Take a nighttime trip on the water with a small, intimate group to witness Manta Rays up close and personal.
Adult (Ages 13+)
Children (Ages 5 to 12)
Snorkel with huge Manta Rays at night.
Watch as they feed on plankton.
Conveniently located just 10 minutes from Waikoloa Village.
A unique experience on the ocean at night with a starlit sky.
Small tour group for a more personal experience.
Short 10 minute boat ride to the viewing site.
Learn about these amazing creatures and their behaviors that draw them to the viewing site.
Wet suits, life jackets and snorkel gear are all provided.
Drinks and a snack are served after your snorkel.
Manta Ray Snorkel on Big Island
For decades, the Manta Ray Snorkel on Big Island has delighted guests by providing easy access to an amazing phenomenon. You too can join the countless happy snorkelers that flock to this once-in-a-lifetime event. There are many locations to view nightly Manta Ray feedings. This viewing site is in the North, near Waikoloa Village and Hapuna Beach. The tour begins at Puakō Boat Ramp, 10 minutes away from Waikoloa Village. Tours leave at sunset and you'll enjoy a colorful sky as the boat leaves the dock. Along the way, your guides will inform you of how the Manta Rays came to visit this site and how scientists identify and study them.
When you arrive at the viewing site you'll notice lights and activity in the water. The Manta Rays rarely disappoint but they also don't stay long. Time to jump in and see them in action! All your snorkel gear will be provided, including mask and snorkel, a wet suit and floatation devices. Your guides will instruct you on how to maximize your viewing experience and how to leave the creatures undisturbed. You'll float on the surface and watch as these harmless animals feed on millions of tiny sea creatures. The plankton flock to the bright lights in the water. As they feed, the Manta Rays seem to perform tricks, but their somersaults are an effective way to filter large amounts of plankton from the water. With years of experience, the Manta Ray snorkel on Big Island has perfected a safe and sustainable way to enjoy these majestic creatures. Remain calm in the water and watch the Manta Rays do their thing.
On your return trip to Puakō Boat Ramp, you'll enjoy a beautiful starlit sky out on the ocean. The staff will offer drinks and snacks for the ride home. Your guides can answer any questions you have about what you saw underwater. The excitement is hard to contain after an experience like this. It's not uncommon to find guests that have been on the tour before but can't wait to go again. The Manta Ray Snorkel on Big Island is one of the most popular events on the island. Don't miss your chance to swim with the Manta Rays!
Operating Hours and Schedule:
The Manta Ray Snorkel runs 7 nights a week with a few exceptions.
Tour departures begin at sunset. Actual start times change with the seasons.