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Small-Group Ocean Rafting Sunset Cruise & Night Manta Ray Swim (from Keauhou)

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Have an evening to remember as you set out on a semi-private sunset cruise with delicious fruit and sushi, and then snorkel among the majestic giant manta rays.

Description

Embark on an epic journey from along the Kona coastline as you witness a breathtaking Hawaiian sunset and then snorkel with the famous manta rays of Keauhou Bay. With a late afternoon departure, you will have ample time to snack on a variety of fresh tropical fruit and sushi while the sun dips below the horizon. Once evening falls, head into the water illuminated by underwater dive lights and have a thrill of a lifetime as giant manta rays gracefully swoop and glide just a few inches from you. With a maximum group size of six people, this is sure to be an intimate and unforgettable experience.

Includes

  • Guide

  • Hot tea

  • Appetizers

  • Fruit

  • Wetsuit

  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
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Small-Group Ocean Rafting Sunset Cruise & Night Manta Ray Swim (from Keauhou)

Duration: 2 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Hot tea / Appetizers / Fruit / Wetsuit / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)

The highlight of our week on the Big Island. Having a small group meant we had a great chance to see the mantas, as well as a fun dinner and sightseeing along the coast. You won't really understand just how amazing this experience is until you go, so just go.

Joel

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Schedule

Starting time: 17:15 - 18:15 (Show more)
  • 17:00

    Check-in at Keahou Bay Boat Ramp

  • 17:15

    Safety Briefing (15 mins)

  • 17:30

    Depart Keauhou Bay

  • 17:45

    Enjoy Sunset & Sushi Offshore (15 mins)

  • 18:00

    Manta Ray Snorkel (40 min)

  • 18:40

    Warm Up with Hot Tea (15 mins)

  • 19:00

    Check-out

  • 18:00

    Check-in at Keahou Bay Boat Ramp

  • 18:15

    Safety Briefing (15 mins)

  • 18:30

    Depart Keauhou Bay

  • 18:45

    Enjoy Sunset & Sushi Offshore (15 mins)

  • 19:00

    Manta Ray Snorkel (40 min)

  • 19:40

    Warm Up with Hot Tea (15 mins)

  • 20:00

    Check-out

  • (For Check-In) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 17:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 17:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 19:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 18:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 20:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 18:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Keauhou Bay (78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA) Time: 20:00:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Guests must be able to tread water without assistance.

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

  • Children 4 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Clothing that can get wet

  • Camera

  • Towel

  • Wear swimsuit under clothing

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

  • Motion sickness preventative

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • Although manta rays are almost always seen, there due to the unpredictable conditions of nature and the wild, you may not be able to enter the water with the manta rays. No refunds will be given should you not be able to swim with manta rays.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

  • Complimentary parking available.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 6.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of boat will be used?

Kona Ocean Experience utilizes a Willard Marine Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) that will easily cut through the water with ease to get you quickly to your snorkeling destination.

What if I want to go on the boat ride, but not snorkel?

Not a problem! Simply book the "Ride-A-Long" option and you will be more than welcome on the boat.

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Reviews

The highlight of our week on the Big Island. Having a small group meant we had a great chance to see the mantas, as well as a fun ...dinner and sightseeing along the coast. You won't really understand just how amazing this experience is until you go, so just go. more

Joel

This was better than I could imagine. After leaving the shore on a small boat (three crew and four passengers), we passed manta vi...llage and went south a bit more to see some historic land with wild goats on it and sat there while the sun set. We had a platter of sushi and grapes, which was delicious. When the sun set, we went back up and joined the rest of the boats at manta village, and got into the water where we all held a surf board and had floaties under our stomachs. It was all very comfortable, besides the cold, which we had full or short sleeve wetsuits for. The surf board had a nice light on it which attracted plenty of plankton. We saw two manta rays, Amanda, and I forget the name of the other one. Amanda actually brushed up against my wife twice! (Don't intentionally touch them as I've heard it's a $5000 fine). After plenty of time in the water, and repeated visits by both manta rays, we headed back to the boat and had some ginger ale on the way back to the dock. Overall wonderful experience! Oh, if you're on your honeymoon, make sure your ring fits tightly enough not to fall off in the water! And insure it if it's valuable! Mine slipped off, but thankfully I didn't loose a bunch of money. more

