Join us as darkness falls for an unforgettable manta ray night snorkel off the coast of Kona! Our tours go out later than other Kona snorkel tours, so you’ll have full access to the mantas.
Location: Garden Eel Bay or near the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
Duration: 2 hours
Trip Time: Evening
Not Suitable For: Expectant mothers or those with back or neck issues.
ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR BIG ISLAND SNORKELING TOURS!
Your boat takes off from Honokohau Harbor, just as the sun sets in the sky, to go north to Garden Eel Cove or south to the Sheraton, depending on where the best manta action was the night before. Watch the horizon glow as the sun seems to sink into the water. As night takes over, the plankton will begin to gather and so will the manta rays. The manta rays of Kona, Hawaii are beautiful, mysterious and unafraid of humans.
Your guide sets up spotlights so that you can easily see the mantas somersaulting beneath you. The sunset tour can be a romantic and adventurous outing for couples or families. 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’ll be amazed by how close they get!
At Kona Snorkel Trips, we offer two amazing Big Island snorkeling tours that let you get up close to these big and majestic creatures. This is definitely bucket list material, as Kona is one of only three spots in the whole world where you can swim with manta rays.
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.
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.
- 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).
- What to Bring
Swimsuit (please arrive in it), jacket, towel, and camera! A dry bag is recommended.
- 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.