For the best Manta or Night Snorkel give us a call. This experience of Manta Ray Night Snorkel is rated as one of the top 10 dives in the world; it is often described as “surreal”. But, please remember this is not Disneyland, it’s a wild animal encounter and we do our best to deliver the experience but can’t guarantee it 100% of the time. We provide all the gear that you require. Snorkel, mask, fins, wetsuit, as well, as a “Light Board” for everyone to hold onto. Our swim guide will be right with you in the water to assist you if you have any issues with your gear or fear. We will prepare you when the mantas are coming up close so they can come within one foot of your face. If you get cold, we will bring you back to the boat before the others are finished if the boat isn’t too far away. Our manta rays are very comfortable with snorkelers or divers in the water. This activity has been going on since the late 1970’s and they know that we will never harm them. Therefore, we get one of the greatest exposures to wild marine life possible and it’s totally safe.
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The boat ride is about 20 minutes from the Honokohau Harbor. We tie up to a mooring ball close to shore in 30’ of water. As we’re waiting for it to get completely dark, we give you a manta ray talk that describes what mantas are and why they do the things they do. We use a picture book so you can visualize what is going to happen. After the talk, we gear up and slide into the water and gather around a central spot. Here, all the snorkelers from different companies gather together with all of their lights to attract the plankton. We provide a floating light surfboard for you to hold onto this has our high-powered lights in the center that attract the manta rays. The mantas come to feed on the plankton that results in a truly majestic manta ballet that is comparison to a beautifully choreographed ballet. Manta Ray Night Snorkel is so incredibly beautiful; you will count it as a highlight of your Hawaii experience.
Guided Tour,Scenic Coastal Cruise,Historical Narrative,Marine Habitat Narrative,Snorkel Mask,Snorkel Fins,Wetsuit
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74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI, United States - 96740
Welcome to Honokohau Harbor, conveniently located between the Kona Airport and the town of Kailua-Kona. Adventures await Kamaaina's and Visitor's alike with some of the best Sportfishing in the world right here off of the Kona coast. Many people dream of catching that large Marlin, sitting in that fighting chair and battling a 1000 pound game fish. This is where those dreams come true. Diving adventures can bring you close to large manta rays or whale sharks or maybe you just want to snorkel with a pod of spinner dolphins. Cap off a perfect day in paradise with a sunset sail along the humpback whales. All this awaits you here at Honokohau Harbor. E como mai and aloha!
|Nautical Coordinates:||   19° 40′ 10″ N, 156° 01′ 37″ W|
|NOAA Chart:||   19327|
|Harbor Master:||   Daniel Mersburgh|
|Email Address:||   DLNR.BD.HonokohauHarbor@hawaii.gov|