Swim with Manta Rays
Sometimes referred to as the “Butterflies of the Sea”, these graceful animals are a sight that must been seen in person. Manta rays are beautiful sea creatures that live in warm tropical waters. Their side fins have evolved into wide triangular wings with which they use to “fly” through the water. These wings range from 4-20 ft, making them amongst the largest sea creatures anywhere. The Manta ray is one of Hawaii’s most fascinating and stunningly beautiful sights.
Believed to have a lifespan of up to 25 years, this greatest of the ray family have been documented swimming at depths of 100 feet, but no one really knows how deep they can swim.
Unlike most of their relatives, Manta Rays have NO teeth, stinger or barbs and are completely safe to be around. We invite you to have yet another experience of a lifetime…a night snorkel with these angels of the Ocean.
The forward-pointing, paddle-like organs at each corner of a Manta’s mouth are termed “cephalic lobes”. They are basically forward extensions of the pectoral wings, complete with supporting radial cartilages. Mantas have been observed using their cephalic lobes like scoops to help push plankton-bearing water into their mouths. When Mantas are not actively feeding, the cephalic lobes are often furled like a flag ready for storage or held with their tips touching. Either of these cephalic lobe positions may reduce drag during long-distance swimming.
Mantas are known to leap completely out of the water and do so for a variety of possible reasons. They may do it to escape a potential predator or to rid themselves of skin parasites. Or they may leap to communicate to others of their own species — the great, crashing splash of their re-entries can often be heard from miles (kilometers) away. It’s anyone’s guess what they may be trying to communicate. Leaping male Mantas may be demonstrating their fitness as part of a courtship display. Since these leaps are highly energetic and often repeated several times in succession, they may also represent a form of play.
You may be wondering why we go snorkeling with the Mantas at night? Although Mantas are most commonly seen during daylight hours, it’s only because that is when most observers are in the water. Scientifically, we do not know exactly what Mantas do at night or how active they are, but they may feed most actively at night, when many planktonic creatures naturally rise to the surface, providing a rich bounty on which Mantas may feed. Using state-of-the-art lights, we are able to attract concentrations of these plankton and therefore attract the Mantas. It is exhilarating to be in the Ocean at night with the Mantas.
We approach each tour with your safety and enjoyment as our highest priority and have adapted our tours to reflect this. We utilize custom designed light boards that were created specifically for us that double as rescue boards. Whenever possible we tie off directly to the back of the boat so swimming is minimized and you can easily enjoy the incredible show the mantas put on. If the mantas do not come to the boat, we may need to swim to them.
Over 200 Manta Rays have been identified and named along the Kona Coast. I am happy to introduce you to Melainah Ray shown in the photo below!
The crew will take photos of you on the boat and in the water. 10-15 photos will be provided to you at no extra cost.
All equipment is provided: short wetsuits, snorkel gear, flotation if needed, as well as water/sodas and dry snacks. All you need to bring is a towel and light jacket or windbreaker. Rx masks are available in a limited range and by request.
Personal items such as cameras, cell phones, or any other valuables brought on board are at your own risk.
Manta Guarantee: While we see mantas about 90% of the time, they are wild animals and their appearance is beyond our control. If you don’t see a manta on your night out, you can go again on another night on a space available, standby basis. Keep in mind that these spaces may be very limited, especially during the busiest times of the year. However, the offer never expires, but is non-transferrable and has no refund or cash value.
NIGHTLY MANTA RAY SNORKELS
Snorkel just above graceful manta rays while they glide below in the glow of blue LED lights.
5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Daily. (time changes during year with sunset)
Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Please verify current check-in times in your confirmation email. Be sure to allow extra time in your drive for afternoon traffic.
Provided: wetsuits, all snorkel gear, flotation as needed, lights, swim guide(s) in Ocean with you, water/sodas/juice, variety of dry snacks. Once out of the water enjoy our warm shower, hot chocolate/coffee or tea. Also included are 10-15 photos of your trip.
Bring: towel, dry clothes, jacket/sweatshirt for the boat ride home.
Adults Retail Price: $102.00 / Special Online only Price: $87.00 (including all Taxes)
Children Retail Price: $85.00 / Special Online only Price: $75.00 (including all Taxes)
Kiddos 3 and under are free
Ride Along with Passengers: $40.00 (including all Taxes)
(If booking your trip 10 days in advance take an additional $5 off by entering promotional code: 10ADV5OFF in the promo field.)
Discount applied at checkout.
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Please call 808/896-2480 for Reservations by telephone 8a.m.—8p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.
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