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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group

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US$ 119.00
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    What to Expect

    This is a small group snorkel. Our boat holds approx. 14-20 passengers. Check in takes place at the harbor where you will provided with wet suit and snorkel gear.


    When snorkeling with the Manta Rays you will hold on to a comfortable bar attached to a large surf board that has 16 bright LED drop lights. This makes it easy to keep our groups together and the mantas feed on the plankton underneath us that is attracted by our lights. 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 wing span can reach over 20 feet across and weighing 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
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
    Departure Time
    6:30 PM
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Snacks - Island juices, soda,bottled water & light snacks
    • Snorkel Gear, Wet Suits, Flotation Devices
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 14 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    There are two locations where you can see manta rays in Kona and initially our captain took us to the southern one. We didn’t see any when we got there so the captain had us wait in the boat so we wouldn’t get cold while...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Braden E
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We went north to the Manta Ray location near the Airport ("Manta Heaven"). This location was crowded but we still got a spectacular Manta encounter. There was a "small craft advisory" for the area on that day so the boat bounced around somewhat. None of...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Chris R
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Aloha Chris thanks for the excellent review and so glad you enjoyed your self. It wasn't quite a small craft advisory or we wouldn't have gone out. But yes it can get a little bumpy when the winds pick up. Sorry your photos didnt come...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This was incredible and worth every penny. Our guide “Buddha” was awesome and very knowledgeable. We went to an area where there were a lot of other boats, and we saw a couple of mantas swim by. But Buddha wasn’t satisfied, so he swam us...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank KenFiji
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thanks so much Ken for such a wonderful review. It really is such a compliment and is wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the manta ray and your guide Buddha!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Last night, during a truly breathtaking sunset, I joined 10 strangers on a 30 min boat ride to snorkel with the Manta Rays of Kona. We floated effortlessly on the surface of the 83 degree water, hands on the light up raft, pool noodle under...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank tt818
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    What an ecstatic review! The manta rays at night in Kona are such special creature and so wonderful to be with in the water. Yep, I said it many times...Buddha is the Manta Whisperer :) Thank you again and we hope to have you join...More

    Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

    Our family of four flew all the way from Canada and we got a treat of a lifetime here at the Big Island! Budda and Chris were awesome and very knowledgeable guides. We had a totally mind blowing close encounters with Manta Rays, almost like...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Yen A
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

    Wow! what a wonderful experience with the manta rays. Thank you for taking the time to leave an excellent review. It really means a lot to a smaller company like us :)

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    I'm not sure, except I wish we did. It was an adventure that will be remembered. You can always call and ask. They are very helpful and communicate very well. ENJOY!!!!
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