Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    6:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    74 Kealakehe Pkwy, 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.


TheKona Coast of Hawaii is considered the primary place in the world to view manta rays after sunset. During this approx 2 -hour snorkeling tour with a knowledgeable guide, watchtheseextraordinary creatures feed onplentiful planktonattracted by underwater lights. With wingspans that can reach more than20 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)


Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Snacks and Beverages included

Excellent value for money

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Check in takes place at the harbor where you will provided with wet suit and snorkel gear.

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

It takes the boat about 15 min to get to Eel cove and also known as
Manta Heaven. Over the years, our manta rays have been conditioned to show up for their nightly all you can eat plankton buffet! We will learn about the manta rays and guests will have 30-45 min in the water with the manta rays.

Duration: 40 minutes

Location: Garden Eel Cove / Manta Heaven, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Snorkeling with the Manta Rays
Snorkel with manta rays, only seen in the warm waters off the Kona Coast of the Big Island. Don't miss this spectacular 2.5 hour experience after a Hawaiian sunset. Meet your guide at Honokohau Harbor and board a boat to the snorkel location, just a 15 minute ride away.
As the sun sets you'll tuck into a bay at the manta feeding area. Learn about the manta rays in Hawaii and receive a safety briefing on viewing guidelines and proper etiquette while in the water. Slip into a provided wetsuit, which helps keep you warm in temperatures that average 65 to 70 degrees, then put on your snorkel gear and enter the water with your guide.
You will hold onto a comfortable bar attached to a large surfboard with LED drop lights, allowing you to watch as mantas feed on millions of minuscule plankton attracted by the bright lights. Your guide keeps your board positioned over the manta ray snorkeling area. The manta rays may come very close, but they are considered to be harmless giants of the sea; unlike eagle rays or stingrays they have no teeth or stinger.With an 85 percent chance of seeing manta rays.

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Garden Eel Cove / Manta Heaven, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii


Snacks - Island juices, soda,bottled water & light snacks

Snorkel Gear, Flotation Devices

Wet Suits



Towel and Warm clothes such as sweater or windbreaker.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Weight restriction: 265 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

Pregnant women are NOT permitted on this tour.

No children under 5 years of age

Most travelers can participate

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 16 travelers

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  • 14-Jan-2023

    I chose this company because I saw in an advertisement that they have a large raft with a viewing window in the middle. I figured if my 10 year-old was too scared in the water, he could at least sit on the raft and watch the manta rays through the window. (He did fine and LOVED it!). We went twice because on the first trip, there were no manta rays. The company rebooked us on another trip with zero hassle- no codes, voucher numbers to keep, extra cost, etc. Oleathia has been a gem with booking and rebooking our snorkel trips. The boat crew was also excellent (Danny, Diego, Tiana, and the captain (I can’t remember his name 🫤)). Our second trip was a huge success- there were so many manta rays! This was my family’s FAVORITE activity by far. We will definitely book this activity with C Big Island again.

  • 12-Jan-2023

    The crew were fun and knowledgeable. They were also very helpful and hospitable to everyone. They even handled people whom got sea sick well.

  • 09-Jan-2023

    Swimming with the manta rays was a highlight of our trip to Hawaii. Trevor, Diego and Ryan made a great team and were alot of fun. We were able to see several rays close up and the guides provided helpful insights and education about them. I highly recommend this tour while visiting Hawaii.

  • 08-Jan-2023

    Great trip with Chris and Buddah. We saw a dolphin pod too. Buddah does a great job finding the manta rays and Chris is an excellent and gracious captain. We only found ray but he was a BIG one and looked so cool with his wide open mouth and the way his wings wave as he swims. Even before we saw the manta ray it was great seeing baby eels and fish. Parents just one word of advice: if your kids aren’t confident floaters at night this may not be the trip for you. One kid kicked the entire time which can keep the rays away.

  • 08-Jan-2023

    The trip was great. There was only 3 of us but they took us out anyway. We didn't see many manta rays, but we did see several dolphins. It was great, Leena and her crew were a lot of fun. One of my top 5 experiences.

  • 07-Jan-2023

    Captain Chris and Buddha were very welcoming. The smooth boat ride was very quick. Once we were is the water, it didn’t take long for the Manta Rays to appear. One Manta looked to be about 7 feet long and came within inches of me!! This was an incredible and amazing experience!

  • 06-Jan-2023

    Chris and Buddha were incredible, so friendly and helpful throughout the whole tour and wonderful at their job. We saw so many manta rays while out and had heaps of time to experience their magnificence. Would 100% recommend if you’re on the island.

  • 05-Jan-2023

    Trevor, Ryan, and Diego were amazing!! They were professional and ensured everyone had an amazing time! We saw 6 manta rays while snorkeling. Definitely recommend this tour!!

  • 03-Jan-2023

    The trip itself was good. We had to wait on two groups and one was a no show. This cut into our time and was never made up. We weren’t in the water very long. Our time was from 8-10 p.m. We got to the dive site at 8:25 and we’re in our car leaving the dock at 9:57 p.m.

  • 31-Dec-2022

    Night snorkeling was definitely an experience. The waters were warm and being able to see manta rays was very exciting. The staff were very personable and friendly. However, the trip and boat ride did not feel as safe/fun as we had expected. It was not as guided for the transition from boat to water, especially for novice swimmers. It was rough waters at night, and the water was very cold after 15 minutes. We were more focused on staying afloat and connected to the vessel than actually watching for manta rays. For the price, we’ve had much better snorkeling experiences, so we’re disappointed with the outcome. Overall, the experience was interesting and we’re glad to have seen the sea life, but it does not come high on my recommended list.

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