Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group 24 reviews
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights

This is a small group snorkel. Our boat holds approx. 22 passengers. However, due to Covid-19, there have been restrictions put in place to reduce the number of passengers to 16. Check-in takes place at the harbor where you will be provided with a wet suit and snorkel gear.


When snorkeling with the Manta Rays you will hold on to a comfortable bar attached to a large surfboard that has 16 bright LED drop lights to attract plankton (Manta Ray Food). This makes it easy to keep our groups safely together as the mantas feed on the plankton underneath us. Your swim guides will keep your board positioned over the manta ray snorkeling area. All snorkel gear is provided.

Hawaii is considered the #1 place in the world to view Mantas. The Manta Rays here in Kailua Kona have become conditioned where to go each night to find an easy meal; feeding on the plankton that is attracted by our underwater lights…which makes locating them easy for us! The Manta Rays wingspan can reach over 20 feet across and weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds. Viewing these creatures is a wonderful experience and one to remember

Stop At:

• Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor, off Highway 19, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
• Garden Eel Cove / Manta Heaven, Island of Hawaii, HI
• Garden Eel Cove / Manta Heaven, Island of Hawaii, HI
Activity Details
Departure Times: Nov-Feb 6:00pm March-Oct 6:30 pm
The Kona Coast of Hawaii is considered the primary place in the world to view manta rays after sunset. During this 2- 2.5 -hour snorkeling tour with a knowledgeable guide, watch these extraordinary creatures feed on plentiful plankton attracted by underwater lights. With wingspans that can reach more than 20 feet (6 meters) across, manta rays have no teeth or barb on the tail. Includes Drinks,Snacks,Wetsuit,Flotation ,Snorkel Gear( Rx masks are available in a limited range and by request. Please add notes to the comments section when checking out)
Departure & Return
Departure Point74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Departure Time6:30 PM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Snacks - Island juices, soda,bottled water & light snacks
  • Snorkel Gear, Wet Suits, Flotation Devices
  • Gratuities
  • Towel and Warm clothes such as sweater or windbreaker.
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Weight restriction: 275 lbs
  • Please wear a swimsuit
  • Bring a towel
  • Bring warm clothes to throw on after snorkeling (it can get chilly on the return ride)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Pregnant women are NOT permitted on this tour.
  • No children under 5 years of age
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews

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  • We had a thrilling manta ray adventure with Chris and Buddha! We had 4 manta rays feeding under our board, swimming just inches away from us. The entire trip was fantastic. They were very friendly, helpful and professional. They took extra time to setup the board away from the other groups and make sure there were mantas feeding before we got into the water. There were two mantas when we first got in but then a third and later a fourth manta joined the feeding. It was beautiful show. It is an unforgettable experience and the best ocean animal encounter we have ever been on.

  • What an incredible experience!! Captain Chris and Budda are the absolute Best!!!
    Budda jumped in and spent about 20 minutes finding the best spot for us before we just started treading water. Once we were in there were 5 huge mantas waiting for us to put on a show. Would recommend these guys to anyone any age!!!! The absolute Best!!!

  • This was great. The guides were great. We had 14 swimming under us and up close. Breathtaking!!!!!!!

  • Kris and Buddha were both great. Fun experience and we were given extra time for viewing since we had so many rays hanging around. Once in a lifetime experience.

  • Captain Chris and Guide Buddha have to be the best two at taking care of their passengers, finding rays and making this a memorable experience. Take this trip!

  • We had an amazing time. Our guides, Charlie and Buda, worked so hard so that we would have a great tour and see many mantas. I highly recommend this tour.

  • Outstanding experience! Buddha absolutely knows what he's doing, and we had mantas gracefully gliding all around us! Other tours were kinda set adrift and left out there, while Buddha towed us all around the bay to get the perfect spot! Completely surreal. You should do it. Wear a wetsuit though, cause being in water without swimming gets cold quick.

