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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group

Kailua-Kona, United States

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Summon your courage and plunge into the waters off Kailua-Kona to swim with manta rays. During this 2-hour tour during sunset or after dark, slip on the provided wet suit and snorkel gear and follow your expert instructor into the water. Watch as the enormous vegetarian animals, some with wingspans of 20 feet (6 meters), swim in graceful loops around you, taking in clouds of plankton for their evening meal. All gear and light snacks and refreshments are provided. Choose between sunset and evening snorkel tours; manta ray sightings are guaranteed or you can do a second outing for free.
  • Swim and snorkel with docile, graceful manta rays
  • Snorkel gear and wetsuit provided
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Guaranteed manta ray sightings or come back for free
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Snorkel Gear, Wet Suits, Flotation Devices
Towel and Warm clothes such as sweater or windbreaker.
74 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Pregnant women are NOT permitted on this tour.
  • No children under 5 years of age
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY C Big Island LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Wouldn't recommend for non swimmer or inexperienced snorkelers unless really calm conditions." See review


57 Reviews
3 stars
Reviews by Viator travelers
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Beautiful sunset ride, lots of manta rays, fun, amazing, once in a life time!
, Apr 2021
Swimming with the manta rays has been on my bucket list for years, and Kris and “Buddha” exceeded my expectations for the experience!!! At one point we had more than 10 mantas around us. We had our 8 year old son with us and he enjoyed every minute of it. Paying extra for the smaller group is deft the way to go for this experience, they provided us with robes for the ride back, and snacks and drinks. This is one activity I would do over and over again! You won’t be disappointed!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Wow what a compliment! Thank you for sharing your experience! We are so honored to have Kris and Buddha as part of our team.
Very disappointed With this company
, Mar 2020
We were very disappointed with this company and entire trip. The trip should be 2.5-3 hrs. In water we should be 1hrs try to find Mantarays. The trip took only 2 hrs and we were in water only 1/2 hrs. Did not see anything. Also they don't care about your swimming skills and let you swim too far. After we get back on boat, the boat start going back right the way and did not give us any time to dry or change cloths.I don't recommend this company at all.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Aloha Jiri, the snorkel adventure is approx 2-2.5 hr as advertised. The captain announced leaving quickly because of the strong rip current and weather coming in. It was purely a safety concern which is our top priority. There was only one manta that night and I know it was a bit of a short show. We do guarantee manta rays our you can come again for free. We did not receive a response from you, however you are welcome to join us again free of charge :)
An Incredible Evening
, Mar 2020
Our guides, though English was there second language, did a wonderful job in communicating with all the people on the boat, level of knowledge about the Manta Rays, able to get everyone to the site and see some incredible moments and was understanding enough to drop off one of the passengers who was sick. The entire trip was memorable and the best that we had here at the Big Island...
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Aloha Scott, so glad we were able to put you with our sister company last night and give you a great experience. Yes they are an excellent team and we so enjoy working with them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience :)
Nite Manta Rays
, Mar 2020
Made the reservation on Viator. Tour company tried to get us to change dates then confirmed date. Then changed time. Tried to contact them at site and still haven't heard back from then. Seems we were farmed out to another tour. After a few anxious moments we finally got going. Boat and crew were great. Quite a few Manta Rays and was great experience. Be prepared to hang on to board bobbing in ocean. Wouldn't recommend for non swimmer or inexperienced snorkelers unless really calm conditions. Great experience and really worth doing at least once. You get a really up close encounter with 6-10 foot totally calm and harmless creatures.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Aloha Mr Spence, so glad to hear you had an amazing experience with the manta rays and crew. You went with us on tour as we met the minimum. We are a smaller company so yes we sometimes ask customers if they can adjust dates if it convenient so that we can confirm a trip. But we never did change the time on you....that was the same :) Thank you for the review
Great experience
, Mar 2020
Absolutely amazing!! Capt Eaiski did a great job educating us before we got on the boat, on the do’s and don’ts, safety, fun facts, etc. He knew exactly where the rays would be and made sure we had a great, safe experience! We definitely got up close and personal with those gorgeous creatures! Wonderful time! Great crew!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Aloha Penny, your were so sweet to talk to on the phone and so glad you enjoyed the sea turtles. Captain Daisuke is so much fun for sure! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. :)
Best experience on the trip!
, Jan 2020
Chris and "Budda" did a fantastic job getting us to the spot, finding a good, active manta ray, and giving us enough time to watch it feed. It was really nice being part of a smaller group, as they literally swam us around to find the mantas, as opposed to the bigger boats where it appears the mantas have to swim to you if you want to see them. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Oh yes I call him Budda the manta whisperer :) They seem to attract to him for some weird reason....must be his calling LOL Captain Kris also one of the best captains I know. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and so glad you enjoyed this experience with us. :)
Great tour
, Oct 2019
Buddha and Kris were awesome captains! We got to swim with 3 mantas all to ourselves and mantas came super close to us. Buddha also was entertaining with Da jokes. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
The manta rays really are spectacular! So glad you enjoyed the boys. We are so lucky to have them part of our team.
Amazing experience
, Apr 2019
Ryan and Buddah were fantastic. There were quite a few tours at the site, but Buddah made sure we had the best viewing of these amazing creatures. Worth every penny..
Way better than expected!
Becky G
, Jan 2019
Serious up and close visit with enormous and graceful creatures - the highlight of our vacation! Guides were calm and helpful, very knowledgeable.
Highlight of the trip
Janell M
, Jul 2018
My kids said this was the best part of the 3 week trip. They are 28 and 16. Beautiful animals! Do it.

Product code: 22796P6

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