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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI
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icon1 hour 20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Have the opportunity to admire wild manta rays in their natural habitat on this evening cruise. Set sail after dark, when the manta rays come out to feed on plankton, and use a custom-made lightboard that attracts the rays. Float through the warm waters for up to 40 minutes, use your snorkel to watch as the rays swim and feed, and learn more about the majestic creatures from your guide.
  • Small boat lets you get closer without disturbing the manta rays
  • Certified in-water guides focus on a safe and non-intrusive experience
  • Warm up with included hot drinks and snacks on the boat
  • Intimate small-group experience with a maximum of six people
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Use of Snorkeling Equiptment and Wetsuit
Snacks
Certified In-Water Guide and Lifeguard
Gratuities
78-7138 Kaleiopapa St , 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Please arrive on time for the start of your tour. We meet at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor down from the Outrigger Hotel. Take Ali'i Drive south to 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street. Look for our white business van near the boat ramps to check in. Be sure to come in swim wear and bring towels.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Basic swimming skills are required
  • Previous snorkeling experience is required
  • Guests must be able to independently climb up a boat ladder
  • Guest must be able to converse in English to understand verbal instructions and safety briefings
  • Your safety is our priority! If you or anyone in your group would like a lifejacket please contact our reservation line.
  • Please call to confirm availability before purchasing
  • Our Manta Policy: Manta Rays are wild animals and Hawaii Island and Ocean Tours cannot guarantee their presence. If a manta ray is not seen on your night out with us you may try again on a different night, or on your next visit. Guests who purchased tickets at our full online booking price may come back out again for free. Tickets purchased through a 3rd party (such as TripAdvisor/Viator/Expedia...etc) or at a discounted rate may join again for an additional $30 per person. Please keep in mind that seats may be extremely limited during certain times of the year. We usually are very successful in finding mantas for you; however if they decide to take the night off the costs involved with setting up the charter will not allow us to offer you a refund. We appreciate your business and understanding of this policy.
  • Not recommended for those who have recently undergone surgery or who may have mobility/physical restrictions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Island & Ocean 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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What is the policy on sanitization during Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI?
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 Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI.
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What is the social distancing policy during Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, 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 Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI.

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  • "There a few of these tours and I would highly recommend this one as it is very small groups and makes the experience so much better." See review
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star-5
Best night time group activity :)
Kathleen_M
, Jun 2022
It was an ethereal experience to have these huge majestic creatures swimming right up to us as we floated above them. We learned a great deal about these 12’+ manta rays which made it even more personal. All are uniquely marked and so, are named. What fun to meet a few!
star-5
Amazing experience!!! Not to be missed
Gina_C
, Jun 2022
Do NOT miss this experience!!! We met at the dock at 9:40 for the 10:00 pm excursion. We were nervous about jumping into the dark ocean and about being cold but all of those worries subsided as we put on the wetsuits and received a tutorial of what to expect. Fortunately we had a calm, clear nite! The boat ride took only about 5 minutes because the site is not far from the doc. Upon arrival we jumped from the side of the boat, grabbed the floating spotlight platform and put our faces into the water, breathing through our snorkels. It requires no effort on your part except to hold on and watch. The viewing lasted 30 minutes. Several mantas put on a show, coming so close as to brush against us. It was thrilling and mesmerizing. Notes:. If you've never snorkled before, ask for a tutorial at the van. You must have enough upper body strength to climb the ladder back into the boat. This is suitable for children. Definitely DO NOT miss it.!
star-5
Swim with some large Manta Rays!
Robert_M
, Jun 2022
This is a once and a lifetime opportunity to swim with the manta rays and we encourage everyone to try it. It was a little scary jumping into the water late at night, but we had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us Robert. We're excited to hear that this was such a great experience for you. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Unforgettable experience!
