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Snorkeling with Manta Rays on the Big Island of Hawaii

By Viator, February 2018

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Snorkeling with manta rays on the Big Island of Hawaii offers a peek at one of nature’s great ocean creatures. Swimming alongside a fully grown manta is akin to flying with a massive, underwater bird, and here are the best way to experience it on a manta ray snorkeling tour. 

Highlights
  • Swim alongside rays with wingspans of up to 16 feet (five meters).
  • Watch a Hawaiian sunset before hopping in the water for an unforgettable swim.
  • Experience Hawaii’s underwater world and marine life at night, when mantas come to feed on plankton that accumulates just off the Kona coast.
  • Learn about manta rays, their habits, and the environment in which they live.
  • Combine your manta ray night snorkel with a sunset cruise on Keauhou Bay or a guided kayaking tour.

Things to Know
  • Most manta ray night and sunset snorkeling tours depart Kailua-Kona or Puako.
  • All necessary snorkeling equipment is included.
  • Depending on which manta ray tour you choose, amenities might include warm water for rinsing off, drinks, snacks, and souvenir photos of the experience.
  • Snorkeling tours can last anywhere from 60 minutes to four hours, depending on the selected experience.
  • Snorkel tours often include hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, null
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Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 87 Reviews

A must do while in Hawaii! It's a lifetime opportunity to see up close manta rays feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures under the neon lights. ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $65.00
Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Manta Magic - Night Manta Ray Snorkel

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Manta Rays are gentle giants with no teeth, barbs, or stingers. They put on a graceful ballet almost every night as they filter feed on plankton that naturally ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.91
Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona

In Kona our visitors have the rare treat to experience a Manta Night Snorkel. The occurrence of an accumulation of plankton off of the shoreline makes for an ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Ensure a manta ray sighting on this 2.5-hour night tour. Head out in Kona, one of the best places in the world to see mantas, to see the sunset over the water ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.30
Manta Ray Snorkel Sunset or Moonlight Kona Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Manta Ray Snorkel Sunset or Moonlight Kona Big Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

The Kona Coast of Hawaii is considered the primary place in the world to view manta rays. During a 2-hour snorkeling tour with a knowledgeable guide, ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Moonlight Manta Ray 2.5-hour Snorkel from Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Moonlight Manta Ray 2.5-hour Snorkel from Kona

A must do while in Hawaii! It's a lifetime opportunity to see up close manta rays feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures under the neon lights. ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Keauhou Bay Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Swim, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Keauhou Bay Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Swim

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

An unforgettable 1.5 hour evening boat trip out of Keauhou Harbor to enjoy the beautiful Kona coastline and Sunset, as you await the mantas arrival. You will ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Big Island Manta Ray Night Kayak and Snorkel Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Sunset Cruises
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Big Island Manta Ray Night Kayak and Snorkel Adventure

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Experience the thrill of seeing manta rays up close! Kayak and snorkel through the Big Island's pristine waters to see Hawaii’s playful manta rays at night. ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.79
Manta Ray Snorkeling Evening Tour from Keahou Harbor, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Manta Ray Snorkeling Evening Tour from Keahou Harbor

Join this 1-hour, small group evening boat trip out of Keauhou Harbor to witness the majestic manta rays come to feed on the abundant buffet of phytoplankton ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Manta Ray Night Snorkel: Big Island, Hawaii, Big Island of Hawaii, Night Cruises
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel: Big Island, Hawaii

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

The Manta Ray night snorkel on the coast of Hawaii is the only place in the world that has resident Manta Rays that consistently come to feed at the same ...  Read more

Location: Puako, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $119.00

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