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
Great experience. Terrific crew. Good food. If I had only one day and one choice to do while here, I'd choose this. The only down was having to disembark at the end.
We saw five huge manta rays. Such an amazing evening. Thank you Diver Dan for the info beforehand - it made the experience so much better. The Captain & Crew were excellent. I'll remember this forever.
I'm not a water person, but this was very nice. The crew had their act together in all aspects of the cruise. Food was grilled fresh and there was more than enough for the crowd.
We had a wonderful time. The crew, equipment and the ship are excellent . I believe this is the best excursion of all the islands.
Very professional yet fun crew ! My group of 4 all had a great experience and would recommend it ...
We have taken this morning snorkel cruise more than 20 times - from before my son was born, twice in a 3 week visit when he was 4 months old and the most recent last week, he's 17! We enjoyed the late captain Danny many times, and the captains and crews over the years have always been ono. I love the professionalism with aloha. �
What an amazing experience ! The crew was great! Luv the soup ! We highly recommend this tour company !
Absolutely awesome and entertaining trip. The captain and crew were top notch and extremely attentive and helpful. The 2nd snorkeling stop was truly breathtaking!!
To all whom will be attending any of the cruises with these guys, I would HIGHLY recommend them. I had an awesome time. Me and my friend did 3 cruises with them, two different morning snorkeling and one night snorkeling with the manta rays. All three where amazing. My most favorite was the mantas which we got see about 7 mantas and they gave us a great show. They swim right in front of you like literally 6 inches from your face. I would definitely recommend them to all my friends. Thank you all for the great experience.
Oh by the way I do not know how to swim lol but they have everything you need to get in there with little to no fear and I actually learned to swim and Concorde my fear of swimming lol
Thank you guys again. Mahalo
I was aboard the Fair-Wind II for the Morning Kealakekua cruise. This was truly an incomparable experience. It was my first attempt at Snorkeling and SNUBA and it could not have been better. The crew did an amazing job. I am still smiling after days when I remember this cruise.
We had Captain Elvis and his crew. We did the brekfast/lunch cruise and it was by far one of the most enjoyable times I have ever had. The crew was knowledgeable, professional, and fun. Snorkeling around the reef and seeing all the tropical fish was so serene. Jumping off the high dive, going down the slides and chatting with the crew made it that much more fun. We had our 5 year old with us and he swam around in a tube with a view box and loved naming all the fish he knew. We did become a "statistic" though, as one of the families that loses something on the cruise which they told us they would return and dive to try to find. To me, that is mind blowing customer service. The last thing Cpt. Elvis said to us was "see you next time" and all I could think walking away was that I really can't wait to go again. Thank you very, very much for helping make our trio so memorable!
Best cruise in the islands! Dolphins �, fish � of all colors. Spectacular! Took the morning cruise and barbecue. This was my third time with this company and look forward to the next time!
Just got back from our manta ray trip with you guys! Such an amazing experience! The staff were very knowledgable, friendly & helpful! And the manta rays were just awesome!!! I couldn't believe how close they came! And to top the night off, the soup after the swim was delicious...just quietly...it may have topped my grandmas soup (and that's a pretty hard thing to do ���)... thank you so much!
Had a great time. Awesome location the food was great and the staff was super laid back and attentive. Snuba diving is a must. It's incredible!
Hilarious crew, very attentive and good with the kids on the boat. Very prepared. We went to capt cook monument and there was so many cool fish and reefs to look at. I wish it was a slightly smaller group of people out there. The cove gets a little crowded at the beginning. Really fun though. I would recommend it to anyone.
This trip was awesome. Beautiful comfortable boat, attentive crew. Plenty of time snorkeling great breakfast on the way out and lunch while we were out. 2 1/2 hours of snorkeling. We choose this cruise because we had gone out before with a boat that beat us to death it was so rough that it took away from the experience. The fair Winds gave us the adventure we were looking for while enjoying beautiful scenery with a professional staff and amazing customized boat perfect for families and couples.