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Board your boat at Honokohau Harbor in the late afternoon, allowing you to reach the manta snorkeling site just in time for sunset. You’ll get a short introduction to the feeding habits of these wondrous creatures from your on-board naturalist as you travel to the snorkel site.

Once you arrive, grab your snorkel gear and get ready to experience this one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon. Snorkeling is optional, so those who choose to remain on board are free to enjoy the sunset. Those who choose to snorkel will jump in the water and grab onto a ‘light board,’ which helps attract plankton to its glowing surface. A certified Red Cross ocean lifeguard will be nearby to help in the unlikely event there are any issues.

Soon the mantas will begin their aquatic ballet, swooping and diving through the water as they feed on the plankton attracted to this site. When your snorkel time is up, head back to your original starting point. You’ll leave your trip with unforgettable memories of this unexpected natural phenomenon, plus complimentary photos of your experience.
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Hawaii Oceanic
Get up close with Hawaii’s graceful manta rays during this 4-hour nighttime snorkel experience along the Kona coast with a small group. Watch these gentle giants as they swoop and dive for plankton just below the surface during their evening feeding. An on-board manta naturalist from the University of Hawaii, along with a Red Cross-certified lifeguard, ensure an informative and safe experience.
  • Snorkel with graceful manta rays as they feed on plankton after dark
  • Watch these gentle giants swoop and dive as they feed on plankton
  • On-board manta naturalist adds unique insight into the creatures' feeding habits and behavior
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Included snacks, drinks, souvenir photos, and snorkel gear
  • Small group trip limited to no more than 12 guests
  • Green-listed operator adheres to standards for sustainable tourism
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Manta Ray Swim

Amazing experience!!! These guys are fantastic. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!!! We had an amazing time and can’t wait to come back!!! Thank you Danny!!!

Thank Corey S
Reviewed 5 days ago
Once in a lifetime experience

Amazing! I cannot put into words how incredible this experience was... magical is the only word that comes close. Hawaii Oceanic is top notch. Dusty and Dillon are the best. Our 9 year old daughter had never snorkeled before and was full of a million...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Bucket List Experience

I was not hyped for this and really booked it for my family. I am not fond of the water. From start to finish this was a fantastic experience. Dusty and Chad were great. They really took care of everyone and made it a great...More

1  Thank Gregory B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing experience, I didn't expect the manta rays to get so close that we could stare down their throats. The crew were great. They were professional, friendly, and really wanted us to have a good experience.

1  Thank Nhan N
Reviewed 1 week ago
A must do excursion!

A great crew who went out of their way to make sure our family had a fantastic experience A mandatory trip on the Big Island!

1  Thank Tim and Diane B
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FuChi Y
13 August 2018|
Response from Mushroomhater | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I would take my own snorkel
26 June 2018|
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Response from gmhutchin | Reviewed this property |
They advised photos taken will be posted on their site.
Felipe V
8 April 2018|
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Response from WestonPatrick | Reviewed this property |
Hi Felipe V, they provide "Shorty" Wetsuits (these are best for warmer days/water and you can find samples of these on the web. They are a one piece that covers top to your elbows and bottom to your knees). I bet they... More
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