Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through my links we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Read about our affiliate policies here.
Manta Ray Snorkel Tour Highlights
- Visit to Manta Ray Village departing from Keauhou Bay in South Kona
- 1.5 hour tour aboard 45-foot trimaran, Hokulani
- 45 minutes in the water with the mantas
- 2 tours per night, Early Tour and Later Tour
- Manta sighting: re-book for free if you don’t see a manta ray on your tour
- Snorkel gear is included in the price of the activity
Jordan ranks manta ray night snorkeling as one of his top 5 outdoor experiences and it’s easy to see why. Once the sun is completely set, slip into the water and observe the manta rays as they feast on plankton. They turn, swirl, and do barrel rolls, often bringing themselves just inches from your face. Join Sea Paradise on their 45-foot vessel for a night with mantas you won’t soon forget.
Here is a video from one of our many manta ray night snorkeling experiences (seriously, we do this every time we visit):
Manta Ray Snorkel with Sea Paradise Details
Your adventure begins aboard their trimaran, the Hokulani, as you cruise to the world famous, Manta Ray Village. Manta rays are gentle giants of the sea, with many residing along the Kona Coast. Harmless to humans, they are drawn to the spotlights that light up the night to eat plankton.
These mesmerizing creatures sometimes gracefully glide within inches of amazed snorkelers. Sea Paradise is an original manta ray tour expert in Hawaii, helping its guests get up close and personal with these majestic creatures since 1985. Departure times vary seasonally based on sunset times.
What do I need to bring?
All snorkel gear is included in the tour, but be sure to bring a towel and jacket for after the tour to keep you warm on the boat ride back to the harbor.
Where does the tour depart from?
The tour departs from Keauhou Bay.
How long is the tour?
The tour is 1.5 hours long.
What if I don’t see a manta ray?
If you don’t see a manta ray on your tour, you can rebook for free in the next 7 days.
About Sea Paradise
Sea Paradise Inc. opened its doors in 1985 as one of Kona, Hawaii’s original premier scuba diving operations. Originally located on the pier at historic Keauhou Bay, Sea Paradise offered scuba diving tours to incredible dive sites in south Kona. The facility offered full scuba certification courses and carried a complete line of scuba equipment as well as a technical repair center.
Sea Paradise recognizes the importance of protecting Hawaii’s ocean environment. They are committed to incorporating the values of Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s principles of sustainable tourism within our tours.
And they have happy customers — they have 1,000 five star reviews on TripAdvisor.
We are affiliate partners with Sea Paradise which means we receive a small commission for each completed booking made through this site. This is done without any additional cost to you. You can read more about our affiliate policies here.
Know that we only recommend tour operators that we know and trust. Your positive experience and your trust in us mean more than any affiliate commission. By booking tours through our website you help us to provide free information and videos to help you and other readers plan their perfect Hawaii vacation. Thank you so much for your support — you are amazing!