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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona Big Island, Hawaii
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona Big Island, Hawaii

By Hang Loose Boat Tours
Recommended by 95% of travellers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Snorkel over manta rays on this guided snorkeling experience off the coast of Big Island. Take a short cruise to the snorkel site as the sun begins to set and pause to watch a spectacular sundown before jumping in to swim among massive manta rays in their natural setting. Back onboard, enjoy snacks, drinks, and use of the onboard washrooms. Round-trip transport and equipment included.
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Ages 1-75, max of 48 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Snorkel with manta rays in their natural environment
  • Guided, half-day tour with equipment and refreshments included
  • Boat cruise to take in a Hawaiian off the coast of Big Island
  • Book with confidence. If you don't spot any rays, book another excursion at no charge
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2024

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • For snorkeling option: Snorkeling gear, jacket style wetsuit top, floatation device
  • Light refreshments including snacks and bottled water
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Arrive at the Honokohau Marina’s north side to meet your guide, choose your snorkel gear, and get a safety briefing. Next, it’s on to the boat for a cruise up the Kona Coast toward the manta ray snorkel site. As the sun sets, find a comfortable spot onboard to watch the vibrant, colors streak the sky as you bob on the waves. Before the sun goes down, gear up and jump into the water to snorkel over manta rays swimming below. Enjoy the warm sea and amazing underwater sights before getting back on the boat for complimentary refreshments as you return to the marina. All equipment included.

Start:
  • Hang Loose Boat Tours, 74-381 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.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8571P1

    • 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.
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8571P1

