Manta Mania - Manta Ray Night Snorkel - Small-Group Experience In Kona, Hawaii

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From $159.00

181 reviews   (4.82)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: hawaii, hawaii

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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We carry a maximum of 6 passengers so we can offer a more intimate manta ray snorkel experience than the larger "cattle boats" in Kona.

In addition to delivering a more private experience, our small group size allows for a better manta ray show. Your swim guide will tow your party to the most active areas of the snorkel site, as you hold onto a light board and enjoy the show. Larger groups on bigger boats are often required to stay next to the boat, and can't chase the manta ray action as we do. By locating the most active areas of the snorkel site, you'll have a higher chance of seeing more manta rays.

If you book all 6 seats on any trip, you will have your own private charter.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel with manta rays, in a private small-group experience. Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

What's Included

Use of Snorkelling equipment

What's Not Included

Please bring your own towel.

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 4 - 75

Additional Info

  • Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Must be able to swim without the assistance of a floatation device.
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries

Cancellation Policy


Best snorkeling tour ever!
maitaimike2015, 17-09-2022
You have many different tour companies that offer a night snorkel Manta Ray experience. After extensive research, we booked with Coral Reef Adventures, and I recommend you do as well. They offer many advantages over the larger “cattle” boats. With a maximum of six, you will all fit around one compact light board. You spend more time enjoying these graceful magnificent creatures, and less time waiting your turn to swim to your spot. We selected the 8:00pm “moonlight” slot, that had us at a site with only a dive boat as a neighbor, sweet! Their earlier tour was raving how awesome it was during our check in, a very good sign. This tour exceeded all expectations. The crew were first rate professionals.

Everything moves quickly with this outfit , check in at the pavilion, on the boat, change into the 1mm front-zip “shorty” high quality wetsuit. “E-ticket” boat ride to the site, in the water, then manta’s OMG!! Everyone in our group laid out flat and barely moved. This is important, as pointed out by our extremely knowledgeable guide, Eric. Inexperienced newbies flailing about, can inhibit them from moving closer to the surface. The provided “floaties” wrapped around each ankle w/velcro, helped to aid buoyancy. We all watched about a dozen mantas glide directly under us, rolling over and over again. They came within inches of us. Eric explained this behavior is unique to the Kona area. Letting us linger around 45 minutes, we boarded for the brisk ride back. Although my older waterproof camera did capture some good images, their rental GoPro Hero 9 would have been worth the additional cost.

Great website with lots of info. Booking is a breeze. Responded via text to our concerns with pending weather. Follow their detailed directions to the check in pavilion at Honokohau Harbor. Well lighted with adjacent clean restrooms (none available on the boat). These were locked by the time we returned just before 10:00 pm. The harbor operations staff needs to be a better partner to these tour groups, seriously!


• DO NOT BE THAT PERSON WHO SHOWS UP LATE! 15 min early is good.
• Eat a lighter meal well before departure time, avoid alcohol.
• Take any seasickness medication about 1 hour before tour.
• Wear swimsuit under clothing, baggy knee length board shorts ill-advised.
• Bring a small tote or back pack for towel, gear, wallet, keys, clothing.
• If you bring your own mask & snorkel, you won’t need the fins.
• Wear simple flip-flops, you will leave them on the dock.
• If you bring a camera, set flash to OFF. It is harmful to manta rays.
• Follow guide’s instructions in the water, for manta’s safety.
• Padded benches at stern for less bumpy, in the seated cabin for less windy.
• PLEASE TIP YOUR CREW!! Cash is good….

W3454IMjenniferb, 16-09-2022
My husband and I had a fabulous experience. We both highly highly recommend!! Jake and Jeff were great!
JMF2003, 14-09-2022
We had an amazing time on this tour! Our guide (Jacob) and captain (Jeff) were both great with our family (2 adults, 2 teens, and a tween). Jacob was very personable and friendly. We did the first evening tour, and got to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the boat ride out. We saw 5 manta rays (spread out and even all at once!), and they came right up close to us! We rented a GoPro, and are so glad we did. We didn't get to see what kind of footage we captures for 2 weeks when we returned home from vacation, and it was fun to watch what we experienced! This was in my husband's top 3 must-dos in Hawaii before we went, and definitely stayed at the top afterwards, too. The only negative is that we wish we could have stayed longer.
Doing the Manta Swim the right way !
DJM66, 08-09-2022
Jacob and Jeff provided the best experience !! This was our second trip with Coral Reef, first one was on our honeymoon in 2014. So glad we chose to go back with them. Arrived to checkin and were surrounded by the masses going on the "big boat" tours - more on that later. Jacob texted us that day to keep us updated and informed of where to meet and when, he was very helpful as the departure area can be confusing. I'm convinced that a small boat / group experience is the way to go. We chose the 8pm time and we were off on time, first boat to arrive, and most importantly, first in the water. Jacob was great getting us around in the water and keeping us on the rays. 30 minutes in the water (plenty of time) and for the first 20 minutes we had our own private experience with up to 6 rays at one time (this time). The large boats arrived shortly after we were there but thankfully took quite awhile to do their safety brief and get organized (made a better experience for us). This is a must do when on the Big Island and I can't emphasize enough how much better your experience will be with this group !!
Once in a Lifetime Magical Manta Swim!!
Kristie_A, 08-09-2022
Captain Jack and Jacob were excellent guides and put us right on to 3 big mantas that spent the full time with us. It was truly magical and we highly recommend. Also loved we were only with 4 other people and not a boat load of tourists. Cannot recommend this experience highly enough.

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