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Manta Ray Night Diving

Manta Ray Night Dives of Hawaii - Manta Ray Night Dive & Snorkel

Join the friendly crew of Manta Ray Night Dives of Hawaii for an adventure of a lifetime. Departing from Honokohau Harbor, located just north of Kailua-Kona, their boat will take you to a location just offshore on the Kona Coast where manta rays like to hang out at night.

A manta ray night dive has been featured on numerous Travel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs. It is often described as "surreal." Hawaii's Kona Coast is home to over 240 resident manta rays, and each one of them has been identified and named! This is possible as each manta ray has unique black and white markings on their underside. Mantas can grow up to 16 feet in length and weigh up to 1,600 pounds, but they have nothing that bites or stings, so they can be closely observed.

Here is how this adventure works: Groups of manta rays mingle nightly off of Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove) to feed on the plankton that appears to soak up the glow given off by underwater dive lights. In a water depth of about 30-40 feet, both snorkelers and certified scuba divers can view the manta rays up close. This is a fun tour for the whole family. Ride alongs (observers) are welcome on board as well.

Tour Highlights:

  • Short boat ride to snorkel/dive site
  • Snorkel or scuba dive with manta rays after sunset
  • Plenty of great photo opportunities

Tour Inclusions:

  • Top quality snorkel gear, wetsuit shorties and flotation devices
  • Snacks, soft drinks, ice water and hot cocoa

Top quality scuba dive gear (BCD, regulator, full wetsuit) is available for rent.


Special Instructions
Where and When:
Seasonal approx. check-in times (exact check-in time will be emailed to you for your trip):
January & December: 4:30 pm
February & November: 4:45 pm
March & October: 5:00 pm
April & September: 5:15 pm
May & August: 5:30 pm
June & July: 5:45 pm

Check in is at Honokohau Harbor
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Driving Directions:
From Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy 19), turn onto Kealakehe Pkwy into the entrance of Honokohau Harbor. 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 the boat. The Manta is in Slip C-1.
Divers must be open water certified.
Children age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Snorkeling experience is not necessary, however, all guests must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted.
Weight restriction is 280 pounds due to safety reasons for Snorkeling and Diving.
Special Notes:
Operation Days:
3.5 hours
Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii
Big Island
The Manta is a spacious 40-foot vessel featuring an oversized swim platform, an extra large ladder for easy ocean entry and exit and a hot water shower to rinse off after snorkeling. The Manta is U.S. Coast Guard inspected and has room to carry 32 passengers.
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