Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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OMG do not pass up this experience! This was the coolest snorkel excursion ever! Giant manta rays in front of your face! Jacob and Adam were absolutely amazing. Their boat is very nice and has comfortable seating. They were friendly and knowledgeable. We felt very safe with them. We brought our 2 kiddos (6 & 7 yrs old) and they were very accommodating with them. They even helped them get back to the boat while mommy and daddy stayed a bit longer in the water to watch the rays. They had a bunch of snacks and drinks on board and asked several times if we wanted more. They fit everyone with wet suits before getting on the boat and they provide snorkels and masks as well, but we brought our own. Everything was in good condition too. Absolutely recommend!
Friendly, lively, and helpful crew and a great snorkel location. My kids were new to snorkeling and did great. My daughter lost a flipper which we had brought, and it didn’t float unfortunately. One of the crew dove and retrieved it! The boat ride out and back in was very enjoyable, and we had a dolphin swimming in front of the boat on the way back. It was a memorable experience. Snorkel gear is provided, but if you are bringing your own gear, keep in mind that full face masks are not allowed for safety reasons. We brought 2 and couldn’t use them.
This was probably the highlight of our trip. On the way out to snorkel we saw baby and mama Humpback Whales as well as several dolphins. The whales were only about 200 feet away and the dolphins came up within 30 feet of the boat. While my wife and our kids were snorkeling, my mom and I stayed on the boat and enjoyed the view, food and fully stocked bar. The weather was perfect and the crew was really great.
This was an awesome experience and so cool to do in the dark. We saw at least 6 Manta Rays and they literally are right next to you swimming! The team was personable and helpful too. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweatshirt for ride back (which is suggested in the details). I would consider this a must do activity if you enjoy the water.
Saw 5-7 whales. Even got to see a calf and mother whales. They came SO close to the boat! We learned lots of great whale facts too. Highly recommend!