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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
  • Snorkel with manta rays on this Big Island adventure led by an expert guide
  • Watch the Kona sunset before dipping into the water
  • Sit back with light refreshments and snacks on board the boat
  • Enjoy complimentary use of all snorkel equipment

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, jacket style wetsuit top, floatation device
  • Light refreshments including snacks and bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MUST BE comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled by the supplier, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Recommended to bring towel, clothes for change, sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Age restriction: minimum age allowed is 2 years old; maximum age allowed is 70 years old (unless approved by the supplier)
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in an advanced pregnancy
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

The water can get cold so keep that in mind.
Whether you can swim or not does not matter as you will be provided numerous safety device to ensure your encounter.
Bring warm clothes after to be comfortable on the way back (: Also remember to relax and enjoy every single moment of the beautiful manta rays!
2,157 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Very disappointed.
Michael_D, Aug 2022
We were looking forward to this excursion for months and did not see one manta ray come under our light box. Very, very disappointed and I do not usually write reviews but I feel that I should warn others to not get your hopes up with this excursion. We kept being told that the rays would come. I had GoPro on whole time without a single ray. Very upsetting. I also called the boat company and the owner said he would get back to me but I never heard back from him.
Best snorkel and so different!
Lisa_S, Aug 2022
This was the highlight of our trip! It was so spectacular to see the manta rays! Jacob and his crew were awesome and so was the music on trip out!
Lisa_W, Aug 2022
This was a great experience! I was a little worried going into the ocean at night, but seeing the manta rays made those worries disappear. It was an amazing sight to see! The boat ride to/from the site took about 20 minutes each way and was a little bumpy. We could spend however long we liked in the water. My kids (ages 5, 9, and 12) were getting cold so we only lasted about 20 minutes. The hot shower once back on the boat felt great and the snacks were much appreciated. The tour guides were kind and helpful. I would definitely recommend this tour!
Simon and crew were...
Purvi_V, Aug 2022
Simon and crew were wonderful. Theft are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and fun! Seeing the mantas up close was an amazing experience.
A surreal experience
Riley_S, Aug 2022
What an experience! It was so surreal seeing the manta rays... they are much bigger in person! The boat ride was pretty cool as well, such a vibe at night. Simon was an awesome host as well
We'll be back.
Alexandria_A, Aug 2022
We did this for a date night, we were unfortunate enough to have really choppy weather, but fortunate it was still a phenomenal experience. The crew were kind and the manta rays were majestic. I plan to take me sister and middle son next time.
Manta Rays
Andrea_A, Aug 2022
Besides choosing the most choppy day out, the experience was absolutely unforgettable and Captain Simon was so funny!! Thank you so much for making this trip one to remember! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for something adventurous and you can only get here on the big island!
Gigantic waves ruined the experience
jasonpetrop, Aug 2022
The staff was amazing. That was the only part of the trip worth remembering. The waves were GIGANTIC, it was windy outside, we were all flailing about holding onto the manta light/floater for survival. I got motion sickness but was too scared to even worry about that. Getting back to land was the best part of the excitation. We saw two manta rays the entire time as well, less than ideal. As stated above, the staff did a great job of keeping us safe, I’m just unsure how this is such a loved experience. I’d wouldn’t recommended to anyone.
There was a light only on...
Tawnya_C, Aug 2022
There was a light only on one end of the board. Would have been better if there was lights on both ends of the board.
Once in a life time...
Jeane_M, Aug 2022
Once in a life time experience. Crew was great! The manta rays were beautiful. I would highly recommend !
peter, Aug 2022
Our son and granddaughters went on this adventure. Their response after attending was "the manta thing was sooooooooooo awesome!!!!"
Vinh_P, Aug 2022
Amazing, kids have a wonderful time, caption was funny and great. The staffs were very friendly and nice.
Hang Loose Tours anticipated our every desire and delivered!
Joanna_C, Aug 2022
This is the most unforgettable and amazing experience you can’t believe until you see it! The guides were truly entertaining while informative and have obviously done this a lot and learned how to anticipate our every wish and question. Their extra help and attention to my 80 year old parents who got in the water with us was very appreciated.
This was a memorable,...
Robert_K, Aug 2022
This was a memorable, once in a lifetime experience. The only issue was that Viator gave conflicting info on start/departure times.
John_N, Aug 2022
Very close to Mantas and fun boat crew kept everyone safe and engaged. Would highly recommend to anyone of any fitness level.
Unique experience
Nikkole_R, Aug 2022
This was a unique experience- don’t forget warm, dry clothes, a towel and maybe even a blanket for afterwards! We all got sea sick- which is normal. The captain was so funny!
Once in a lifetime experience
Nora_A, Aug 2022
The water was freezing but well worth it to swim with these majestic creatures. Really is a once in a lifetime experience!
Superb crew and awesome experience
Sidharth_M, Aug 2022
Highly recommended. All the crew members were highly motivated and cheering. They were extra miles to help you and make you feel better. Must do if you visit Kona. We really enjoyed watching Manta rays and one of them bumped me as well :)
A non-swimmer's story.
Nethra_S, Aug 2022
This is a wonderful experience and an experience of a lifetime. Terrifying for non-swimmers but still totally worth it. In our family of four, my 11 yo daughter was the only one who could swim. My 7 yo son is still learning to swim; I am gauche in the water and with no prescription goggles and night time, I am basically blind in the water. My wife can't swim at all. It is with these handicaps, we ventured on this adventure. The crew was extremely trustworthy and they seem to be quite experienced. From the boat to the platform, one needs to be swim across around 20 feet. They helped us get there by holding on to the noodle and they made sure we were comfortable. Swimming in the open bay at night can scare the daylights out of anyone but seeing the manta rays come up so close to you in the wild is a life changing experience. With time, I began to enjoy and got more comfortable. The water was a warm 79F that night and with the helping crew around, I felt emboldened. I am adventurous but also quite sceptical of doing crazy things. But this is one adventure I don't regret. FYI - we took the 9PM slot and we were back on shore aby 10:45PM.
Amazing experience
Kayla_L, Aug 2022
The experience was amazing and the crew was very friendly and offered great service. I highly recommend doing this in Kona.


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