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Sunlight on Water

Private Charters, Sunset Manta Snorkel, Unique Reef Snorkel, Whale Watches in Kailua Kona, Hawaii

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From $100

Experience Hawaii magic,  join us for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on this manta ray snorkel! The Kona coast, located on Big Island, is one of the best places in the world to see these incredible creatures up close in their natural habitat. There is nothing like swimming with these gentle giants at night, book now and check it off your bucket list!

From $1500

Want to avoid crowds and have the boat all to yourself? Join us for a fully customizable private charter tour. Cruise with us, we’ve got you covered for groups of any size or special occasion and look forward to planning a unique Kona adventure with you!



  • We are honored to be one of the oldest and most experienced snorkel tour companies in Hawaii.
  • Our USCG certified 40ft boat, “Uhane Nui O Naia” ( Great Spirit of the Dolphin) includes shade, a warm fresh water shower, and a marine head (bathroom). It is one of the most comfortable, smooth, and stable vessels in the harbor.
  • We have a large swim platform with sturdy ladders for easy access getting in and out of the water.
  • We provide your gear; including fins, snorkel and mask, wetsuits, and personal flotation.
  • You’ll stay nourished and hydrated with our provided beverages, island fresh fruit, and assortment of dry snacks.
  • Our Captains and Crew are Lifeguard+CPR certified and safety is our number one priority in and out of the water.
  • We are certified to take 35 passengers however, we choose to cap our tours at 24 to ensure comfort and provide an outstanding experience for all of our guests.
  • Our adventures will be sure to leave long lasting memories and smiles for you and your family or group as we explore the magical waters of Hawaii.


**Mahalo to Don & Linda Hurzeler and CJ Kale for providing many of our exceptional photos!!**



Gentle Giants

What an amazing experience! We had a nice boat ride to our location. We donned our wetsuits and snorkel mask, got our pool noodle for our feet and off we went. A solid 40 min in the water and multiple giants appeared! Some doing quadruple barrel rolls. Beautiful and majestic. A definite bucket list item.

– Mindy S | Tripadvisor
Manta ray snorkle with Sunlight on Water.

Took a ride with captain Taylor and mate Kaeo. Saw dolphins leaving the harbor, a good omen for a great trip. On the way to manta ray snorkle ran across some whales, stopped to watch them make a couple of surfacings. Manta ray snorkel was great, Kaeo said we saw at least 7 different mantas. Crew was knowledgeable and friendly, boat and equipment were clean. Would definitely recommend.

– Farmer59 | Tripadvisor
A Whale of a Time!!

This tour was fabulous! Very comfortable boat (spacious, padded seats, shaded); friendly and knowledgeable crew; unlimited snacks, soda, juice & water. Found several spots for incredible viewing of whales breaching, spouting, tail-flapping and just passing by. The crew took photos to share so we could enjoy the sights without having to try to capture them ourselves. If this one’s available, skip the Zodiac boat (packed, uncomfortable and uncovered); we highly recommend Sunlight on Water. Captain Taylor & Connor will give you an adventure of a lifetime. Aloha!

– Holly F | Tripadvisor
You have got to try this

This was one of the most wonderful travel experiences. I am not a strong swimmer and I get seasick. Nonetheless, I thought I would give it a try. The people were wonderful - Eric, Heather and Shaun were the best guides I have ever had. They were able to get us to where the dolphins were swimming and they were very helpful and patient with us. When my sister got in the water and became afraid, Eric got in right away and led her back to the boat. She tried a second time with the same result. Eric offered to lead her around in the water. I would take this again in a heartbeat and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to the big island. And, by the way, I did not get seasick.

– Loretta R. | Tripadvisor
Manta rays!

Hubby & I went on the snorkeling at night with the manta Rays on 5/27/21 from 5:30-8:30. Capt. Mark, crewmen Eric & Walter were informative, experienced and safety was of upmost importance. Respect to the Mantas is the priority. They supplied all gear, the masks fit well and the wetsuits were appreciated! We were one of the first boats there and one of the last to leave. Well worth the trip.

– Sharon & Derek | Tripadvisor

We went on both a dolphin swim cruise and night manta ray cruise with this crew and we could not have asked for better experiences. We took our kiddos on the dolphin swim, they had the best time and the SOTW helped make memories for them. We used the manta swim as a date night and it was lovely. The safety was top notch, the experience was unforgettable, the price and customer service were just right. The crew for both cruises were so friendly and personable. We will definitely look to cruising with them every time we visit Kona. Aloha!

– Lacy C. | Tripadvisor
Wonderful safe life touching unforgettable experience.

Highlight of our trip. The crew was great and understanding. NO.. you are not swimming around in the dark. You enter at dusk & you float with a float. And they watch out for you. A kid was crying- she hated it because it was so intense.- they come right up to you & you see their eyes. She left-but came back and later she loved it. We got there last but left first-- but it was perfect amount of time. It is long enough.

– Ernie N. | Tripadvisor
Better than I could have imagined

When I booked this tour, I thought we'd see a few dolphins. What I experienced was something else entirely. We saw probably hundreds of dolphins on our trip. The crew was incredible - it was really a team effort! They were so good at directing us and showing us where to look for the dolphins and making sure we were in place to see them without disrupting them / being disrespectful. I have been living on the big island for 9 months and this was the best thing I've done to date. Will definitely go again!

– Erin M. | Tripadvisor