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Ocean Encounters - Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Head out into the waters off Kona to see the sunset over the ocean before diving in to enjoy snorkeling with manta rays in their natural habitat, a magical experience unlike anything else in the world.

As we motor out from Honokohau Harbor in Kona to the dive site just offshore (which is about 20-30 feet deep), the crew will share some fun facts about manta rays.

Once the suns sets the water will be lit up with flashlights turning the ocean into an electric green. The light will attract the plankton, which in turn, attracts the manta rays to the area to feed. You’ll get to see their sweeping somersaults beneath you.

Tour Highlights:

  • Snorkel with manta rays after dark
  • Great coastline and sunset views from the boat
  • Unique photo opportunities of underwater world at night

Tour Inclusions:

  • Snorkel gear: mask, fins, wet suit (up to size 3X), flotation devices, underwater light
  • Dry snacks, hot coffee and hot chocolate

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Special Instructions
Where and When:
January - March: Check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Departs at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
April - August: Check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Departs at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
September - December: Check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Departs at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Tour duration is approximately 2.5 hours with 1 hour spent in the water.

Check in at the Honokohau Marina, 74-425 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 View Map
(For GPS users please note there is more than one Kealakehe!)
Directions for Honokohau Marina & Check-In:
Check in at the Bite Me Logo Store - The Marina is 5 miles south of Kona airport and 3 or 4 miles north of Kailua-Kona. At the traffic light intersection, take Kealakehe Parkway from the highway (Hwy 19) towards the ocean. You'll see the sailboat masts from the highway and there's a sign for Honokohau Marina. Take that road lined with coconut palms and go Right at your first opportunity. Immediately on your left is a blue building complex with its own parking lot; our office is right by the flagpole.
There are no specific restrictions for this activity.
Special Notes:
Suggested minimum age to get in the water is 5 years old. Depending on the swimming ability of a younger child some younger children have gotten in the water.

It is an extremely rare occurrence, but if we do not see ANY manta rays on our night manta snorkel or dolphins on our dolphin encounter, you are welcome to come back out with our again on the same excursion during the same vacation. This is based on availability and totally free of charge. We recommend you book early in your trip so if you need to take advantage of the Ocean Encounters guarantee you have more flexibility.
Operation Days:
2.5 hours (approx 1 hour in the water)
Ocean Encounters
Big Island
The Ocean Encounter is a big and roomy 46-foot Delta boat boasting an inside cabin, an upper deck for additional awesome views and a restroom. The vessel features a nice big swim step and an extra sturdy ladder, so you can get into and out of the water easily.
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