Join us for an evening of entertainment with two dives. First, explore the reef as the sun begins to fade over Kona and watch as the colorful reef fish search for a cozy place to sleep, garden eels rhythmically dance in the sand or a green sea turtle swims by to say good night. You may even witness large, graceful Manta Rays coming into the reef to be cleaned by the Hawaiian Cleaner Fish. Come up from your dive to view a beautiful Hawaiian sunset, relax and have a bite to eat.
On the second dive, you descend into darkness and in the beam of your light watch the night life come alive. Observe in awe as Manta Rays glide in from the darkness to feed on the microscopic plankton attracted to your light. You may also follow a hunting moray as it searches for its next meal. Watch as he attacks an unsuspecting tang, twists his body in a knot and swallows the fish. Visit shy shrimp, crabs, delicate nudibranchs and sleeping fish. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening and enjoy Kona’s night life at its best!
Manta Guarantee: While we see mantas about 85-90% of the time, they are wild animals and their appearance is beyond our control. If you don’t see a manta on your night out, you can go again on another night on a space available, standby basis. Keep in mind that these spaces may be very limited, especially during the busiest times of the year. However, the offer never expires but is non-transferrable and has no refund or cash value.* Check here to see the recent Manta Report.
Not a Scuba diver? We also take snorkelers on these exciting trips. Check out our Manta Night Snorkel trips.
Manta Dive Details
- $175 for Divers, Rental gear available
- $150 for Snorkelers, Rental gear included
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times, both in and out of the water, by a capable adult or hire a private guide, unless they are enrolled in a course.
- Children age 12-14 must be accompanied on the trip by an adult, but do not necessarily need to be in the water or on the boat together. Otherwise they must hire a private guide, unless they are enrolled in a course.
- PLEASE CALL TO CHECK FOR PRIVATE GUIDE AVAILABILITY
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
- 3:15 p.m. at town shop (April 1st – August 31)
- 2:45 p.m. at town shop (September 1st – March 31)
- Between 9:00-10:00 p.m.
- 2 Scuba Dives with a Professional Guide
- Tanks and Weights and dive light
- Sandwich, snacks and drinks
- Certified Divers bring C-Card
- BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask/Fins/Snorkel gear (Rental gear available).
- Swimsuit, towel, dry clothes, and light jacket or hoodie
- Call 808 329-7585 or toll free 800 345-4807
- Feel free to visit our town store on the Big Island located at 75-5813 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 96740
- We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
- Changes or cancellations made with less than 24 hours will result in a full charge cancellation fee with no exception.
Holiday (Christmas) Cancellation Policy
- We have a 48 hour cancellation policy.
- Changes or cancellations made with less than 48 hours will result in a full charge cancellation fee – no exceptions!
When can I fly or drive to altitude?
For single dives a minimum surface interval of 12 hours is suggested before flying. If you have been doing multiple days of multiple dives, PADI recommends a minimum surface interval of 18 to 24 hours. We also strongly recommend that you do not plan to drive to the volcano, Waimea or Hilo, take a helicopter tour or stargaze on the top of Mauna Kea the same day that you dive. Following these recommendations reduces DCS risk but does not guarantee that a diver will avoid DCS.
PADI Manta Diver Specialty
Add more to your manta experience with by taking the PADI Manta Ray Diver Specialty course. This original PADI distinctive Specialty Course authored by Keller Laros is only taught at Jack’s Diving Locker!
Many members of our instructor staff at Jack’s Diving Locker are PADI Manta Ray Diver Specialty Instructors. Many of our manta guides are also certified Manta Naturalists through Hawaii Community College – Office of Continuing Education and Training in collaboration with Manta Pacific Research Foundation.
MANTA TOUR PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES
OBSERVE ONLY: No touching. Resist the urge to “pet” the mantas. This will rub off their protective mucus coating. Do not chase, grab, or try to take a ride on the mantas. This doesn’t benefit the animal in anyway.
DIVER POSITION: Divers must stay on or near the sand, rubble or boulder bottom. An open water column is necessary for the mantas to maneuver. Avoid contact with coral, sea urchins, or other marine life. Form a semi-circle with your group.
SNORKELER POSITION: Snorkelers must stay on the surface and keep legs horizontal. Do not dive down into the water column.
LIGHTS: Divers please shine lights up into the water column to attract plankton. Snorkelers please shine lights down.
BUBBLES: Divers try to time your breathing so that you don’t blow bubbles up into the manta if it’s passes over your head.
TAKING PHOTOS or VIDEO: When taking underwater photos or video, be considerate of people and mantas. Minimize your equipment in the water column and let the mantas come to you.
These guidelines were first established in 1993 by manta dive operators in Kona, Hawaii. Reviewed again in 2013 by manta tour operators (dive and snorkel operators).
*The Manta Guarantee was not available prior to 9/01/2013, and all requests to use a standby pass must be documentable via your receipt (or the digital record in our system)