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

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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Jeanie R
"Great private Tour for Best Value and Guaranteed Sightings"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Captain Bambi did a very fun and informative historical, and close up tour of the coast toward Kealakekua Bay. She cares deeply about the sea creatures she wants us to snorkel with, as well as the habits of the wild goats and parrots along the way. She is great with helping all levels of divers and supplies the wet suits, snorkel and fins. We had an excellent chance to swim with the wild Spinner dolphins which we spotted in our small intimate snorkeling group in 3 dives with close up views in two. We also snorkeled in Kealakekua Bay along the reefs, below the tall red Historic cliffs. We were happily treated to snacks and fresh delicious local fruits. We also thoroughly enjoyed the evening sunset and then night snorkle holding onto the lit surfboard to see the large mantas come right up close to eat the plankton that are attracted to the beautiful colored lights from our group, as well as others, off shore from the Sheraton Hotel.
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Edina, Minnesota
"6-person boat for dolphins and rays"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
A locally owned company offering a variety of small-group ocean experiences. The kind owner, Bambi can trace her family history back to king kamehamehe and missionaries. We joined them for their both the morning 4-hour Dolphin swim ($170 pp) and their 90-minute sunset/swim with Manta rays ($around $85 pp) Dolphin swim: 4 stars (due to our seating on the yet to be updated boat) -only 6 people (or less) per heavy duty rubber boat -we only had one other couple which was nice -captain Murray (a friendly kiwi) did a great job getting us in the middle of the dolphins -had a couple long swims with the dolphins and got some great close pictures (with GoPro 7) -also had a nice snorkel in a reef in captain cook bay -they provided wetsuits (nice!) and snorkel gear although we had our own -our boat was not as nice as boat 1 but they are working on a refurbishment soon -in January was pretty rough and we got bounced around quite a bit leading to a bit of a sore back -small group and a fast nimble boat was a huge plus Manta Swim: 5 stars -starts with a short cruise down the coast to see some wild goats and learn about Hawaiian history -some snacks (chips and sushi) served at sunset then back to manta rays spot -in January waves and sea were too rough for usual spot off Sheraton but we still were able to do it in a sheltered bay just off the boat dock. -you float in the water for around 45 minutes while huge manta rays loop and circle just inches (it seems) from you-totally incredible -you are lying face down holding on to a big surfboard with a bright blue light shining down and a floaty “noodle” under your feet (light attracts the plankton) -the waters were unusually murky due to the strong surf which added to the drama of these massive creatures suddenly appearing out of the gloom coming right below you filtering the water (but alas no real good photos) -a must do in the big island and small group is definitely the way to go
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Manhattan Beach
"Great tour, Wonderful guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2019 NEW
My family booked the morning tour that included a swim with the dolphins followed by snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay. Bambi, our guide, was fun, and enthusiastic. The wetsuits and snorkeling equipment were in good condition. And the boat was fun. There were 5 of us and we had the boat to ourselves. I recommend this company without reservation. Thanks for the great experience Bambi!
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Vienna, Austria
"stunning experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2019 NEW
If you have the chance, I absolutely recommend to swim with dolphins! Our tour-guide was well-experienced , took us to perfect spots and told us storys of the animals and about the island. As we were just a group of 6 on the boat, we could jump in the water at almost every time we saw dolpins.
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Alison H
"Kona ocean experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2018
The small group is the way to go! These folks offer personalized and environmentally conscious attention. It was a remarkable experience for our family! Alison H
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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.