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Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel

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Kailua-Kona, United States
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Swim with giant manta rays in their nighttime habitat during this 2.5-hour activity in Kona. Travel out into the seas offshore to watch the colorful Kona sunset, then jump in to swim with the docile rays as they feed on microscopic plankton. Follow your guides around the manta habitat and watch as the animals are attracted to the bright lights, creating a "manta rave" of lights, bubbles and mantas. All snorkel equipment, including flotation devices and wet suits, is included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.
  • Learn about the biology and behavior of these gentle, graceful giants
  • Wet suite, snorkel gear, and flotation devices provided
  • Watch the Kona sunset from the deck of the boat
  • Guaranteed manta sighting or you'll get a voucher for an additional tour
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Bottled water and Juice
Snacks
Professional guide
Flotation device
Snorkel equipment including wet suits
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Bite Me Sport Fishing- Kona Deep Sea Fishing Charters, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Night Manta Ray Snorkel
1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Ride Along Night Manta Snorkel
1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the tour offices on Honokohau Harbor in Kona, where you'll check in and get fitted for gear. Hop on your tour boat and head out to sea; your spacious vessel is equipped with a top observation deck, a large cabin, and an onboard bathroom.

Reach your destination in time to watch the colorful Kona sunset from the boat's top deck, then start getting ready for your manta ray encounter. Slip into your wetsuit, don your snorkel, and jump in. Buoy yourself with a flotation device; your guides will set up lights to see the mantas clearly. 

Spend about 45 minutes snorkeling using a customized light board with one of the brightest lights in the water, showcasing the graceful ballet of the giant mantas as they careen through the water in search of food. You'll be in 30 to 35 feet (9 to 10 meters) of water, within sight of the shoreline, and supervised by your experienced guide to ensure your comfort and safety. Manta rays have no barbs or teeth, a wing span of 4 to 12 feet (1 to 4 meters) and weigh between 400 and 1200 lbs (180 and 545 kg). Interactions with the manta rays take place in a passive, respectful manner. 

Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bite Me Sportfishing
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ocean Encounters
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under the age of 5 must provide their own life vests
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Collapsible-wheelchair accessible—if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own assistant.
  • Manta Guarantee. It's extremely rare, but if we do not see any manta rays on our tour, you are welcome to come back out with us again during the same vacation, based on availability, free of charge. We recommend you book early in your trip so if you need to take advantage of the guarantee you have more flexibility.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note the departure time throughout the year adjusts to the sunsetting sky. Jan 1- March 31 departure time is 5:30PM. April 1- September 31 departure time is 6PM, October 1- December 31 departure time is 5PM
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bite Me Sportfishing

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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "We will definitely recommend this tour as it is a one of a kind experience." See review

