- 2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
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 before jumping in to enjoy swimming with manta rays in their underwater nighttime realm. "Manta safari" guides escort you around the site with a mobile light show that attracts these gentle and fascinating creatures. Relax on the observation deck with unobstructed viewing and plenty of room to move around. All snorkel equipment, including flotation devices and wetsuits, is included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.
- Family friendly
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Snacks and Beverages included
- Snorkel gear included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Bottled water and hot chocolate
- Professional guide
- Flotation device
- Snorkel equipment including wet suits
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
4pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, or 6pm (seasonal departures). Please contact the supplier for exact departure time.
Check-in at the tour office in Honokohau Harbor in Kona and get fitted for your snorkel gear, including wetsuits.
Depart from the Honokohau Harbor on a 48-foot (15-meter) Delta, which has a large cabin, top observation deck for extra seating and great unobstructed views, a restroom, and plenty of room to move around.
Travel the coastline at dusk, reaching your destination around sunset to enjoy amazing views of the setting sun from the water. After sunset, spend about 45 minutes snorkeling using a customized light board that attracts the mantas and produces a flurry of bubbles and lights. You'll be in fairly shallow water within sight of the shoreline, and supervised by your experienced guide to ensure your comfort and safety.
Afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate and light snacks on the boat as you cruise back to the harbor. All equipment, snacks, and beverages are included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.
- 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.
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
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.
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.
We had an incredible time! Five Mantas entertained us! The Bite Me crew was helpful, informative and funny! We especially liked Lee (sp?) from Micronesia. He was awesome!
Bryan, Mika and Ryan were fantastic. They were very helpful getting into the water (we had inexperienced snorkellers) and swam us to various locations for the best sightings of the Mantas. Lucky enough to see dolphins on the way to the Manta site.
Not so great. Captain good - and two crew members. Captain not happy with their performance when trying to anchor the boat. Too many people for Ocean Encounter boat. We did not see any manta rays - of course told us we could return to try again. No thank you. Lights burned out while in the water.