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night snorkel with manta rays kona

If you are someone with an affinity for marine life, you are going to love a night snorkel with manta rays in Kona. This is the best curated close encounter that you will get to have with this species, and the only night snorkel that is currently offered in Hawaii.

You may be wondering why the night snorkel with manta rays is so popular in Kona, what you will see during your time on and in the water, where you will go, and how it all works! Here is your guide to all of these points, keep reading!

The Thrill of a Close Encounter with Giant Manta Rays in Kona

A night snorkel with manta rays in Kona is not only an incredible experience for the biggest ocean lovers in your life, but thrill seekers. To set the scene: you will be floating in the water, accompanied only by your gear (consisting of a mask, snorkel, and wetsuit) as well as an in water guide with your tour company, and a flotation device to hold on to which illuminates the water below.

When you enter the water from the boat, you will swim to your guide who has set up the illuminated flotation device in the water. 

A Night Snorkel Illuminates Kona’s Underwater World

When you embark on a night snorkel with manta rays in Kona, your view of the underwater world will be illuminated both literally and figuratively. Your snorkel tour will be equipped with light in order to see the manta rays swimming below as well as to attract the phytoplankton that the rays feed on. 

The reason that accredited snorkel tours can curate these close encounters with the giant rays, is because they will attract the plankton they feed off of. Unlike other large creatures that live in the ocean, manta rays feed on nearly microscopic creatures, they don’t have teeth, rather will engage in a “barrel roll” that will collect these creatures in their mouth to then eat. While these barrel rolls occur right under where you will be floating, there is nothing to fear! Just be sure to follow all the instructions from your in water guide and keep an open ear for them.

The Most Unique Experience You Can Have is on a Night Snorkel with Manta Rays in Kona.

A night snorkel with manta rays in Kona is arguably the most unique oceanic experience that you can embark on in the world. On no other tour will you be able to get as close to these creatures, let alone accompanied by a professional and while observing proper ecological and personal safety practices.

While you may get close to other forms of marine life on a day time snorkel, nothing can compare to seeing these giant creatures swimming and dancing under you; all while the experience is illuminated by stars.