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
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.
The manta ray viewing was amazing! The rays would glide by only inches from us! So cool to see! Also went to Captain Cook’s Monument to snorkel with Fair Winds a few days earlier. That trip was spectacular as well! Would highly recommend them.
After much research we just booked our 3rd trip on the Fair Wind to K bay in May 2018! For the price and what is included you can't bet them. I can't say enough about this company. Everyone is great here and the snorkeling is amazing. Can't wait to bring the kids and grand kids this time. Mahalo!!
Went deep sea fishing on Captain Jack and Mark and Shawn were our captain/first mate. They done a great job. We caught our bait & we all caught fish. Yellow fin & deep sea amber jack.
Part of our trip for our 25th Anniversary. My wife is a non-swimmer, and was a little afraid at getting in at first. The crew was helpful and friendly. They had plenty of floatation devices and viewing boxes for non-swimmers. Now my wife says it was the best part of the entire trip.
It was my first time snorkeling (other than playing around in a pool as a kid) and I had a great time diving under and photographing the sites.
Snorkelling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu was deeply disappointing and just bland - Thankfully a trip to Captain Cook Monument through Fair Winds rescued my perception of snorkelling spots in Hawaii - Not only is the spot perfection but the crew are very professional, informative, positive, and the BBQ was great too! A fantastic day out on the water.
The snorkeling cruise really was the highlight of our trip! It was my first time snorkeling they really took care of me and made me feel so comfortable! I can’t wait to do it again! The staff is top notch! First class all the way!
Amazing snorkeling AND the best service I've ever had on a tour. The staff was 100% top notch. We went out on 12/14 on the afternoon trip. I am an experienced snorkeler, but several in my group were not. Including my two boys who are 3 and 2. The staff hooked them up with gear (which they thought was amazing!) as well as the rest in our group that didn't have it already. I knew my trip would be a challenge having two little ones, but they went above and beyond for everyone on that boat. We tried several things with the boys before settling on life jackets and boogie boards with view holes in them. The crew was more than accommodating, never making me feel like I was a pain for trying new things. They gave some in my group snorkel refreshers, and offered different services like snuba too. I was able to enjoy all the amazing Reef fish while holding my boys on their boards. They constantly walked around making sure everyone had everything they needed, and provided snacks and juice on the trip (much appreciated after a great snorkel adventure). Well worth the money spent. I did wish there was more actual snorkel time, until I got back in the boat and realized how tired I was. I truly believe the crew of this tour provided the BEST customer service I've experienced in a long time.
Fantastic experience! The whole crew exceeded our expectations. Super nice and friendly. They take care of you made sure you are having a good time, the captain was looking at everyone's safety as we jumped off the boat, gave clear safety instructions. Food was great. Boat was clean. It was worth the money. Thank you for a wonderful experience. ���
Clean boat awesome staff lunch was great really good instructions on how to snorkel bar on boat can’t complain about that would highly recommend this tour over others due to how nice the boat was and how large the boat was and the friendly staff really sealed the deal!!!