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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
  • Snorkel with manta rays on this Big Island adventure led by an expert guide
  • Watch the Kona sunset before dipping into the water
  • Sit back with light refreshments and snacks on board the boat
  • Enjoy complimentary use of all snorkel equipment
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, jacket style wetsuit top, floatation device
Light refreshments including snacks and bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)
74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy , 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • MUST HAVE PREVIOUS SWIMMING AND SNORKELING EXPERIENCE OR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET IN THE WATER!!!
  • MUST BE comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled by the supplier, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Recommended to bring towel, clothes for change, sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Age restriction: minimum age allowed is 2 years old; maximum age allowed is 70 years old (unless approved by the supplier)
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in an advanced pregnancy
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii.

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  • "The water can get cold so keep that in mind." See review
  • "Whether you can swim or not does not matter as you will be provided numerous safety device to ensure your encounter." See review
  • "Bring warm clothes after to be comfortable on the way back (: Also remember to relax and enjoy every single moment of the beautiful manta rays!" See review

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Great nite
Cheryl_R
, Aug 2022
It was awesome. Once the manta rays started coming they were everywhere. So close one of them grazed me on the way by. The captain made sure we had a good spot and was even a bit of a comedian. It was quite the experience.
star-5
Amazing Experience/ Great Workout!
Adriana_G
, Aug 2022
Such an incredible experience! I can’t stop talking about the little moments with my partner! I’m sure we’ll be talking about it for the rest of our lives! Biggest thing I recommend: be prepared to have exhausted shoulders and legs. You need to be able to hold yourself in a float position or you will miss out!
star-5
Magical Night!
Tauni_G
, Aug 2022
Captain Simon and the crew were so much fun! It was an amazing night and we saw so many manta rays! Would definitely do this again with Hang Loose and Viator!
star-5
Go with Simon! He and...
Heather_W
, Aug 2022
Go with Simon! He and his crew are helpful and knowledgeable! Best snorkeling experience in my life! Incredible!!!!!!!!!’ A MUST DO!!
star-5
Manta rays get up super...
Bradley_B
, Aug 2022
Manta rays get up super close to you in the water. Staff was good, and the overall expieriance was breathtaking! It will be well remembered.
star-5
Great experience
Lisa_H
, Aug 2022
Great experience! The whole family loved it! A very unique trip. The crew were fun but very professional.
star-5
Do it now!!!
Richard_N
, Aug 2022
Great staff, made this once in a lifetime experience even better! This is a must do in Kona, and you won't regret it! Be sure to have your GoPro ready because you'll definitely want to capture this moment!
star-5
Experience to remember
Catherine_F
, Aug 2022
My 8 year old daughter’s dream come true. The team made it easy for her/us to feel comfortable - we simply enjoyed the moment. Thanks!!
star-1
Could see nothing from...
Joan_P
, Aug 2022
Could see nothing from surface and too many boats to get close enough to see anything. Very disappointing. We should have been told.
star-5
This is a must do!
Melanie_G
, Aug 2022
This was such a blast!! My daughter and I almost skipped because we were so tired, but we were so so glad we pushed through. The captain was hilarious and it was well worth it!
star-5
Remarkable Experience - Not for Small Children
Lydia_D
, Aug 2022
This was my husband's favorite excursion of the 7 we went on during our trip. The crew provides wetsuit jackets (very appreciated) for you to wear, and snorkel masks, though we brought our own. They cruised us out as the sun went down to a spot near Kona airport (which sounds awful but wasn't!) where the mantas gather at night. The crew did a great job with a few things: they were careful to tell us that mantas are not dangerous and do not have stings like stingrays, or teeth like sharks. Basically, mantas are big underwater birds that are scared of us if we make sudden moves. Second, they made sure everyone was comfortable and had questions answered before we got in the water. Getting into the ocean at night and hanging onto a board is a VERY strange experience. There are handrails, which were really appreciated, and we were all shoulder-to-shoulder looking down into blue-lit gloom. I admit, I was pretty nervous. Even having snorkeled before, the difficulty seeing the depth and the atypical posture of holding a handle and trying to float was unnerving. All that disappeared when the mantas arrived. Watching them swoop up and do slow, graceful backflips inches from you as they scoop krill into their mouths is so beautiful. The first couple of times they came close it was a little scary, thinking they might bump into you or be startled, but these BIG creatures are so graceful and calming that I could have spent hours there. The trip felt too short, but only because it was such a wonderful experience. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in an unusual adventure, but I would NOT recommend this for small children. These are BIG animals, and for the safety of the mantas and everyone else in the group, having a small child panicking and potentially getting into trouble while trying to snorkel would ruin this experience for everyone. Let your children enjoy an evening in front of the TV and spend a beautiful evening with your significant other. The kids will enjoy this when they're teenagers, but probably not before.
star-5
Sublime
cortney_h
, Aug 2022
Hysterical crew! Boat ride out to mantas was amazing! Seasickness a real thing though… some passengers got sick, may be helpful to advise them to look at the horizon or land while on boat. Crew vet accommodating! Mantas were spectacular and music play list on the boat was specifically curated for the trip
star-5
Remarkable experience
Rob_R
, Aug 2022
What a fantastic experience, captain Simon , Chris an Olla were outstanding throughout. One of the best things we have ever done, so professional throughout well worth the cost
star-5
Unforgettable Experience
Taylor_F
, Aug 2022
This experience has been on my bucket list since I created it and Simon and his crew made it better than I could have ever imagined. Complimentary snacks and beverages were provided before and after the experience. It was pretty cold when you get out of the water but their boat "Kona" had an inbuilt warm shower which warmed you up super quick. Simon alone was a loveable character cracking jokes, making everyone feel comfortable. The experience itself was absolutely incredible. Guaranteed to see AT LEAST 10 manta rays that come right infront of your face. Definitely bring/rent a go pro because these are memories you'll want forever. Thank you Simon and his crew.
star-5
The owner and operator is...
Khanh_P
, Aug 2022
The owner and operator is very entertaining, humor, informative, organize, and transparency. We definitely recommend any one goes for HangLoose company.
star-5
Totally worth it!!!
Cristina_S
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing time. The staff is very professional and puntual. Please ask for the noodle and relax stay as still as you can in the water!. Great experience!
star-5
Amazing
Sarah_H
, Aug 2022
So much fun - the crew was great and the manta rays were simply amazing. Everyone should try this at least once!!
star-4
Great trip, worth a rocky ride
AdamRene_R
, Aug 2022
We had a great time on this trip as a couple in our 20s. We probably saw 10 manta rays, several within inches. We had about 40 minutes out in the water with them. The boat ride was really rocky and one of us did get sick, but even so it was worth it for the great manta experience we had.
star-5
The crew was great and...
John_G
, Aug 2022
The crew was great and the experience with the Manta Rays was unbelievable. We had a warmer night so it wasn’t an issue bringing a sweatshirt would be a good idea for the ride back.
star-5
Great outing! We saw many...
Marita_L
, Aug 2022
Great outing! We saw many manta rays. It was a beautiful night and a very unique tour with a great captain and crew.

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