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
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.
Bang for your Buck � We had an awesome morning tour a couple weeks ago Thanks to the Top-Notch Crew and Captain Mahalo JRay � I Highly Recommend this tour and it's great for all ages �
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.
What an amazing day we had! The staff, boat and gear were all top notch! I highly recommend the Fairwind and her staff for your snorkel trip to Kealakekua Bay!
Hands down the best snorkel cruise ever! I have taken all of their tours several times and I recommend them all. The crew is amazing. The lunch and snacks are always on point. The sites, well, they show you the best Hawaii has to offer. What are you waiting for? Book your trip now. You won't regret it! 🐢🌴🌺🌈
We had the best day ever on Fair winds.
The clearest water ever, So many fish and marine life.
A great crew who knew everything about the area and marine life
Food was fresh and delicious, Slides and Diving platform was fun.
Overall just a perfect day on the water
Amazing crew, great experience!! We had a great cruise day and enjoyed snorkeling in this beautiful bay.
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!