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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.
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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
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!!
star-5
Barrel Roll
JunHo_Y
, Aug 2022
The most memorable time was when the manta rays did barrel rolls right in front of your face. Never experienced anything like this and would highly recommend in partaking.
star-5
Great Life Experience.
Gerald_C
, Aug 2022
Amazing experience. These gentle giants swim with such grace. Beautiful creatures from afar and up close. There is literally no danger with the manta ray. They look like giant stingrays but they are NOT! Life jackets or pool noodles available to keep you afloat as you watch. All my kids were with me and enjoyed it. My 10 year old daughter made it almost the full session (45 minutes or so) but grew tired of the snorkeling gear. The staff was very receptive of this and aided in bringing her (and my wife) back to the boat while still making her feel accomplished for what she had just done. She loved it too. Worth every penny and will do it again. One of the better life experiences that you must experience. Mahalo
star-5
Best memory from the trip!
Christine_G
, Aug 2022
What an amazing experience! I had to talk some of the family into it as it sounded potentially spooky to them, but WOW are we all glad we did it. We had 5 rays visit, with 3 hanging around almost the whole time. They swim SO close up to you, it's really wild. Everyone had the biggest smiles on their faces at the end. Dolphin Discoveries did a great job with our hosts, Nahoni and Colleen, as well as Kai the captain - all so helpful and made everyone super comfortable with what they were about to do. Don't question it - just do it!
star-5
Amazing experience that everyone should try on the Big Island
Jun_Y
, Aug 2022
Amazing experience. So many Manta Rays playing and swimming.. watching these gentle giants was an incredible experience! A must do on the Big Island. Captain Craig, Kate, Lahoni, Colleen all worked together to make the evening fantastic. Just a 3 minute boat ride from the boat ramp(which can be chaotic with so many business and private boats launching) but with wetsuits and pool noodles for extra buoyancy.. you hold on to the float board and watch the Mantas swim and eat… amazing!!
star-5
Amazing ocean experience.
Bryan_G
, Aug 2022
The mantas get so close and often touch you. They are a such friendly and gentle creatures. The guides and staff were amazing and knowledgeable.
star-5
Just .. wow
Alexandra_K
, Aug 2022
It was one of best experience of my life. The stuff was so cool and you could tell that they love their job. I recommend to borrow GoPro for 40$ because things you will see are unbelieveble. Mantas are literally not even milimeter away from you. And they are huge !! Some children got scared of them but I found them really beautifull and fascinating animals.
star-5
Awesome Experience
Viviana_D
, Aug 2022
The crew was amazing, highly recommended l enjoyed this experience with Andrea and Mateo! thank you!
star-5
Close encounters with the Manta kind!!!😁
Antony_T
, Aug 2022
It was really amazing to see such graceful mantas swimming around us so closely in their comfortable curiosity!!! The guide was also amazing, Evan answered all my questions very thoroughly and is very knowledgeable about manta rays which was an extra bonus!!!
star-5
Dance with the Mantas
Paige_B
, Aug 2022
This was an amazing excursion! We had at least 20 times the mantas coming right under us! We also were able to see some beautiful fish and plankton. The Mantas were huge! My husband and I did feel quite seasick as soon as we got out of the water, but it was worth it! Amazing experience with knowledgeable and friendly staff!
star-5
Just do it!
Marcia_S
, Aug 2022
Amazing, awesome news got snorkel with the rays. Dolphin Discoveries made it easy and the crew was fantastic. In the water guides Colleen and Evan were very helpful. Grandkids ages 10 and 11 loved it.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Amy_P
, Aug 2022
This was a great experience overall! I feel like the beginning part where they explain the process & the location where this occurs is a little strange. It felt a bit sketchy. But, once you get on the boat & things start to happen, everything works out well. You will have an amazing experience, no doubt it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone trying to decide on things to do here on the Big Island.
star-4
One large Manta Ray
Patrick_P
, Aug 2022
Very nice and polite staff. We only saw one large Manta Ray but it was still awesome to see one 15 foot manta ray up close.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Maria_S
, Aug 2022
The crew made it so easy - knowledgeable - efficient - fun. We saw many Manta Rays and were thrilled by how close they came. Absolutely amazing experience!
star-5
Absolute must do activity on the Big Island!
Houakia_X
, Aug 2022
The manta ray night snorkel is a must do activity on the big island! You are guaranteed to see these beautiful creatures up close, an inch to your face. If you’re lucky, they may even bump into you when they’re trying to eat the planktons floating around. We saw at least 5 up close! There are other companies that take other groups to the same spot. It’s better to have a large group there because all the lights will attract the mantas. The location is right in front of the outrigger hotel and resort and close to shore. You can see the bottom of the the ocean floor. One thing though, be prepared for a few pinches from the baby crabs in the plankton. They are annoying but don’t let that discourage you from signing up for this activity. Your arms will also be sore from holding on to the flotation device while trying to go with the flow of the waves if you’re someone like me who is out of shape and don’t exercise much. But still absolutely worth it!
star-5
Great experience
Cydney_N
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed a Beautiful up close encounters with several manta rays! Our guides Evan and Colleen were very kind and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience
Crystal_P
, Jul 2022
This was one of the most amazing experiences that I've ever done!! The rays get so close to you that it's unreal.
star-5
Don’t miss this!
Amanda_R
, Jul 2022
So fun! Excellent crew! The crew took great care of us and we saw the beautiful manta rays ❤️. Super fun

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