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6 Passenger Maximum Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI

5 (172)
Kailua-Kona, US

6 Passenger Maximum Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI

5 (172)
Kailua-Kona, US
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Experience the thrill of snorkeling with majestic manta rays on this exclusive excursion in Kailua-Kona, HI. With small groups and a maximum of 6 passengers, this adventure offers an intimate and personalized experience. Our expert crew will take you to the best manta ray sighting locations, either near the Kona airport or in Keauhou, ensuring an unforgettable encounter with these gentle giants. Get up close and personal with the mantas as they gracefully feed on plankton while you relax and observe from our custom-made light board. Afterward, enjoy hot cocoa and light snacks while gazing at the stars and city lights on the ride back. This family-run business is dedicated to preserving the environment, making this a truly exceptional and eco-friendly experience. Don't miss this opportunity to create lasting memories and witness the magic of the mantas.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-6 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Up Close Encounter with Gentle Giants
  • Relax and Witness Acrobatic Mantas
  • Hot Cocoa and Light Snacks Included
  • Memorable Night with Magnificent Mantas
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Certified In-water Guide/Lifeguard
  • Shorty Wetsuit
  • Gratuities
  • Private transportation

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Experience the thrill and wonder of swimming with magnificent manta rays on the 6 Passenger Maximum Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This exclusive activity offers small groups of up to six people, ensuring an intimate and personalized encounter with these gentle giants. With expert captains and dedicated guides, your safety and comfort are a top priority, while maximizing your chances of witnessing the mesmerizing spectacle of mantas feeding on plankton.

What to expect?

During this unique tour, you can expect to embark on a 15-20 minute boat ride from Honokohau Harbor to either the northern manta site known as "Manta Heaven" or the Keauhou "Manta Village," depending on recent manta sightings. With a custom-made light board to hang onto, you will sliding into the water and witness the acrobatic movements of the mantas up close. Our experienced guide will ensure everyone gets the best viewing position while ensuring your safety and comfort. After the encounter, indulge in some delectable hot cocoa and light snacks before heading back to the harbor, where you can enjoy gazing at the stars and city lights during the ride back.

Who is this for?

This captivating experience is perfect for individuals seeking a truly unique and immersive underwater adventure. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a marine life lover, or an avid snorkeler, this activity will leave you in awe of these magnificent creatures. It is important to note that prior swimming and snorkeling experience is required to book this activity. Guests must also be able to independently climb up a side boat ladder. However, this experience is not recommended for guests who have undergone surgery, have mobility or physical restrictions, or are pregnant.

Why book this?

By choosing the 6 Passenger Maximum Manta Ray Night Snorkel, you are guaranteed an exclusive and personalized encounter with manta rays in their natural habitat. With small groups and experienced guides, you can feel confident in your safety and enjoyment throughout the tour. The unique selling points of this experience include the opportunity to witness the acrobatic movements of mantas up close, the unforgettable feeling of swimming alongside these gentle giants, and the chance to learn about the importance of ocean conservation from a family-run business that deeply cares about the environment.

Good to know

For your convenience, the meeting point is Honokohau Small Boat Harbor. It is important to arrive on time to ensure a smooth start to your scheduled tour. Please note that this activity has a total duration of 120 minutes. Take note of the important requirement of prior swimming and snorkeling experience, as well as the ability to independently climb a side boat ladder. For further details or exceptions regarding eligibility, it is recommended to contact the tour operator directly.


Guests who have chosen the 6 Passenger Maximum Manta Ray Night Snorkel have been captivated by the experience. They praise the expert crew and guides who go above and beyond to ensure the best possible viewing positions. Many highlight the intimate and personalized encounter with the mantas, making it an unforgettable memory. Overall, guests express their satisfaction with the performance, safety measures, and the unique opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Grander Marlin Sportfishing


Garden Eel Cove / Manta Heaven

Island of Hawaii


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park





5 (172)


I have been coming to The Big Island for 20 years and this was my first time snorkeling with the mantas. I cannot express how wonderful this experience was. The small group worked really well for us. We wanted to experience the rays as peacefully as possible. Everyone on our boat was respectful of the majestic beings and their space. We had non stop, up close visits from at least 8 mantas. It was mesmerizing. The ONLY downside was people on other tours screaming non stop and their guides telling really bad jokes at full volume. If you like a mellow tour with friendly and knowledgeable guides, this is for you. I cannot recommend it enough.


Captain John was great! The boat ride is a little long, but worth it. The Manta Rays were so close you could have touched them if allowed. They bumped me a few times. Very cool excursion! Highly recommend it!

Carrie C

This was a fantastic excursion! Brian and Moana were incredible! Amazing Manta Ray experience, this is definitely a must!! I will be booking another tour!


They cancelled the trip 15 mins before scheduled time to meet. Stated conditions are not good for the night and poor visibility. We were already at the dock and 2 boats with 20 plus passengers going out. Why need to lie about it. They stated would get a refund that night, latest in the morning. No response after multiple attempted contacts.


Guide wasn’t the chattiest and the boat ride out wasn’t the most comfortable but the manta rays were UNBELIEVABLE and so cool to see.


This was such an amazing experience! I loved the small, intimacy of only having 6 people be part of the tour - it made it that much more special to not have large groups around while enjoying this experience. Captain John and his son Johnny were amazing. Not only did we get to see 6 beautiful manta rays, but try swam so close we all got an up close view of the wonderful animals. This is a must do experience and Snorkel Big Island is the only way to go!


So many Mantas. An amazing experience and the small light board meant everyone was close to the guide to hear the information he was giving about the individual mantas. He knew them all! They swoop and skim so close! The two kids got to sit on a little bench infront of the driving console rather than along the inflatable boat edges so they felt safer but it was easy to hold on for the journey. Would absolutely recommend!


Such an amazing experience! The owners’ 4 year old, Julia, was a star at check in. She told us all about the mantas and how to put on our wetsuits. She was adorable!! We saw several mantas and a couple bottle nose dolphins! Highly recommend this family owned business and tour!


Just an awesome experience! Under water ballet by gentle giants! The captain and first mate were excellent.


Captain John and guide Eli were great! Family friendly, fun to be on a smaller boat, eco-friendly. The rays are big!!! Communicated really well before the trip and day of with great directions! Sunset timing is busy in the water - I think I’d choose a later time next time!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-13 19:58