Frank_Z
, Jun 2022
Our snorkeling trip with the manta rays was unforgettable! Our guide was great and we saw a ton of manta rays during our trip. We took the 7:20 PM tour and they already had light boards set up in the water with manta rays actively feeding. We also enjoyed the small trip with only six people on our boat. It felt more intimate and we got more attention from our crew and got to see more manta rays. I would recommend taking Dramamine before hand if you have any motion sickness worries!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us Frank. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour and got a more personalized experience in our smaller group setting. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you both back out again. Aloha.
star-5
Magical, Must Do Tour
Heather_W
, Jun 2022
This tour was magical. The group consisted of 7 people. We enjoyed the small group. The guide gave us information about the Manta Rays the entire time. There were so many manta rays!!! This is a must do!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for sharing Heather. It was a pleasure having your group join us. We agree that the manta ray night snorkel is something you don't want to miss and genuinely appreciate your support. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
star-5
Amazing, Astonishing, Unforgettable
Dakota_N
, Jun 2022
The Manta Rays were centimeters from my face. The amazing size of the animals is unforgettable. I will remember this for a lifetime. The Rays brush against you and act as of you are not even there.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Dakota. There is nothing quite like going eyeball to eyeball with a 1000lb manta ray gliding gracefully beneath you. Even after many years, the experience of being with these magnificent animals never gets old. Mahalo for review and we hope to see you both again. Aloha.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Melissa_B
, Jun 2022
Swimming with the manta rays was an amazing experience! Definitely a must do if you’re on the big island!!! Crew was great and super knowledgeable about these magestic creatures.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us Melissa. We're thrilled to hear that this was such a memorable experience for you. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you both again. Aloha.
star-5
Awesome Tour
Sandra_S
, Jun 2022
This tour was amazing! There were only 6 people onboard for this tour, which is all they take out at once. We were treated great by all of the crew. The manta ray experience itself was fabulous! We saw at least 8 manta rays and had a half an hour to enjoy the mantas coming right in front of us. I highly recommend using this company to book your tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Sandra. It was a pleasure having your group out with us. We are happy to hear that the tour was such a hit for you and that you were able to see 8 different manta rays...WhooHoo! Mahalo for the high recommendation and we hope to see everyone back out again. Aloha.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Carissa_E
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing experience. We got to see at least 6 different rays, one of which was at least 15 feet long, wing tip to wing tip and 2000 pounds! I was nervous about being in the water at night, but the experience wasn't scary AT ALL! You're not far from shore and you can see the bottom of the ocean the while time. Definitely do this tour, you won't regret it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Carissa. Sounds like you may have had the Grandmaddy of all mantas... Big Bertha! (There are of course some other noteworthy heavyweights...aka Cara, Delaney, Renata or Vicky) but to see one of Kona's biggest is really special. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you both back out again. Aloha.
