Manta Ray Night Dive or Snorkel




Manta Ray Night Dive or Snorkel charter

Duration 3-3.5 Hours

 

$139 -$159 to snorkel
Includes: mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit

$149 - $169 to dive (one Tank)
Includes: tank, weight, dive light



The manta ray night dive and snorkel is an exhilarating experience that is unique to the Kona Coast

One of the top night dives and snorkels in the world. You will board the Honu One at the Honokohau Harbor and cruise north along the coast up to Garden Eel Cove in Makako Bay. Everyone will get to enjoy a Kona sunset before having an educational briefing on the manta rays. After nightfall, you will enter the water in the hopes to see these gentle giants perform their graceful underwater ballet. Your water time will be 60 minutes. We see these magnificent creatures 60% of the time. If there are no mantas we get to enjoy an epic night reef dive.

Dive Requirements
Must be in good health with NO heart conditions
Proof of open water certification or higher
1 Tank Manta Requirements
10 or more logged dives and diving within the past 6 months
Must be able to read, speak, and understand English
You must be a comfortable diver – if you feel you need more attention than what is provided in a dive group inquire about a private guide
We require Junior open water divers 10-11 years old to dive with a private guide. Inquire about availability
Snorkel Requirements
Must be in good health with NO heart conditions
Must have basic swimming skills and be able to swim 50 yards unassisted
Must be a proficient snorkeler
Must be 8 years of age or older – Minors 8 – 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times or hire a private guide
This is not a suitable activity if you are pregnant
Snorkelers should not have any physical, mental, or psychological conditions that would make it unwise or unsafe to participate in this activity. This is a nighttime snorkeling activity that may require physical exertion.

Includes
Tanks & Weights
Dive Light
Snorkel equipment & weight suit for snorkelers
Times
Offered on Wednesday and Friday
Duration: 3- 3.5 hours
What to know
Bring your certification card!
Divers ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or hire a private guide
Must have 10 or more dives and been diving within the past 6 months

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I check in?

For your convenience certified divers and snorkelers can meet directly at our boat in the marina. Electronic waivers must be signed prior to your arrival at the boat.

 

Where do I board the boat?

Honokohau Marina, slip #32.5, Kona's Small Boat Harbor. You are provided directions in the confirmation email. Or in Google Maps "Kona Honu Divers Boat Dock"

 

 

What items should I bring on the boat?

It is recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, towel, and a sweatshirt or jacket. Please bring reef safe sunscreen only. Please check your sunscreen for "benzones", if your sunscreen contains any benzones it is harmful to our reefs. Do NOT use it if you are getting in the ocean. We use, sell, and recommend Stream2Sea.

 

 

Can I bring my own snorkel gear?

Absolutely, you may bring your own gear.

We also provide all the sanitized gear you will need.

Regardless of whether guests choose our gear or bring their own, we encourage first time snorkelers or guests who want a refresher to attend our “Snorkeling 101” class where we share valuable tips to enhance the fun! “Snorkeling 101” is offered on the vessel by our highly trained crew right before snorkeling begins.

 

When/Whyt should I hire a private guide?

If you need extra attention then what is typically given in a dive group, if you are feeling anxious or nervous, have trouble clearing your ears and need extra time to descend, need to work on buoyancy skills, want to do a gear familiarization for new equipment, working on achieving better air consumption, are uncomfortable in a dive group, or just want to go at your own pace.


You have a 10-11-year-old Junior Open Water Diver
When you hold the PADI Scuba Diver certification – this means only 2 of the 4 dives for open water diver has been completed
When you have equalization issues and need extra time to descend
When you are a new diver and aren’t quite ready to be in a dive group
When you are anxious or nervous, or just want more personalized one on one attention
When you want to creep along and photograph your favorite critters
When you have a group of more than six divers and want to all dive together

 

 

 

Do you provide shuttle service?

Divers, students, and snorkelers must provide their own transportation to our shop and to the harbor, which is only 10 minutes north of our shop.

 

 

 

We are staying in Waikoloa or North Kahala how far away is you shop from our resort?

If there is no traffic 45-50 minutes is the typical drive time, but alas, we do have traffic (I know, it is hard to believe!) so make sure you give yourself extra drive time. You don’t want to miss the boat!

 

 

Can I do an introductory dive to see Manta Rays?

You must have your open water certification before you can participate in the manta ray night dive. Although, you can always join us as a snorkeler on the manta charter which is equally as amazing.

 

 

 

I am thinking about getting certified. Is there a way to try it before I enroll in the class?

Absolutely! Our introductory Discover Scuba Diving course is designed for those that have never dove and wish to try it out before they commit to a class.

 

 

 

How old do my kids need to be to get certified?

Our shop standard minimum age for certification is 12 years of age.

 

 

 

Can I join my family on their training dives?

We need to harbor a classroom atmosphere and limit outside distractions so you are unable to join in on the training dives, but you are welcome to join the other certified divers on the charter and tour the reef led by the dive guide.

 

 

 

Do I need to be a really good swimmer to get certified?

We do not provide hotel pick-ups. Our vessel departs from down-town Kailua Kona, at the north end of Alii Drive, from the Kailua Pier. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are options for transportation if you’re staying outside of walking distance.

 

 

What equipment do I need to provide for my certification?

You will need to provide your personal equipment which is a mask, snorkel, and fins. We offer a student discount for this equipment. We would be happy to fit you for quality equipment. Having an ill-fitting mask makes performing the tasks during your certification class more challenging. We will provide BCD, regulator, and wetsuit for the duration of the class.

 

I am a certified diver but I lost or forgot my dive card.

If you are a PADI certified diver you may obtain an e-card immediately from the PADI website. If you are a certified diver with SSI, SDI, or NAUI you can verify your certification by going to their respective websites and either print it out or taking a screenshot with your phone.

 

What is the best time to see Manta Rays?

Our manta rays are not seasonal, they are here all year-round. We see them over 85% of the time. Please remember while they are extremely reliable they are still wild creatures and we cannot guarantee their presence. See our Manta count page for an updated calendar of sightings

 

Do I need dive insurance?

Yes! Every diver should have dive insurance. Regular health insurance does not cover any scuba diving related incidents. We highly recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network).

 




sjkmd58 wrote a review Feb 2021
Walnut Creek, California
Great Manta Dive - we saw at least 12 different mantas and they swim right around you and above you (you are sitting/lying on the ocean floor) - really fun experience. Kona Honu have great divemasters and boat captains and awesome boats for diving. Would highly recommend diving with them - both manta dive and other dives.