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Book a manta ray snorkel tour and swim with wild manta rays at night! This amazing experience was labeled “one of the top ten things to do in your lifetime” by The Travel Channel, and it’s a must-do for adventurous travelers to The Big Island of Hawaii.
This small-group experience caters to group sizes of 12 or less. As a result, we deliver a more exclusive and intimate experience than the larger “cattle boats” that carry 50 or more guests. For instance, the smaller group size allows our manta ray specialists to interact with each guest individually, and for each guest to spend more time in the water with the majestic manta rays.
Our manta ray snorkel tour departs from Honokohau and head towards the manta ray viewing site with the best conditions and manta ray activity. The boat ride takes about 25 minutes, and you’ll catch one of Kona’s famous sunsets if you choose our earliest tour.
We see manta rays about 92% of the time. In the rare instances when we don’t see manta rays, we rebook our guests on any other available tour for free. Our manta ray snorkel tours typically sell out many days in advance, so we always recommend booking this tour early in your stay on The Big Island.
The earliest tour of the night departs before sunset. This means we typically see the sunset on the ride to the manta ray site, and it also means we may enter the water when there’s still a bit of daylight. We recommend this tour for anyone who loves sunsets or is apprehensive about entering the water at night.
The later tours operate in the dark of the night, and we recommend this tour for guests that are seeking the most thrilling option. In addition to being fully dark, the later tours tend to be less crowded as fewer boats are at the manta ray site.
Yes! Everyone who enters the water needs to be able to comfortably swim a minimum of 25 yards in the ocean without a life jacket.
Yes. Our “light board” is a surf board that’s been customized with high-powered lights that attract the plankton manta rays eat. The light board has handles that you will hold onto with your hands. In addition, we also provide foam noodles to assist with floatation for your lower half.
While we always have life jackets on board, we strongly advise NOT to wear a life jacket on this tour. Importantly, life jackets are designed to keep us floating upright with our heads out of the water and our feet dangling down. For this tour, our guests need to be able to float horizontally to avoid kicking the manta rays and endangering them / scaring the manta rays away from our group.
The boat ride is 20-30 minutes, depending on the manta site we visit and the ocean conditions.
Manta rays are gentle giants that do not pose a serious threat to humans. Unlike stingrays, for example, they do not have any barbs or stingers.
Please wear your swim suit to the harbor, and bring a towel and a light coverup or jacket. We will provide all the gear that’s required for the tour (light board, snorkel, mask, wetsuit).
We require a minimum of 6 guests to run all tours. Therefore, if we do not reach our minimum, we will offer to rebook you to a different tour or issue a full refund. Alternatively, you can purchase additional tickets to reach the minimum of 6 guests, which will ensure the trip can run.
This tour is appropriate for swimmers between the ages of 7 and 75.
You can cancel this tour for a full refund up to 24 hours before the tour time.
If we cancel for any reason (weather or otherwise), you will be offered a full refund or to be rebooked to a different date and time.
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