Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    4pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, or 6pm (seasonal departures).  Please contact the supplier for exact departure time.
  • Departure Details :
    Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Ensure a manta ray sighting on this 2.5-hour night tour. Head out inKona, one of the best places in the world to see mantas, to see the sunset over the water before jumping in to enjoy swimming with manta rays in their underwater nighttime realm. "Manta safari" guides escort you around the site with a mobile light show that attracts these gentle and fascinating creatures. Relax on the observation deck with unobstructed viewing and plenty of room to move around. All snorkel equipment, including flotation devices and wetsuits, is included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.

Highlights

Family friendly

See native wildlife in their natural environment

Snacks and Beverages included

Snorkel gear included

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Check-in at the tour office inHonokohau Harbor in Kona and get fitted for your snorkel gear, including wetsuits.

Depart from the Honokohau Harbor on a 48-foot (15-meter) Delta, which has a large cabin, top observation deck for extra seating and great unobstructed views, a restroom, and plenty of room to move around.

Travel the coastline at dusk, reaching your destination around sunset to enjoy amazing views of the setting sun from the water. After sunset, spend about 45 minutes snorkeling using a customized light board that attracts the mantas and produces a flurry of bubbles and lights. You'll be in fairly shallow water within sight of the shoreline, and supervised by your experienced guide to ensure your comfort and safety.

Afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate and light snacks on the boat as you cruise back to the harbor. All equipment, snacks, and beverages are included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.

Inclusions

Bottled water and hot chocolate

Snacks

Professional guide

Flotation device

Snorkel equipment including wet suits

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Children under the age of 5 must provide their own life vests

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

Collapsible-wheelchair accessibleif assistance is required, passenger must provide their own assistant.

Manta Guarantee. It's extremely rare, but if we do not see any manta rays on our tour, you are welcome to come back out with us again during the same vacation, based on availability, free of charge. We recommend you book early in your trip so if you need to take advantage of the guarantee you have more flexibility.

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 06-Jan-2020

    We were taken to Garden eel Cove, a far off location (45 minute boat ride) from the launch point, instead of Sheraton (where most Mantas hang out), and the reason they stated was that the water is choppy near Sheraton. However, we only ended up seeing 4 or 5 Mantas, mostly them gliding across. Partly it could be our fault, for having many amateur swimmers, because you have to keep your legs flat so that Mantas come close to you. If they see feet hanging in the water, they might swim away, to avoid getting kicked. That being said, some of the Mantas we saw were massive, and it was a unique experience. Special kudos to the guides and other tourists who helped out my wife continuously, making her feel comfortable in an otherwise scary dark ocean. We will definitely recommend this tour as it is a one of a kind experience.

  • 04-Nov-2019

    Saw many manta Rays. Brian was excellent and his bubbles were beautiful. We were extremely lucky seeing these graceful creatures and many fish.

  • 14-Aug-2019

    Boat is amazing, the crew were charming and very very helpful and kind. Exhilarating boatride followed by plenty of time in the water, with help and good instructions, followed by another exhilarating boatride back (in pitch black darkness). Well worth a visit

  • 19-Jul-2019

    I really enjoyed this experience. It was executed very well and the guides were very personable talking to various customers on board. They would go under the water and check out the feed and help point out some of the rays. They set us up nicely and helped me out with equipment. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was a good excursion for a reasonable price. However, we weren't actually in the water very long which was a little disappointing. I would have liked to have known a little more about the rays themselves also.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    We went on the guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel and it was not as described in the advertisement.
    Here is what was in the description:
    2.5-hour nighttime swim with manta rays
    Learn about the biology and behavior of these gentle, graceful giants
    Supervised by expert diving guides
    Wet suite, snorkel gear, and flotation devices provided
    Watch the Kona sunset from the deck of the boat

    First you don't really swim with the Manta Rays (if you see one). You hold on to a large rectangular pvc pipe thing and look down.

    Second the only thing we learned is that Manta Rays have a thin coating or film on their bodies and if you touch them it does damage.

    Third wet suits is a loose term . Not wet suits but wet tops are provided.

    Fourth is one of the most disappointing. You should be able to watch the sunset like it says but when the sun was getting ready for it's setting , they turn the boat so that you can't see it.

    The crew is disappointing. Two young girls with very revealing swimsuits got on the boat and the crew immediately had a special spot for them to sit during the boat ride and spent a good portion of the time with them and then when the boat stopped at the manta spot, these two girls go ahead and jump in the water before anyone and go for a swim. Keep in mind we are all told we can't go out on our own according to coast guard rules. No life vest, no nothing and they aren't holding on the PVC pipe (the PVC pipe wasn't in the water yet) that we all were required to hold on to.

    The crew does take time though to cast a line for fishing while on the tour.
    We technically seen a manta even though it was very quick and you could only see a portion of the manta.

    I would do another night snorkel but with another company if I go back to Hawaii.

    They did sing happy birthday to one of the people in our party so that was nice.

  • 28-Aug-2018

    We had a great time, so glad we decided to do this. I would recommend to anyone looking for a night time excursion. The crew was a lot of fun.

  • 19-Aug-2018

    We had an incredible time! Five Mantas entertained us! The Bite Me crew was helpful, informative and funny! We especially liked Lee (sp?) from Micronesia. He was awesome!

  • 17-Jul-2018

    Bryan, Mika and Ryan were fantastic. They were very helpful getting into the water (we had inexperienced snorkellers) and swam us to various locations for the best sightings of the Mantas. Lucky enough to see dolphins on the way to the Manta site.

  • 02-Feb-2017

    Awesome experience. Very friendly and knowledgeable crew.