The Best Way To Experience Manta Rays On Kona Is At Night
Go ahead and jump in, the water's fine. It's also teeming with some of the biggest and gentlest pelagic creatures in the ocean - giant manta rays. The Hawaii manta ray night dive is world-famous for good reason. The deep waters off Kona's shore are rich with plankton, one of the manta's favorite foods.
They flock here by the hundreds and feed after dark, making night time the best time to hop on a boat and get up close to these magnificent creatures. Don't worry if you're not SCUBA-certified, the manta ray night snorkel in Kona makes it easy to float above the divers and get a bird's eye view of the mantas as they swim and swoop gracefully below you.
Scuba diving is a fun and exhilarating way to explore two-thirds of the planet. And no place on earth offers the diversity of marine life, coral reefs and underwater topography as the Hawaiian Islands, with the Big Island itself home to one of the most famous dives in the world - the manta ray night dive. To safely enjoy this phenomenal dive experience, every scuba diver must be properly trained and certified. If you're not certified, there are other special snorkel-only manta night tours available for snorkelers with prior experience and strong swimming skills.
How long is the Manta Ray Night Dive boat ride?
There's no place on earth where so many giant manta rays gather each night to feed on microscopic plankton than just off the Kona coast. But because mantas like to feed in the open ocean and due to the underwater topography off the island, getting to the mantas does involve a short boat ride. There are several sites that are best for finding the giant mantas. Depending on which site is selected, divers can expect a 20-45 minute boat ride, each way. Divers should also expect to ride in comfort, as the larger boats offer marine heads and spacious decking that can accommodate up to 22 guests.