Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel At Manta Village, Kona, Hawaii - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    Check-in: 4:30pm with a 4:45pm departure from the harbor.
  • Departure Details :
    78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Avoid the crowds of the other "cattle boats" in Kona, and enjoy a small-group manta ray snorkeling experience with a maximum of 12 passengers.

This tour departs from Keahou Harbor in South Kona and enjoys a short 5-minute boat ride to our snorkeling site, Manta Village.

Your Captain and snorkel guide will educate you on Kona's famous manta rays and will discuss our safe and humane approach to engaging with the gentle giants.

After entering the water, you'll hold onto our lightboard, with your feet propped up by floatation devices, as the manta rays perform a graceful ballet beneath you. The manta rays filter feed on plankton that naturally gathers at the surface just before sunset, then accumulates underneath our lights. This is an opportunity to enjoy anevening on the water and watch in amazement as the manta raysglide aroundand dancefor you.

We are proud to be a Green Listed company, and we take an environmentally cautious approach to our interactions with the manta rays.


Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Get up-close to native wildlife

Small group ensures personal service

Family friendly

All necessary equipment included

Snacks and Beverages included

Know More about this tour

Our boat departs the harbor at 4:45pmjust in time to arrive at the manta site for the sunset.Our Manta Naturalist provides a briefingaboutthe Manta Raysthen we offeran optional afternoon snorkel.Or you canrelax on the boat and watch the sunset before the show begins justafter sunset. Everyone gets into position holding on to our light board in the water. The plankton concentrate where lights are shining in the water and the mantas will swoop right next to you as they scoop up the nutrients from the water. The Kona Coast is the PREMIER destination in the world for this manta experience.

Also included in your trip is snorkel gear, wet suits, flotation devices, beverages, snacks, and complimentary photos. Our vessels are around 30 feet long and carry no more than 12 passengers so you can have a more personalized experience.



Professional guide

Use of Snorkelling equipment

Local taxes

Wetsuit (optional)



Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.

A ticket is required for all passengers, regardless of age or whether they are entering the water.

Maximum weight of 280 pounds per traveler.

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for travelers with neck problems.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

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

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Snorkel equipment is sanitized between uses.

Traveler Reviews

  • 11-Nov-2022

    It was absolutely amazing to see the mantas feeding. They were so graceful and swam so close to us! The crew were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

  • 09-Nov-2022

    This was an UNREAL experience. I would highly recommend! We lucked out with seeing around 7-8 Mantas. They swim directly under you and you get a jaw dropping, up close view of the majestic creatures which appear to glow under the bright lights shone into the water. I felt safe and absolutely amazed. The team at Hawaii Oceanic was so great! They were so friendly and also made the process super comfortable and easy.

  • 07-Nov-2022

    Fantastic tour, great crew and a ton of information about the manta rays from Brent. This boat takes only a small group, which is great, more interactive.

  • 05-Nov-2022

    Everyone said it was going to be amazing. I was skeptical, but it turned out to be an amazing experience. Hawaii Oceanic communicated clearly where and when to meet. They provided short wet suit jackets (fine for the warm water), snorkel gear and ankle floats. It was very easy to get off the boat to the light board.! We lucked out! There were so many manta rays - we were eyeball to eyeball! The team explained all about manta rays but honestly I was totally entranced just looking at them. Everyone was super nice and helpful. I highly recommend this experience and this organization.

  • 04-Nov-2022

    It was the end of a long vacation day, I was kind of tired and cranky. But the crew was so upbeat and chill. Honestly I was skeptical until the rays showed up. But they did and it was incredible. Like…the most incredible. Hunter and cap knew all the manta facts and how to guide us around the whole experience. 10’s across the board.

  • 02-Nov-2022

    A magical Hawaiian lifetime experience you do not want to miss! The sight of these gentle giants dancing under the blue light was simply mesmerizing.

  • 01-Nov-2022

    Absolutely amazing!! The mantas swim within inches of you and your face. I can't describe what an amazing feeling comes over you when you are in the water with them. Absolutely beautiful. A MUST do!!!

  • 01-Nov-2022

    What a blast! Super cool experience, they swam right up to us and glided under us. We saw up to 6, maybe more. It was a very unique experience! Thank you!

  • 31-Oct-2022

    Unreliable operator. Booked time 2 months in advance. They cancel trip one day prior. No reason given.

  • 28-Oct-2022

    What an amazing experience! The rays really put on a show. This was our third trip using Hawaiian Oceanic! Our guide Hunter was so knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had. I look forward to taking another trip to see the manta rays!