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Manta Ray Snorkeling by Night in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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Manta ray snorkel
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From $127.10

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy the rare opportunity to see wild manta rays in their natural environment along Hawaii's Kona Coast. With this small-group cruise, set sail at night when the manta rays are most active and use a lighted floatation device to attract plankton—the rays' food of choice. With an experienced guide to ensure a safe experience for all parties, head into the water to float and snorkel as you admire the rays in action.
  • Purpose-built lightboards to increase manta ray sightings
  • Guided snorkeling experience with all equipment included
  • Ride on a historically accurate Hawaiian sailing canoe

What's Included

  • Wetsuit top (for warmth)
  • Floatation devices
  • Use of snorkel equipment (Normal & Rx)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Towels
  • Private transportation
  • Crew gratuity
  • Motion sickness medication

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Navigate to the above address in Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze. Park along Kaleiopapa St. and walk downhill along the road until you come to a small parking lot and a finger pier. Look for a black & yellow Hawaiian canoe on the pier and check in with one of our crew members!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests must be able to swim and climb a short ladder unassisted
  • Please remember that these manta rays are completely wild animals. They are not fed or trained. Eka Canoe Adventures cannot guarantee their presence. Even if the manta rays take a night off, our operating costs do not. Because of this, we are unable to offer refunds for tours where manta rays were not seen; only another chance to snorkel with them. This is true for any manta ray snorkel provider in Kona. We greatly appreciate your understanding!
  • In the unlikely event that we do not spot a manta ray on your tour, our Manta Ray Guarantee will ensure you have another opportunity to come back for another attempt on a different evening or on a future visit to Kona, Hawai’i (pending available seats)
  • Minimum age allowed onboard is 5 years old
  • We only collect height and weight during booking to calculate the size of your wetsuit top. There's no way to simply ask for your shirt size here
  • Please opt-in to receive text message updates (during booking) regarding this experience. The reminder text message will be sent day-of and include instructions and pictures to help you find parking and the check-in location. We promise not to spam you
  • Not recommended for those who have recently undergone surgery
  • Not recommended for those who may have mobility/physical restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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Chaydon was an amazing guide! He was so knowledgeable and funny. We had the best experience that we will never forget.


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Amazing Snorkeling Experience
Stephen_H, Aug 2023
We had an amazing snorkeling trip with Captain Chris and Astrid. They were both friendly and helpful. We were lucky enough to see Manta Rays almost the entire time while we were in the water. Astrid was very knowledgeable about the Manta Rays and used her experience to keep moving us to the right spot to see them. Riding on the canoe and having excellent tour operators is what sets this company apart.
Adorable experience.🤘
Dario_A, Aug 2023
The canoe was a great experience with our family. We highly recommend doing this activity. It was amazing being so close to the manta rays:
One of the best experiences!
Sheila_Y, Aug 2023
Our crew was super friendly and helpful. The mantas were very active for us that night which made for an amazing trip.
Great tour company
Matt_B, Aug 2023
Guide was great. Very attentive to all guests. They made sure that everyone was taken care of. Would definitely recommend.
Amazing experience
Kelsey_J, Aug 2023
Chaydon was an amazing guide! He was so knowledgeable and funny. We had the best experience that we will never forget.
Eka Canoe - Manta Ray Snorkeling by Night in Kailua-Kona - AMAZING
Julie_T, Aug 2023
This was an awesome experience. The crew was very knowledgeable gave everyone wet suit tops, snorkels and masks and got us to the exact spot to see manta rays. The rays were so close it was amazing. You can't touch, but you're within inches of them. The experience was incredible.
This was an amazing...
Ally_H, Jul 2023
This was an amazing experience! Absolutely loved going out on a double hulled canoe with Captain Chris and water guide Josh. They were amazing, fun and made sure everyone felt safe in the water. We saw so many rays… sometimes even 5 at one time! Definitely a must do on the Big Island and a must do with Eka canoe manta Ray tours!
Manta Rays took our Breath Away!
Anthony_C, Jul 2023
Expected to see a Ray or two on the bottom. Saw 4-6 huge rays that danced, looped and skimmed the surface right under our board and even bumped us! Amazing night, great company to use, fun and knowledgeable! Don’t miss this with Eka Canoe Tours! Spectacular night sealife experiences.
Highlight of Kona.
Carla_D, Jun 2023
Chris and the crew made this the highlight of our trip. Don’t miss it! Worth the time. Take kids older especially will enjoy.
Great experience
Louise_W, Jun 2023
Great experience. Safety instructions were clear. Crew friendly and helpful. Saw several Mantarays .
Should earn that very...
Cathy_D, May 2023
Should earn that very hard to get into and out of boat if you have mobility problems.. even if a good swimmer.
TOP 10
WilliamG_B, May 2023
Right in front of your face! Kai was a great guide. The boat was a canoe, more fun than a big cat boat. Lifetime memories. Wish they offered photos
Having Mantas so close...
Patricia_H, Jan 2023
Having Mantas so close was awesome! The interest in a wordy critique of the evening was SO annoying.
Great experience!
Jean_S, Jan 2023
Staff was helpful and responsive during booking and check in. Friendly crew made us all feel comfortable during night excursion. We saw several rays!
Best Manta Ray Experience
Dean_Y, Dec 2022
Capt Chayden and deck hand Kai were awesome throughout the entire experience. They explained everything clearly and kept us safe. I would highly recommend them.
Amazing experience
Jacob_E, Dec 2022
Amazing experience with great guides. The rays were very active and came up close. The amount of time in the water was just right.
Nice experience
James_M, Dec 2022
The whole experience was nice. A once in a lifetime opportunity. I got to experience this with my granddaughter.
Not worth the price
Xin_Z, Dec 2022
- no manta ray - the trip is sort of rushed. No clear instruction during the snorkeling, e.g. no idea when they tried to attract manta ray - the boat is kind of crude, no good place for bags and towels - staff are nice but no much knowledge sharing and did not seem to take care of everyone well - (own opinion) the cost is similar to other companies but the experience is indeed inferior to others. (we booked it only because we decided the trip at last minute and had no choice, but I’d rather not do this if I could date back...) - (just a note) no hot coco after the trip
Amazing experience
Jessica_D, Dec 2022
Amazing experience! Highly recommend to anyone who has wanted to see these gentle giants up close. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. I felt completely comfortable in the water with them.
Must have
Hong_H, Nov 2022
Great tour! Chris and the other crew was very nice to help us, non-swimmer. We saw 4 manta rays at a time and some other silver, yellow and pink fishes.

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