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    • Hang Loose Boat Tours
      3,401
      Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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    • Quest41974121789
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
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      This was a great trip! We saw so many fish and the water was really clear. The crew was awesome! Jacob gave us the history of the island. The crew was funny and were very helpful to those who were not experienced snorkelers. For those of us that were experienced, they did not hover. This was a great trip and I highly recommend this company. We took two different tours with them and both trips were great! Absolutely no complaints.
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    • Roving00036108789
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect half day snorkel trip
      Great trip! Bryce was captain and the 2 crew were awesome! (young Hawaiian guy and Hawaiian lady whose name starts with a "K"). Slide and diving platform were a hit! Great snacks, snorkeling and service! Perfect half day trip!!
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    • ElaineM825
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
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      We had 16 people in our extended family group so the most economical was the private boat charter. What a great experience. The family, our kids, spouses, and 8 grandchildren had a blast. I would call directly to book. Saving some online fees. Stopped at another snorkel spot on the return trip. Great captain Aiden and first mate. Lots of snacks, drinks and lunch.
      Written July 8, 2024
    • Pioneer39639356120
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to spend your morning!
      We had a great time! The captain and his crew were amazing - helpful, funny and made the experience wonderful. The boat had a diving board and slide which added to the snorkeling experience. Sandwiches and fruit were yummy. Would definitely do it again!
      Written July 5, 2024
    • Marc S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Company By Far!
      This is our second time we’ve gone with Hang Loose to snorkel at Captain Cook and they never disappoint. They have the kindest, most helpful captain and crew, and make sure everyone is comfortable and having a good time. The boat ride to and from Captain Cook is a blast. The snorkeling is amazing and we took full advantage of the jumping platform and slide on the boat. After snorkeling, they offer delicious sandwiches, snacks, fruit and beverages. Without a doubt, my family and I will go with Hang Loose anytime we are on the Island!
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    • amphibolostylous
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      Hang Loose wins again!
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      Written June 9, 2024
    • bobf372
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun half-day snorkel
      Crew was friendly. Great gear. Nice little lunch. Good way to get out to Captain Cook for and excellent snorkel. Saw Tiger shark, green turtles, eels and scads of fish.
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      Awesome morning!
      Great crew. The boat was clean and comfortable. Lunch was great. Snorkeling was awesome. Lots and lots of fish and good coral.
      Written May 30, 2024
    • BoardingPass277777
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      Awesome boat cruise and snorkeling!
      Highly recommend this boat cruise & snorkeling. Captain Alden and his crew were top notch, very funny and informative along the way. Made the whole experience very easy. Saw tons of colorful fish in the bay. Advise to take the morning cruise…not as many other boats & snorkelers.
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      So much fun!
      Awesome boat ride. Crew couldn’t do enough to make our trip comfortable. The lunch and snacks provided was delicious. Thanks!
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    • DaleP421
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      10 out of 10 Snorkeling Trip
      Of all the experiences we had on our Hawaiian trip these past ten days, snorkeling with Aiden and Kiwami from the Hang Loose tour group was one of the best. Captain Cook’s Bay was just gorgeous with fish of every imaginable color and size. We saw a manta ray, puffer fish, and even a reef shark lurking in the depths. On the way out and back we saw a juvenile humpback whale, were surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins, and even caught a glimpse of “Hamburger” the turtle. The provided sandwiches were delicious and Aiden’s jokes and story telling put the Jungle Cruise at Disney to shame. This was definitely worth every penny, and more.
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    • zihaol275
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience!!!
      We took the early morning trip, 2 of us couldn't swim, they're pretty scared about getting into the water, but the guides took care of them very patiently and carefully, we all enjoyed the tour, wonderful experience!
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    • Megan V
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      This is a must do with this crew
      We had an amazing time. The crew was so nice and helpful and they had a great sense of humor. I’ve never snorkeled and was embarrassed to ask for help but they made it feel very comfortable. We would definitely go again.
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    • lynnedV6230SS
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    • mark r
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    Bzuilhof
    2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021 • Friends
    The manta ray experience was good. We were very disappointed because the trip description specifically states that we could pause to watch the sunset. We didn’t check the time of Hawaii sunset before heading to vacation. We therefore realized the “sunset” cruise had no sunset when it was too late to change plans or cancel in the 48 hour grace period. To top it off, the captain was a smart ass about it it mentioned something sarcastic on the intercom about folks that didn’t know what time sunset was in Hawaii.
    Written November 1, 2021
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    Eric H
    San Jose, CA13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    They are slow to start and the harbor bathrooms got locked luckily just after we used them but many couldn't use them. There is a bathroom on the boat. Left at 730 for our 7 pm cruise. You really feel like flying out in the dark water bouncing on the waves. They are helpful in getting everyone in the water and holding on to the boards. They put pool noodles under your legs to keep them from the rays. You see a lot of rays super up close and they do flips in front of you. They offer a warm shower to most coming back. My wife missed it. I fought off seasickness just after seeing the rays and the whole way back. I think about 20-25% of passengers got sick. The captain said it doesn't happen on the day trips but nighttime makes it tough. Great experience but be prepared.
    Written February 21, 2021
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    SP from CT
    17 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021
    Absolutely Not Recommended. The snorkeling equipment they first gave me had hair on it - forget sanitized, it wasn't even clean. Then, the tour guide was very rude, did some silly acrobatics under water to keep people entertained. We saw 3 rays in all both the guide and captain (only 2 crew members in all anyway) were too eager to go back so they can take out their next batch of people. Our friends went with a much bigger company who also had a lot of scuba divers. Between the scuba divers' head lights and the snorklers' board lights, there were 20+ rays they saw up close. There are plenty of manta rays in the ocean - plan properly and go with a better company
    Written April 20, 2021
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    Madalene
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    This was an amazing part of our trip to the Big Island. While I recommend anyone who has motion sickness to take your meds before you get on the boat, once you solve that problem, this is a remarkable experience. The guides keep everyone safe and are right there to handle whatever you need. And you, as the snorkeler, are a monkey butler holding onto the light that brings the Manta Rays' dinner into their district. Fantastic to see these amazing and powerful creatures up close. It can be disorienting at night, with all the boats and lights, so best to have the minimum snorkeling experience before going on this trip. Once you have that, don't miss it!
    Written April 9, 2020
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    Jenni B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    Jacob and Nathan took us out on an awesome boat ride to snorkel with manta rays! They were super nice and funny, spotted a whale for us all fo see, stopped for a beautiful sunset, and then took us to see the manta rays. We saw so many and they were majestic and beautiful. They also gave us drinks and snacks. It was a great time and Nathan and Jacob did an awesome job. Thumbs way up. Totally worth the $!
    Written January 8, 2020
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    janettR6043YG
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022
    My husband and i excitedly booked this tour. We have had some snorkeling experience and we both admitted we were not strong swimmers at check in and asked for flotation devices. We were given up inflated life vests that we were told would be fitted and gone over on the boat. That never happened. The life vest did not fit my husband. When we got to the destination the water was very choppy. They divides us into experienced snorkelers, moderate experience, and weak swimmers. The guide in the boat jumped in with the experienced swimmers and we were guided to jump off the ladder and swim to the floating device. This was difficult in open choppy water. The in water instructor was overwhelmed with the number of swimmers. There was not enough space on the floaty device for everyone to hold on and fit next to each other. When my husband and i expressed distress - i was told to swim back to the boat. The guide met me half way and yelled at me that everyone knows how to float and that i was exhausting myself and more or less guided me back to the ladder. Meanwhile my husband was also struggling. The guide turned to him and asked if he was okay. ,y husband stated he was struggling and needed help- the guy yelled at him and told him he should have stayed at the float device if he was struggling. Eventually we both got back on the boat. Others had a good time on our tour but there were no safety ropes to guide people to the device and no concern for weak swimmers. I noticed another tour packing up and most the members had waist floaters. The life vests they gave us were self inflate in times of distress. They were not flotation devices. This company is lucky no one has drowned on their tours yet.
    Written January 8, 2022
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    Christine M
    Clovis, CA23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captain Simon and crew did everything to make this an outstanding experience! As a non-athletic 72 year old, I was concerned that this was beyond my abilities, but I was happily wrong. The short swim to the viewing raft was easy and I was accompanied by crew to keep me safe. As soon as the mantas arrived, we were all oblivious to anything but these magnificent creatures, that actually seemed to play with us, swimming in graceful spirals, nearly grazing us as they glided past. There just aren't words to describe the magic of the experience and the attentive professionalism of the crew. I would recommend OTC motion sickness meds if you're inclined to that, but that's just me. Worth every penny.
    Written May 15, 2021
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    Doug C.
    San Diego, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The captain and crew of two were outstanding in the boat and in the water. They instructed us, explaining what to expect, and were close at hand every step of the way, making us feel very safe. The boat was clean, comfortable and fast!

