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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour
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The manta ray night snorkel is one of the most popular things to do in Kona and is only possible in a few places in the world. Experience a once in a lifetime encounter with giant manta rays, an experience you can only find in Hawaii on the Big Island. Keauhou Bay is famous for its resident manta rays who put on a show every night. Watch these massive and graceful animals up close as they come out to play and feed on microscopic plankton.

Hawaii Activities has the best selection of Big Island manta ray snorkeling and diving tours. Find the best deals and discounts on manta ray night snorkeling in Kona. Book your manta ray night tour early as they sell out quickly. You can find all of the best Hawaii Manta Tours right here, including Sea Paradise, Sea Quest, Ocean Encounters, Kona Ocean Experience, Eka Canoe, Dolphin Discoveries, and Wahine Charters.


Frequently Asked Questions


How does manta ray night snorkeling work?

Your guides will begin your manta experience with a thorough explanation of everything manta. Floating light boards are used to light up the ocean from the surface to the ocean floor. The lights attract the plankton, and the plankton attracts the mantas. You will float at the surface, holding onto the light board watching as the manta come swooping in beneath you. Very minimal snorkeling effort is required.


Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes, although very minimal snorkel effort is required, you must be familiar with and comfortable using snorkeling equipment. Please consider that you are going into the ocean at night. This is not the type of tour for learning how to snorkel.

Flotation devices are provided to help you easily relax and float flat on the surface while watching the mantas. It is important to understand that using flotation devices is NOT a substitution for being comfortable with swimming and using snorkeling equipment.


Are we guaranteed to see mantas?

The success rate for manta ray sightings in Kona is very high, in the 90-95% range. Also, some but not all manta ray night tours offer a manta sighting guarantee, which entitles you to go on the tour again for free if manta rays are not sighted.


Can I scuba dive with manta rays?

Yes, join Big Island Divers for a manta ray night dive on SCUBA.


Where can I snorkel with Mantas in Hawaii?

The only place to snorkel with mantas is on Big Island. Most of the tours take place at Manta Village, Keauhou Bay with boats departing from Keauhou Bay and Honokohau Harbor. Both departure locations are convenient If you are staying in Kona. If you are staying in Waikoloa, Kohala or Hapuna, it is recommended to book a tour departing from Honokohau Harbor.


Choose Your Big Island Manta Night Snorkel

Tour Departure Location Duration Capacity Inclusions Type of Boat
Sea Paradise Keauhou Bay 2 hrs 36 Wetsuit, Beverages
Hot Cocoa, Snacks
Trimaran Sailboat
Dolphin Discoveries Keauhou Bay 1.5 hrs 16 Hot Tea
Wetsuit Top
Ocean Raft
Sea Quest Keauhou Bay 1.25 hrs 27 Hot Cocoa & Cookies
Wetsuit
Ocean Raft
Ocean Encounters Honokohau Harbor 3 hrs 35 Beverages, Snacks
Wetsuit
46’ Power Boat
Eka Canoe Keauhou Bay 1 hr 6 Snorkel gear, Wetsuit Sailing Canoe
Wahine Charters Honokohau Harbor 2 hrs 14 Wetsuit, Hot Chocolate
Beverages, Snacks
29’ Power Boat
Kona Ocean Experience Keauhou Bay 1 hr 6 Light Meal, Beverages
Wet Suit
Ocean raft
Hula Kai Keauhou Bay 1.5 hrs 22 Soup & Bread, Hot Drinks
Wet Suit top
55ft Catamaran

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Latest reviews of Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour

Experience of a lifetime!

2021/04/09 Couples Nature lover

The captain and crew were very welcoming and calm. They were big on everyone having a fun & safe time. The manarays were AMAZING. There were at least 5 that continued to do somersaults within inches of my face.

Manta Ray night snorkeling

2021/03/29 Families Heather

An incredible experience, had no idea they were that big and they’d get as close as they did. We took all four of our kids ages from 11 to 20 and they all loved it!

Highy recommend this trip to anyone thinking to do it. Its AMAZING!

2021/01/06 Families Mrs Jones

Nick, Liz and the other girl whos name I can't remember were amazing! They accommodated all our needs and beyond. Sea Quest is awesome. They charged my phone for me while we went out, because my battery was almost dead. ... more

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So awesome!

2020/01/02 Couples Jenny Y

Great experience all around. We arrived, check in process was super efficient and we got onto the boat and in the water on time. The crew was well coordinated and found the optimal spot for us to view some mantas.
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Nice experience!

2020/01/01 Families Hoomaikaiana

Lovely time on a light board looking at Mantas. We saw three of these beautiful creatures and many other local fish. The underside of the ocean at night was amazing.

It is a bit chilly and the water can be choppy.
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Disappointing

2019/12/15 Couples Tom and Holly

Disappointing. Few manta rays far away.
Arms were aching outstretched hanging onto raft. Crew was not very friendly. Snacks were unavailable and drinking water not there. Had to ask for a cup of water 2 or 3 times.
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour (Snorkeling Cruises & Tours), Big Island tours & activities, fun things to do in Big Island | HawaiiActivities.com
The manta ray night snorkel is one of the most popular things to do in Kona and is only possible in a few places in the world. Experience a once in a lifetime encounter with giant manta rays, an experience you can only find in Hawaii on the Big Island. Keauhou Bay is famous for its resident manta rays who put on a show every night. Watch these massive and graceful animals up close as they come out to play and feed on microscopic plankton.