Kealakekua Bay, the site of the Captain Cook monument on the Big Island of Hawaii, offers some of the best snorkeling in the entire state of Hawaii.
Manta Ray Night Snorkel
Join us for Kailua-Kona's best manta ray viewing and night snorkeling!
- Adult / Child
- Private Charter
Join us for an incredible Manta Ray Night Snorkel on the Big Island
For the best Manta or Night Snorkel, book online with us today. This experience of Manta Ray Night Snorkel is rated as one of the top 10 dives in the world. Please remember that it’s a wild animal encounter and we do our best to deliver the experience but can’t guarantee it 100% of the time.
We provide all the gear that you require. Snorkel, mask, fins, wetsuit, as well, as a “Light Board” for everyone to hold onto. Our swim guide will be right with you in the water to assist you if you have any issues with your gear or fear. We will prepare you when the mantas are coming up close so they can come within one foot of your face.
Our manta rays are very comfortable with snorkelers or divers in the water. This activity has been going on since the late 1970’s and they know that we will never harm them. Therefore, we get one of the greatest exposures to wild marine life possible and it’s totally safe.
Sunset Charter or Moonlight Charter; what’s the difference?
On our Sunset tour, we meet 1 hour before sunset. By the time we travel to the site and get ready to get in, it’s sunset and the manta rays are feeding. This is your best bet for a manta ray experience. It is a night time snorkel with the manta rays even though we meet before sunset. We need a minimum of four people to run this charter.
Our late charter goes out after the first charter returns. This can be a great time because there are fewer boats, since the majority of companies go at sunset. If there’s not enough plankton to sustain the feeding manta rays, they may not be there when we return. But if they are, it’s a wonderful experience because we only have three other companies there. We need a minimum of four people to run this Charter.
The boat ride is about 20 minutes from the Honokohau Harbor. We tie up to a mooring ball close to shore in 30’ of water. As we’re waiting for it to get completely dark, we give you a manta ray talk that describes what mantas are and why they do the things they do. We use a picture book so you can visualize what is going to happen. After the talk, we gear up and slide into the water and gather around a central spot. Here, all the snorkelers from different companies gather together with all of their lights to attract the plankton. We provide a floating light surfboard for you to hold onto this has our high-powered lights in the center that attract the manta rays.
The mantas come to feed on the plankton that results in a truly majestic manta ballet that is comparison to a beautifully choreographed ballet. Manta Ray Night Snorkel is so incredibly beautiful; you will count it as a highlight of your Hawaii experience.
First, manta rays are completely harmless (unlike stingrays, they do not have a barb). As tempting as it is when they get within an inch of you, you cannot touch them. They have a protective film on this skin that protects them from bacteria and touching them removes this coating. They eat plankton, which is attracted by light, so the mantas indirectly go towards underwater lights. They are typically 12′ in wingspan and will come literally within inches of you (but they will not touch you).
We provide you with a wetsuit, quality mask, snorkel and fins, and a customized surfboard that everyone holds onto in the water. Please bring your own towels for when you get out. We also have drinks and snacks on board – we even have homemade brownies made by Captain Ron’s wife!
Remember, if you’re not on a boat often, it would be good to take seasickness medicine that you can buy in the drug store. This could prevent you from having a bad experience on the ocean.
Customers will receive a refund with 72 hours’ notice of cancellation minus $20 booking fee. Customers closer than 72 hrs. to 25 hours before tour, will receive a 50% refund. Afterwards 25 hrs. before or no shows, there is no refund. Customers will receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather. Contact us by phone: 808-987-1584 or email [email protected] to cancel or inquire about a cancellation.Cancellation Policy: