Manta Ray Snorkel
The only manta ray snorkel destination in the US!
Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kona
Regarded by the Travel Channel as one of the most thrilling experiences on earth, join us as we watch magnificent manta rays glide through the ocean in search of dinner! They can weigh more than 1,000 lbs and span more than 15 feet! Don’t worry; manta rays only filter feed on plankton.
Our manta ray night snorkel experience is an activity that can only be had in a few locations on earth; one of them is here on the Big Island of Hawaii. You’re unlikely to find another activity that provides an incredible adrenaline rush while being very safe and low-risk! Manta ray snorkeling will give you an unforgettable sensation. It is both humbling and awe-inspiring.
Guests will join us on a short Hawaiian canoe ride out to the manta ray snorkel site located near the mouth of Keauhou Bay. Your professional guides will provide a safety briefing, instructions on how to use snorkel gear, and fit the group with wet suit tops to keep you warm in the water. Guests will then be guided into the water and positioned along the perimeter of our Light Board. A professional guide will be in the water with guests at all times! While guests watch for manta rays, we keep the Light Board in position. Simply hang on to the handles and effortlessly float, face down, with the help of the provided floatation devices. The powerful lights attract photosynthetic plankton toward the group, and the manta rays come in search of the plankton! We will reposition the group as needed for optimal manta ray viewing!
- To book, select a date & time on the calendar to the left.
- Check-in 15 minutes before departure at the Keauhou finger pier/dock.
- Tours are approximately 50-60 minutes, which include the short canoe ride out to the Manta Ray Village snorkel site, snorkeling with the manta rays, and the short canoe ride back to land.
- Wetsuit tops and flotation devices are provided.
- Snorkel, masks (normal and Rx), and instructions are provided.
- All necessary safety equipment is easily accessible on the canoe and discussed in the safety briefing.
- Guests will step from the pier directly to the canoe, and will only get wet if they are snorkeling.
- Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to your tour start time (if booking through our website).
- Eka Canoe Adventures may cancel a tour if the captain deems the ocean conditions to be unsafe. A rebook or refund will be offered as quickly as possible. Notification will be via phone call + voicemail and/or through the booking email address.
What to Bring
- Windbreaker or sweater
- Rash guard (for guests who chill easily, as an extra layer under the wetsuit)
- Motion sickness medication (for guests who tend to get motion sick or seasick; take 30-60 min before the tour starts)
- Waterproof camera (video is generally better than photos in these low-light conditions)
- A tote or backpack to hold your belongings
- A plastic bag or small dry bag for sensitive belongings (belongings may get damp or splashed when getting in or out of the canoe but will otherwise stay dry)
Where to check-in
Click the link below for detailed information! Check-in is at the Keauhou Bay finger pier at the very end of Kaleiopapa St. Park along Kaleiopapa St. As you walk toward the end of the street toward the water, pass the boat ramp (on your left), follow the rock wall (on your right), and you will come to a small 10-car parking lot and a pier. Keep a lookout for the yellow and black, double-hull canoe at the finger pier!