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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group

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From $139.00

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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

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

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Weight restriction: 275 lbs
  • Please wear a swimsuit
  • Bring a towel
  • Bring warm clothes to throw on after snorkeling (it can get chilly on the return ride)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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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Traveler Tips

Wouldn't recommend for non swimmer or inexperienced snorkelers unless really calm conditions.
Wear a wetsuit though, cause being in water without swimming gets cold quick.
Very hard to climb back in for older folks or not very physically fit!
374 reviews
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Great experience and great service
Hongming_Z, Aug 2022
It’s amazing to watch maya ray so closely and nicely! We’ll recommend this event to anyone who love sea world and live animals!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
So glad you enjoyed the beautiful manta rays! Thank you for the 5 star review!
Fun family fun
Mark_W, Aug 2022
Sharing it together as a family was great. The only complaints are insufficient directions and that I wish I would have worn the wetsuit because I was cold. Additionally, it would have been nice to not be directly above the scuba divers, it seemed they scared off the manta rays.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you Mark for the 5 stars! We send a huge text message directly to all of our customers with directions and pictures. Wetsuits are included so it is customers' preference if they want it on or not.
Great with a small group
Robert_D, Aug 2022
We were in a smaller snorkel group and it was amazing. The rays were huge the guides friendly and helpful. Everything was perfect. I would do this again
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Yes and we would be happy to have you again! Thank you for the wonderful review ❤
Must do!
Josephine_A, Aug 2022
Incredible experience! You must do it! It is pretty scary but you’re safe and the manta rays are beautiful! They really put on a show for you. I loved that they gave us hot cocoa after. They had drinks and snacks available. There wasn’t a bathroom or changing room where you meet so be prepared.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Aloha Joseph, there is a bathroom and changing place at the harbor however they have been locking it down late at night due to vagrants. Thank you for the review!
great crew and...
jenna_f, Aug 2022
great crew and experience! Have done many of these tours and this was one of my favorites as we saw quite a mantra rays and the boat was comfortable
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Wow what a compliment! Thank you so much :)
Once in a life time experience and fun
Robert_L, Aug 2022
Could not believe how many manta rays we saw as soon as we got in the water. Staff were super helpful, attentive and hilarious (especially Bryce the boat driver!). This is a MUST do experience with this tour company!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you Robert! Yes Capatin Bryce on Manta Boat #2 is really awesome and we are so lucky to have him be part our team along with all the crew members as well ❤
Out of this World Adventure
VICTORIA_S, Jul 2022
Great staff —- we felt safe and entertained the entire time !! There were so many mantas and they came so close !!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Awesome thank you for the review!
Fantastic, once in a lifetime experience
Allison_R, Jul 2022
Capt and crew were great. Great helping everyone and very efficient. This was a fabulous experience.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
So glad you fully enjoyed it. Really appreciate you sharing your experience
Amazing experience
Carlos_F, Jul 2022
Was great to watch a few mantas under the water. We were amazed with overall quality and experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for the review 😊
Listen to the Capt and Instructions !
Billy_H, Jul 2022
Buddha and Capt Rob were excellent host. We saw many Manta Rays even some 10-15 footers. Listen to the instructors and lay flat on the water. The Rays don’t approach if you kick and dangle your legs
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Awesome! Glad to hear you enjoyed Rob and Buddha yes correct listening to the guide will result in more manta rays for sure - thank you
Carl_S, Jul 2022
This was well done. The mantas were amazing and the crew was great! Highly recommended. This was the highlight of our trip
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Carl for sharing your experience !
Best experience ever
Kristen_M, Jul 2022
This was by far the most amazing experience we have ever had! Buddha was a magnet for mantas! AMAZING
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Lol yes that's why I call him the manta whisperer. thank you for sharing your experience
Thrilling adventure
Michael_V, Jul 2022
Being able to go on this adventure with my two sons is amazing! All three of us jumping into the dark water was amazing. And seeing how graceful the manta rays are is truly a blessing. The crew was amazing funny friendly helpful. Would definitely do it again and recommend it!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the beautiful manat rays :) Thank you for the review
Fantastic Experience
Susan_O, Jul 2022
The crew was super friendly and helpful and the view of the sunset was spectacular! We saw so many rays and really enjoyed the entire trip. Would do it again!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
So glad you enjoyed all manat boat #2 crew! They are quite the fun bunch for sure 😊 Thank you for the review
A Must See
ANGELA_C, Jul 2022
The crew that took us out were so much fun, provided lots of insight, so helpful and kind! We saw so many manta rays! It was everything we had hoped for! Treat yourself amd you won't be disappointed!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
So glad to hear you enjoyed the crew and our beautiful mantas! Thank you fro the review ❤
An amazing evening with the Manta Rays!
Melissa_F, Jul 2022
Kris and Buddah were amazing guides! You can tell they really care about the ocean, the manta rays, and preserving nature and wildlife. They created a beautiful evening for all the guests and ensured that the manta rays would be undisturbed while we observed them in all their glory- inches away from us! They were very personable, looked out to make sure all guests were comfortable and safe, and were funny and provided great local insight. Everyone on the trip said it was one of the most amazing experiences of their life. Seeing the manta rays so close to us, eating, you really got to see how beautiful they are! Definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Yes Kris and Buddha have been doing this for a very long time and are quite the experts when it comes to our marine life and giving a great experience. We are so blessed to have them. Thank you for sharing your experience ❤
Amazing experience
Andreea_S, Jul 2022
Incredible experience, very friendly, fun and knowledgeable crew . We saw at least 16 of these amazing “gentle giants “Highly recommended. Mahalo !
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Wow sounds like a great manat night! Awesome :) Thank you fore the review ❤
Once In A Lifetime Experience
Beth_M, Jul 2022
Our group of 5 was blown away by this experience! Kris and Buddha were relaxed, calm, and entertaining. They kept our boat away from the hoards of people for a quiet, up close show of the magic. We saw 5 mantas at one point dinning and spinning under our raft. We would highly recommend this tour for an unforgettable experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Aloha Beth, so glad you enjoyed Kris and Buddha! Thank manta rays are such amazing creatures for sure :)
Great night!
Jeanne_N, Jul 2022
Great night! Fun and knowledgeable staff! They were patient and helpful with swimmers. We saw 6-7 rays up close! If you do the early tour you’ll likely see a beautiful sunset!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Wonderful to hear! THank you for your review :)
Angels of the Sea
Raymond_K, Jul 2022
What an incredible experience! I’m so glad we did this. The manta rays were inches away from us. I would definitely recommend bringing a Go Pro! We have awesome footage! 100% to only go with Captain Kris and Guide Buddha!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Aloha so glad you got awesome go pro footage! thank you for taking the time to write a review😊


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