Evening Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure
Hula Kai Vessel | 1.5-hr Cruise | Departs Sunset
The Travel Channel calls snorkeling with Manta Rays “One of the top-ten things to do in your lifetime!”
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 all! This cruise includes warm soup & bread rolls, hot drinks (tea & hot chocolate), snorkel gear, wetsuit and instruction. Wine and beer available for purchase. Guests must be 7 years or older to participate.
*PLEASE NOTE: Participants must be able to swim and have prior snorkeling experience.
The Hula Kai departure from Keauhou Bay varies with sunset and returns 1.5 hours later. 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
Captain Kurt Bell and his crew were exceptional! Jeremy was on top of his game, I love, love this tour!!!!
My husband and I went out last Wednesday for the morning BBQ cruise and had a great time! We've been on the Fair Wind at least a dozen times, and we will definitely be back at least a dozen more! We always have so much fun on the boat, we love the crew (the office staff is great too!). If you go make sure you do SNUBA with Rebecca! She is amazing!!!!!!
This was an amazing experience from start to finish. The ride to the snorkel destination wasn't too long of a ride. We were able to be in the water for at least 2.5 hours and eat lunch all while being able to observe the beauty we were surrounded by. We will be using this company again!
We went on our first trip to Hawaii and all I can say is I love the quality of the locations and the professional and knowledgeable staff.
We went on the Fair wind 3 and it was awesome as always. There are always lots of fish and the food is great!
Great experience but a bit crowded. Certainly a good way to get out there and enjoy the water but I'd likely do a smaller tour next time. All in all great crew, great boat and a fun time.
I couldn't be more thrilled with this experience! The boat, the Hula Kai, was awesome, fast, spacious, smooth & comfortable! The crew was amazing, friendly, professional and yet casual. The food was delicious and abundant! The snorkeling, swimming, diving off the boat, sight-seeing ... just WOW!!! We will definitely do this again!!!
We had a wonderful experience on the Fair Wind II for a morning snorkel cruise. The boat was comfortable, with good views and lots of shade, and not overbooked. We were inexperienced snorkel WRs, and learned everything we needed to know to have a great time. The food wa good, the guides and crew were outstanding. I was impressed with the company's sustainability outlook. All of the plates, cups, flatware was composrable. We were encouraged to reuse our cups. We were instructed to respect the natural surroundings, and when some kayaker from another touring company, she either were not properly instructed, or felt somehow entitled to ignore instruction, were standing on the reefs (!!!), our crew politely but authoritatively provided instruction.
Kealakekua Bay is astonishingly beautiful, and Fair Winds is a wonderful way to experience this.
This is my #1 tourist activity on island! I tell everyone that asks & all my guests! It's a fabulous time w/ the most bang for your buck! The crew is very friendly, knowledgeable, & their customer service rocks!! My favorite part? Their homemade pickles w/ the BBQ lunch!! Awesome! You can't go wrong!! Aloha!
Mitch, Fletcher, Pua, and group were awesome! Mahalo nui loa. The ride out was beautiful. The snorkeling was other worldly. There were fish everywhere. The Snuba was great. Thanks Rebecca! Lunch is provided and it was ono! Not to be mistaken with the fish. But speaking of Ono, our boat caught a huge Ono on our way back in. I would recommend Fair Winds to everyone! Aloha!
We have had the pleasure of using Fairwinds for all of our snorkel expeditions (5x, and again coming in Sept!!)
every time we come to Kona!! We have never been disappointed-great team, great service, great snorkelling!!
This was the best snorkeling adventure I've had. Everything is well organized, you don't have to stress about finding a spot because it's not packed, the crew is friendly and helpful, and the food was fantastic. My 11-year-old son Jack said this was the BEST part of our vacation-even over swimming with the dolphins. It's worth every penny we spent and we can't to come back. The slides and high dive were a great thing to keep him entertained and the snorkeling area was plenty big so you didn't feel squished. Great job! We will be back next year!
We left in the morning to go snorkeling around cooks monument! The staff was wonderful and the food was good. This was my first time snorkeling and it was absolutely amazing! On our way back we encountered spinner dolphins who swam right alongside our boat and showed of their skills. We also saw flying fish. This trip was an absolute must do.
Don't miss this amazing trip when on the Big Island. These folks are terrific at what they do. Great food, fun snorkeling, great views. Been 7 times and will add 2 more in September. Make sure you utilize the slide and dive platform like Mike Hamilton and I do!
Very organized. Guides and captain made it interesting. They don't pack the boat to capacity so there's room for all. Food was great with vegetarian selection.
My friend and I had an excellent experience on the Fair Wind II. The boat was spacious and comfortable, the Captain and crew were friendly, patient and helpful. I would highly recommend Fair Wind Cruises to everyone.