Manta Ray Snorkel Tour
An Unforgettable Evening Swimming with Manta Rays
Ride aboard a state of the art vessel
All snorkel gear including wetsuits will be provided
Bright lights will be used to draw in plankton and manta rays
Knowledgeable guides will be there to answer questions
Hot drinks and soup will be served
Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase after snorkeling
The tour begins with boarding the vessel close to sunset at Keauhou Bay. Departure time will vary depending on the season and when the sun will be setting. Manta rays are best viewed after dark because the post-sunset hours are their peak feeding time. After the vessel departs from Keauhou Bay guests will be taken to a popular snorkeling area 5-10 minutes down the coast nicknamed Manta Village. Bright lights are then placed in the water for two reasons, the first being that the light will attract plankton which is a manta ray’s chief food source, and the second is for visibility so guests will be able to view them from the surface with snorkel gear.
After the lights are in place and guests have applied their snorkel masks and accompanying gear they will be joined in the water by professional guides who will be there to assist. As the manta rays arrive to feed on the plankton, guests will have an unforgettable encounter with these beautiful creatures. Actual snorkel time in the water with the manta rays is approximately 45 minutes.
After re-boarding the vessel guests will be offered water, hot tea, hot chocolate, and a hot steaming cup of vegan soup. It can get chilly out on the open water after dark, but if you desire a cold beverage there will be a cash-only bar available on board with an assortment of beer, wine, soda, and juice. Return time to Keauhou Bay is expected to be 1.5 hours after departure, but keep in mind the tour may go longer depending on the manta ray’s feeding schedule.
1.5-Hour Evening Manta Ray Snorkel With Dinner From Keauhou Harbor
Hot drinks and hot vegan soup will be provided after snorkeling and re-boarding the vessel.
Of the abundant sea life in Hawaii, manta rays remain one of the most elegant creatures you can view while snorkeling or diving. Have an unforgettable encounter as you watch wild manta rays feed and play in the bright lights.
The benefit of embarking on a tour like this is having professional guides with extensive knowledge of manta rays to educate guests and answer questions. The guides on this tour will also ensure everyone has the snorkeling gear properly applied before joining you in the water to provide a safe and enjoyable experience.
While rays are the main focus of this tour, you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the other nocturnal fish who call this part of Hawaii home. Brightly colored reef fish will also be attracted by the bright lights and abundant plankton in the water.
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