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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
  • Snorkel with manta rays on this Big Island adventure led by an expert guide
  • Watch the Kona sunset before dipping into the water
  • Sit back with light refreshments and snacks on board the boat
  • Enjoy complimentary use of all snorkel equipment
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, jacket style wetsuit top, floatation device
Light refreshments including snacks and bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)
74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy , 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MUST HAVE PREVIOUS SWIMMING AND SNORKELING EXPERIENCE OR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET IN THE WATER!!!
  • MUST BE comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled by the supplier, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Recommended to bring towel, clothes for change, sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Age restriction: minimum age allowed is 2 years old; maximum age allowed is 70 years old (unless approved by the supplier)
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in an advanced pregnancy
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii.

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  • "The water can get cold so keep that in mind." See review
  • "Whether you can swim or not does not matter as you will be provided numerous safety device to ensure your encounter." See review
  • "Bring warm clothes after to be comfortable on the way back (: Also remember to relax and enjoy every single moment of the beautiful manta rays!" See review

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star-5
An aRAYzing Time
Michael_S
, Jul 2022
We had an amazing time! They provided us with wetsuit style tops and snorkel gear. The gear they provided was nice and was kept in good condition. The captain was cool and the “kids” working the boat were awesome and super friendly. We saw about 10-12 rays which was an amazing show. They emphasized that we were lucky to have seen so many, they were HUGE and fed off plankton right in front/underneath you. They literally swam right in front of your face sometimes almost grazing you. It was surreal. The guides were informative and had some corny ray jokes (which I truly enjoyed lol). They made you feel safe while in the water and provided noodles for your feet to keep your whole body floating on top of the water. You hold on to the pvc pipe bar that surrounds the lights and just watch. If you got a camera, take it. Just be ready to hold on with one arm. Nice little workout, current wasn’t too strong. I felt like we were out there for about 40-45 minutes. You are free to go back to the boat if you get tired. Snacks, water and a hot shower once you get back on board. I’ll def do this again when I come back to visit!
star-5
Great Unique Experience
Edward_G
, Jul 2022
Simon was our charming captain with a crew of hardworking young men. He clearly went over safety procedures and what we could expect during our time together. The boat ride out to the site was very enjoyable. The lights on the Kailua cost were beautiful. You were able to choose your viewing location based on your swimming confidence, but the crew was always nearby to assist. The manta rays did not disappoint. They came right up to us when feeding and even brushed by. It was not scary at all. You could go back on the boat when you had experienced enough. I was surprised I was able to stay out almost the full 45 minutes. The boat was a bit rocky when anchored but not enough to make us sick. We were told that these mantas were specially trained and unique to this island.
star-5
Manta Ray Night Snorkeling
Dominique_F
, Jul 2022
…soo fun, Kids were thrilled…even saw a monk seal…staff was organized and kept everyone safe…warm showers after on the boat were amazing… thank you for this one of a kind experience
star-5
Fantastic!!
Amruth_K
, Jul 2022
The crew was so helpful and good utmost precautions to make sure everyone was safe and enjoying the experience! Highly recommend this
star-4
Amazing
David_T
, Jul 2022
It was an experience of a lifetime!! However, I think that the lighting wasn't as bright as other boat companies that were around us.
star-5
Truly incredible experience
Sam_D
, Jul 2022
This was one of the most incredible animal encounters I’ve been on. The night time really improves the experience and makes it unique. We met lefty and she was amazing. The boat captain Simon was awesome as well
star-5
Wow! Unbelievable! Highly...
Carol_P
, Jul 2022
Wow! Unbelievable! Highly recommend. My husband wanted to go, I just went because of him. Turned out to be my favorite memory of the entire trip.
star-5
Manta Ray Night Snorkel
Donna_K
, Jul 2022