    There was an assortment of snacks and drink aboard throughout and the crew was highly solicitous of our needs.

    A bathroom and a hot shower upon returning to the boat were greatly appreciated.

    We must have seen a dozen or more Mantas up close and swimming so close you could feel them (the Mantas touched me, but we are not allowed to touch them).

    A bonus was sole bottle nosed dolphins played and fed in the light along with the Mantas.

    The location of Hang Loose Boat Tours (where you meet the boat) is a bit more of a distance from the Manta Ray feeding sight (about 20 minutes each way). But it was well worth it.

    The water was a warm 81 degrees and swimmers were in the water only 45 minutes to an hour. So it was comfortable.

    I’s recommend taking something for motion sickness unless you have your sea legs.

    I highly recommend Hang Loose Boat tours and especially the Manta Ray night tour.

    It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.
    Written October 1, 2021
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    Kali W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    This is the most amazing experience I could have ever dreamed of. My husband and I went on our honeymoon on Hawaii, Kona and my goodness. This was both of our favorite experiences while we were there. The gentleman that were running this tour were amazing, fun, informative, and great at what they do!
    We are already planning our next trip to Kona and This was the very first thing we put on the agenda just because of how incredible this experience was.
    There were many people that were not listening to the guide at all and I am very impressed with how he handled the situation. Very professional and informative. Never raised his voice or snapped which to be honest I would have done immediately because of how disrespectful some individuals were being. I would a thousand percent recommend this company to do your manta ray tour experience because they are just phenomenal!!
    Written November 5, 2021
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    Bob M
    Colville, WA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    First I would like to say Jacob and Zander were great!
    There was a problem when we put in the address given in the email with google maps— The directions given took us away from the boat harbor, but the rest of the written directions were right on. When I tried to sign up for the tour on line the only thing available for our date was a ride- along but when we arrived Jacob said I could get in the water for $30. more which I was glad to do. However on Trip Advisor it advertises the trip for $70. Mine ended up costing $110. My wife did the ride- along which is not described in any ad’s and is a complete waste of time and money—she had zilch chance of seeing any Manta Ray’s and by the time we left the harbor the advertised sun set had already occurred. Ride alongs should be informed that they probably won’t see any Manta rays.
    You may want to advise customers that when they return the public restroom will be locked—I saw a few disappointed people by the restrooms.
    Jacob is very well informed and gave good directions but some members in the group seemed unable to stay horizontal even with the help of their noodles—one lady ended up kicking at least two Manta rays—maybe you can come up with something that works better.
    Overall the trip is fantastic, but if I would have just been a ride-along, I would have been extremely disappointed.
    Bob McGregor
    Written May 19, 2021
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