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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel

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Kailua-Kona, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Good for avoiding crowds


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 naturalist from the University of Hawaii, along with a Red Cross-certified lifeguard, 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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Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
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Red Cross certified ocean life guard
Manta Naturalist certified by the University of Hawaii
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Departure Point

78-7106 Kamehameha III Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your boat at Honokohau Harbor in the late afternoon, 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 Red Cross ocean lifeguard 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
  • A minimum of 3 people per tour is required for boat to go out
  • Beginner swimming experience is required
  • Maximum weight per person that can be accommodated is 275lbs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Oceanic

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.
What is the maximum group size during Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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  • "This is for sure a must do for anyone that goes to the big island." See review


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This place doesn’t exist
, May 2021
This place took our money but when we got there we were told that had not been open since the COVID-19 pandemic had started! It was for my daughters 18th birthday so I was beyond upset!!!!
Very rainy, but GREAT
, Mar 2020
Captain & deckhand (Caylib) we're awesome. Lots of rain that soaked. But not the fault of Oceanic.
, Feb 2020
Great crew, smaller tour group and probably the highlight of our trip. This is for sure a must do for anyone that goes to the big island. Words cannot describe how amazing & beautiful the experience was.
Great experience!
, Feb 2020
Was a great experience. The Hawai Oceanic crew was welcoming and made the manta ray snorkeling enjoyable. Loved it!
Moonlight Manta Snorkel
, Nov 2019
The guys who ran it were really nice. However, I think I came away somewhat disappointed. Everything was a little “less” than I had hoped. They didn’t provide wetsuit tops as advertised, and we got pretty cold. They didn’t even have a spare towel on the boat. The refreshments were Costco Doritos and Cheetos. And we saw mantas for a total of about 1 minute of our whole evening. Again, the guides were friendly and kind, but I didn’t particularly learn a lot about mantas. The whole thing didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Especially since so many others named this as the highlight of their trip.
this was so amazing such gentle...
Petra M
, Jun 2018
this was so amazing such gentle creatures. loved it. the only down side was there a large group, most didn't speak English and a few didn't know how to swim and just jumped in. people dumbness never cease to amaze me. so needless to say, some of them got motion sick holding the buoy and started vomiting. the guides were wonderful in helping them. wish they weren't there so the rest of us could have enjoyed it even more. a must do on your bucket list.
Great experience. We left a bit...
, May 2018
Great experience. We left a bit earlier and arrived earlier than other groups. we could do some snorkling during the day time, manage to see some manta be fore it got dark. but the real excitement is after the sun sets. Hanging from the floating board with led ligts while the manta are feeding under you is unbelievable. must do
Good one. Was very bumpy ride and...
Ajitha S
, Mar 2018
Good one. Was very bumpy ride and could see manta only for couple of minutes. May be it was the season which made our experience nauseating. Wonderful guides and they took great care.
This tour is not what I expected...
Cynthia F
, Jan 2018
This tour is not what I expected. The boat is very small ,which is not a problem except that you feel every bump on the water so make sure to take Dramamine. My issue with this tour is that our guide took us out to snorkel first there was 8 of us he swam so far ahead I could not keep up . He was at least 200 yards ahead in the ocean and as I fell behind and was fatigued , I panicked . Our boat was not close and he had no idea I was left struggling , really ? You have 8 passengers in the ocean with no life jackets or even a swim noodle , it would be professional to make sure your group is OK and keeping up. We had to swim at least another 100 yards to the manta ray locations on a surf board that looked jankie ! I mean falling apart and duct taped together. Our guide did try to spot Mantas for us but as this tour progressed 3 of us became seasick and we were told we could not go back to boat . The boat was the farthest anchored out at least 150 yards in the dark with choppy seas. It felt like a nightmare. There should had been a way to get back to boat when clients are puking in the ocean and not made to feel like they are ruining everyone's Manta Magic. Worse experience ever and I come to the Big Island once a year .
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There were a bunch of other groups...
, Nov 2017
There were a bunch of other groups, however, this tour was the one and only small-group 5people. The crews were fantastic!!!They took care of every single person and they did their best job. Two thumbs up!!!!
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