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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 appear 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.

October 1 - April 30:
5:15 pm: Check-in at Keauhou Harbor
5:30 pm: Departure
5:45 pm: Sunset & Sushi
6:00 pm: Manta Show
6:40 pm: Tea Time
7:00 pm: Return to Harbor

May 1 - September 30:
6:15 pm: Check-in at Keauhou Harbor
6:30 pm: Departure
6:45 pm: Sunset & Sushi
7:00 pm: Manta Show
7:40 pm: Tea Time
8:00 pm: Return to Harbor

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"Great personal service"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
Bambi was a wonderful Captain for our group of three. As a local and owner, she takes a personal interest in the Island and culture which she readily shares. We felt welcome and appreciated immediately. Awesome dive with the dolphins and best snorkeling on the Island. Thanks!!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2017 NEW
my wife had never snorkeled and was excited to see the dolphins. they put her in perfect positions to even have them swim right under her. the small group was wonderful. Gave us time to hear and see all the extra attractions. There was only one other couple with us and they were back because they hadnt found a pod when they went out. They made good on their promise to get them on dolphins. Great people, great tour
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Nancy, France
"raies manta"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 01, 2017 NEW
awsome!!!!!! the guide was perfect! so good to be there. We recommande to do this attraction. We were alone on the boat. perfect for us
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Tommy B
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
"Swimming with Manta rays is amazing, Sushi platter and sunset is inacurate"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 30, 2017 NEW
Firstly, this is an experience that you must do! Our dive guide was brilliant and manoeuvred us to get some great meetings with the rays. Yes it is crowed but with you r head down in the water you don't notice the crowds to much. The only disappointment was the "sushi platter" and ride before. The ride seemed very rushed and not what we were expecting. Again the crew is brilliant and knowledgeable but just not the complete package we were sold..I would still recommend and go with them again.
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Bill M
Plainsboro, New Jersey
"Knowledgeable. Personal. Small Group."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2017 NEW
Bambi immediately makes you feel welcome. Her family has been on the island for many generations. She is happy to share her detailed knowledge of island and family (native Hawaiians and missionaries) history. An unexpected, but greatly valued bonus! Six people max, so it is a very personal experience. I took my wife and two 20-something daughters. There was one other person on our trip. A sweet visitor from Japan (Saki). She comes the Hawaii often and always connects with Bambi for a few trips. (Yes, Bambi gets lot of return customers). The plate of fresh fruit and drinks help! She did a great job of providing the experience we were looking for and balancing that with respect for the dolphins and snorkeling near the Capt Cook monument.
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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.