3 hours
Duration
Big Island
Location
Seasonal depatures 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Tour Times
Best Of Hawaii

Mark an item off your bucket list and join us for the Manta Ray Night Dive & Snorkel EcoAdventure charter!

An incredible encounter with the Kona Manta Rays at night. This world famous dive/snorkel trip has been featured on numerous Travel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs!

The Hawaiian Kona Coast is home to over 240 resident Manta Rays and each has been identified and named. Much like a fingerprint is unique to each human, Manta Rays have distinguishing black and white markings on their underside that are used to identify them nightly. These gentle giants can grow up to 16 feet in length and weigh up to 1600 pounds, but they have nothing that bites or stings, making this the safest large animal encounter in the world. Groups of Manta Rays converge nightly off of Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove), to feed on the Phytoplankton & Zooplankton that appear to soak up the glow given off by underwater dive lights.

Enjoy a scenic sunset boat ride along the Kona coast to the manta location. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will instruct you on how to encounter these amazing creatures so we can protect the mantas and their habitat. In a water depth of about 30-40 feet, both snorkelers and certified SCUBA divers are able to safely view the incredible performance by the manta rays!

Features:

  • 85% chance of seeing Ray of come again free!
  • Tank, weights, and dive light included; mask and fins available on board!
  • Oversize swim platform and fresh hot water showers.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, ice water and hot cocoa provided
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and professional dive crew.

Schedule:

  • Availability: Daily
  • Tour Times: Between 4:30 and 5:30 PM (exact time to be confirmed at booking)
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx)

Recommendations:

  • Bring a towel, underwater camera (or add a GoPro Rental to your reservation.)
  • Bring sunscreen & a light jacket or sweater

Restrictions/Requirements:

  • Due to safety regulations, the weight limit for divers & snorkelers is 280 lbs.
  • Diver must be certified and provide proof of certification
  • No snorkeling experience necessary
  • All guests must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted
  • Snorkeling not recommended for 6 & under, 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. If Snorkeling/Diving – Must be able to swim and climb boat ladder to exit the water.
  • Divers 65 years and older complete PADI medical form prior to dive charter. If you answer yes to any question, you must have a signed physician’s release.
  • All charters must have 4 or more guests booked to go out. If needed, we will contact you and offer rebooking for a later date.
  • In the event of inclement weather or high surf conditions a scheduled adventure may have to be rescheduled via your contact phone number. Prices subject to change.
  • For the safety of our guests and crew members, all of the participants for this activity must be able to speak English or have a translator with them at all times.

Location: Departs from Honokohau Marina Slip C-1. See Transportation Tab for Directions.
Address: 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/yrJQtr27Cot

Activity Company: Kona Diving EcoAdventuresManta Ray Dives of HawaiiNeptune Charlie's

Location: 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

  • Departs from Honokohau Marina Slip C-1
  • Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/yrJQtr27Cot

Directions​ ​to​ ​the​ ​boat:

From​ ​the​ ​Kona​ ​International​ ​Airport:
Turn right onto HI-19/ Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, go 4.5 miles
At light, turn right on Kealakehe Pkwy into entrance of Honokohau Marina
Take the first right and follow the road around
After passing Gentry’s Sea Store Deli / Gas Station, turn left
Park on the right side of the boat ramp near the pavilion / bathrooms
Check-in at boat, The Manta in slip C-1, just left of the boat ramp

From​ ​Kona:
Take HI-19/ Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, north towards the Kona International Airport
At light, turn left on Kealakehe Pkwy into entrance of Honokohau Marina
Take the first right and follow the road around
After passing Gentry’s Sea Store Deli / Gas Station, turn left
Park on the right side of the boat ramp near the pavilion / bathrooms
Check-in at boat, The Manta in slip C-1, just left of the boat ramp

Latitude​ ​-​ ​Longitude:
19.669487 -156.022228
Lat: 19° 40′ 10.1532″ Long: -156° 1′ 20.0208″