Join the knowledgeable and friendly crew of Jack’s Diving Locker for a night to remember on the world famous Manta Night Snorkel. Take a boat ride in the late afternoon along the Kona coast to the manta viewing site. Slip into the water with your snorkel guide and float above majestic manta rays as they somersault, glide, and pivot in the light below. Manta rays are filter feeders and feed on plankton attracted to light. They have very large mouths, but no sharp teeth. Manta rays do not have tail stingers. This is a thrilling experience for those who seek adventure!
Manta Guarantee: While we see mantas about 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.
COST: $105 plus tax.
PREREQUISITES: Comfortable in the water and know how to snorkel. Snorkel lessons available at Jack’s Diving Locker.
– September 1st – March 31st: Meet at town shop at 5 p.m., return approximately 8:30-9:30 p.m.
– April 1st through August 31st: Meet at harbor shop at 5:30 p.m., return approximately 9-10 p.m.
SCHEDULE: Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for this trip. Snorkelers may also join our Manta Night Dive and Snorkel Trip that runs five nights per week that meets earlier and includes an afternoon and night snorkel session (cost $125).
INCLUDES: A boat trip along the Kona coast and snorkel session at the manta site with a guide. Gear included such as mask, snorkel, fins, underwater light and snacks. Snorkelers are expected to hold onto a provided surf board with their guide and group.
PLEASE BRING: Swimsuit, towel, dry clothes, and light jacket or hoodie. Take seasick medication if that’s something you regularly do.
RESERVATIONS: Please call our shop directly at (808) 329-7585 or (800) 345-4807.
CANCELLATIONS: If you need to change or cancel your reservation, please do so 24 hours or more in advance with no penalty. If you change or cancel your reservation within 24 hours, you will be charged in full for the trip. Holiday (Christmas) Cancellation Policy: 48 hour cancellation policy. Changes or cancellations made with less than 48 hours will result in a full charge cancellation fee – no exceptions.
FOR DIVERS and SNORKELERS: If you have a combination of certified scuba divers and snorkelers in your group, check out our Manta Night Dive and Snorkel Trip.
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)