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Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Snorkel

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USD 115.00
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Top off a beautiful day in Hawaii with this relaxing evening Keauhou Bay sunset cruise and swim. On this guided cruise along the Kona coastline from Keauhou Harbor, catch a Hawaiian sunset, while enjoying fresh fruit and sushi onboard the boat. After the sun sets, you can jump into the water and observe the giant manta rays that populate this part of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Spend the evening watching the sunset on a cruise along the Kona coast
  • Nibble on fresh fruit and sushi platter at no extra charge
  • After the sun sets, option to hop in the water and swim with manta rays
  • Provided wetsuits if you choose to swim
What to Expect
After checking in at the Keauhou Small Boat Harbor, you receive safety instructions from the crew. Following that, head toward Kuamoo Bay, where you get the chance to see lava caves, as well as cliff divers. Once out at sea, you watch the sunset, while snacking on fresh fruit and sushi. Next, you have a chance to jump in the water and swim with manta rays who like to feast on phytoplankton that’s visible with underwater dive lights. You then cruise back to the harbor, warming up with a cup of green tea on the return. Note that when booking, you need to provide the names, ages, and clothing sizes for wetsuits of all group members, along with hotel accommodation information and a contact number. Also, indicate if you and your group members are able to swim unassisted.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Keauhou Small Boat Harbor
Departure Time
5:15 PM
1h 30m
Return Details
Keauhou Small Boat Harbor
  • Beverages (afternoon tea, bottled water, other light refreshments)
  • Sushi and fruit platter
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Upon booking, please provide the following information in the special requirements field for each passenger. This information is required in order to confirm any bookings.
  • Name, age,
  • Clothing sizes (for wetsuits)
  • Can you swim unassisted? Yes or No
  • Hotel Accommodations (hotel pick-up is not included; for informational purposes only)
  • In destination contact # (in case of last-minute cancellation due to unsafe conditions)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking (6 per boat)
  • On the rare occasion you don't see any Manta Ray, you can join with us again for free on the next available scheduled tour (pending space availability).
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This is one of the most unique "adventures" I have been on. I enjoyed the cruise, but the highlight was getting in the water with the Mantra Rays. Not to worry. You don't have to be a good swimmer because you hang on the side of the "board" and watch the Mantra Rays swim under
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My family of four—with a 9 year old and 17 year old—just finished the sunset cruise with manta viewing with Cassie and captain Bambi. It was amazing and they were just wonderful. We are so grateful for the memories and for Bambi recommending this trip to us. My youngest
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You MUST add this to your itinerary. Bambi was a ROCK STAR captain as was her sweet Assistant who's name I forgot. She took us to a part of the island where goats roam and parrots roost in the caves. Amazing! But that's not even the best part. Night swimming with mantas was
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Response from Kona Ocean Expe... i, Manager at Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Snorkel
Responded 20 Feb. 2019
Aloha and Thank You for the beautiful review, we greatly appreciate you taking the time! We are excited to hear that you would join us again in a heartbeat. Mahalo!
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I wish I would have known that we would be sitting at a mooring for over 1 hour and 15 minutes on a very windy day. Our whole boat got very nauseous. I realize that they cannot predict when a storm may have brewed up the night before, but even the ginger lozenges didn't curb
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Response from Bambi W, Manager at Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Snorkel
Responded 15 Nov. 2018
Upon reading your review, it's clear that you may have mistakenly put in a review for a manta tour you took with another company. Kona Ocean Experience does not ever "sit at a mooring" for ANY of our tours. Our sunset/manta tour always travels down the coast to visit a historical battle site and then we share a sushi platter while watching the sunset, before returning to "Manta Village". While there in front of the Sheraton resort, our dive guide takes our guests to view the mantas and the our captain "drifts/live boats" near-by. When on rare occasion the weather is too rough to go south for the pre-manta portion, we remain on shore at Keauhou Bay to eat our sushi platter before going out to see the mantas. And we do not have or offer ginger lozenges for motion sickness. From your review title "Beautiful rays!", we're glad to hear that you did get to see those magnificent creatures, despite the nausea you endured on your tour, whichever tour company it was you went out with!
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We have scheduled this activity for our last night in Kona. Since we were staying at Sheraton Kona, the bay was 2 min walk from the lobby of the hotel, super close! When we got there, we first had to look around since Kona Ocean Experience don't have their own building, you have
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Response from Konaoceanx, Manager at Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Snorkel
Responded 22 Feb. 2018
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your tour with Kona Ocean Experience to share details of your personal experience. Descriptions such as yours, help others to know what they might expect when joining us for our Sunset/Manta tour and it also let's us know if we're doing a good job with our guests. Glad you got to see the wild goats along the coast that evening and enjoyed snacking on the fresh sushi and fruit platter while watching the sunset prior to your manta encounter. Great to hear that you felt lucky to see lots of mantas, and that our dive guide had his GoPro along to video and provide manta "footage" of your experience. Mahalo again, we hope you may have the opportunity to come join us again for another exciting experience!
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About the operator
By: Kona Ocean Experience
181 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
The boat captain was awesome. She was very knowledgeable. If you are looking for a small intimate tour, this is
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Shoreview, Minnesota
Small group, great deal of attention.
Capt Brian enthusiasticly shared history of the area as we went along, provided us with many dolphin swim drops,
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Paula M
Hamilton, Ohio
Awesome adventure- not to miss
This is one of the most unique "adventures" I have been on. I enjoyed the cruise, but the highlight was getting
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the best experience 最高の経験
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Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
It was really fun!
The scenery and the sea and the dolphin were good. It was the closed-door tour only for two of us and the guides
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Mary B
Capricious and Magical
Fantastic! Even though we managed to pick the one day that the dolphins didn't want us to swim with them, we had
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Amazing experience :)
Don’t miss this! We had an amazing trip with Bambi who looked after us and made us feel wholly welcome. We now
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amazing to swim with dolphins while respecting their freedom
It was amazing. Dolphins were not there the but we were able to come back the next day and this time dozens of
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True Aloha
This was a spectacular way to enjoy and embrace the Big Island from the water. The captain was SO knowledgeable
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Marion, Iowa
Manta Ray @ Night is a MUST!!!
This was by far the most amazing experience of our trip. And as quoted by our soon to be 16year old daughter…
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Wonderfully memorable experience
My family of four—with a 9 year old and 17 year old—just finished the sunset cruise with manta viewing with Cassie
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We took our 8 year old to swim with the dolphins and it was magical. Captain Bambi was informative and patient and
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Boise, Idaho
Amazing experience!
We had 2 groups go out with Bambi and her team on Sunday July 16th. A group of 4 sailed at 6:30 to watch the
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Ben R
Wonderful dolphin swim and snorkel trip!
After two weeks enjoying many of this beautiful Island's best snorkel beaches my wife and I topped off our trip
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Le Havre, France
Wonderful experience
What a great moment! We made both night manta ray snorkeling and dolphins swim the next morning. Good
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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