night Snorkel and Dive

Hop aboard your vessel with your guide and journey out to the manta site. Although these creatures are visible during the day, they remain most active at night, feeding on the plankton that rises to the ocean’s surface. When you reach the spot, snap on the last of your snorkel gear and jump in.

The dive lights of the vessel are safe for the manta rays, and allow better visibility for your evening dip. These creatures are extremely gentle and don’t have stingers, teeth or barbs. As you swim alongside them in the water, you’ll be able to see how truly big they are, featuring wingspans up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide.

After your night snorkeling, dry off and enjoy a helping of soup and a hot drink. You will return to your original departure point when the tour concludes.

Customer Reviews

Derek Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It started great, but with the full moon, the waves had their affect on almost everyone. The show took about 20-25 minutes to start, but we saw two mantas munch through the plankton buffet - pretty cool how close they get to you. Can't touch them, which is fine, but they are close when they swim by you. Took great GoPro Session4 footage - screen clips below.

Liesl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I have been to Kona several times and I can't believe I did not do this sooner. It was an amazing experience and not to be missed. Can't wait to go back and do it again.

Neal C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing! We had 9 animals visit us I got bumped by them more than once. Great, friendly, helpful crew. Cheers to the non-swimmer, non-English-speaker who got back to the boat by riding me like a whale!

Germano M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

great tour and experience

Nicole L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The crew was absolutely fantastic. They even had prescription snorkels for those of us who needed a little bit of extra help in the eye sight department . We saw beautiful fish and did see a few mantas... but true to their word, the crew offered us a ticket to come back and try it again since we didn't have quite as many manta sightings as they had hoped to provide us. Excellent hospitality, and the soup and hot chocolate were delicious. I would definitely recommend this experience!

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was everything it was advertised as: A chance to see giant Manta Rays inches from your face. The crew was great and the post-snorkel hot chocolate and soup were a really nice touch.

Richard B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Crew was fantastic and supportive to all levels of divers. Program and equipment was perfect for the water conditions. The rays that came to the boat also helped . The trip exceeded expectations .

Judy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The night snorkel with manta ray Kenzie was incredible. The crew and captain at Fair Winds are great. I highly recommend

Stephen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Awesome experience!! Had to wait a little while in the water fro the mantas to show up, but when they did it was wonderful. We had 2 different ones swim directly under and in front of us. Our tour also had the unexpected bonus of a pod of wild dolphins showing up and swimming and jumping right next to our boat.

Laura B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Manta Ray Night Snorkel with Fairwinds was a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone should do this. There were 5 or 6 boats out there from other companies and it was obvious that ours was the best prepared and had the best equipment and crew. Two women we talked to on our trip said they had gone before with a different company and this was so much better. I recommend it. Even my husband, who is not a snorkeler, loved it!

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