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Regarded by the Travel Channel as one of the most thrilling experiences on Earth, join Eka Canoe Adventures as you 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.

Adult Ages 13+
Child Ages 5-12
  • Snorkel With Manta Rays
  • Traditional Double-Hull Canoe
  • Professional Guides

Manta Ray Night Snorkel In Kona

The manta ray night snorkel experience is an activity that can only be had in a few locations around the world; one of them is here on the Big Island of Hawaii. You’re unlikely to find another activity providing an incredible adrenaline rush while being safe and low-risk! Manta ray snorkeling will give you an unforgettable sensation. It is both humbling and awe-inspiring.

Guests will enjoy a 5-10 minute ride on a Hawaiian double-hull canoe to the manta ray snorkel site near the mouth of Keauhou Bay (1/4 mile from the pier). Your professional guides will provide a safety briefing, instructions on using 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 the Light Board. A professional guide will be in the water with guests at all times! While guests watch for manta rays, they will 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! They will reposition the group as needed for optimal manta ray viewing!

Know Before You Go

  • **Previous swimming experience is required
  • If you are concerned about your ability to swim, please call Eka Canoe Adventures to discuss this. There are certain steps they can take to make you feel comfortable and safe on your trip, like the utilization of floatation devices and placing you close to the vessel or a professional guide.
  • If you’ve never snorkeled before don’t worry. They will get you fitted with a mask and teach you how to position the mask. While breathing through a tube seems a bit weird, it will become more natural after a few minutes. The small group sizes allow them help guests who need extra assistance with their snorkel gear.
  • Remember that manta rays are wild – They are not trained or human-fed. Numbers may vary

What To Bring

  • Towel, A tote or backpack to hold your belongings, Windbreaker or sweater
  • Rash guard/extra T-shirt (for guests who chill easily, as an extra layer under the wetsuit top)
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Waterproof camera (video is generally better than photos in these low-light conditions)

Where To Check-In

  • Keauhou Pier: 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Parking is limited (but free of charge). Allow an extra 10 minutes to find parking and walk to your check-in location at the pier!