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Kailua-Kona, United States
Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village

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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)
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Transportation to/from attractions
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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.

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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

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This should be on your bucket list!
Jill_C
, Dec 2021
Once in a lifetime experience and activity! We received a detailed text from Lexy a few hours prior to our tour, indicating the check-in location and the parking situation. Once arrived, our crew Justin and Hunter were highly professional and attentive. On top of that, Hunter is extremely knowledgeable about these gigantic beautiful manta rays! You will not regret; that said, you will regret if you miss this tour!
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Magical Experiences
Tianming_X
, Dec 2021
5 mins short ride to destination, staff is nice and welcoming. We got to see like 10 mantas flipping back and get really close with them. 10/10
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Worth it!
Adelina_D
, Dec 2021
Saw multiple manara rats that brushed my arm at least 3 times. Amazing time. Justin, Brent and Lexy were professional and calming. I was nervous as a weak swimmer, but they put me at ease and made this an excursion well worth it!
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A must. Amazing!
Hanna_C
, Dec 2021
It was amazing! We were able to see the manta very very close. An extraordinary expérience. A must !
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Best Experience Ever, Unforgettable
Angela_K
, Dec 2021
This was one of the best experiences in my entire life. It far exceeded my wildest dreams. A manta ray encounter has been on my bucket list for at least 20 years, and I could never have imagined anything better than the experience last night (we did the 7:20 pm timeslot). Even though today was very rainy, the visibility in the water was excellent. If you follow Justin and Brent's guidelines and pay attention (key!), you will see 14+ ft mantas brush up against you, dance and flip under you, and interact. Listen to the rules and respect the nature around you. These gentle giants are a beauty to behold. I hope I can come back again soon.
star-5
Amazing experience and...
MariaEvgenia_D
, Dec 2021
Amazing experience and totally worth it! We enjoyed seeing 6 manta-rays “dancing” in front of our eyes! The crew was also very friendly and greatly contributed to creating a positive team environment
star-5
What an Adventure!
Naomi_D
, Nov 2021
Hunter was a great guide and very very helpful. Also very knowledgeable. He took us to right where the rays were feeding. The rays were magnificent. They came right up to us.
star-5
Totally awesome! You need to do this!!
Amir_Z
, Nov 2021
Most impressive to me was the willingness of the larger ones to come so close! Definitely a powerful experience!!
star-3
Good for experience people , not recommend for 1st timers
Vijayanand_R
, Nov 2021
It was hard to breathe via mouth gor the first time. I got chocked. So was it was difficult for me to hold on go pro and valance. The guide did not give me chance to stabilize immediately he dragged me to boat do I messed the opportunity to experience they did not warn us when we are at the boat very sad . The guide makes six trips for that day and he doesn’t have any tolerance level if you can’t float immediately you are out that was very sad . The duration seems to be short . Your warning is split of a second. I was trying stabilize all I needed was 20- 30 seconds it’s very sad he did not give me that opportunity. I recommend you to check your snorkel gears . And I recommend you take your own. U you oh get that from Costco at 40$ . If you are good at snorkeling o recommend this place but not for beginners.
star-5
Awesome!
Christy_S
, Nov 2021
This activity does not disappoint. The mantas got up close and personal! Such an amazing experience. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Instructions were very simple and easy to follow. Highly recommended!

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