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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

After dark is an excellent time to see manta rays in the waters around the Island of Hawaii. Make the most of your opportunity by joining this small-group boat tour. Enjoy watching the manta rays feeding at night and snorkeling close to them.
  • Sail and see manta rays feed after dark
  • Small-group tour (maximum 16): Ensures a more personal experience
  • Learn about manta rays from your guides
  • Enjoy a hot tea on board
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Hot Tea
Short Sleeve Wetsuit tops
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Your "in water" guides work very hard. Gratuity is always appreciated.
Please bring a towel for after snorkeling
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St , 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

We launch out of KEAUHOU BAY, The physical address is the address of the bay and will not take you to our check-in location. Copy & paste this link into your GPS for Check-in location: https://goo.gl/maps/RB9wWXu538LKRVkt6 Allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Minimum age to participate is 6 years
  • A maximum of 16 people per booking
  • Electronic Waiver required to be signed prior to tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Must be able to climb up a metal ladder resting on a pontoon to get back in the boat
  • Must be under 285lbs
  • All participating guests must know how to swim and tread water
  • Arrive 5-10 min prior to check-in time to find parking
  • This is a wild and free excursion. No refunds are given in the event we do not get to view mantas the night of your tour.
  • If you are unable to swim and would like to remain on the boat, we welcome you. "Ride alongs" are a paid ticket as it is a reserved seat on the boat.
  • We have full discretion to refuse service to guests based on attire, behavior, physical fitness & condition
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please arrive no later than your scheduled check in time, as we have important information to review prior to leaving the dock, as well as outfit all guests with the equipment needed for the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries
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 Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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  • "short trip to the manta ray viewing area, some touts travel 20 minutes each way so it gets real cold going back." See review

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star-5
Fantastic experience!
Sheldon_E
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing time! The adults and the kids (17 and 21) loved it and it was the best part of the trip for all of us. It is a must do for Hawaii. This tour with Dolphin Discoveries was great because the boat trip was very short and the guides were great. I can't count the number of mantas we saw.
star-5
Best snorkeling trip ever
Katrina_H
, Aug 2022
Such an amazing experience. We saw up to 5 rays up close. They were mesmerizing. The crew took great care of us.
star-5
Fantastic
Ashleigh_N
, Aug 2022
Amazing experience with the staff and mantarays. Couldn’t have been better! All 6 of us saw a lot get safe and loved It!!
star-5
Bucket list check
Charesse_H
, Aug 2022
This was the highlight of our trip. If it isn’t on your bucket list it should be. Awesome experience, great staff and guides were super knowledgeable about the mantas and ocean life!!!
star-4
Cool Night with Manatee.
Emma_G
, Aug 2022
The actual manatee swimming by and touching me 3 times was the best part of this adventure.. Thank you it was a fun birthday gift to me.
star-5
The event was canceled do...
Jennifer_C
, Aug 2022
The event was canceled do to unsafe water condition. We were bummed but understand why. Hopefully next time we are in Hawaii we can do it
star-5
Amazing Experience
Urszula_P
, Aug 2022
Very informative guide, Kate, and an amazing experience. All around a great trip to have for the family.
star-5
Fantastic Mother Earth ocean entry.
Mike_V
, Aug 2022
This trip was excellent and brings out the life from within you. I mean when’s the last time you donned snorkel gear and slid off the edge of a boat into the water at night time? From the first moment my family went in, we were viewing beautiful manta rays , so many of them swam right by us, grazing us with their long wings and often touching me. These are massive gods creatures that are of high intelligence. I was humbled by the experience and thrilled to go into their underwater deep blue habitat. The tour was highly organized, the boat was nice and big and the Captain was most excellent. After we got back onto the boat, the cool breeze, coupled with the sights and sounds of everything around us was a somber reminder that life is good and people are kind. Also, I was totally ready for some big island fruit! Don’t miss out on this please.
star-5
Manta Ray encounter
Cheryl_C
, Aug 2022
This was an incredible adventure and I would highly recommend it to any one visiting the island. Being so close to such a majestic sea creature was amazing. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and our safety was priority.
star-3
Surreal
Harikrishnan_G
, Aug 2022
Manta ray snorkel is incredible, a 5 star experience. I reduced 2 stars for the experience with the company. Watching manta ray is such a serene and beautiful experience that you can’t wrong with any company. I would go with the one that offers the best rates next time. The captain is good and the crew is brilliant. The guide in the water was super helpful and knowledgeable. I felt the guide who received us first lacked in social skills needed for the job and that was kind of a bummer - didn’t start the tour on a high. Also my partner got a bigger size snorkel mask and lost 15 minutes in the water adjusting and changing the mask. Snorkel time: 45 minutes. We both were novice swimmers and were totally comfortable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Aloha Harikrishnan, We are so happy that you got to see some of the beautiful manta rays on Hawaii Island. Unfortunately, it sounds like we did quite meet the bar with our reception. We’ll work on this and hope to see you next time you visit Big Island. Mahalo
star-5
A great way to see Manta...
Chris_F
, Aug 2022
A great way to see Manta Rays, I highly recommend this trip if you're looking to swim with wildlife.
star-5
One of the best ever experiences.
Matthew_H
, Aug 2022
Best ever experience. I was apprehensive reading other people’s reviews that no guarantee to see any manta ray. And other tours take 3 hours while this one is only 1 and half hour. Everything turned out perfectly. It is plus we did not need to spend 2 hours in boat in the pitch dark black night. The viewing sight is so close to the shore that we can swim over. And, We saw over 10 manta ray. 7 of them touched me and swam right in front of my nose. One of the best tour experiences. Kate greated us at the van and helped with all the gears. The captain Shelly is very patient. Only thing I will say that try to keep the same family together. We got separated to different viewing pad.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Angela of the pacific
David_C
, Aug 2022
It was super cool. The manta rays do barrel rolls right up to the light board and occasionally rub up against you. These creatures are impressive and look like angels in the water. Highly recommend. Great experience and guides Seth and Colleen are stellar🤙🏻
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun night experience
Keala_M
, Aug 2022
It was amazing! The manta ray got super close and the overall experience was a 10/10 :) We got lucky and saw a couple of them last night due the amount of plankton.
star-5
Fun
Kim_M
, Aug 2022
Seeing the Manta Ray so close. The staff was great and knowledgeable. Made the whole snorkeling trip a blast.
star-5
MUST GO
Lauren_F
, Aug 2022
Absolutely loved this tour, the guides were incredible and I not only got to see 8 huge mantas, I also got to learn all about them.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Nice trip (comment from TX)
Yefu_C
, Aug 2022
This is an awesome trip. So many mantas and so much fun. I really appreciate the staffs, friendly and helpful. The only issue is please make sure that you have wore the swimsuit before check in.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful experience
Sara_S
, Aug 2022
The Manta Rays were swimming upside down 1-2 inches below our stomachs. It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen or experienced. Had a wonderful time- the captain and crew were so nice and informative. We learned so much about mantas!
star-5
Amazing !
felixa_r
, Aug 2022
Must try !! This is the such a fun and beautiful experience! They had available staff members to assist and provide history.
star-5
Majestic memory!!
Meggan_M
, Aug 2022
I had the rays floating right under me, it was incredible!! There is nothing to do justice to describe this as absolutely fascinating! I was worried being in the sea at might in the dark would be creepy, but the lights they have make this a non-issue:) great family crew!!

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