Water activity

Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

4.9 / 5

37 reviews

Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

From US$ 133.86 per person

Swim with the gentle giants of the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. This must-do tour is something you won't soon forget. Just a short boat ride from the manta snorkeling location, you'll be able to embark on a safe and thrilling experience.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Swim with giant manta rays after sunset and observe these graceful creatures as they feed on plankton from a floating light raft
  • Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies to warm you up after your nighttime snorkel adventure
  • Ride in comfort on this eco-friendly tour with access to snorkel equipment, wetsuits, and flotation devices
Full description

Experience an exciting 75-minute nighttime snorkeling expedition. Get up close and personal with stunning manta rays as they gracefully soar through the water. Your underwater adventure will take place in clear warm waters near protected reefs abundant with marine life.  

After the sun sets, head off into the nighttime waters to see a fascinating "manta ray ballet" along the Kona coast near the mouth of Keauhou Bay. This point of departure is one of the island’s most successful and consistent manta ray viewing locations. Your snorkeling guide will outfit you with all the necessary gear needed to embark on your experience including snorkel gear, wetsuits, and flotation devices. After a quick safety briefing, plunge into the dark waters and be captivated by these graceful creatures as they feast on plankton.

Grip onto the flotation swim ring with high-illumination blue water lights that attract the plankton on which the mantas feed. Soon afterward, rays will glide through the water almost at arm's length opening their enormous mouths to feast.

After your remarkable underwater adventure, return to your boat and warm up with a nighttime snack of hot chocolate and cookies

Includes
  • 75 minute guided night swim
  • Snorkel gear (including Rx masks)
  • Wetsuits and flotation devices
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Towels
  • Swimsuits
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Non-swimmers
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Check-in is located at this address: 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • On the rare occasion where no manta rays are sighted on your tour, the local partner invites you to come back out on another night at no additional cost to you, or on a confirmed Captain Cook Express afternoon snorkel tour at no additional charge.
  • For the safety of guests and the manta rays, this tour is limited to experienced snorkelers and swimmers only.
  • Towels and swimsuits are not included in the ticket
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Words cannot express the feelings running through your mind and body senses were overwhelmed with joy and unparalleled beauty while in the water.Short boat ride out and great instructions from the captain to calm nerves and remove any anxiety left in visitors minds.Then over the side of the boat to astonishing beauty so many fish and mantas the time goes go by so fast your left wanting to book again because you can’t believe how amazing it was.This review is from four extremely satisfied and mesmerized customers.Thanks for allowing the public this experience and to let us feel the joy of an experience like this.

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August 16, 2021

Seeing the Manta Rays is something we will never forget! What a unique and very cool experience! As for the company- there were several things they could improve on. One is providing more details about what to expect before you get there. It was all very rushed and confusing. They should have a detailed informational video or something explaining the process for loading in the boat, what to do once you're at the site, and the process for returning to shore. Many of the staff seemed uncertain as to what they were supposed to do. Our party of 4 felt more like we were being herded from one place to the next, rather than having the inviting and warm experiences of activities we participated in while visiting HI. It seems that the time they tell people to arrive isn't quite enough to get everyone ready to go, so it felt very rushed. Perhaps we were there on an off night or something. Of course the Manta Rays were the highlight and they were awesomely wonderful! Go if you can!!

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August 14, 2021

Nothing short of amazing! I was so scared to get into the ocean at night, but I am so glad we went through with this. The staff was so kind and knowledgeable, and the mantas were beautiful. 100% recommend!

October 27, 2021

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