Manta Ray Night Snorkel - Swim with Manta Rays in Hawaii

The Manta Ray Night Snorkel is rated the #1 night dive and snorkel in the world by Scuba Diving Magazine!  Come join Liquid Hawaii and see why snorkeling with Manta Rays is a magical ocean adventure not to be missed. The Travel Channel list it in their "Top Ten Things to Do in Your Lifetime" and we filmed the video for them!  Hawaii is the only place in the world where you can swim with gentle manta rays at night.  Liquid Hawaii takes 6 guests on our Manta ray night snorkel.  We want you to have quality snorkeling time, epic manta ray encounters and the personal attention that you only get from our charters!  Book Your Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour Online~

Liquid Hawaii is proud to be a Manta Ray Green Listed Activity Provider for the Manta Ray night snorkel.  Help protect our Mantas.  Only book with a Green Listed tour provider!

Check-in time:  6:30pm for the Night Manta Ray Snorkel Tour but changes depending on time of sunset so be sure to confirm when booking your tour.

Departs From:  Puako Boat Ramp, Puako

Boat Charter:  3.5 hours

$119.00 per person, plus tax.   Includes all snorkel gear, snacks, juice, bottled water & soda.

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Manta Ray Night Snorkel - Tour Information

The Big Island of Hawaii is the only place in the world that has resident Manta Rays that consistently come to feed at the same locations throughout the year.  Hawaii Manta Rays have a wingspan of 4-16+ feet across and can weigh up to 1000 pounds.  Unlike other rays, Mantas have no teeth, stinger or barbs, so they are completely safe to be around. They are filter feeders, with plankton as their only source of food.  Lights are placed in the water, which attract the plankton, which then attracts the Manta Rays.  Along the West Coast over 240 Manta Rays have been identified since 1979. The sight of these gentle giants is breathtaking and the experience of swimming with these large, peaceful creatures is exhilarating.  

We will travel along the coast around sunset.  Upon reaching the Manta Ray snorkel site we will give a thorough briefing about the Mantas and how to get the most out of your Manta experience while keeping yourself and the Mantas safe.  Watching the Manta Rays in their “ballet” below you will be one of the absolute highlights of your life! The sheer size and gracefulness of these creatures is incredible.  After being suited up with your snorkel gear, the group will do a short swim while holding onto one large flotation board mounted with lights to the manta viewing area.  Once you reach this area you will essentially hang out while holding onto the board, watching the mantas’ acrobatics below you.  After your snorkel experience, we have snacks and beverages for you to enjoy as we travel back along the coast. 

We provide masks, snorkels, fins, shorty wetsuits and flotation devices.  Please bring a towel, dry clothes, and jacket/sweatshirt for the ride back. 

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




Manta Ray Facts-

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).

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.

Excerpts taken from  Mahalo to Keller Laros the MPR Crew & that do our manta ray research in Hawaii.