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Sunset & Moonlight Swim with Manta Rays Cruise Adventure (from Honokohau Harbor)

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Come snorkel with the manta rays and illuminate the evening waters of Kona on this guided excursion, and then settle in for a cup of homemade soup.

Description

Take off from Honokohau Harbor on an evening manta ray snorkel as the captain, an expert in marine sciences, explains all the details about these graceful creatures of the deep. Soak in the sunset as you ride to the snorkel spot. Once you arrive, you will be accompanied by a guide while holding a board that makes the water glow. This board will attract plankton and you will soon be surrounded by mantas rays. Mantas are an elegant species so it will seem that they are performing a dance. At the end of the night, enjoy a delicious a cup of soup to warm you on your way back to shore.

Includes

  • Guide

  • Hot Cocoa

  • Soft drinks / Juice

  • Bottled water

  • Snacks

  • Wetsuit

  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
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Sunset Swim

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Hot Cocoa / Soft drinks / Juice / Bottled water / Snacks / Wetsuit / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)

Schedule

Starting time: 17:00 - 18:00 (Show more)
  • 16:30

    Check-in at Honokohau Harbor

  • 17:00

    Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel Swim (2 hrs)

  • 19:00

    Return to the Honokohau Harbor

  • 17:00

    Check-in at Honokohau Harbor

  • 17:30

    Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel Swim (2 hrs)

  • 19:30

    Return to the Honokohau Harbor

  • 17:30

    Check-in at Honokohau Harbor

  • 18:00

    Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel Swim (2 hrs)

  • 20:00

    Return to the Honokohau Harbor

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Moonlight Swim

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Hot Cocoa / Soft drinks / Juice / Bottled water / Snacks / Wetsuit / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)

Schedule

Starting time: 19:30 - 20:30 (Show more)
  • 19:00

    Check-in

  • 19:30

    Moonlit Manta Ray Snorkel Swim (2 hrs)

  • 21:30

    Check-out

  • 19:30

    Check-in

  • 20:00

    Moonlit Manta Ray Snorkel Swim (2 hrs)

  • 22:00

    Check-out

  • 20:00

    Check-in

  • 20:30

    Moonlit Manta Ray Snorkel Swim (2 hrs)

  • 22:30

    Check-out

I was so scared being a non swimmer but I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out and did it!!! What an incredible experience. Professional crew that kept us safe and relaxed the entire time. I would recommend Wahine Charters to anyone and will recommend to all my friends!

Mellissa

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  • (For Check-In) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 16:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 16:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 19:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 17:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 19:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 17:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 19:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 17:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 20:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 17:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Honokohau Harbor (74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 20:00:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
All Packages
  • Participants must be able to climb a small step ladder to get back on the boat.

  • If less than 6 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Sunset Swim
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Additional Note(s)
All Packages
  • Legal parent or guardian must sign waiver for unaccompanied minors.

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

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 14.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of boat will be used?

The "Wicked Wahine" is a U.S. Coastguard certified, custom-built powerboat. There is a shaded area available and a marine head (restroom) as well.

Is the soup vegetarian?

Occasionally there is meat or seafood added. Unfortunately, we cannot make accommodations for dietary restrictions.

Do I need to be able to swim to participate?

No it is not necessary to be able to swim. Life vests and flotation devices are on board and provided for those that request them.

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Reviews

I was so scared being a non swimmer but I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out and did it!!! What an incredible experience. Professional... crew that kept us safe and relaxed the entire time. I would recommend Wahine Charters to anyone and will recommend to all my friends! more

Mellissa

We took our 9 year old son on this and had a great time. Wahine Charters and staff were great. Smaller group (12 total) made the... experience that much better. Highly recommended. Really an experience unlike any other. more

Southern USA family

I've taken three different groups on three different manta swims and this one was the best! I really liked how we were tether...ed to the boat so that inexperienced snorkelers and people that got cold could easily climb back on the boat while the rest of us could continue to enjoy the mantas. Because we were on the moonlight swim, we were in the harbor by ourselves by the end. All the mantas (four total that night) were ours to observe. It was awesome. This is really a must-do for your Big Island trip. more