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Ok
hfoster0108
, Jan 2020
It was ok. And then I was blasted with emails everyday asking me to rate it and completely ruined my experience which wasn’t amazing to start with so cool
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star-5
Awesome crew, but they might not have the best equipment
sriram87
, Jan 2020
We were taken to Garden eel Cove, a far off location (45 minute boat ride) from the launch point, instead of Sheraton (where most Mantas hang out), and the reason they stated was that the water is choppy near Sheraton. However, we only ended up seeing 4 or 5 Mantas, mostly them gliding across. Partly it could be our fault, for having many amateur swimmers, because you have to keep your legs flat so that Mantas come close to you. If they see feet hanging in the water, they might swim away, to avoid getting kicked. That being said, some of the Mantas we saw were massive, and it was a unique experience. Special kudos to the guides and other tourists who helped out my wife continuously, making her feel comfortable in an otherwise scary dark ocean. We will definitely recommend this tour as it is a one of a kind experience.
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Manta Ray night snorkel
qkew
, Nov 2019
Saw many manta Rays. Brian was excellent and his bubbles were beautiful. We were extremely lucky seeing these graceful creatures and many fish.
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Birthday Swim!
Go692510
, Sep 2019
Did this for my 62nd birthday - was excellent!! A little difficult getting back in the boat after as sea was a bit rough, but overall a great time.
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Guaranteed indeed
mo16156
, Aug 2019
Boat is amazing, the crew were charming and very very helpful and kind. Exhilarating boatride followed by plenty of time in the water, with help and good instructions, followed by another exhilarating boatride back (in pitch black darkness). Well worth a visit
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Amazing Experience With Amazing Guides!
Morello1987
, Jul 2019
I really enjoyed this experience. It was executed very well and the guides were very personable talking to various customers on board. They would go under the water and check out the feed and help point out some of the rays. They set us up nicely and helped me out with equipment. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
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'Painful' experience (Disappointed!)
AJ0867
, Jun 2019
We went out last night, via the Bite Me boat tour vendor, to see manta rays. Unfortunately, our boat was the last one to enter the area to see the mantas. By the time we were in the water, we saw ONE manta, and then everything went to hell in a hand basket. Everyone in our boat group was stung by Man O'War jelly fish. All we heard was screaming ask people were getting stung. We heard children screaming and crying, as they were stung. Several of us were stung multiple times, before the crew finally suggested we head back to the boat. My partner and I were at the point to just swim to another nearby boat (any boat that was actually anchored), as it was taking forever for our boat to return to us, to get us out of the water. It took forever until we were back on the boat, at which time we realized how badly most of our group was stung. My partner and I had to go to a Grocery store to buy vinegar, as the captain told us that vinegar helps tame the sting. They also said the pain would only last an hour, however, that is not the case because my partner is still in pain from where her entire wrist and forearm were stung last night, nearly 12 hours ago. The Captain told everyone to call the Bite Me office at 10am, when they open. I called them at 10am, and they said it was at our own risk to go in the water, and they refused to refund any of our money. She offered us another trip out to sea, but we refused. We didn't want to risk enduring such an awful/painful excursion again. We are very disappointed in how things were handled last night. If our boat were anchored the same way all the other surrounding boats were, we would have been back on the boat much sooner, with less stings. Before you decide to take this adventure, please consider that this could also happen to you.
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Night Manta Ray Snorkel
ashdog11
, Jun 2019
This was a good excursion for a reasonable price. However, we weren't actually in the water very long which was a little disappointing. I would have liked to have known a little more about the rays themselves also.
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Not as described
jugaria70
, Jun 2019
We went on the guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel and it was not as described in the advertisement. Here is what was in the description: 2.5-hour nighttime swim with manta rays Learn about the biology and behavior of these gentle, graceful giants Supervised by expert diving guides Wet suite, snorkel gear, and flotation devices provided Watch the Kona sunset from the deck of the boat First you don't really swim with the Manta Rays (if you see one). You hold on to a large rectangular pvc pipe thing and look down. Second the only thing we learned is that Manta Rays have a thin coating or film on their bodies and if you touch them it does damage. Third wet suits is a loose term . Not wet suits but wet tops are provided. Fourth is one of the most disappointing. You should be able to watch the sunset like it says but when the sun was getting ready for it's setting , they turn the boat so that you can't see it. The crew is disappointing. Two young girls with very revealing swimsuits got on the boat and the crew immediately had a special spot for them to sit during the boat ride and spent a good portion of the time with them and then when the boat stopped at the manta spot, these two girls go ahead and jump in the water before anyone and go for a swim. Keep in mind we are all told we can't go out on our own according to coast guard rules. No life vest, no nothing and they aren't holding on the PVC pipe (the PVC pipe wasn't in the water yet) that we all were required to hold on to. The crew does take time though to cast a line for fishing while on the tour. We technically seen a manta even though it was very quick and you could only see a portion of the manta. I would do another night snorkel but with another company if I go back to Hawaii. They did sing happy birthday to one of the people in our party so that was nice.
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Awesome Time
melissaann129
, Aug 2018
We had a great time, so glad we decided to do this. I would recommend to anyone looking for a night time excursion. The crew was a lot of fun.
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