Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour
Come join us on our manta ray night snorkel tour out of Puako Harbor on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are located in the Waikoloa area about 10-15 minutes from most hotels such as Hilton, Marriott, Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Kea and Westin Hapuna. Our tour offers a smaller more intimate group setting with a maximum of 6 passengers. Liquid Hawaii strives to be more educational and personal with our tours to give our guests the best possible experience. When it comes to location we are unmatched with only a few other operators in our area to create a calm and safe environment to view the manta rays.
After leaving the boat ramp it is a quick 10 minute ride over to our manta viewing site. Upon arrival, we give a thorough and educational briefing and get comfortable with our gear before we slide in and hold onto our light board. We hold on and watch as giant manta rays dine on tiny plankton just below our light board or as we like to call it our “Manta Luau”. The mantas are safe and completely harmless with no stingers, barbs or teeth. The Manta Ray Night Tour is rated the #1 night dive and snorkel in the world! Come see why the manta rays of Hawaii are a truly magical ocean experience not to be missed. It’s on the list of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten “Things to Do in Your Life,” and we worked with them to film the video!
- Check-in time: 5:30pm for the Manta Ray Night Snorkel Adventure but changes depending on time of sunset so be sure to confirm when booking.
- In the event the first trip is full we do open a second manta tour. Call to inquire about going with us for our second trip. Both trips have great manta viewing experiences!
- Bring towel and extra clothes for after getting out of the water
- Departs From: Puako Boat Ramp, Puako (follow directions in email or on website)
- Boat Charter: 2 hours (45 minutes in the water)
- $179 per person, plus tax and gratuities. Includes all snorkel gear, snacks, juice, bottled water & soda
- We provide masks, snorkels, fins, shorty wetsuits and flotation devices.
- We recommend that you take medication or natural remedies to prevent seasickness to optimize your enjoyment of the trip. We do not offer medication on the boat. To ensure best results of avoiding seasickness, take medication the day before the trip and 2 hours prior to trip departure so it is in your system.
- MINIMUM 3 PASSENGERS for the Manta Ray Snorkel Tour
- We have an over 90% success rate in viewing manta rays on our trips, in the event we do not see one we are unable to provide refunds due to being a small operator and the costs from operating the tour.
What Our Customers Are Saying
We LOVED our Manta Ray tour! Both an exceptional and unique experience. They were phenomenal, caring, and professional individuals with an extraordinary knowledge and expertise in their craft. We loved how personal the experience was. Don’t let the pick up location put you off. It is so much better than an over filled tourist trap!! I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family.
This is our 3rd time with the Liquid Hawaii manta experience, and we would highly recommend. The crew is very friendly and informative, and the experience in the water with the mantas at night is incredible. We will be back!
I’ve done a lot of incredible things in my long life, but this was truly unique and magical. Even the boat ride out to the sight at night under the stars was an amazing experience. The Manta Rays are of course a bucket list experience. The crew was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in every way. I can’t recommend this enough.
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Manta Ray Facts
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Manta rays are large sea animals that live in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate waters worldwide. Their side or pectoral fins have evolved into wide triangular wings that they use to easily propel themselves through the water. With a diamond shaped body and wing spans reaching over 20’ across, manta rays are one of the largest animals in the ocean. Their broad blanket-like bodies earned them the name manta that means cloak or blanket in Spanish. In Hawaiian, they are called hahalua. Like many other open ocean animals, manta rays have countershading coloration – dark on the topside (dorsal side) and light on the underside (ventral side).
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Manta rays are related to sharks. Sharks and rays are cartilaginous fishes and belong to the scientific classification Chondrichthyes. Sharks and rays are grouped together in a sub-class called Elasmobranchii. Unlike many shark species, manta rays do NOT have sharp teeth. They do possess a tooth band that is more like sandpaper along the lower jaw only.
Manta rays are related to stingrays. Both have flattened body shapes and wide pectoral fins that are fused to the head. One of the biggest differences between manta rays and stingrays is that manta rays do NOT have a tail “stinger” or barb like stingrays. There are other differences as well. Stingrays dwell on the ocean bottom, but manta rays live in the open ocean. A stingray’s mouth is located on the underside of its body whereas the mouth of the manta ray is along the front edge of its body.
Manta rays belong to the family of rays referred to as devil rays, scientifically called Mobulidae. Devil rays share the common characteristic of cephalic or head fins. When unfurled, the fins help to funnel in food and water into the mouth. To make the fins more streamlined, devil rays can roll up these flexible appendages. When furled, these fins were thought to resemble a devil’s horns.
Manta Ray Species
Based on a study conducted by Marshall (2009), manta rays are divided into two different species: Manta birostris and Manta alfredi. Manta birostris typically roam the open ocean and are migratory. They are regularly sighted at offshore islands, oceanic seamounts, and submarine ridge systems. Manta birostris are located in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. This species can reach up to 22’ across. Manta alfredi is a smaller species that has an average size of 11’ across. This species is commonly sighted near shore around coral reefs, often times in residential groups. The species is widespread in tropical waters and found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. Manta birostris is occasionally sighted along the Kona Coast. Manta alfredi is the species of manta ray that is sighted on the Kona Manta ray night snorkel & dive tour.