This was a fabulous trip, and I was especially thankful for the opportunity to ride-along for a reduced price since I didn't want to get into the water. The rest of the family did husband, 2 older teens and had a blast. The crew of the Hang Loose, Aaron, Simon, and Bradley, really love what they do and are as equally concerned for the safety of the manta rays as they are for us. We rode to a popular spot where a few other boats were, but everyone seemed to get along just fine and helped each other out. They put a board with a blue light on it into the water to attract the plankton, which drew the manta rays in. A 15' ray showed up even before anyone got in the water. The crew made sure everyone had a good snorkel, mask, and fins as well as an airline type flotation vest inflated before we could get in. Then one of them would escort us to the board for the view. At times, up to 4 rays were swimming, eating, and frolicking at one time. My son took my camera and got some great underwater shots of the beautiful creatures. You could go in whenever you wanted, but the wetsuit top provided kept you warmer longer so you could get the experience you desired. Touching the rays wasn't allowed, but several brushed up against the people on their own. A magical experience that is recommended for anyone from about 7 years old and up. There was one really small child, about 4, on the trip and he eventually got in with the kind support of his parents and the crew. He stayed about a minute or so, then got out. The adventure really isn't for kids that young however. There were also chips/granola bars and drinks sodas and water provided, as well as nausea stuff if needed. Note - there is a bathroom on board the boat which is a plus in my book.
It was a great experience, an experience I may never get anywhere else!
Such an amazing activity! The captain and the crew were superb. I am an inexperienced snorkeler and I'm a bit afraid of the water and the captain and crew helped me out a great deal. This trip will make your visit truly one of a kind!
It's a must do on the Big Island! At first it was a little intimidating, but the crew was great and very knowledgeable. The water was warm, the manta rays were such gentle giants that when they brush up against you while feeding, it's just an un-explainable experience that you have to try yourself to understand.
Fantastic experience. Guides were great and manta rays were amazing! Be warned... Those with a tendency toward sea sickness will definitely feel it. Trip is relatively quick, but sitting anchored for an extended period then anchoring to the raft to watch the beautiful manta rays did make my husband ill.
Epic! Seeing the manta rays was an amazing experience, personified by the many screams of delight all through the harbour. Definitely a must do.
The crew made the trip really enjoyable. They were very knowledgeable about the manta rays and Hawaii in general, plus Captain Tim's stories were a highlight. Even with a minor mechanical issue with the boat which was rectified quickly, we loved every minute.
Excellent crew and unbelievable experience. I would strongly recommend to anyone visiting Kona.
Nothing else compares to this..... it is a surreal experience, like a dream! This was the best time in Hawaii!
Amazing experience with fun and lovely tour guides! This is a must see!
Just one word..... BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
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