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Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI

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Kailua-Kona, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

There’s simply no feeling that compares to seeing enormous manta rays up close, as their graceful wings seem to fly underwater and turn in rolls all around you. On this Big Island kayaking and snorkeling tour, experience the thrill of paddling to a cove in search of wild manta rays, and then watching the beautiful, graceful rays as they feed and flip through the water. While watching the rays from the kayak is great, it’s even better when you grab a snorkel and slink off the edge of your boat — joining the wild rays for a swim and an unforgettable snorkel.
  • Big Island nighttime adventure
  • Kayak along the Kona coast and snorkel with Hawaiian manta rays
  • Watch the manta rays feed on plankton
  • All kayaking and snorkeling equipment and instruction are included in the tour
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All gear is included: kayak, paddle, life vest, snorkel gear and safety lights.
Safety and equipment instruction from local guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
During this Big Island kayaking and snorkeling adventure, swim up close with some of the world’s most graceful and gentle creatures, and experience the thrill of watching these rays as they literally swim circles around you.

Upon setting out for this 1.5-hour tour, you’ll receive the kayaking and snorkeling equipment at check in and go over some basic safety, before launching out along with your guide in search of the famous rays. Eventually, once you see the surface churning with the flimsy tips of their wings, or see a dark shadow moving towards your kayak in the shape of a massive ray, it’s time to grab your snorkeling gear and prepare for the time of your life. 

These manta rays are most active at night and in the hour just before sunset, as they feed on plankton rising towards the surface, which only takes place at night. To bring the rays closer, your guide will use an underwater light to attract the clusters of plankton, which in turn attracts the manta rays as they swim and feed all around you. Depending upon the level of activity and the overall number of mantas, you may end up paddling to a different spot in search of greater numbers. This is one of the great parts of snorkeling from a kayak since it allows you the ability to be flexible. 

At the end of the tour, your guide will lead you on the short paddle back to Keauhou Bay.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For safety reasons, you MUST provide contact information in the Special Requirements box at check-out
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • There is a weight limit to the kayaks. So your estimated body weight should be disclosed to ensure your safety.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Aloha Kayak Co

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 face masks and attendee health during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
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 Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Manta Ray - Night Kayak & Snorkel Adventure at Keauhou Bay, Big Island HI.

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Most Incredible Experience Ever
Esther_B
, Jun 2021
Guides were very fun but professional and safety cautious. Short paddle out to get to where mantas were. Guides helped us to the board that had lights on it and almost immediately the mantas were there. They swam inches from us and it was the most incredible experience me and my husband have ever had! All while feeling very safe thanks to Aloha Kayaks. Worth every penny, we will never forget it. 100% recommend this tour with Aloha Kayaks!
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Reliable and responsible guides#best experience ever#
Jennifer_C
, Jun 2021
Such a wonderful experience!! The guides were terrific, and we felt safe in their care. The Manta Rays occurred within inches away!! So cool!!
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AMAZING !!!
Ssooalo
, Jun 2021
ave’ and Rabbit were so amazing, explained everything very throughly. This was a life time experience and we got to see so many Manta rays! Thank you both so much !!!
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Just amazing!
Glenna_P
, Jun 2021
Once in a lifetime experience! We were a little apprehensive, however the kayak distance was very close, the wet suits kept us warm, the guides were organized and watching the mantas was breathtaking! Plus we got much more time to watch v the bigger boat options. Don’t need to bring anything in the kayaks, will get wet. Just GO!
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Experience of a Lifetime!
Iris_F
, May 2021
This was the best experience of our week-long trip! Iwa and Rabbit were great guides and brought us to a spot where we saw/sand to Manta Rays for what felt like an hour or more! I was initially a little fearful, since I had zero kayak experience, but the gear they provided (wet suit jacket, life vest, ankle floaties) and the briefing and their attention made me feel secure and willing to give it a try. I am so glad I did! It felt lie a rough night, but it didn't matter. We saw manta rays coming up under us, swimming belly to belly with us, over and over again. What an amazing experience of a lifetime! If you only do ONE tour while on the Big Island, do this one.
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Fun adventure
Ken_H
, May 2021
This was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Rabbit and the rest of the crew were friendly and very hard working. I noticed most other groups went to the snorkel site in small boats, but we kayaked! This was actually very cool because the nighttime kayaking was fun and made it feel like a real adventure. We saw some manta rays up close and personal. Truly an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. I can’t recommend this enough!
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Great tour with lots of rays.
James_W
, May 2021
We saw 5 manta rays swimming with us. Fantastic time. Great info and quick kayak out. It was very good being in a small group and not on a big boat with lots of people. I would highly recommend Aloha Kayak.
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We saw so many Rays!
extonpb
, May 2021
We saw so many Manta Ray! It was such a cool experience ! Very well run. I do recommend that all know how to kayak. The kayaks are two person and well made. Loved it!
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Great time!
AMY_S
, May 2021
The guides (Rabbit and Iwa) were awesome! We saw 5 manta rays! I was nervous about the kayak, but they made everything easy and fun!
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Mantas and pivoting
Anonymous
, Apr 2021
Kayaks and mantas were incredible and the guides were amazing! Kayaks are definitely the way to go! Unfortunately, one member of our party had to cancel last minute due to unforseen circumstances and the company would neither refund or credit her. $100+ down the drain. Disappointed this happened on the island of "Aloha".
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