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
Stop letting tourist kill the reef with their sunscreen... Preserve the nature before you don't have a business!
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
Every time I go to Kona my brother and I always make our top priority going on a Fair Wind Cruise. The staff are all super amazing, they’re knowledgeable and you can tell that they enjoy their jobs. I highly suggest doing the more expensive of the cruises. Also can say that the lunch you get is amazing as well. Very healthy meals for the most part. If they still make it their Hibiscus tea is highly addictive.👌 The only time I didn’t enjoy myself on a Fair Winds Cruise was when there were baby sharks in Kealakekua Bay and I only panicked for a moment. Someone always asks when I’ve been on a cruise if there are sharks in the water (I asked at first) and the best answer I ever heard was a staff member telling me to dip my finger in the water and lick it. If it’s salty there’s sharks. 😂 You guys are amazing can’t wait to go back.
Great cruise today with dolphin and false killer whale sightings! Loved the high dive and slides!! Great crew! We will cruise again for sure!!
I'd say FairWind Cruises is one of the top 5 things to do while you're on the Big Island. The staff is awesome, and the food is great!
We had an awesome trip on Saturday 9/15. The snorkeling spots were amazing. We've lived on the island for 4 years and got to see the coastline from a different prospective. Our last snorkeling spot Rob's Ridge was remote and absolutely beautiful. We had a great breakfast and the lunch was delicious. The crew was perfect. Always available and making sure everyone had what they needed. The water sports available on this cruise are above what we're use too. I look forward to going again very soon.
So happy we went with this company! Great staff, amazing snorkel area, good food, and nice boat to go on! Nothing bad to say!
We love the Fair Wind cruise. This is probably our 10th time going out with them. We try to go out each visit here to the Big Island and have brought many different friends and family members through the years. Staff is always awesome, fun and professionally. Captain Cooks is a prime spot for its beauty, all the water life and protected for the best snorkeling. I highly recommend them. Top score on scale for us!
The staffs there are very professional and considerate. Before snorkeling, they also made sure if I wore the equipment properly, oh by the way, they also provided free snorkeling class in the beginning, which is awesome for the snorkeling beginner like me. They did deserve 100% customer satisfaction from me
First class act all the way around. So much fun and gorgeous snorkeling and scenery. I miss it... a lot!
This trip is worth every penny! The crew is kind and attentive, the captain is informative and thoughtful, and the food and amenities are top of the line. Our family of four had a life changing experience on this trip yesterday and we can’t stop talking about and sharing the moments we had with our friends and family. Diving off the top of the boat, sliding down the slides and snorkeling in the most crystal clear bay I have ever seen was amazing. There were so many fish and even four spinner dolphins cruising the bay. The boat is extremely clean and well maintained. The gear they provide is excellent quality. The bathrooms are spacious and comfortable. All you need to do is show up in a bathing suit. Everything else you will ever need is included and provided by the boat and crew. Take this trip, you will not regret a second of it!
Highly recommended cruise to Kealakekua Bay! We were late due to traffic and they waited for us which was super nice based on the fact that the boat was loaded and ready to board- we are thankful for that!! the crew was amazing, helpful and the safety standards were highly kept. Our daughters had the chance to snorkel in the clear water of the bay and see beautiful fish that you see only in aquariums... We had great fun.
Awesome cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Food was great, both breakfast and lunch. The grandkids saw lots of fish and two eels - loved the snorkeling and slides off the top deck. Crew was terrific! Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. No negatives at all! Thank you for a memorable day for three generations of our family.
The only choice for experiencing the scenic Kona Coast and magnificent Kealakekua Bay! Top notch crew, flawless safety standards, spacious seatings, and all around fun for everyone! Thanks for being the constant best choice!