Moonlight Manta Ray Swim

Quick Details

Map Marker Location: Garden Eel Bay or near Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Hour Glass Duration: 2 hours

Clock Trip Time: Late evening

Info Not Suitable For: Expectant mothers or those with back or neck issues.

MANTA RAY NIGHT SNORKEL IN KONA

It’s time to pull out your bucket list!

Your boat takes off from Honokohau Harbor, under the starry or moonlit Kona sky, to go south to the Sheraton.  This is an ideal time to be at the Manta site as many of the other boats are gone, leaving the site to you and the mantas. We are one of only a couple of companies who offer this amazing experience at a later time.

This is a great option for people with a full schedule during the day. We have a custom-built board providing large floating water spotlights that allow you to watch the mantas glide and flip below you.

Kona is home to over 200 named mantas, distinguished by their beautiful black and white marks. The manta rays come all year round, but their numbers on any given day depend on the amount of plankton in the water. The manta rays of Kona, Hawaii are beautiful, mysterious and unafraid of humans. This is definitely bucket list material; Kona is one of only three places in the whole world where you can swim with manta rays.

An experienced tour guide will take you out into the water where you can snorkel and watch the large and graceful mantas glide and spin just beneath you. You might be amazed at how close they get!

About the Manta Ray

Both our Sunset Manta Ray Swim and Moonlight Manta Ray Swim are two hours long and take place either at Garden Eel Cove or near the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. The manta rays gather at these two locations at night to feed. Kona is home to over 200 named mantas, distinguishable by their beautiful black and white marks. The manta rays come year-round, but their numbers on any given day depend on how much plankton is in the water.

These gentle giants lurk just beneath the warm, clear waters and can boast a wingspan up to 16 feet wide (6.1 meters). They are some of the largest fish in the ocean. Don’t worry, they’re completely harmless. Unlike stingrays, manta rays do not have stingers or barbs on their tails and have no teeth. Instead, they suck in plankton with their wide, vacuum-like mouths.

manta ray swimming at night

Who Should Go On The Manta Ray Swim

The Sunset and Moonlight Manta Ray Swims are open to anyone with a spirit of adventure. Adults and children (ages 5+) are welcome, and no experience is necessary. (Children must be at least five years of age and demonstrate strong swimming ability.) Your helpful guide will provide all of the necessary equipment and keep you safe and happy on your adventure. A manta ray swim can be the crown jewel of your Kona, Hawaii vacation, a great bucket list conquest, and a safe and fun outing for the whole family.

  • Chevron down Gear Provided
  • Your helpful guide will provide all of the necessary equipment and keep you safe and happy on your adventure (mask, snorkels, fins, and floatation devices).

  • Chevron down What to Bring
  • Swimsuit (please arrive in it), jacket, towel, and camera! A dry bag is recommended.

  • Chevron down Gratuity for Your Captain & Crew
  • What is a respectable tip for the Captain and crew in case we decide to leave a little extra to show our appreciation for their efforts?

    • As awkward of a subject as it can be, it’s a question that we get multiple times per day. While it is fairly common to leave 15-20% on a restaurant ticket, you can bet our crew delivers a lot more on your snorkel excursion. Tips are never expected but always appreciated.