Mantas are gentle giants with wingspans that can exceed 15-feet in width. Groups of Manta Rays converge nightly off of Keahole Bay to feed on the smorgasbord of phytoplankton that appear to soak up the glow given off by underwater dive lights. Sometimes referred to, as the “Butterflies of the Sea” these graceful sea creatures must be seen in person. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience and is often the “highlight of the trip” for many of our guests.
Sunlight on Water
The Uhane Nui O Nai’a boat is a 40’ USCG certified vessel, offering small group tours with a maximum of 25 passengers. Located in Kailua Kona; this tour departs from Honokohau Marina. 35 min drive from Waikoloa Beach/Mauna Lani Resorts.
TOUR TIME: Approx 3 1/2 hours, start to finish
TOUR TIMES: Vary depending on sunset
INCLUDED: Wetsuits, snorkel gear, flotation devices as needed, lights, swim guides in the ocean with you, water/soda/juice, dry snacks, warm shower, hot chocolate/coffee/tea, and 12-20 photos of your trip.
CHILD (12 and under) $75.00
Ride Alongs (w/swimmer) $40.00
AGE: All ages
*Why we love it: They provide an array of photos from your tour and warm water showers!
*OUR TOP PICK!
Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii
Enjoy a scenic boat ride along the Kona coast aboard the Manta and arrive early enough to take in a magnificent sunset. The Manta boat is a custom built 40’ x 14.5’ Newton dive/snorkel boat. It features an oversized swim platform and custom aluminum ladder that allow hassle free entry. Snorkelers glide gracefully into the water and exit effortlessly via our “water level entry”. Their fabulous crew will be with you guiding you through the whole experience. Located in Kailua Kona; this tour departs from Honokohau Marina. 35 min drive from Waikoloa Beach/Mauna Lani Resorts.
TOUR TIME: Approx 3 hours
TOUR TIMES: departure times vary by sunset
INCLUDED: Top quality wetsuits, snorkel gear, flotation devices, hot cocoa, snacks and water
RATE: ADULT $110.00 + tax CHILD (4-12yrs) $100.00 + tax Under 4 FREE
Ride Alongs (w/swimmer)$85.00 +tax
Certified Diver 1 tank $120.00 + $25.00 for Gear
(Dive rental gear:BCD, Regulator, Full wet suit) $25.00
AGE: All Ages
*Why we love it: This is the best crew with small children! They have great flotation items and really cater to young families.
These harmless and docile creatures need to eat 10 percent of their body weight, and with a guide you will witness this amazing phenomenon. Watching these amazing creatures somersault in front of you multiple times, close enough to where you could kiss them, is a once in a lifetime experience. On the way back to Puako pier, you’ll enjoy the beautiful starlit sky. Here’s a fact you might not know, Mauna Kea on the Big Island is the best place on earth to study the stars and the universe.
RATE: Adult $105.00+tax Child (8-12) $86.00+tax
TOUR TIMES: Monday - Saturday / Times vary on sunset