Sunset Cruise & Night Manta Swim in Kailua-Kona, HI

Keauhou Boat HarborKailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Embark on a 1.5-hour cruise featuring the gorgeous Kona sunset, landscape, and night snorkeling with friendly manta rays. As you snorkel in Kona’s crystal water, manta rays will glide, dive, and swim right by you along with schools of captivating tropical fish. Between the snorkeling experience of a lifetime and watching the sunset, this is one cruise you’ll never forget.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Cruise schedule varies by season.
  • All gear is provided.
  • Ideal for all ages and snorkeling experience levels.
  • Bring swim gear, a towel, and a cover-up.


from Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Swim
Join us for our 1.5-hour evening boat trip out of Keauhou Harbor to enjoy the beautiful Kona coastline and Sunset, as we await the mantas arrival. You will travel a short distance to learn some history and culture of the area, view wildlife along the coast and enjoy snacking on a fresh fruit and sushi platter as the sun fades over the ocean. Then as night falls, we return to the original "Manta Village" to witness the majestic manta rays come to feed on the abundant buffet of phytoplankton that appears with the glow of underwater dive lights.

Slide into the alluring Pacific Ocean, buoyed by our light board and accompanied by our dive guide to experience the thrill of having giant manta rays gracefully glide and swoop through the waters all within inches of you. Back on board, complete your breathtaking experience with some warm green tea on the short ride back to the Keauhou pier.

On the rare occasion you don't see any manta rays on your sunset snorkel tour, you can join us again for a free on the next available scheduled tour (pending space availability).

Tour Times:
January - April: 6:00 pm
May - August: 6:30 pm
September - December: 5:30 pm

Check-in at Keauhou Harbor

1.5 hours

• Snorkel equipment and wetsuits
• Flotation aides
• Fresh sushi, fruit platter, and beverages

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younes s
"Manta Ray tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2019 NEW
We did the sunset tour. Captain was knowledgeable. We saw two manta Ray's and a bunch of maquerel fish eating the plankton. Cool experience with no feeding from.human to the wildlife which is good!
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"Swam in a POD of dolphins!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 25, 2019 NEW
Amazing tour! Island points. Kealakekua Bay! Baby Dolphins looking up at us while we swam right alongside them! Twenty two years visiting the Islands and living here. NEVER swam with the dolphins before! Was in warm wet suit. Best Snorkle gear. Expert Captain. MOST fun. Just the two of us on the boat. My great-Neice’s 20th Bday! Unforgettable!
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"the best experience 最高の経験"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2019
最高の経験をさせて頂きました。今までで1番イルカと近くで泳ぐ事が出来ました。イルカへの負担をかけずに泳ぐため、イルカも優雅に楽しそうに近付いてきてくれました。私たち家族の心は本当に癒されました。 ガイドをして下さったMelissa Bambiさんは本当に素晴らしい方でした。丁寧にガイドして下さり、本当に親切で、なによりも、自然を守る心を常にお持ちでした。 またこちらで必ず参加したいです。 ありがとうございました。 We had amazing experience. We've swum with dolphins very close up ever. We tried not to burden dolphins when we were swimming.So dolphins swam really elegant.They looked really happy.We were healed absolutely. Ms. Melissa Bambi who guided us was so amazing.She was really kind and she protect nature really hard. We'd like to join this tour again. Thank you so much.
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Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
"It was really fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 01, 2019
The scenery and the sea and the dolphin were good. It was the closed-door tour only for two of us and the guides drive the ship very well and they are tender with kindness above all. It became the good memory. It is really thanks.
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Mary B
"Capricious and Magical"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2019
Fantastic! Even though we managed to pick the one day that the dolphins didn't want us to swim with them, we had an amazing time. The snorkeling was stupendous and watching the spinner dolphins entertain us from the boat (in a no swim zone) was very cool. Bambi took care of us by offering two other times that we could go back out with her at no charge. And then there was the Manta swim. I am not exaggerating when I say that it changed me. To be so close (actually got bonked in the face mask) to those magnificent creatures was magical. First I was hyperventilating...when I slowed my breathing down, the tears came. My body was just overwhelmed and looking for release. I've done lots of cool things in my long life and this was among the most moving experiences I've had in nature. Do it!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunset Cruise and Night Manta Swim

What safety measures are in place?
In addition to life jackets onboard, our captains and crew are 100% first aid and CPR trained and certified.

What is included in my tour price?
Tours include:

  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Wet Suit
  • Flotation Aids
  • Green Tea/Beverages
  • Fresh Sushi

When should I arrive for the cruise?
Guests should check-in at Keauhou Harbor for the cruise briefing at 6:15 pm sharp. The tour departs promptly at 6:30 pm.

Is this experience for all ages?
Yes. Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times while on the cruise and snorkeling.