Hawaii Oceanic - Magic Manta Ray Night Snorkel
Departing from Keauhou Harbor, located south of Kailua-Kona, enjoy a cruise down the coast to the manta ray snorkel site. This is your chance to experience what many have called a once-in-a-lifetime truly magical experience.
A light board is set up in the water for you to hold on to while snorkeling. The light attracts the marine plankton, which in turn attracts the manta rays, so they will come and swoop within inches below you as you float on the water’s surface. Enjoy the manta ray ballet in the water below you for up to an hour as the manta rays enjoy their plankton buffet dinner.
After your magic manta snorkel, the boat will head back to the harbor under the light of the stars and the moon. Be sure to gaze upward, as you may glimpse the Milky Way on a clear night.
- Short 5-minute boat ride to snorkel site
- Snorkel with manta rays for about 30-40 minutes
- Plenty of great photo opportunities
- Snorkel gear is provided (fins, mask, snorkel, wetsuit)
- Snacks and beverages
- Where and When:
- Trip 1: Check in at 6:00 pm. Tour time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Trip 2: Check in at 7:30 pm. Tour time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Trip 3: Check in at 8:30 pm. Tour time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Trip 4: Check in at 9:30 pm. Tour time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Keauhou Harbor, 78-7138 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua Kona, HI 96740
FROM KAILUA KONA VIA ALII DRIVE
Drive south on Alii Drive, ocean will be on your right, until you come to the intersection of Kamehameha III Road. Turn right at this light and park in the dirt parking lot which will be on your left as indicated by map below. Please observe any No Parking Signs.
FROM KAILUA KONA VIA HIGHWAY 11 (KUAKINI)
Drive south on Highway 11, from the intersection of Palani Road and Highway 11, until you reach the eighth stop light at Kamehameha III Road where you will turn right. Continue through two stop lights always heading west towards the ocean on Kamehameha III Rd. until you see a dirt road on your left which will take you to a dirt parking lot. If you pass the lot, you will reach a dead end, so you will need to turn around. Follow the detailed map below to walk to the harbor. Please observe any No Parking Signs.
FROM KOHALA COAST RESORTS
Head south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, (Highway 19), towards Kailua Kona. At the intersection of Palani Rd. and Highway 19, the continuation of this highway becomes Highway 11, Kuakini Highway. From this intersection, you will go through seven stop lights. The eighth light will be Kamehameha III Road where you will turn right. Proceed through two stop lights on Kam. Rd., always heading west towards the ocean, and turn into the dirt road on your left as indicated by the map below. You will walk to the harbor from here. Please observe any No Parking Signs.
- The minimum age to participate is 3 years. Children 3 and older are welcome on the tour if they can comfortably swim 25 yards in the ocean. Every person on the boat needs a ticket, regardless of age or size because the boat is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard for 12 passengers, and this limit can't be exceeded.
Weight limit per person is 300 lbs (136 kg).
- Special Notes:
- Operation Days:
- Approx. 1 hour
- 12 passenger maximum (4 person minimum for tour to go out)
- 30' foot power catamaran, Pueo Kai (Ocean Owl)
Red Cross Certified Ocean Lifeguard on board