Mindy

It was an interesting experience. We enjoyed it but a couple people did get sick on the long boat ride. Lots of mantas rays showed... up and swam with us. more

Linda R

It was an amazing experience ! Like an underwater ballet with a bit of adrenaline because even you know that rays are completely h...armless and gentle you are still swimming in the middle of the ocean at night .There were at least 25 of them that night passing sometimes within an inch of our biddies, it felt like gentle caressing. I think it was my favorite activity and we did practically everything there is to be done on the Island (from extreme to leisure ) Definitely recomend it more

Dorotka

We did the moonlight swim. The biggest manta ray was actually bumping some of the people in the water when she came up to eat the... plankton that the lights attracted. We also saw so many fish. It was great. I would do this excursion again. more

Rosemary

One of the highlights of our trip, so fun! Peena, Tim & crew were awesome. They moved things along nicely and were fun to be w...ith. We saw some amazing Mantas, it was an experience we'll be talking about for a long time! more

Miller family

This was our second trip snorkeling with Tim. This time we brought my wife's family (from Miami). They absolutely loved it, a...nd we can't thank Tim and crew enough for making it, yet again, a once in a lifetime experience for our family. You guys rock!!! more

Josh Mishkin

Very cool experience. There were 12 Mantas swimming around us. The crew were safety conscious and handled a guy that freaked out i...n the water very professionally. No shame and wanted everyone to have a good time. Hot Chocolate provided with fresh fruit. more

Barb

This was an amazing trip. We had a smooth ride out to the Sheraton and saw a beautiful sunset. Then we got our snorkels and mask...s and got in the water. We all grabbed the handrail on the kick board and gotntowed out to abgood spot. We ended up joining up with other groups to form a "buffet line". Th manta rays came through eating plankton doing barrel rolls so close I thought they were going to brush our faces with their wing tips! I highly recommend this tour group. They're super friendly and are very good at what they do. more

Elizabeth from AR

This was an awesome night as a family seeing the manta rays so closely. We really enjoyed it and will always remember it.

Murray

We went on moonlight snorkeling tour and saw four manta rays, two quite big, they are so graceful dancing in the water below the l...ight and passing inches from our bodies without touching us and without any fear. This experience is one to be remembered for the lifetime. Said that, the service given is below expectations. Let's start from pricing, no reduced price for the one that is not going off board snorkeling. We arrived on time for the check in and the boat wasn't in the water yet, due to a problem with the truck. Maybe the info on the tour had been already given to the other participants, but nothing more for us. I recieved the wet suit, even though there was no locker room to change, only the marina restrooms. Anyhow the boat went in the water just in time to go onboard, no gangboard, assuming people is used to jump on and off board. We went quite fast to the point where manta rays are usually seen, there was already another boat from a different charter, we stood just aside them. Gear provided by them, good quality, no water entered during all the visit. Just few basic rules, do not dive, do not touch them, do not kick them, lay horizontally and stay attached to the plastic board, which hosts lights to attract plancton. As said at the beginning, the experience is really wonderful and makes me almost forget the service part. Returning onboard, just a minute to remove the wet suit, get dry, have a glass of hot soup and go back as fast as possible to the harbour. A formal and quick goodbye and that's it. Overall you cannot miss the mant rays snorkeling experience, but consider also other service providers with respect to this one. more

Riccardo

This was my second Manta experience and I was disappointed not to see a manta. There were a lot of boats out looking, I counted 15... at one time and it was just before dusk. On a previous Manta experience it was later so I wonder if they prefer to feed later when it's completely dark? I felt like I got to the party early and the cool kids showed up after I left. There was no lack of plankton however, so we were amused by the fish that gathered; an entire school under our light. I've gotten used to the 'entertainment' boat staff provides which makes an excursion more fun. This excursion was rather perfunctory. Go out, hop in the water, no manta, ok, go back. Everyone was rather disappointed not to see Mantas, so I'm not sure if that made going back seem rather glum. I realize these are wild creatures but my last excursion (with another company) there were quite a few Manta, like 6-8? It was an incredible experience that I wanted to repeat with my husband and was disappointed. more

Ilse

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