  • It was an unbelievable experience. Would highly recommend it. Buddha and Kris were great guides. Awesome

  • We had a terrific experience on the tour. Chris and Buddha were pros who made everyone feel very comfortable, and we had amazing experiences with the manta rays! Rays made dozens of passes just inches from us. It was incredible. We highly recommend this trip!

  • The "Budda" ..our guide for the evening, performed his magic and produced Manta within minutes of us hitting the water. No negatives to this adventure! Fun and amazing..this is our second time...still very cool.

  • Great tour! Saw mantas , monk seal and dolphins! Buda and chris were amazing! I probably wouldn’t have booked this particular one if I had known it was a zodiac style boat! Very hard to climb back in for older folks or not very physically fit!

  • Incredible experience overall!!! Chris and Budah were amazing. The group size was perfect and the manta rays swam RIGHT under us!!! A must do in Hawaii!

  • We had a wonderful experience!! Can’t say enough good comments about our captain Kris and Budda. They are very experienced and guided us through each step of the experience.
    It was a little unnerving having these large creatures so close but one I’m glad we experienced. We saw lots of mantas!! I would highly recommend
    this crew !!

  • Great tour guides! Small boat, great crew! The guys were awesome. We saw several of mantas, each stayed for multiple rolls.

  • 11/10 Chris and Buddha are the best guides ever! Very respectful to both us and the ocean. Will come back

  • Life changing experience, Captain Chris and Buddah were incredible and went out of there way to make sure everybody had a good time. On top of that Buddah used his years of experience to get us up close and personal with four manta rays at once (while others had one tops).

  • Was amazing from the very beginning! Had a hard time finding the meeting place at first but luckily was able to call and able to get directions. Chris and Buddha were amazing and friendly. Had a beautiful boat ride to the area and we waited a bit but was glad we did because the area cleared out with the other visitors and we got to see the manta along with a bottle nosed dolphin!! Met some of the other people on board and got some good snacks!! Trip and experience of a life time and would recommend any day!!

  • Chris and Buddha were awesome!! We had an awesome manga ray show inches away! One of the best experiences!

  • This was the highlight of our trip. We were lucky enough to have Kris and Buddah captaining our boat and they did not disappoint! This is a must do!

  • Swimming with the manta rays has been on my bucket list for years, and Kris and “Buddha” exceeded my expectations for the experience!!! At one point we had more than 10 mantas around us. We had our 8 year old son with us and he enjoyed every minute of it. Paying extra for the smaller group is deft the way to go for this experience, they provided us with robes for the ride back, and snacks and drinks. This is one activity I would do over and over again! You won’t be disappointed!

  • Chris and "Budda" did a fantastic job getting us to the spot, finding a good, active manta ray, and giving us enough time to watch it feed. It was really nice being part of a smaller group, as they literally swam us around to find the mantas, as opposed to the bigger boats where it appears the mantas have to swim to you if you want to see them. Highly recommend!

  • My kids said this was the best part of the 3 week trip. They are 28 and 16. Beautiful animals! Do it.

  • Family of six thoroughly enjoyed seeing the manta rays. The sea was a little rough but the boat captain set the expectations correctly. It was a thrilling ride in the dark. My only constructive criticism would be that the crew were more informative and helpful to the folks in our group that were new to snorkeling and and explained more before getting in the water ie keeping legs up, etc. Overall excellent!!

  • I cannot rave enough about how amazing our trip was! Captain Ty and Megan were the absolute best and took my mother and I out solo even though most of the group cancelled on the Manta Ray swim.

    The boat ride there was so much fun in and of itself I would definitely recommend sitting toward the front of the boat and the sunset that we saw as we arrived at the manta ray swim was one of the most beautiful sunsets that I have seen in my entire life. Megan was an exceptional guide and got us right in the action. We had several manta rays doing back flips and munching all of the delicious plankton inches away from our noses. It was a memory that my mom and I will treasure for the rest of our lives and we are so grateful to Ty and Megan for the unforgettable experience.

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