Snorkel with Manta Rays

Gentle giants make a nightly appearance off Kona

Although manta rays are found in most oceans, Kona is probably the only place in the world where people can swim with them every night when they come out to feed on plankton. 

They’re totally safe to be around, making a scuba or snorkel dive with them a surreal experience. 

You can watch them offshore at resorts like the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, but the best way to see them, 365 days a year, is on a night boat tour. 

Either way, the resorts and tours shine bright lights into the water not just to give you a better view, but to attract the plankton and the rays.