We were able to have 2 manta rays come up against us almost 20 times within the span of 45 minutes. It was absolutely incredible and felt like an out of body experience. They are so much fun and so cute and friendly!! Have never done anything so unique as this.
star-5
Great crew!
SHERMAN_L
, Jul 2022
Great crew and lots of nice touches like snacks and drinks and a warm shower onboard after the viewing. We get to spend a lot of time in the water so ample opportunities to capture footage of the rays as they swim close to us
star-5
Amazing Must Do when in Kona!
Desiree_K
, Jul 2022
What an amazing adventure! A must do when in Kona. Thank you for a fun night snorkeling to see the manta ray.
star-5
Best Best most Awesome!
Amelia_S
, Jul 2022
Definitely worth every penny and more! Our Capital Simon was phenomenal. Mantas came within inches of us. Very memorable experience. They provide gear, wetsuit too, and snacks. Be sure to remember your cash to tip! Thank you from Denver!
star-4
Snorkeling experience of a lifetime
BRYAN_E
, Jul 2022
Rays were amazing! They get so close to you, they almost hug you. A wondrous experience. Beautiful scenery seeing big island at night beneath the stars
star-5
Excellent trip.
Jim_T
, Jul 2022
The Manta Rays were plentiful. The crew was very helpful and safety conscience. The music was too loud. The gear worked great.
star-3
Go with a different company.
Richard_S
, Jul 2022
Would I recommend this experience to someone, yes. Just not with this company. The customer service issues started with the boarding process. The large group of people witnessed one couple being told by the Captain that he does not honor a particular online booking agent. The Captain continued that thier money was refunded. However, if they wanted to go on the excursion, they would have to pay on the spot, without having time to verify that thier money was actually refunded in the previous booking. That made the rest of us very nervous, as most of us had booked through an online booking agent. The next major issue we had was the amount of time in the water. The crew started the "45 min in the water time" the moment the first person put a foot in the water. We had to one-by-one offload 40+ people from the boat, checking gear as they entered the water. Then the crew had to guide us to where they wanted us and apply the leg flotation devices. Actual time looking at the Manta Rays was about 20min. The first person in the water maybe had 45min in the water,,, but certainly not 45min of observing Manta Rays. The Captain seemed preoccupied with continuing his evening with one of our passengers "Darla" who seemed to be able to break the rules of the boat without consequences. She was up dancing around seemingly under the influence, when we were instructed to remain seated. The constant flirting with Darla over the boat PA system for all of us to hear was obnoxious. There were about 8 other Charter companies out there doing the same Manta Ray experience, with brighter lights (brighter lights attract more plankton, attracting more Rays). I would absolutely do this experience again with a different company! We did see two individual Manta Rays a few times.
star-5
Great experience
Sandra_T
, Jun 2022
This was a great experience for everyone. The water was warm the shower after was great and the crew was the best.
star-5
You have to do this!
Jennifer_C
, Jun 2022
Amazing! You cannot describe it. What a wonderful experience, thank you! The manta rays come within inches of you while you float. So beautiful!
star-4
Amazing
Yasmin_A
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience, it was awsome and the crew was great, really nice and prefessional. I will definetly recommend this place to anyone who wants to live a unique experience!!
star-5
This was really cool. We...
Josh_R
, Jun 2022
This was really cool. We got to see lots of mantas. They swam right up to us, nearly brushing against us.
star-5
Mama Ray snorkel trip
Kim_K
, Jun 2022
Simon and crew were amazing. Not only were they informative but also very safety conscious and they were lifeguards in the water with us the whole time. I would never want to do this experience with any other excursion company. They were amazing and wonderful
star-4
All about the fish…
Kathryn_R
, Jun 2022
Happily we saw several mantas, however it’s a large group of 24 and half the group couldn’t follow instructions and left feet dangling down for half the time we were in the water. The crew worked hard to correct this. I’d recommend a smaller tour if you can find it. Our dive was cancelled earlier in the week so pleased we got to complete one and had the experience. The equipment needs to be better maintained and I felt a bit squashed in the water, however it’s all about the fish and at least we saw some.

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