David

we had so much fun - when we were watching from shore the next night we wished we had signed up again. we had one on one with our... captain and guide (Justin and Tara) - The other groups were so large there was no way they could have asked questions like we did. Tara worked hard to keep us where viewing was best. Bring your towel but not change of clothes. more

Krin

we had so much fun - when we were watching from shore the next night we wished we had signed up again. we had one on one with our... captain and guide (Justin and Tara) - The other groups were so large there was no way they could have asked questions like we did. Tara worked hard to keep us where viewing was best. Bring your towel but not change of clothes. more

Krin

This was better than I could imagine. After leaving the shore on a small boat (three crew and four passengers), we passed manta vi...llage and went south a bit more to see some historic land with wild goats on it and sat there while the sun set. We had a platter of sushi and grapes, which was delicious. When the sun set, we went back up and joined the rest of the boats at manta village, and got into the water where we all held a surf board and had floaties under our stomachs. It was all very comfortable, besides the cold, which we had full or short sleeve wetsuits for. The surf board had a nice light on it which attracted plenty of plankton. We saw two manta rays, Amanda, and I forget the name of the other one. Amanda actually brushed up against my wife twice! (Don't intentionally touch them as I've heard it's a $5000 fine). After plenty of time in the water, and repeated visits by both manta rays, we headed back to the boat and had some ginger ale on the way back to the dock. Overall wonderful experience! Oh, if you're on your honeymoon, make sure your ring fits tightly enough not to fall off in the water! And insure it if it's valuable! Mine slipped off, but thankfully I didn't loose a bunch of money. more

David

Steven and Shawn were amazing captain and guide. Provided us with an amazing tour and really great snorkeling spots around the are...a! The tour time is perfect to catch sunset and then it gets dark so the water lights up beautifully in the dark. The waves in the ocean are a bit rough so going on an empty stomach is adviseable. We saw 5 manta rays on our expedition. Definitely an attraction to do on the Big Island!! And Kona Ocean Experience is a great company that hosts this amazing experience!! more

Ella

This was an amazing experience. Our captain and the diver were really great. While we were "waiting" for the mantas to a...rrive, our diver went to the ocean floor to pick up some sea urchins and sea cucumbers to show us. He put them back of course, but it made the trip even more interesting. Them the mantas arrived and put on an amazing show! more

Kkuh1

We liked that our guide taught us how to "encourage" the mantas by singing to them. We had a blast :)

Nat

This was an amazing adventure. We were very taken very good care of. Will definitely do it again.

Kelly Koch

Bambi (captain) and Steven (dive guide) both are very friendly and knowledgeable. More importantly, in case that you do not see an...y manta ray, they arrange you another trip for free. In our case, the giants took a day off on Sunday and then came back on Monday. So try to book it at least 2 days before the end of your trip. more

Jon

Watching rays swoop in from the darkness was amazing. Our dive master was well informed and even gave us a great recommendatio...n for a beach to hit the next day. If I had any quibbles with the excursion is that from the time we left the dock until the time we went back to the dock we were only out for about 1hr and 15 minutes. We were aware that the excursion had a max time of 2 hrs+ but would have loved to spend more time in the water after sunset and the Rays actually came out. The excursion was still great though and it’s certainly a recent highlight of wild animal viewing. more

Kay

It turned out to be just the two of us on the cruise,,,It was great fun and swimming with those sea behemoths is magical! Our two... person crew were very gracious and gave a wonderful view of the rays and other island animals...and it included sushi! more

Bill Nott

Watching rays swoop in from the darkness was amazing. Our dive master was well informed and even gave us a great recommendatio...n for a beach to hit the next day. If I had any quibbles with the excursion is that from the time we left the dock until the time we went back to the dock we were only out for about 1hr and 15 minutes. We were aware that the excursion had a max time of 2 hrs+ but would have loved to spend more time in the water after sunset and the Rays actually came out. The excursion was still great though and it’s certainly a recent highlight of wild animal viewing. more

Kay

Good experience! Just a little bit disappointed by the tour. The guides were super nice but late, we stayed one hour at the ha...rbor due to a boat problem. The dinner (Sushis) was too light, we had to share 20 pieces for 4 people. We stayed only 15min in the water swimming with the mantas because we were running out of time due to the delays at the beginning. more

LOIC

Veltra appointed us ONE hour before the real time! That wasn´t efficcient at all. First we did not see rays, but the company honou...red their word ,. and took us day after with lovely Results. Nice company, nice people in thee boat, but Veltra has to improve in coordination. more

Guillermo

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