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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Deluxe Morning Wild Dolphin Swim and Kealakekua Bay Snorkel"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2018 NEW
This trip exceeded our expectations in every way. We appreciate Bambi's respect for the dolphins and the environment. Her knowledge and explanation of the island's history was top-notch. We made several stops along the way for pictures of beautiful scenery. We felt very fortunate to have found Kona Ocean Experience and would not hesitate to recommend Bambi to others. Thank you for creating wonderful memories.
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Dan M
"Awesome KOE Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2018 NEW
I highly recommend KOE for an excellent experience on the Kona coast. We did both the dolphin tour and the manta ray tour and the KOE crew exceeded our expectations. It was personal, accommodating and professional, and wow we had some amazing encounters with the marine wildlife. Thank you captain and crew. We look forward to more adventures with you the next time we’re on the big island.
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Kelowna, Canada
"Probably the best snorkelling we've ever done!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 05, 2018 NEW
We booked both the morning dolphin encounter/Kealakekua Bay tour and the manta ray night snorkel. They were definite highlights of our 10 day trip to the Big Island - both were unreal. I've done quite a bit of snorkelling and diving around the world, and there aren't many places you can this up close and personal with large sea mammals, at the abundance we saw them. We snorkelled with a pod of about 40-60 dolphins, watching them swim underneath us, beside us, and come up for air, jumping in and out of the water. It was, as my husband put it, "dolphin madness." There were times I could've reached out and touched them. Amazing. On the manta night snorkel, we were lucky to see five mantas, and man do then ever come close to you! There were times I had to dodge them, as they come right up under the lights on the surfboard you hold onto to feed on the phytoplankton, each time doing a graceful back flip to scoop in their food in their giant mouths. Bambi was great with our booking, provided interesting education on Hawaiian history, and also was kind enough to watch our kids on the boat while we snorkelled on the morning tour (as they only came in the water for a minute or two, but they loved watching the dolphins jump in and out of the water over and over). The girl who led us on the manta snorkel was also great, and I was extra impressed when she did a free dive to the bottom (about 40 feet) and brought up a sea urchin for me to hold. If you're wondering if these tours are worth the cost, YES, the absolutely are. I will have a video of these two snorkelling excursions on my blog at shortly if you want to see how up close and personal we got with these beautiful creatures. THANK YOU, Kona Ocean Experiences, for two amazing snorkelling experiences that we will never forget!
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Costa Mesa, California
"Majestic Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2018
This was a fabulous experience. Bambi was an excellent captain, very knowledgeable, and gave us a great coast tour, sushi, and history lesson before jumping in to see the beautiful manta ray. It’s a must do!
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North Bend, Washington
"Amazing Manta swim!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 12, 2018
Manta swim was Amazing!! First time visit to Kona and with so many things to do would definitely recommend! There are so many groups to choose from and so happy with Kona Ocean Experience! Bambi was wonderful as she accommodated our group of 6 on short request. I inquired with many groups but choose to go with them because Bambi was so very willing to work with us and her and guide Murray were great.. The Mantas were amazing.. so up close and majestic... Would certainly use KOE again.
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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.