Evening Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure
Hula Kai Vessel | 1.5-hr Cruise | Departs Sunset
*Minimum Age: 7 Years
PLEASE NOTE: The Manta Ray Snorkeling Adventure is for ADVANCED SNORKELERS ONLY. Participants must be able to swim, must be comfortable in the ocean, and must have prior snorkeling experience. If you are unsure about your ability, it is strongly recommended 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: Snorkeling at night requires advanced skills and is more likely to cause motion sickness. Additionally, 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.
An Epic Manta Ray Adventure for Advanced 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.
*PLEASE NOTE: The Manta Ray Snorkeling Adventure is for ADVANCED SNORKELERS ONLY. Participants must be able to swim, must be comfortable in the ocean, and must have prior snorkeling experience. If you are unsure about your ability, it is strongly recommended that you complete one of our daytime snorkel tours beforehand (Discounts are available for multiple snorkel tour reservations.)
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
I’ve been on the Fairwainds five times. The reason, easy, it’s an amazing experience. Everyone is so friendly and they take care of your every need. The snorkeling is amazing and you get a nice BBQ after you’re done. Breakfast snack are provided. They make it easy to relax and enjoy. Thanks for a great trip and I’ll see you next time I’m in Kona! Aloha!
I highly recommend the morning snorkel cruise. This must be part of everyone's trip to Kona. Captain Dante was fantastic. Mahalo!!
Manta Ray night snorkelling was fantastic, these beautiful creatures skim right by you.Staff where very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.
Very friendly people people and they know exactly what they’re doing! Food they serve were great as well! Highly recommended!
It was a great trip, really good crew that where knowledgeable and truly appeared to care. They were prepared for all ages and all types of people.Undoubtably the best permittted boat allowed in Capt Cook cove, period.
I had the pleasure last night of doing the night manta swim with your Hula Kai boat. I just can’t say enough about how great it was! I have said for years that I never could or would jump into the ocean at night to watch 15 foot creatures lurk from beyond. Well, last night all that changed. What an incredible experience it was! I even cried in my mask!! Thank you to the incredible crew on this boat... especially Ryan, the swim lifeguard that checked in with me many times and calmed all my fears. Great night!!
We were there last week. Did quite a bit of research before we went and picked fair wind based on online review. We have done boat and also shore snorkeling in Kauai , Oahu , and big island. I have to agree with what the website was saying this is the best snorkeling on Hawaii islands that we have experienced. The preserve is calm and full of fishes. My husband saw a ray while snorkeling here. Someone else saw a turtle. I was just amazed by the variety and amount of fishes. Truly amazing.
The boat ride is very smooth and we had two hours of snorkel time. Some other tours we did before had way less snorkel time. The staff is kind and helpful. But again every boat tour we did before the staff are all friendly.
If I had enough time I will also do the night snorkel for ray. We did not have enough time and well for next trip then.
A beautifully designed cruise. Fantastic location to snorkel, great coral and fish to view. Very calm waters that also seemed relitivly warm.
Staff was extremely friendly. Went out of way to make us comfortable. Boat was very clean and had nice seating. Very personable captain.
We also enjoyed the high jump and water slides. It was a fantastic adventure.
Awesome Staff, Safe, friendly & professional. And yes they actually had vegetarian burgers for the barbecue lunch they provided. Highly recommend for all ages.
This was awesome!! Great crew! Safety conscious! My husband & I loved snorkeling trip!! Highly recommend!
Me and my friends went out on the morning ride. The snorkeling here was AWESOME!! The crew was all very caring and personable, Captain Curt was super nice and informative! The whole experience made it our best day in Hawaii by far!! Mahalo!
We were a party of six with boys 11 and 9. The snorkeling was great, we had breakfast snacks and lunch included. The crew was informative, attentive, convivial. The boat spacious enough to allow comfortable seating and group cohesion. The boys also enjoyed the slides and viewing boxes. Should return I would choose Fair Wind again.
Awesome morning snorkel cruise. We will go again next visit to the Big Island. Wonderful food, the best crew and we saw dolphins, manta ray and two whales as a bonus. Safe and fun! Highly recommend.
During turbulent winter beaches, Fair Winds provides the perfect snorkeling solution! We took the smaller boat (Hula Kai) with Captain Mitch! Excellent boating, breakfast, snorkeling (twice)and barbecue lunch experience!
Second trip...highly recommend! ��
Absolutely a marvelous trip. Beautiful coastal scenery and snorkeling at a State Park coral reef near Captain Cook Memorial. I would highly recommend this.
Best manta ray dive, customer service was outstanding
Review of: Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona
We can not thank the crew enough! The couple we were with had been on the big island multiple time and had never done this. We had a splendid time. The crew was awesome. Kudos to both crews as we went on a half day snorkel and scheduled a manta Ray night dive the following day! 5star to Cory and his crew
We booked this event for 5 people 2 months in advance. Only to be contacted 2 weeks prior to our family vacation that another group wanted it that day so they cancelled us in order to accommodate the new group. Totally unprofessional.