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 EXPERIENCED 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
- Cash Bar (beer, wine, soda, juice)
All Guests are asked to read, acknowledge, and adhere to our ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE FOR SNORKELING
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: The Manta Ray Snorkeling Adventure is for EXPERIENCED 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
Today’s trip was amazing! I’m sure you hear it all the time, but today was truly magical for us! I shared the love of snorkeling with my 3 year old - we even were lucky enough to see an octopus peek out of the reef!! And we had our nanny with us - she had never gone snorkeling before. Your crew was so attentive and friendly and we were thrilled to spend the afternoon on your boat! A million thanks to all!!
By far the best snorkeling cruise on the Big Island. We have been on this cruise every year for the past 7 years, wouldn’t miss the Hula Kai experience!!! Thanks Captain Kurt!
A friend and I went out on the Hula Kai Snorkeling Tour yesterday and had the BEST time. It was my first time snorkeling, and the Captain � and crew were great with instructions and support. Great blend of scenic sights and fun facts by the captain. Overall, it was a beautiful snorkeling experience! The food was amazingly delicious. This has been my favorite tour so far and I highly recommend this tour!
We had a blast! Everything was perfect except it was a little over cast and water was not as clear from rain day before.
Very well organized excursion.
Crew went above and beyond!
Beautiful views, clear warm water, saw dolphins play with our boat, staff is super friendly, helpful and willing to serve, there was the right amount of time to relax, eat and snorkel. I definitely recommend!
My husband and I went out with Fair Wind yesterday. This was such an amazing time! On the boat we were offered snuba as an add-on. Do it!!! Our oxygen tank was floating 15 feet above us on an inflatable device, we were attached with a line to it. Rebecca took us around underwater for a half an hour. What an experience! She showed us a baby white tip reef shark, took our pictures, and was an all-around great gal. I highly recommend this excursion while in Kona!!! Everyone aboard was amazing as well!! Thank you all so much for a great day!!
Amazing crew, skippered by Kim. They put us where the Manta Rays were, and the show was spectacular. Special thanks to Issac, who retrieved my camera when the tie holding it to my wrist broke.
I would have lost the amazing video I'd just shot with out his quick action.
I'd go back in a heartbeat!
My first time snorkeling, and it was amazing! The guys on the boat where super friendly and the food was great! Was just the perfect location, loved it.
Will deffently be recommended this to friends and family.
Great crew. Explained every step of the way. Made sure the snorkelers were able to see a Manta ray. Great experience.
Awesome in every way! Exceptionally nice and knowledgeable staff... Smooth comfortable ride... Water toys and sun decks... No pressure... Delicious and fresh-made food... 100% Kona coffee... Prestige scenery.... We just keep coming back!
We are a family of 4 visiting from Denmark � we had an amazing experience and felt so taken care of the whole time. Our 8 year-old felt the mantas came too close and got help to swim back to the boat and was taken care of by the very friendly crew. Thank you! Thank you Dan for telling us more about manta rays - we could tell you are an enthusiast.
We had a ball. We went on a morning excursion to Kealakekua. The staff was a blast to hang with. They were always busy but mad many stops to talk to passengers and made us all very welcome. A light breakfast was served and a picnick lunch. See you all next trip.