Big Island of Hawaii

Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

Badge of ExcellenceKailua-Kona, United States
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From USD 94.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
  • Snorkel with manta rays on this Big Island adventure led by an expert guide
  • Watch the Kona sunset before dipping into the water
  • Sit back with light refreshments and snacks on board the boat
  • Enjoy complimentary use of all snorkel equipment

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, jacket style wetsuit top, floatation device
  • Light refreshments including snacks and bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MUST BE comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled by the supplier, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Recommended to bring towel, clothes for change, sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Age restriction: minimum age allowed is 2 years old; maximum age allowed is 70 years old (unless approved by the supplier)
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in an advanced pregnancy
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 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.

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Traveller Tips

The water can get cold so keep that in mind.
Whether you can swim or not does not matter as you will be provided numerous safety device to ensure your encounter.
Bring warm clothes after to be comfortable on the way back (: Also remember to relax and enjoy every single moment of the beautiful manta rays!
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A must do
Brooke_M, Mar 2023
Absolutely incredible! A must do for anyone visiting Kona. We almost decided to go twice, it was that much fun!
Don't miss an experience of a lifetime on the Big Island
Mike_P, Mar 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour with this team - they provided historical context, and are eco conscious in regard to protecting the manta rays and educating us in what to and not to do in during the experience. Besides life events like marriage and kids being born, this is a top 3 in my life for sure!
Amber_P, Mar 2023
AMAZING UNFORGETTABLE experience; however, I recommend you rent a FULL wetsuit as the water is cold at night. The vest that was provided helped, but a full suit would have been better. If you get sea sick, prepare yourself... the boat stays anchored for a while & the water can be choppy. Bring or rent the GoPro. There's a lot going on when you get in the water & having video was great to share. The Captain & shipmates were great & really looked out for everyone to try & make sure they had the best experience.
Magical night!
Clay_B, Mar 2023
absolutely unreal experience! jacob, christian, and keshawn were all sweet and very informative about manta rays. definitely want to experience it again :)
No communication
Joanna_S, Mar 2023
Communication with the company was terrible. We had travel issues and we’re going to miss our reservation so we called and emailed the operator to see if anything could be done but they never responded.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We are sorry to hear that, we always answer calls days and nights. Please call us and we will see what else we can do for you. 808-345-4262
The crew were awesome....
David_N, Mar 2023
The crew were awesome. Had a good time. Had manta ray do a back flip with in a foot of me. Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of memories out that night but I had a great time.
One of a kind closeness with nature!
Shannon_K, Mar 2023
This was one of the coolest things I've ever done. I cannot believe how close we were to so many manta rays. 100% recommend this tour - the crew was informative and helpful. I am a person who gets cold ALL the time, so if that's you just know you can do it. If I were going to do it again, however, I would bring the full wetsuit I own. The wetsuit top provided did take the edge off the cold, but I was definitely cold the entire time in the water. After I got out, a towel and a dry rashguard top were enough to keep me warm on the ride back. (I had more clothes that I didn't need to put on). We took 4 kids - 11 to 9. 3 out of 4 stayed in the water to check out the manta rays. One got a little freaked out, but we knew that was a possibility.
Once in a lifetime!
Amber_C, Mar 2023
Great crew! So much fun! I didn’t know what to expect. This place is the only place in the world where you can do this. I highly recommend it! Bring a hoodie!
Awesome Experience 🤙
Mary_B, Mar 2023
Jacob and Crew were so kind and very informative. We enjoyed our trip. Would recommend to anyone coming the the Big Island!
Swimming with Manta Rays
Linda_L, Mar 2023
Seeing and being in the water with the Manta Rays. It was an awesome exhilarating experience! Loved it!
Angela_G, Mar 2023
DON’T BOOK! Captain was not safe - literally pulled us on the floats with the boat in large waves. Split our entire family up. Several other expert captains we talked to over the next few days said we should have never been out - you rely on these captains to know the conditions and this was not the case. Overall terrible. Also contacted after experience and they completely ghost you with no reply to emails.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We are sorry to hear you had a rough trip. Our captains are all Coast Guard certified and are careful to not launch in bad sea conditions or if there are any safety issues. That trip had happy customers seeing lots of mantas. Please call us directly if you have issues, as that is the quickest way we can respond. .
Great experience!
Jenny_B, Mar 2023
We had the best time! Simon and crew were super fun and knowledgeable! We’d definitely recommend this!!
Greater than you’ll imagine
Christopher_C, Mar 2023
This was a great, memorable experience! It’s a short ride on a fast ship out to the dive spot, and captain Simon and crew quickly got the equipment and guests into the water. There were a half dozen or more large mantas gracefully gliding below us at any given time. As they swam in loops up towards the floating lights, they would come oh so close but never brush against us. It was mesmerizing! One of the best things we have done in Hawai’i!
Jane_M, Mar 2023
It was an amazing experience! The mantas swooped inches from us. I will recommend this to friends and family.
magical experience
James_D, Mar 2023
This was honestly one of the most amazing experiences my wife and I have ever gone through. To have these majestic creatures come within inches of you is something that just can't be described by words. I apologize for my blurry pictures, but no pictures will do this justice. Captain Simon was very funny and made the entire ride enjoyable. Ula and Ileo made our time in the water pleasurable and were very patient with all of the group. I would highly recommend this, and will be returning with my extended family when we take our family trip to Hawaii.
Amazing to see the mantas...
Tracy_C, Mar 2023
Amazing to see the mantas up close. Trip was well run. Very organized. Guides were great! Will bring my family back again.
A “must-see” on the Big Island
Tom_B, Mar 2023
Great time. Captain and crew were fun and entertaining. Water was a bit chilly, and we were in it for about 45 minutes. The manta rays were active and there were LOTS of them, and they came within inches of us.
A must see to experience.
Nora_G, Mar 2023
These creatures are amazing. Beautiful and graceful. They come so close to your face and body as if you are one with them. Our crew was great and they took such good care of everything and everyone.
Do not book through trip advisor
Joshua_C, Mar 2023
Trip got canceled due to high surf which I understand but trup advisor refused to refund money even after they said they would. I have to dispute the charge on my credit card disappointed
Response from Host, Mar 2023
That is odd as Trip Advisor always approves refunds requested due to cancelled trips. The refund is not automatic you need to call them to request it
Launa_C, Mar 2023
The mantas ray are beautiful and Simon, Ula and Keshawn were wonderful! We saw 2-3 manta rays and they were pretty large and got close to us