Manta Ray Diving

Photo Credit: Jason Lafferty

Ever want to swim with manta rays? Now is your chance! Below are a few companies we swear by to have a wonderful time.

Sea Paradise: Swim under the Hawaiian moonlight with the most graceful, gentle creatures in the ocean. Experience this magical ocean adventure under the watchful eye of a professional team of ocean experts aboard their new, sleek catamaran, Hōkū Nui. Once onboard, the trained staff provide basic education regarding manta ray, safety, and how to interact with the wild animals. All visitors are provided wetsuits, snorkels, and masks along with pool noodles to help keep your feet afloat to avoid contact with the manta rays. Once in the ocean safely, you are directed to slide down along a floating barge equipped with lights. These lights attract plankton in large numbers which is what manta ray feed on. After situated in the water, relax and enjoy the show! The manta ray are such graceful creatures and almost seem weightless while flying through the water. The manta ray are very social creatures and will inadvertently glide or gently graze you. The rule of thumb is that these creatures are to be observed and not to be touched! It is our kuleana (responsibility) to pay respect to these wild creatures that are a part of the delicate marine ecosystem here on the Big Island of Hawaii. For a sneak peak, please enjoy the video we took of our experience on the Hōkū Nui summer of 2022.

Address: Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

For more information: Sea Paradise

Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii: This company is organized! We genuinely appreciate how professional, efficient, and entertaining this company made our night snorkeling with the Manta Ray. Hands down one of the most unforgettable experiences we have ever had, please make time to partake in this once in a lifetime adventure. After arriving at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor just south of Kona Airport, park on the backside of Harbor House Restaurant. Look for signage clearly marked ‘Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii’, and check in at the table. Once checked in, you’ll sign a waiver then make your way on the boat. They have a strict cut off time, so try to arrive a few minutes early. En route to the snorkeling destination, the experts leading your tour will walk you through basic ocean safety along with everyone introducing themselves. Upon arriving at the snorkeling spot, essential education on Manta Ray will occur teaching you about them and how to share the water with them. This education is critical, as you need to know how to interact with these majestic creatures when they approach the surfboard to feed on plankton. Armed with this knowledge it’s time to gear up! Put on a wetsuit, snorkel mask, and flippers (all of which are provided by Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii) that come in a wide variety of sizes. It’s finally time to get up close and personal with some Manta Ray! Keeping with your tour group, plunge into the Hawaiian waters and immediately swim over to a surfboard with pool noodles lining it, one of the tour guides will already be in the water to usher everyone over. These are unique surfboards with lights built in that shine below the surface of the water to attract plankton at night (the plankton think it’s sunlight). As the plankton accumulate just below the light, this irresistible feast will attract the enormous gentle Manta Ray soaring through the pacific waters in search for their next scrumptious meal. Watch the creatures as they barrel roll over and over again in all of their humble glory. Fun fact: Manta Ray can reach over 10 foot in wingspan and weigh more than 1000 lbs! We can’t express how magical and intimate this experience truly is. If you have a keen sense of adventure, and want to try something unique, then this thrill is a must try. While checking in to Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii, let them know Big Island Reviews send much love and appreciation.

Address: 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

For more information: Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii

 

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Manta Ray Diving

Photo Credit: Jason Lafferty

Ever want to swim with manta rays? Now is your chance! Below are a few companies we swear by to have a wonderful time.

Sea Paradise: Swim under the Hawaiian moonlight with the most graceful, gentle creatures in the ocean. Experience this magical ocean adventure under the watchful eye of a professional team of ocean experts aboard their new, sleek catamaran, Hōkū Nui. Once onboard, the trained staff provide basic education regarding manta ray, safety, and how to interact with the wild animals. All visitors are provided wetsuits, snorkels, and masks along with pool noodles to help keep your feet afloat to avoid contact with the manta rays. Once in the ocean safely, you are directed to slide down along a floating barge equipped with lights. These lights attract plankton in large numbers which is what manta ray feed on. After situated in the water, relax and enjoy the show! The manta ray are such graceful creatures and almost seem weightless while flying through the water. The manta ray are very social creatures and will inadvertently glide or gently graze you. The rule of thumb is that these creatures are to be observed and not to be touched! It is our kuleana (responsibility) to pay respect to these wild creatures that are a part of the delicate marine ecosystem here on the Big Island of Hawaii. For a sneak peak, please enjoy the video we took of our experience on the Hōkū Nui summer of 2022.

Address: Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii: This company is organized! We genuinely appreciate how professional, efficient, and entertaining this company made our night snorkeling with the Manta Ray. Hands down one of the most unforgettable experiences we have ever had, please make time to partake in this once in a lifetime adventure. After arriving at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor just south of Kona Airport, park on the backside of Harbor House Restaurant. Look for signage clearly marked ‘Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii’, and check in at the table. Once checked in, you’ll sign a waiver then make your way on the boat. They have a strict cut off time, so try to arrive a few minutes early. En route to the snorkeling destination, the experts leading your tour will walk you through basic ocean safety along with everyone introducing themselves. Upon arriving at the snorkeling spot, essential education on Manta Ray will occur teaching you about them and how to share the water with them. This education is critical, as you need to know how to interact with these majestic creatures when they approach the surfboard to feed on plankton. Armed with this knowledge it’s time to gear up! Put on a wetsuit, snorkel mask, and flippers (all of which are provided by Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii) that come in a wide variety of sizes. It’s finally time to get up close and personal with some Manta Ray! Keeping with your tour group, plunge into the Hawaiian waters and immediately swim over to a surfboard with pool noodles lining it, one of the tour guides will already be in the water to usher everyone over. These are unique surfboards with lights built in that shine below the surface of the water to attract plankton at night (the plankton think it’s sunlight). As the plankton accumulate just below the light, this irresistible feast will attract the enormous gentle Manta Ray soaring through the pacific waters in search for their next scrumptious meal. Watch the creatures as they barrel roll over and over again in all of their humble glory. Fun fact: Manta Ray can reach over 10 foot in wingspan and weigh more than 1000 lbs! We can’t express how magical and intimate this experience truly is. If you have a keen sense of adventure, and want to try something unique, then this thrill is a must try. While checking in to Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii, let them know Big Island Reviews send much love and appreciation.

Address: 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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