Evening Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure
Hula Kai Vessel | 1.5-hr Cruise* | Departs Sunset
*Cruise duration may exceed 1.5 hrs at times (please plan accordingly)
*Minimum Age: 7 Years
PLEASE NOTE: The Manta Ray Snorkeling Adventure is recommended for experienced snorkelers. Participants must be able to swim, be comfortable in the ocean, and have prior snorkeling experience. If you have not been snorkeling before, it is advised that you complete one of our daytime snorkel tours beforehand (Discounts are available for multiple snorkel tour reservations.)
- Hula Kai Vessel
- Warm Soup & Bread Rolls
- Hot Drinks
- Snorkel Gear
- Wetsuit (shorty)
- Cash Bar (beer, wine, soda, juice)
All Guests are asked to read, acknowledge, and adhere to our ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE FOR SNORKELING
BE ADVISED: There is no guarantee Manta’s will show up, they are wild & free animals. We offer additional cruises to make the sighting more likely BUT there is no guarantee they will make an appearance.
TOUR DURATION: On occasion, this tour may return later than normally scheduled depending on the Manta’s feeding timetable. Guests should allow for flexibility in their evening plans when making reservations. For questions, call us at 808-322-2788.
An Epic Manta Ray Adventure for Experienced Snorkelers
Join us aboard Fair Wind’s luxury vessel, Hula Kai, for one of the most exhilarating experiences in Hawaii, Kona’s First-Class Manta Adventure! Mantas are very gentle – no teeth, stingers or barbs. They are simply big and beautiful with wingspans that can exceed 15-feet in width! These “Gentle Giants” visit us nightly to feed on the plankton that is attracted by Hula Kai’s bright lighting.
Enjoy a short and comfortable five-minute boat ride to Manta Village – located near the Sheraton Keauhou. Once at the site, just after sunset, our professional guides will assist you into the water for an experience of a lifetime! You will witness the mantas up close as they grace the waters and feed on plankton.
Our “Manta Pledge”
Should the rare occasion occur where there are zero manta sightings, guests are welcome to come again free of charge. No refunds. Not valid for ride alongs.
*We recommend scheduling your Manta Snorkel Adventure towards the beginning of your stay if possible.
An incredibly fun and safe activity for advanced snorkelers! This cruise includes warm soup & bread rolls, hot drinks (tea & hot chocolate), snorkel gear, short-wetsuit and orientation. Wine and beer available for purchase. Guests must be 7 years or older to participate.
The Hula Kai departure from Keauhou Bay varies with sunset and generally returns 1.5 hours later. Please note that there are times when the tour may exceed 1.5 hours depending on the Manta’s feeding timetable. Please plan accordingly and ensure you have flexibility in your schedule should the vessel return a bit later than scheduled. Check-in half hour prior to departure. What to Bring: Beach towels, swimsuit, and warm clothes. (storage space available on vessel).
There are just over 250 manta rays residing on the Kona Coast; with many being identified in the past few months. They have a home range of about 30 miles, up and down the coast. They are very graceful and slow moving at night as they are trying to eat as much plankton as possible. They are actually capable of swimming over 15 mph.
What others are saying
This was my first time snorkeling and I felt the employee were extremely helpful and kind. They answered all my questions and put me at ease!
I have been visiting The Big Island for over thirty years. I have taken this cruise more than four time. First as a young couple, Then with small children, then with teenagers, and lastly as a free older couple. They exceeded most of my expectations. The morning with them made me feel like i was in a commercial on how a vacation day should feel.
The crew was amazing and very helpful! It was a great night for Manta Ray watching! The Manta Rays were only about 2 inches from our nose! Thanks to the Captain , Zoey, John, Kyle and the fourth on the helpful crew! (Sorry couldn’t remember Captains name)!
