Sunset Cruise & Night Manta Swim in Kailua-Kona, HI

Kona Ocean Experience Keauhou Boat HarborKailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Embark on a 1.5-hour cruise featuring the gorgeous Kona sunset, landscape, and night snorkeling with friendly manta rays. As you snorkel in Kona’s crystal water, manta rays will glide, dive, and swim right by you along with schools of captivating tropical fish. Between the snorkeling experience of a lifetime and watching the sunset, this is one cruise you’ll never forget.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Cruise schedule varies by season.
  • All gear is provided.
  • Ideal for all ages and snorkeling experience levels.
  • Bring swim gear, a towel, and a cover-up.


from Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Swim
Join us for our 1.5-hour evening boat trip out of Keauhou Harbor to enjoy the beautiful Kona coastline and Sunset, as we await the mantas arrival. You will learn some history and culture of the area and enjoy snacking on a fresh fruit and sushi platter as the sun fades over the ocean. Then as night falls, witness the majestic manta rays come to feed on the abundant buffet of phytoplankton that appears with the glow of underwater dive lights. Slide into the alluring Pacific Ocean, buoyed by our light board and experience the thrill of having giant manta rays gracefully glide and swoop through the waters all within inches of you. Back on board, complete your breathtaking experience with some warm green tea on the short ride back to the Keauhou pier.

September 1 - February 28:
5:15 pm: Check-in at Keauhou Harbor
6:45 pm: Return to Harbor

March 1 - August 28:
6:15 pm: Check-in at Keauhou Harbor
7:45 pm: Return to Harbor

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Nancy R
"Bambi is the best!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018
Magnificent... awe inspiring...breathtaking. That just begins to describe the feeling I had being in the presence of the manta rays. And Kona Expeditions with Bambi is the only way to go. Before we jumped in the water to see the mantas, we took a leisurely ride down the coast, enjoying the gorgeous sunset and stopping to view the wild goats and parrots. Bambi gave us a good amount of Hawaiian history. She grew up in the islands and her love and respect for Hawaii shine through. And then the manta rays! Bambi and her assistant, Cassie described what we needed to do to get the most out of the experience. Cassie worked hard to find the place with the best potential for seeing the mantas, and we were totally blown away! The whole experience was so professional and conscientious that we decided we needed to do their dolphin swim and snorkeling trip the next day. Again, the trip was wonderful. Bambi first outlined how to have the best chances of swimming with the dolphins, and she stressed being non aggressive with them. Again, she has so much respect for the animals and the land. After swimming with the dolphins, we then rode about 40 minutes down the coast , with a few fascinating stops for history and geology lessons, ending up at captain cook for a memorable snorkeling experience. Sure, it may be a bit cheaper to go on a big boat to swim with dolphins and snorkel, but this intimate (6 guests max-there were 4 on each of our tours) informative, respectful tour with someone who clearly loves the islands is the only way to go. I recommend it highly.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
"A great trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2018
We went out first thing in the morning with Bambi as our captain, and found the dolphins quite quickly. It was an amazing experience especially seeing a mother with her calf. After that we went snorkelling near the Cook memorial as well. Really recommended!
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Risa T
"Real experience of sea creatures and the history of Hawai'i!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2018
Thanks to Bambi for the wonderful tour. My family and I did the morning dolphin swim and snorkel. It was my mom's 3rd time trying to swim with dolphins, and she had no luck the last 2 times. However this time, Bambi knew exactly what she was doing and we were able to swim and see dolphins very closely!!! Emotional for sure! We were also greeted by Manta as soon as the boat left and also turtle came to say good bye at the end. Along the way, Bambi would stop and explain the history of Hawai'i. Which is very important to know regardless of loco or traveller, I think. Overall, a fantastic experience and I will recommend to anyone who goes to the Big Island!!!
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jean l
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2018
We took the sunset Manta snorkeling tour. They start with a short cruise along the shore and gave us a small history lesson about the events along this coast. This definetely is the team to choose if you are a family of 5 or 6. Small boat and caring crew. Not those huge boats... Our yougest didn’t want to go in the water but Bambi (the captain) took care of him for the entire dive and he just loved her (even though he didn’t speak English...) My wife and daughter got sea sick and we could aborted the cruise a little ahead since we had the entire boat for ourselves. And did I mentionned we saw tons of rays? This is a tour where you’re actually treated like a friend. Thank you!
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Nelson, New Zealand
"Awesome day out with Captain Justin"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 06, 2018
We booked at the last minute while in Kona on the Pride of America. The owner was able to arrange an afternoon our for our family of 4 (2a 2c) at a reasonable price. Instructions to the slipway were clear and we were able to grab an uber for around $15. The captain was capable, friendly, informative. Was great with our two children, pointing out spots along the way. It was awesome having the boat to ourselves so we could spread our gear out and be comfortable. The snorkelling by the Captain Cook monument was fantastic and we were lucky enough to have a pod of spinner dolphins swimming in the cove for more than 30 mins, allowing our son to follow them at a distance. There were a lot of other very full boats there that day as it was a cruise port day (Wed) but still lots of room to explore. Totally recommend this business and their allaround professionalism.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Swim

What safety measures are in place?
In addition to life jackets onboard, our captains and crew are 100% first aid and CPR trained and certified.

What is included in my tour price?
Tours include:

  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Wet Suit
  • Flotation Aids
  • Green Tea/Beverages
  • Fresh Sushi

When should I arrive for the cruise?
Guests should check-in at Keauhou Harbor for the cruise briefing at 6:15 pm sharp. The tour departs promptly at 6:30 pm.

Is this experience for all ages?
Yes. Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times while on the cruise and snorkeling.