The manta ray dive or manta ray night snorkel is the number one night dive in the world and is an exhilarating underwater experience that is unique to the Kona Coast.  You'll start your adventure at Honokohau Harbor in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset while cruising the Kona coast to the manta viewing site. Our knowledgeable and highly experienced swim guides, dive masters, and instructors will help you gear up and slip in to see these gentle giants loop, somersault, and cruise in the beams of light as they funnel the plankton into their giant mouths.

The divers will settle down on the ocean floor and shine their dive lights up to attract the plankton.  This bucket list adventure has a bottom time of 50-60 minutes, depending upon air consumption.  Snorkelers will surround a snorkel board on the surface with powerful lights pointed down to attract the plankton, and in turn attract the graceful manta rays.  

Questions? Find out more about Manta Rays in our FAQ's

Time: 5:00pm *subject to change with the sunset   You will meet at the boat 10 minutes prior to the charter.
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Divers:                         $125
Snorkelers:                 $115
SCUBA equipment:    $30
Private Guide:            $100
Nitrox:                         FREE

(all prices are shown before taxes and fees)


Do you have someone taking video of the experience?

Yes!  Pre-book your custom manta ray video at time of  reservation.  The professionals with Manta Ray Advocates can capture this magical experience for you to relive for years to come.  They have over 20 years of experience and have been featured on National Geographic, BBC, ABC, NBC, and many others!

What is included?

  • Experienced guides
  • Tanks, weights, and high powered dive lights
  • FREE Nitrox *must show proof of certification
  • Small dive groups, 6:1 ratio, for safety reasons
  • Mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit for our snorkelers 
  • Snacks & filtered water
  • A beautiful Kona sunset
  • Hot water shower
  • Hot chocolate or tea for the boat ride home

Dive Requirements

  • Open Water Certification (no card = no diving)
  • Been on a recent dive (within the past year) If you have been dry over a year, but under 2 years, we recommend booking our 2 tank charter instead.
  • Must be able to speak, read and understand English.
  • Must be comfortable diving at night with good buoyancy skills.  If you feel you need more attention then normal in a dive group we recommend hiring a private guide.
  • Junior Open Water Divers are welcome to join on the dive, but ages 10-11, are required to have a private guide.  Divers ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian diver or private guide.
  • Those with a PADI Scuba Diver rating are welcome to join on the dive, but are required to have a private guide.  A PADI Scuba Diver Certification is given to those that only complete the first 2 check out dives of their open water certification.
  • Sign the electronic waiver, from the confirmation email, and bring certification card to the boat.

Why or when would a private guide benefit me?

  • A private guide is needed when you have a Junior Open Water that is 10-11 years of age.  Why?  Their depth restriction and their safety.
  • A private guide is needed when you are a PADI Scuba Diver.  What is a PADI Scuba Diver?  When you have only completed the first two open water dives of the open water certification.  Why?  Due to the depth restriction.
  • When you have equalization issues, i.e., take extra time to descend.
  • When you are anxious, nervous, or when you just want more personalized one on one attention.
  • When you want to go super slow and photograph all the critters.
  • When you have a group of more than 6 divers and want to dive together.

Snorkel Requirements

For safety reasons all manta ray night dive snorkelers must be able to speak and understand English, 8 years of age or older, be able to swim, and have prior snorkeling experience. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times OR you can hire a private snorkel guide.

Recommended to bring

  • Bathing suit, required
  • Sea sick medication
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Re-usable water bottle!  Check out how we are eco-friendly!

Manta Guarantee

Please note that the Manta Rays are wild animals and we cannot guarantee their presence. We are typically very successful in finding mantas for you; however, if they are not around, the costs involved with setting up the dive and getting all our guests to the location will not allow for us to offer you a refund.  If you do not see a manta on your night out, you can go again for free on another night on a space available, standby basis as a snorkeler within the next 12 months.  If you wish to dive you will receive a 25% discount.  Keep in mind that these spaces may be extremely limited, especially during the busiest times of the year.

Our high quality rental equipment

Cancellation Policy

Please be informed of our 48-hour cancellation policy.

You may make changes or cancellations to your reservations up to 48 hours prior to the trip without penalty. Afterwards, all changes, cancellations, or no shows will not be issued a refund. The only exception to this policy will be if we receive a medical note from a local doctor for a treatment/exam which must have taken place within 48 hours of the check in time of the missed dive. This does not waive the companion diver or snorkeler.


Our Conservation Contribution

Kona Honu Divers has been contributing to efforts to protect Kona's environment through local non-profit organizations. Your $5 nature fee will go towards the protection and preservation of our cherished reef environment. See who we have contributed to here.