Evening Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure
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
Went snorkeling in the morning near captain cook monument. Great staff, made everything comfortable for even older people who haven't snorkeled much. Fantastic time. Well worth it!
This snorkeling cruise � is great! With small breakfast during departure and after a second site of snorkeling Tgerr was a BBQ lunch that was on point... Great times with amazing staff on board
Best snorkeling ever. Family friendly! I have two kids and they did not want to leave. Casey is the best slide life guard ever. My kids loved her and the Captain let my kids and all of the kids in the boat steer with him. If you don't have kids still go. Adult happy hour start on the way back!
I went on the 5-hour Hula Kai tour and it was fabulous. Saw dolphins, hammerhead sharks. We snorkeled in two beautiful locations.
We took the evening manta ray snorkel tour. The captain and his crew were excellent. We were able to see the mantas up close and they will even allow you to come back on another tour at no charge if you don't see them.
Took snorkel cruise Friday with Capt Corey on Hula Kai and private fishing with Capt Mark on Saturday. Both excellent. Both crews were friendly with my children and helpful. We caught a 130lb yellowfin tuna with Capt Mark. Completely unexpected but definitely hoped for a bite at least!! And we caught a beautiful fish. I couldn't tell who was more excited, my teen son or Mark! Great all the way around. Highly recommend this company! Great fun for the family.
This was the second time we cruised on the Fairwind. Friendly Crew, Captain always updated us what was happening around the boat. We saw a large manta ray, a humpback whale and some dolphins. Nice spot for snorkeling. On the way back the Crew caught some fish. We very much enjoyed this cruise.
Family of four, twin daughters. We had a great time. Booked the second trip of the day and their were half of the normal amount of people, which provided us with plenty of space. Daughters loved the slides. I thought the crew was great, stressed safety and protection of the coral reef. Crew was attentive and helped out our daughter when the movement didnt agree with her. Would definitively recommend.
This was my 4th time to cruise with Fair Wind Cruises. I live in Kona and I cannot say enough good things about this experience. I love it every time. The people are nice, the boat is comfortable with plenty of room to move around. The snorkeling is safe and beautiful. The music is fun and the food is of very good quality. Don't hesitate, just do it!
Great trip! The staff were friendly and engaging. My first time snorkeling and they made me feel comfortable being a noob. The location was spectacular. The whole experience was amazing!
Good people, fun trip snorkeling. Gear was not great, you should bring your own if you have anything it would be better.
We had so much fun. Curt,our captain, and the crew were so nice. They were friendly and helped us get the best experience out there. Plus the food was great!!Well worth the money..thanks guys!!ended up being our favorite day on vacation!