star-2
Great experience but mis-information
Brandi_C
, Jun 2022
This was the highlight of our trip! Absolutely amazing experience but with a few complaints. Our tour instructions said to arrive on time how ever we got in the water 45 minutes late because they had another group going out as we got there. Second. The tour information says it's 1 hour 20 minuts long. We were in the water for 30 minutes. So the only conclusion I came to is they count the 45 minute delay and wait in that which was really upsetting. I would highly recommend this experience. It's like nothing you will ever experience again. Their were about 6 Manta Rays that were swimming very close to us the entire time. It was so incredible. I just wish we would have booked with a different company because of the wait and mis Information on the details page. The guides in the water were great! The one on land just hung out in the van and didn't give any explanation what so ever as to why we we were running so behind.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha Brandi, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm glad to hear that this was the highlight of your trip and that you enjoyed our captain, guide and of course Kona's world-famous mantas. For this tour I would be happy to explain how our schedule works. The tour is described as 1 hour and 20 minutes. This begins from the time guest are asked to arrive, to the time the boat returns back to the dock. For guests who book at 9:00pm, this is considered the "start time" or time when they need to arrive by to start getting ready and prepped to go out on our boat. It usually takes between 30-40 minutes to get everyone fitted with snorkel gear, put on the right size wetsuit, finish signing any waivers and then receive a manta briefing/boat safety instructions before getting on the boat. This information can be found under the "What to Expect" description on our TripAdvisor and Viator listing. We also mention it in our confirmation email that "one of our staff will help get you fitted with a wetsuit, snorkel gear and provide instructions before going out on our boat to see Kona's friendly mantas." The boat is scheduled to take the 9:00 guests out at 9:40pm and bring them back to the dock by 10:20pm. I know that finishing the preparation stage early can feel like you are waiting for a long period of time or that the boat is running late, but your tour did go out and run as scheduled on the date you were booked with us. Average snorkel time is about 30 minutes but can go up to 40 minutes if sightings are slow. We find this to be the magic number as guest will either get too cold, become seasick or may be bored and ready to get back on the boat after the 30 minute window. Most other operators follow this 30 minute snorkel timeframe and some even do less. Companies that offer a longer snorkel time are much more expensive to go out with and have significantly more people packed on their boats. I hope this helps explain our tour schedule a bit better and that we might have the opportunity to have you both back out with us again. We appreciate your business and for taking the time to leave us a review. If I can be of further assistance please feel to reach out via email or call our reservation line. Warmest Mahalo, Ashlie
star-5
Amazing Experiencr
Nichole_H
, Jun 2022
Cory, Zack and Sellin, were amazing. We had a great time, saw several rays, and really enjoyed all the knowledge the crew had about the specific rays we saw. Great experience! Would totally go out to see with them again :)
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for sharing Nichole. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed the tour, our crew and of course Kona's amazing manta rays. Mahalo for the review and we definitely hope to see everyone back out again. Aloha.
star-5
Must do!
Rich_G
, Jun 2022
Truly the highlight of our trip. The Manta Rays come right up to you - amazing!! This is a must for anyone visiting the Big Island!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for sharing Rich. It was a pleasure having your group our with us and we are stoked to hear that this was such a great experience for you. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone again. Aloha.
star-5
magical sea pancakes <3
Carly_T
, Jun 2022
amazing!!! amazing amazing amazing!! one of the best experiences of our trip - possibly my life!! we were so close to the giant rays - one named jana bumped into me several times!! don't hesitate to book this excursion, you won't regret it
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Carly. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the tour and got to meet Jana Ray up close and personal. She is definitely one of our favorites and knows how to put a smile on everyone's faces. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you both back out again. Aloha.
star-5
Best experience in big island
Yiwei_C
, Jun 2022
This is by far the best experience for us in big island. We saw about 10 manta rays, and they were circling very close to us, within a few inches. The staff were very accommodative to our needs.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us Yiwei. One thing for sure it doesn't get much better than being in the water with 10 different manta rays and were thrilled to hear that this was a Big Island highlight for you. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you again. Aloha.
star-5
Great tour, thank you!
Anthony_M
, Jun 2022
The crew was very patient and accommodating. The boat was nice. We ran a little late, but the checkin person explained all that we were doing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us Anthony. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and service from our staff. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see everyone in your group again. Aloha.
star-5
Team makes you feel special
Michael_M
, Jun 2022
Well run, efficient, and friendly. Truly an experience of a lifetime. From the smooth check in and welcoming of Lihau, to the 5 minute boat ride to the site, to the expertise and guidance of Eli, the whole experience was amazing. Eli expertly positioned our small group of 6 to maximize our viewing of the manta rays and narrated fun facts during the experience. Very friendly and made us feel safe the whole time. It was great that there was a max of only 6 of us during our timeslot. Eventhough we connected with a larger group at the site, we really felt taken care of. It was so confusing to decide which outfitter to chose, but the experience with Hawaii Island Ocean Tours made you feel special. And the hot chocolate and cookies at the end was the best! The team knows how to take care of their guests.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for sharing Michael. It was a pleasure having you out with us. It's heartwarming to hear that this was such a great experience for you and that everyone in your group enjoyed the tour while feeling safe. I will be sure to pass the kind words back to Eli and Lihau. They are great guys and we are lucky to have them as part of our ohana. Mahalo for taking the time to leave us a review and happy to hear that the hot cocoa and cookies were a hit afterwards. We hope to see everyone again and wish you much Aloha.
star-4
Not many rays but a giant one.
