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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii

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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii
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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get up close with Hawaii’s graceful manta rays during this nighttime snorkel experience along the Kona coast with a small group. Watch these gentle giants as they swoop and dive for plankton just below the surface during their evening feeding. An on-board manta ray specialist, along with a certified swim guide, ensure an informative and safe experience.
  • Snorkel with graceful manta rays as they feed on plankton after dark
  • On-board manta naturalist adds unique insight into the creatures' feeding habits and behavior
  • Included snacks, drinks, souvenir photos, and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests
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Beverages
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Local taxes
Wetsuit (optional)
Gratuities
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Please meet us at Keauhou Harbor, 30 minutes prior to your time of departure. When you arrive at the harbor, we'll be parked near the boat dock. Look for a white van with lights on top. It can be difficult to find us in the dark, so please call if you don't immediately see us.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your boat at Keauhou Harbor in the evening, allowing you to reach the manta snorkeling site just in time for sunset. You’ll get a short introduction to the feeding habits of these wondrous creatures from your on-board naturalist as you travel to the snorkel site.

Once you arrive, grab your snorkel gear and get ready to experience this one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon. Snorkeling is optional, so those who choose to remain on board are free to enjoy the sunset. Those who choose to snorkel will jump in the water and grab onto a ‘light board,’ which helps attract plankton to its glowing surface. A certified swim guide will be nearby to help in the unlikely event there are any issues..

Soon the mantas will begin their aquatic ballet, swooping and diving through the water as they feed on the plankton attracted to this site. When your snorkel time is up, head back to your original starting point. You’ll leave your trip with unforgettable memories of this unexpected natural phenomenon, plus complimentary photos of your experience.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be able to comfortably swim 25 yards in the ocean while using a snorkel.
  • A ticket is required for all passengers, regardless of age or whether they are entering the water.
  • Maximum weight per person that can be accommodated is 275lbs.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Oceanic
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.

Learn more about cancellations.


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Traveler Tips


  • "I had a hip replacement so I would not recommend the trip for those with limited mobility because getting in the boat was fine but climbing out and back in was daunting enough to keep me in the boat." See review
  • "We highly recommend this activity if you are in Kona." See review
  • "This is for sure a must do for anyone that goes to the big island." See review

Reviews

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star-5
One if a kind experience
Kyarah_S
, Jan 2022
This was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life. At first it was very scary I don’t lie you do need to know how to swim or at least be comfortable in very deep water. But if you are than the experience is amazing the rays are huge they came so close to the surfboard and we had Hunter as our Guide and he was so knowledgeable so nice and so funny
star-5
A MUST do in Hawaii!
Macrhea143
, Jan 2022
The Rays were beautiful! Eric and Justin were knowledgeable, helpful and fun. The beautiful young woman who checked us in was very kind. Was disappointed the write up mentioned getting a photo and when we asked about it, the gal didn’t have a clue about it. Snacks and drinks were marginal but hey we went to see the Mantas and that was a two thumbs up. We enjoyed the small group vs a large group. But the write up should be changed to avoid confusion.
star-5
Awesome experience!!
John_A
, Jan 2022
The mantas got really close. They looked like they were dancing. Just an Awesome experience!! Crew was Fantastic!!
star-4
Great time
James_H
, Jan 2022
Saw several mantas. Experienced crew. Lots of people on multiple tours. Several got seasick. Wear the wet suit
star-5
Another big island MUST DO!!
Jenny_S
, Jan 2022
Lexy, Justin and Hunter were the best! This is definitely a MUST DO on the big island. Lexy keeps in touch and gets you there, explains everything and is the sweetest! Justin and Hunter were the best! Hunter was so patient with my 9 yo son and his questions and mask fitting. It really touched me how amazing he was. Justin took great care of us too! Just all around the best! The rays were amazing and we even saw dolphins! It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
star-5
Put this on your Big Island bucket list
Michael_J
, Jan 2022
An easy evening event to get to see one of the most unusual and incredible sea creatures in the world. Very quick boat ride out to their feeding area. We saw 7 or 8 different mantas, the largest being roughly 12 feet in width. They came right up to where we were, literally inches away at times. Crew was very friendly. This is a must-do if you are on the Big Island in terms of viewing mega-fauna Hawaiian style!
star-1
Cancelled our trip
Megan_D
, Jan 2022
They cancelled on us last minute because of “inclement weather” even though it was a perfectly clear, beautiful night. Have yet to be refunded.
star-1
Cancelled last minute for no good reason
Vishal_A
, Jan 2022
We drove all the way from Hilo (almost two hrs drive) for this and 15 minutes before the departure got the text (in response to a query from me) that they cancelled it due to bad weather while the weather (current and forecast for next two hrs) looked great. They claimed that a text was sent, but I didn’t get any. There was a message email through Viator that was sent two hrs earlier but no one constantly checks emails when driving. So the bad review is not for the tour, but the suspicion that they cancelled the tour for some other reason and blamed on weather and then didn’t give a new date before our departure two days later. Got the money back on a positive note.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
If you do one activity on big island do this
Alan_S
, Jan 2022
If you do one activity on the big island do this one. We didnt really know what to expect but this was spectacular. The Manta rays come right up to you. There really is no swimming involved, you are right off the dock floating on a board. It is really a great time
star-5
Manta YAY!
k2sullivan
, Dec 2021
The manta rays were absolutely amazing!! Loved having a smaller group tour! Wish that we had underwater photographs. A highlight of our vacation.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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