Big Island of Hawaii

Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii

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Manta Magic Night Manta Ray Snorkel

From USD 145.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket


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 ray specialist, along with a certified swim guide, 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 drinks and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Local taxes
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St
    78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Please meet us at Keauhou Harbor, 30 minutes prior to your time of departure. When you arrive at the harbor, we'll be parked near the boat dock. Look for a white van with lights on top. It can be difficult to find us in the dark, so please call if you don't immediately see us.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Board your boat at Keauhou Harbor in the evening, 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 swim guide 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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A ticket is required for all passengers, regardless of age or whether they are entering the water.
  • Maximum weight of 280 pounds per traveler.
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:Should I bring my own towel on the Manta Magic Tour?

A:Yes, please bring your own towel as one will not be provided.

Jun. 2023

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Featured review
One of the best and most unique experiences ever! Highly recommend, a must do experience on the Big Island. The booking, directions, communication was so easy. The staff was so nice and helpful, make sure you tip them! I took my family with a 13 & 9 year old and they loved it. The ankle floaty they give you is such a good idea. Just hold on to the board/raft and watch the exhilarating show. The 5 min boat ride makes this the most efficient tour to see the Rays. A++++


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Terry_L, Sept 2023
Saw up to 8 mantas simultaneously! Lots of knowledgeable tidbits shared about mantas. Loved everything about trip! Great crew on Captain Jeff’s boat.
Manta Rays Extraordinaire!
Jennifer_S, Sept 2023
Checking in was easy and the boat ride is short, which is a plus after the swim and you’re cold and wet. The guides were very knowledgeable about what to expect. It is difficult to find the right words to describe the experience of watching theses majestic creatures swimming and feeding. We were extremely fortunate to have more than the average number of manta rays present. The longer you were in the water the closer they swam to you. I highly recommend this experience.
Rock and Rollers
Marvin_M, Sept 2023
Unbelievable experience! The staff were all very efficient, friendly and informative. We learned a lot and why it's so important not to purposely touch the Manta rays. They have a protective slippery substance on them that rubs off if you touch them. But they touched and lightly bumped me! Don't worry, my slippery slime is fine. 😬 Anyhoo, it was an experience of a life time and I really appreciated the smaller group option, cost more worth more I usually say! The phone cover they offer didn't work well with my phone but the experience it was so amazing, who cares 🤗 Manta rays rock... and roll alot!
A must do.
Dan_J, Sept 2023
Wonderful experience! 5 huge mantas just playing inches away from us. Just an awe inspiring moment. Beautiful.
Worth it, but come prepared!
Haley_P, Aug 2023
The rays sure like to get up close and personal! A few of us got poked! Such an incredible experience and definitely worth it! But definitely take medicine beforehand if you get motion sickness. Laying flat in the water made us feel dizzy by the end, and the boat ride back was rough because of that. I would do this again, but definitely with meds next time!
Amazing! A must do experience!
James_B, Aug 2023
One of the best and most unique experiences ever! Highly recommend, a must do experience on the Big Island. The booking, directions, communication was so easy. The staff was so nice and helpful, make sure you tip them! I took my family with a 13 & 9 year old and they loved it. The ankle floaty they give you is such a good idea. Just hold on to the board/raft and watch the exhilarating show. The 5 min boat ride makes this the most efficient tour to see the Rays. A++++
Best experience ever
Ian_L, Aug 2023
Totally amazing. So very glad we went with Hawaii Oceanic. Smaller boat. Great guide. Saw about 9 turtles constantly for 45 minutes. Don’t need to swim far and felt safe at all times. You need a modicum of fitness to be able to hold on superman style for 45 minutes. The Mantas are huge and magnificent. Best experience ever!
Breathtaking experience with family
Phil_D, July 2023
These are truly amazing creatures! Thanks to everyone at Hawaii Oceanic(Melissa, Capt. Shawn, Andrew, Ake -sorry if I spelled it wrong) for making this experience awesome from start to finish! Recommend 100%!!!
Jessica_L, July 2023
Amazing experience! Very friendly staff. Jeff, Eric, Ake and Melissa were amazing. We went on a 9 pm excursion, and it got chilly toward the end. Highly recommend this company.
Amazing!! Best experience...
Kevin_B, July 2023
Amazing!! Best experience we had during our trip !! Check in process could be better organized but overall everything was great.
Amazing experience!
Jessica_C, June 2023
What an amazing experience! Captain Jeff and Ake were both great guides. We learned a lot and saw around 10 manta rays. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Must do!
Natalie_H, June 2023
Amazing! I was hoping to see a Manta- goal exceeded. They were amazing, close up encounters. The crew was friendly, professional, and were working their tails off for us. They went above and beyond!
Efficient and well-run. Great value for a very personalized experience.
Pamela_L, June 2023
This trip was a very small, personal experience. It was run efficiently and well worth the fee. Thank you for giving us this vacation highlight!
Amazing experience
Suzanne_P, June 2023
It was choppy out and there weren’t that many mantas so the company gave us the option to come back another day. We went out and saw 6 mantas! Amazing!
Don’t Miss This!
Mark_C, May 2023
This was the highlight of our vacation! The staff and crew were excellent and having Manta Rays swimming within inches of us was breathtaking!
Must do!
Jamie_B, May 2023
Wow wow wow. What a truly awesome experience, only 8 of us on the boat, max is 12. Ake, Jeff, Austin and Melissa were brilliant guides and captain and felt completely safe at all times, even for someone who doesn't like going in the sea. We saw 5 mantas constantly for 30mins coming cm away from us.
So far so good!
Sarah_q, May 2023
It was amazing! We saw lots of mantas! All stuff are so good and expert! I will highly recommend this company to our friends!
Excellent from beginning...
Paula_N, May 2023
Excellent from beginning to end. Personal and professional. Knowledgeable and caring guides answered all questions and encouraged questions from participants
Amazing experience
Laurie_B, May 2023
This was one of the most amazing experiences! Ake, Sean, and Scott were absolutely incredible guides and captains and we can’t recommend this experience enough.
Hands down best experience!
Urvee_S, May 2023
Phenomenal night snorkel experience ever. This is hands down one of the most unique dives you will ever do. We got lucky and the mantas showed. We had mantas swimming so close to us. It was top notch one of the best experience we've ever had. The diver provided us with so much detailed information on the mantras and as to how to enjoy every bit of night snorkel. EVERY DIVER SHOULD TRY THIS DIVE AT LEAST ONCE.

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