Night Manta Ray Swim – Sunset Edition

Quick Details

Map Marker Location: Kona, Hawaii

Hour Glass Duration: 2 hours

Clock Trip Time: Evening

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

Per Person


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.  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.