Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour from Kona

98 Reviews | Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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The manta ray night snorkel was voted "one of the top 10 things to do in your life" by the Travel Channel! Experience the Kona manta ray snorkel yourself and see what all the fuss is about. You'll journey only five minutes off the Big Island's west coast to reach the snorkeling site. As the vessel's diving lights shine through the crystal-clear water, these gentle giants arrive to feed on plankton.  This is an event for those who are 7 years of age and up, and have had previous snorkeling experience and are confident swimming in the dark.


  • Snorkel gear included
  • Close encounter with wildlife



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Average 4.62 out of 5 stars based on 98 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Mark, Jun 2021 Verified
Rays came super close. One even brushed me. Crew were great and helped make the experience better . Very friendly. Made me feel safe.
lgs888, Jan 2018 Verified

This was one of the most amazing experiences I have had. We saw around half a dozen different manta rays, sometimes alone and sometimes swimming in groups. Some of them came extremely close to us, even inches away from my face. Some of them swam together, almost in synchronized fashion. It was mesmerizing. Keep in mind that even though wetsuits are provided, the water was quite cold. The staff was great about helping people that wanted to get back to the boat rather than spending the full hour available in the water although I recommend staying as some of the most amazing encounters we had were near the end of the hour! The warm soup and hot chocolate when we got out of the water were the perfect way to cap off the experience.

Debora R, Jan 2018 Verified

Seeing the manta rays feed was one of the most unique and incredible travel experiences I have ever had. The tour ran very smoothly and the crew was lovely. Highly recommend!

lindsey l, Nov 2017 Verified

This tour was amazing!

Elaine I, Oct 2017 Verified

This company does it the best. They have a special lighting set up that attracts the mantas and makes for comfortable viewing.

deborah k, Aug 2017 Verified

Totally amazing! Such a great experience! We would highly recommend as this was our favorite!

Melissa I, Aug 2017 Verified

Awesome, once in a lifetime experience. Wet suits were provided as well as snorkel gear. Shortly after the boat anchored and put out the lights, mantas were already showing up. The rays get very close and create excellent picture opportunities if you have an underwater phone/camera case. Afterward, hot cocoa, soup, and bread are made available to help you warm up. Highly recommended for anyone staying on the Big Island.

Leonard O, Aug 2017 Verified

There are several options of tours and we had the best! the biggest boat, best lighting to bring in the Manta Rays. As a certified scuba diver for over 50 years I give this experience a 10 out of 10. The crew was friendly, informative and beyond helpful as my wife has never been in the Ocean or snorkeled one of the dive crew stayed with her for her duration of the experience. After words to have hot soup which was incredible, hot chocolate ready to warm us up was a real treat. Bring your GoPro camera I got an hour ballet of three incredible Mantas so close the big one brushed against me several times and at 16 feet wide she was a beautiful. This is a must do when in Hawaii

Jennifer C, Jul 2017 Verified

What a fantastic experience! Definetly worth every penny! A once in a lifetime experience for us! I would highly recommend taking gravol or some type of motion-sickness pill before getting on the boat as you are floating/bobbing in the sea and on the boat for a very long time. Both my husband and I were quite sick after but so worth the amazing experience of being up close and personal with these beautiful creatures! One came so close that I felt it brush against my arm. Wow!

rwjam2, May 2017 Verified

If you are staying at Sheraton Kona or suffer seasickness and still want this unmissable experience, this is the trip for you. Otherwise, it's still for you! Great crew, quick brief during the very short boat ride then into the water with decent equipment and a long light float to attract the rays.

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