In all the years we have come to the Big Island we always make time to go out on the Hula Kai snorkel trips. It is our family tradition to end our time with the best crew and boat on the island. I cannot say enough about the entire staff, all are professional, warm, and make your trip exceptional. The bbq lunch is super, fresh and wonderful burgers and teriyaki chicken. When you work in the hospitality industry you know it is hard to always be “on” with customers, and it takes a great attitude to stay excited about the job. Kurt Bell, the Captain for many years is the best example of “Aloha Spirit”, and represents this company in an exceptional way. He talks to everyone on the boat, and goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. Thank you for the many years providing our family with great memories. I highly recommend the Hula Kai, the other boat, The Fairwind is good for small kids and people who want a less adventurous time on the water.
The crew is amazing! They were very informative and really care about these magnificent creatures. They shared stories, made us laugh and made us feel comfortable. The vegetarian chilli was awesome! We will be back and will do this again with Fair Wind Cruises! Thanks to the wonderful and amazing staff!
Evening Manta Ray snorkel adventure was very professional with a focus on safety. The crew worked hard and really cared about each person having a wonderful experience. The soup and hot beverages were spot on after snorkeling and seeing several manta rays grace us with their presence for a good 15 minutes. A magical experience. The sunset from the ship was an extra bonus.
The Deluxe Kona Coast snorkel & BBQ cruise was exceptional. Again the crew worked hard, very friendly, knowledgeable about marine life, and ever watchful of their passengers. It seemed their highest priority was our pleasure. Breakfast and the BBQ lunch were tasty and well prepared.
The water was crystal clear at both snorkeling locations and we were able to spend enough time in the water. On the way back we caught sight of two whales! A splendid day!
Thank you Fair Wind!
It was unfortunate we did the Mana Ray night tour last night and didn't see anything which isn't the crews fault. When the crew tried a different location to see at least some fish we had half of the boat extremely drunk and they kept stirring up the sand so you couldn't see anything. We were offered another night tour or the afternoon snorkeling tour but our party is leaving before anything can be booked. We aknowelleged they had cost in crew, fuel and food so we asked for a partial refund or store credit and were refused either option. I think something should be worked out when others in the group are drunk and ruin it for the rest of us and we can't make it up because we are leaving the island.
Highlight of our trip for sure! Comfortable boat, great crew, amazing snorkel spot. Best of all, I have a disability that would normally prevent me from snorkeling. But these guys hooked me up with a floatation belt so I could enjoy the reef along with my husband. I cannot thank you enough. ❤️🐟🐠🌺 The pod of spinner dolphins at the snorkel site were so cool!
I had an awesome time. I had never snorkeled before,and they totally made me feel comfortable for my first time!!
Can not speak highly enough of the night manta ray snorkel lead by Fair Wind! Seriously amazing comfort on the boat, fun & informed crew, outstanding gear, delicious after snorkel treats...I mean, they are da bomb! Seeing the manta ray is its own phenomenon, but doing it with such an amazing outfit makes it even richer!
Amazing experience. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to even see a humpback whale and sea turtle in addition to all the amazing fish. Highly recommend to anyone on the Big Island.
We have gone out on the Hula Kai snorkeling trips every time we have come to the big island since 2013. They have always provided a top quality experience. If you are trying to decide on which snorkel trip to take look no further than Fair Winds on the Hula Hai
This was our 3rd time on the Fair Wind Cruise. The snorkeling trips in the past have always been Fun. This one was not. Extremely over priced. Poor service. Seemed to be all about the $$$ and nothing else. No interaction from the crew. They did their job and nothing more. The only cruise I’ve been on that charges for Beer, Wine. Understand not having an open bar and not serving until the trip in. But, ridiculous to charge the price they charge and still expect you to pay “overpriced charges” for an alcohol based drink. I feel ripped off to pay $165.00 per person for what we received. Will not be doing this cruise again in the future. Shop around before you book this trip. Will say lunch was good. No snacks offered on way back into port.
Excellent cruise, took us to a gorgeous spot for snorkeling! Crew was very attentive! Top notch! Very impressed.
absolutely amazing ... well done from start to finish ... even arranged for some dophins to visit the boat on our way back to port!!
went on the morning cruise. and I just have to say ...IT WAS AMAZING!!!! my first time snorkeling and now I'm in love with it. all the staff was very friendly and helpful. the food was amazing and very good. we definitely be come back and doing this again. thank you Fair Wind for a memorable experience.