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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
  • Snorkel with manta rays on this Big Island adventure led by an expert guide
  • Watch the Kona sunset before dipping into the water
  • Sit back with light refreshments and snacks on board the boat
  • Enjoy complimentary use of all snorkel equipment

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, jacket style wetsuit top, floatation device
  • Light refreshments including snacks and bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MUST BE comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled by the supplier, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Recommended to bring towel, clothes for change, sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Age restriction: minimum age allowed is 2 years old; maximum age allowed is 70 years old (unless approved by the supplier)
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in an advanced pregnancy
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

The water can get cold so keep that in mind.
Whether you can swim or not does not matter as you will be provided numerous safety device to ensure your encounter.
Bring warm clothes after to be comfortable on the way back (: Also remember to relax and enjoy every single moment of the beautiful manta rays!
2,013 reviews
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Snorkeling experience of a lifetime
BRYAN_E, Jul 2022
Rays were amazing! They get so close to you, they almost hug you. A wondrous experience. Beautiful scenery seeing big island at night beneath the stars
Excellent trip.
Jim_T, Jul 2022
The Manta Rays were plentiful. The crew was very helpful and safety conscience. The music was too loud. The gear worked great.
Go with a different company.
Richard_S, Jul 2022
Would I recommend this experience to someone, yes. Just not with this company. The customer service issues started with the boarding process. The large group of people witnessed one couple being told by the Captain that he does not honor a particular online booking agent. The Captain continued that thier money was refunded. However, if they wanted to go on the excursion, they would have to pay on the spot, without having time to verify that thier money was actually refunded in the previous booking. That made the rest of us very nervous, as most of us had booked through an online booking agent. The next major issue we had was the amount of time in the water. The crew started the "45 min in the water time" the moment the first person put a foot in the water. We had to one-by-one offload 40+ people from the boat, checking gear as they entered the water. Then the crew had to guide us to where they wanted us and apply the leg flotation devices. Actual time looking at the Manta Rays was about 20min. The first person in the water maybe had 45min in the water,,, but certainly not 45min of observing Manta Rays. The Captain seemed preoccupied with continuing his evening with one of our passengers "Darla" who seemed to be able to break the rules of the boat without consequences. She was up dancing around seemingly under the influence, when we were instructed to remain seated. The constant flirting with Darla over the boat PA system for all of us to hear was obnoxious. There were about 8 other Charter companies out there doing the same Manta Ray experience, with brighter lights (brighter lights attract more plankton, attracting more Rays). I would absolutely do this experience again with a different company! We did see two individual Manta Rays a few times.
Great experience
Sandra_T, Jun 2022
This was a great experience for everyone. The water was warm the shower after was great and the crew was the best.
You have to do this!
Jennifer_C, Jun 2022
Amazing! You cannot describe it. What a wonderful experience, thank you! The manta rays come within inches of you while you float. So beautiful!
Yasmin_A, Jun 2022
Amazing experience, it was awsome and the crew was great, really nice and prefessional. I will definetly recommend this place to anyone who wants to live a unique experience!!
This was really cool. We...
Josh_R, Jun 2022
This was really cool. We got to see lots of mantas. They swam right up to us, nearly brushing against us.
Mama Ray snorkel trip
Kim_K, Jun 2022
Simon and crew were amazing. Not only were they informative but also very safety conscious and they were lifeguards in the water with us the whole time. I would never want to do this experience with any other excursion company. They were amazing and wonderful
All about the fish…
Kathryn_R, Jun 2022
Happily we saw several mantas, however it’s a large group of 24 and half the group couldn’t follow instructions and left feet dangling down for half the time we were in the water. The crew worked hard to correct this. I’d recommend a smaller tour if you can find it. Our dive was cancelled earlier in the week so pleased we got to complete one and had the experience. The equipment needs to be better maintained and I felt a bit squashed in the water, however it’s all about the fish and at least we saw some.
Camille_E, Jun 2022
This was the most memorable and favorite experience on my trip to Hawaii. The crew and captain were awesome! They really took care of everything. Floating with the manta rays was an exhilarating experience! I would recommend this to anyone!
A Must Do
Kenten_K, Jun 2022
This was an awesome experience. The crew was top notch and the scenes were amazing. Would highly recommend!
Seeing Mantas an amazing experience
Debra_B, Jun 2022
Saw many manta rays, the crew was wonderful. Everyone onboard said it was amazing. Even non swimmers were made to feel comfortable in the water and had a great time. This is my second time and I brought my cousins this time.
Budget this experience into your Big Island vacation.
Doug_D, Jun 2022
While everyone is instructed to not touch the Manta Rays, they are so close that they occasionally brush up against you!
it was definitely a one...
Justin_P, Jun 2022
it was definitely a one in a lifetime kind of an experience. the mantas are magnificient. pack extra towels
Surreal experience! A must do in big island.
jeannetodero, Jun 2022
A check on my bucket list! This experience is so surreal that you wanna swim forever with them. Simon is the best, educational, funny and very entertaining. He made me less anxious and less scared. Thank you for making it entertaining. The other guys were very helpful and making sure we are safe and well taken care of. Mahalo for this wonderful experience.
Surreal experience
Jeannet_O, Jun 2022
Was truly an amazing experience. At first it was a little scary on the boat ride there with how dark it was, but once we got in the water all the nerves went away and I was in awe. Our guide Simon was extremely helpful and did a great job so shout outs to him.
Awesome 😎
Misa_O, Jun 2022
Great time! Better bring warm clothes to go back and be prepare for sea sick Manta ray came very very close to us a lots of times!
Manta Ray Night Trip
Rosalie_R, Jun 2022
The crew was attentive to people and made the trip memorable. Even though I was scared to partake in this activity, in the end I didn’t regret taking this adventure. I would highly recommend this trip!
Great experience but rude owner
Giselle_L, Jun 2022
The actual experience was amazing….HOWEVER….when calling Hangloose to ask if I was in the correct spot (and yes I had the directions but no one was there)…that person was EXTREMELY rude. Later found out he was the owner of the company. Thankfully, he wasn’t on the boat and the captain he has working for him was great and made up for the owners rudeness. So..experience was a once and a lifetime adventure that I would highly recommend but maybe use a different company.
Viator ruined our family reunion trip
Woon_J, Jun 2022
I first booked 4 adults and 1 child for this activity through Viator few weeks in advance. Since my other family member wanted to join this activity, I called Viator for availability and successfully added 4 more adults. We went to the dock for the activity, but the Hang Loose Boat Tour company told us that they didn't get any update for additional 4 adults. They also told that Coastguard wouldn't allow them to ride on their boat over the limit. So 4 of us had no choice but wait over 2 hours until the activity was done. The Viator ruined our family reunion trip that we planned for years.
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