Jessica_D
, Jun 2022
Unfortunately we had bad timing. Didn't get to see too many manta rays. We had bristle worms (i think they're called) come out during our time and the guides thought that might be why we didn't get to see too many manta rays. I have swam with manta rays before and last time I got to see many more rays. This time they were few and far between however we did get to see 'Bertha' one of the biggest manta rays in Kona and she came right up to us, saving the show a bit. They ended up cancelling the tour after ours because of worms and not many rays. A tad disappointing I didn't get to show my husband how amazing it was last time but seeing the giant one was pretty cool. Crew was awesome, super knowledgable and obviously the manta rays are out of their control. Our guide in the water did everything he could to try to get more rays to come up just unfortunate timing for us. Wish we had another shot at it.
star-1
Great Mantas, Poor communication and service
Mark_H
, Jun 2022
As far as the tour goes, a night manta trip is must and was great once we got to go. As for the tour operator, was not impressed. They fell behind during the day due to someone having issues, which I can't blame them for, however 1) there was no communication they were 1.5 hours behind, and 2) when we arrived they were very dismissive of the issue and just didn't care they were behind or any impact to others. Would go on a manta trip again, but with a different operator.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha Mark, Thank you for sharing your perspective. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed snorkeling with Kona's majestic mantas and do apologize for the delay you experienced on your night out with us. Each guest's safety is our top priority, and our captain made the right call by choosing to take the extra time to attend to another's guest's overall health, safety and well-being before your scheduled tour. I'm sure that if the roles were reversed and you were put in this other individual's shoes you would have wanted the same kind of care and accommodation. Upon arrival you were informed that there had been a situation and that the tours were running behind schedule. While it might have felt longer the delay was 45 minutes and not an hour and a half. Our captain also apologized to each group for the delay and did his best to try and make up for lost time. Please know that our captain was well within his rights and very easily could have canceled the remainder of the tours that evening. Instead, he and the rest of our crew put in extra time and worked longer than their scheduled shift to try and accommodate the remaining passengers who were booked with us that night. Had we of canceled finding a different date or time to move guest's to would have been difficult as our tours are booked well out into July (as are other operators). It is incredibly rare (and as you mentioned not our fault) for us to be delayed like we were, but we see these situations as opportunities to learn from and improve upon should the event or one similar ever happen again. Moving forward, we have instructed our check-in attendant and evening phone staff to call or send out a text message to guest's arriving on later tours that there has been a delay so that they might have a better idea of what to expect and be more prepared for a longer wait. We appreciate your business and for taking the time to leave us a review. Had there not been a delay I feel that this would have been a totally different experience for you and we hope that there might be a chance to have you back out with us again in the future. If I can be of further assistance please feel to reach out via email or call our reservation line at 808-313-1116. Warmest Mahalo, Ashlie
star-5
Excellent trip. All the...
Josh_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent trip. All the staff were nice and easy going. Going out later was definitely worth it to get the Mantas pretty much to ourselves.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us Josh. It's great to hear that you were able to snorkel with multiple mantas on one of our later tours. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you both again. Aloha.
star-5
Mantas Everywhere!
Edmond_B
, Jun 2022
Mantas every few minutes! We’ll informed Captain and guide. Wonderful experience! Once in a lifetime type of thing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for snorkeling with us Edmond. We're excited to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Mahalo for the review and we hope to see you both back out again. Aloha.

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