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
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.
Great experience!! We would recommend them to anyone!! This is definitely the snorkel cruise to do!!
Another wonderful day on the Fairwinds!!!! Been going on the Fairwinds since the 80’s....The best thing to do in Kona, simply heaven.
Did the morning snorkel on 10-3-18 and had a terrific experience. Neither wife or I are snorkelers or particularly good swimmers but the crew made us feel very comfortable making sure our equipment fit well and had the proper flotation. So many amazing fish, great crew on the boat and a tasty lunch onboard. This trip was one of the highlights of our two weeks on 3 islands. Mahalo