Big Island of Hawaii

Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island

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Manta Ray Sunset Snorkel

From $137.87

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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: Allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • 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

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 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 staff and crew at Dolphin Discoveries (where you should book directly for the best price and experience) were great and a pleasure to work with. I was able to make a last minute adjustment and have my 9 year old daughter fill in for my 24 year old daughter who couldn't make it. We had a long drive and were running a few minutes late for checkin, which is prompt, and they were kind enough to make sure we got on the boat. Be on time though, we almost missed it. I'm an experienced diver and I had a great time. My daughter, who loves swimming but but had a fear of open water prior to this trip to HI, was nervous at first. She warmed right up and had a blast, too. She was really glad she went and can't wait to tell her friends about it. The Captain and in water guides were great. They were very friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. They made everyone feel comfortable and we learned a lot about manta rays during our snorkeling tour. This was a really fun experience that I'll likely do again on future trips to The Big Island. It was worth it and I'd recommend the experience, and Dolphin Discoveries, to anyone without hesitation.


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Amazing and surprising
Brenda_S, Sep 2023
Guide was very knowledgeable and handled everyone well, as several people were obviously inexperienced in the water and w the snorkel gear!
jose_G, Sep 2023
The Manta Rays recognized me!!!! I swear….they were so friendly and put on an amazing show of water acrobatics!!! Truly magical!!!!
Totally awesome!
Jodi_B, Sep 2023
How close the manta rays get to your face and how amazing they look. To see them up so close and how large they are is a forgettable experience. Highly recommended.
Claudia_G, Sep 2023
We were so impressed with this tour and had we more days, we would probably be going one more time! This was amazing! We saw 10-12 manta rays up close and one bottlenose dolphin! The staf was great and we felt safe and informed doing the whole trip.
Anniversary getaway
china_g, Sep 2023
Enjoyed this magical moment very much, if you're in hawaii this is a must. The crew that took us was also very kind and helpful, made things very easy for us.
Best $$ I've Ever Spent
Haley_D, Sep 2023
Best $130 I've ever spent. We saw 10 mantas at once (usually its 4-6). It was indescribably amazing to be so close to these gentle giants. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and it was overall one of the best experiences of my life.
Totally awesome!!!
Jeffrey_S, Sep 2023
It was incredible! Truly, an experience of a lifetime. It was totally safe despite the fact that these massive manta rays were swimming continuously by our faces. One member of our group was terrified at such a thought, but once it happened, she had to confess she would gladly do it again.
Amazing experience, book it
Earl_K, Sep 2023
We saw a lot of mantas up close, up to 6 at one time! It was an amazing experience, if you come to the big island you need to do this. Only one if two places in the world to swim with mantas. It does get a little chilly in the water, but very worth it. Remember to bring a towel! The mantas came within inches of us. Don’t think about it, just book this once in a lifetime experience. Also our safety swimmer Tim was great and had lots of interesting facts about the mantas!
Awesome Time!
Aylakalani_A, Sep 2023
Glad i bought this adventure for me and my wife. First timer in hawaii and im loving it here. thanks(:
Trip of a lifetime
Sara_B, Sep 2023
The trip was amazing. Very well organized and just a short 5-min boat ride to viewing spot behind Outrigger hotel. We saw huge manta rays the entire time we were in water. They would swim up to light and then do somersaults sometimes just inches away. This was truly a trip of a lifetime.
Fun, knowledgeable and kind
Dominique_W, Sep 2023
It was amazing!!! Brent and Sus(shady) Brent we’re so helpful. One in my group got sea sick and there was no judgement they were quick, attentive and kind. It was a little scary seeing the manta rays up close, but they were awesome.
Getting to know the names...
Alesia_B, Sep 2023
Getting to know the names of the rays was was fun. The captain and all the crew are very professional and knowledgeable. The only draw back is the meeting area next to bathrooms. Not a great smell. Mahalo
Life changing!
Melissa_U, Sep 2023
BUCKIT LIST EXPERIENCE CHECKED!! So glad we went with Dolphin Adventures. We felt so safe, our guides were so helpful and entertaining. We saw six manta rays at one time!! Definitely we be doing this again when we are back on the big island! Thank you for making our dreams come true!!
Outstanding experience
Robert_D, Sep 2023
Absolutely Amazing, Mantas within inches of us from the minute we got into the water! Our guide Lopaka was excellent as well as the captain and the entire crew. Mahalo Nui Aloha🤙🏼
Amazing experience
Aidan_T, Sep 2023
Amazing experience. My wife and I had a blast on our honeymoon. The guides were all super nice and helpful, and the manta rays were majestic.
Awesome! Must do on the big island!
dawn_p, Aug 2023
Awesome experience! This experience is great bc the boat ride is only 4 mins and you get a good amount of time in the water watching the manta rays. There were so many! Just beautiful - like a choreographed dance. Our one light was not working but we still saw so many mantas! That was the only small negative, the experience was still amazing.
Marina_V, Aug 2023
I went with my family last night and I was really scared but the crew was amazing and they were really helpful I appreciate the crew so very much for helping me and my family with our fear of dark oceans. When we got into the water we saw manta rays immediately and out of no where 5 come by and start going upside down and everything. I don’t regret this purchase at all and I would definitely love to go again. Quick tip bring towels after the ride because it’s going to be very cold after you get out the water and ride back. Manta rays were absolutely beautiful, thank you.
Absolutely Amazing Best Experience
Olivia_Z, Aug 2023
I booked the trip for son and finance they were blown away by the experience! They said it was the coolest thing they both ever experienced. There were ample Manta Rays much more than they expected this gentle giant was Amazing they were enthralled by this extraordinary experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone!!!!
Great group would use them again!
Nikki_B, Aug 2023
We saw so many Manta Rays and had such a wonderful time. Check in was easy and were provided a wetsuit top and snorkel and mask. Cookies and water after the snorkel. The boat ride was only like 5 minutes so that was perfect and everything was super safe and comfortable. Our guides talked to us about the different manta rays we were seeing and all kinds of informative facts. This was my second time and I was once again blown away. The rest of my group were first timers and was definitely a highlight of the trip.
I would do it again!!!
Brigette_L, Aug 2023
Best experience I had on the Big Island, extremely knowledgeable and had 5 mantas at one time swimming right under us, it was such a rush, love loved it!!

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