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Robina Moyer
December 2023

We went out for a night manta snorkel/dive with Kyle, Frank and Hannah and had an amazing time! All of the crew were personable and knowledgeable and Hannah was an excellent snorkel guide. She made it clear that respecting the mantas was the top priority and shared our enthusiasm when they put on an amazing show! I would highly recommend if you’re in Kona!

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Dive into Adventure: One Tank Manta Night Dive or Snorkel in Kona, Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii, with its dramatic landscapes and vibrant marine life, is a paradise for underwater enthusiasts. Among the island's myriad of aquatic adventures, the One Tank Manta Night Dive or Snorkel in Kona stands out as a truly mesmerizing experience that combines the thrill of night diving with the awe-inspiring beauty of manta rays gliding through the water.

A Unique Underwater Ballet

Imagine descending into the ocean as the sun sets, the water around you growing darker, and the anticipation building. As you settle into your dive or snorkel spot, powerful underwater lights are turned on, illuminating the ocean and attracting swarms of plankton. This, in turn, attracts the magnificent manta rays, creating a natural spectacle like no other.

Manta rays, with their impressive wingspans that can reach up to 20 feet, glide gracefully through the water, performing an underwater ballet as they feed on the plankton. The sight of these gentle giants looping and somersaulting just inches away is both exhilarating and serene, a perfect blend of thrill and tranquility that can only be experienced in Kona.

Why Kona?

Kona is renowned for its clear, calm waters and consistent manta ray sightings, making it one of the best places in the world for this unique night dive or snorkel. The mantas are attracted to the nutrient-rich waters, ensuring frequent and reliable encounters for divers and snorkelers alike.

The dive site itself is conveniently located near shore, requiring only a short boat ride. This accessibility makes the experience suitable for both seasoned divers and beginners, as well as snorkelers who prefer to stay closer to the surface.

Dive or Snorkel: Choose Your Adventure

Whether you choose to dive or snorkel, the One Tank Manta Night experience offers something for everyone. For certified divers, the opportunity to explore the depths at night and witness the mantas' acrobatics up close is unparalleled. The dive typically lasts around 45 minutes to an hour, providing ample time to immerse yourself in the experience.

For those who prefer snorkeling, floating on the surface with a mask and snorkel offers a different, yet equally magical perspective. Watching the mantas glide beneath you, illuminated by the lights, is a sight you won't soon forget. Snorkelers often enjoy the added bonus of seeing other nocturnal marine life that comes out after dark.

 

Preparation and Tips

To make the most of your One Tank Manta Night Dive or Snorkel, here are a few tips:

  1. Book in Advance: This popular activity can fill up quickly, so it's best to reserve your spot ahead of time.

  2. Stay Warm: Even in Hawaii, the water can feel cool at night. Consider wearing a wetsuit to stay comfortable.

  3. Bring an Underwater Camera: Capture the magic of the mantas with a camera designed for underwater use.

  4. Listen to Your Guide: Safety is paramount, so follow all instructions from your dive or snorkel guide.

 

A Memory to Last a Lifetime

The One Tank Manta Night Dive or Snorkel in Kona is more than just an activity; it's an unforgettable encounter with one of nature's most graceful creatures. Whether you're an avid diver or a first-time snorkeler, this experience promises to leave you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the underwater world.

So, the next time you find yourself on the Big Island, make sure to add this extraordinary adventure to your itinerary. Dive in and let the manta rays of Kona captivate your heart.

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Requirements

  • Proof of certification (for divers).

  • Swimming ability (for those entering the water).

  • Proficiency in English (for safety communication).

  • Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Minimum age requirement: 10 years old (Younger kids? Consider a Private Charter!)

  • If you have a 10 or 11-year-old diver in your group, reserving a private guide is necessary for the best possible experience.

What We Provide

  • Memories, astonishment, inspiration

  • Expert local guides

  • Coral and sea life education

  • Snacks and drinks

  • Dive lights

  • Dive weights and air tanks included, Nitrox is $15/tank

  • Scuba equipment and GoPros available for rental

What To Bring

  • Towels

  • A sense of adventure

  • Gratuity for your guides

Rates & Times

  • Seasonal pricing starts at $169 for certified divers and $139 for snorkelers, $199 and $159 during peak season.

  • The duration of the experience is 3+ hours.

  • Guest check-in varies throughout the year, between 4:30 pm in the winter and 6:00 pm in the summer.

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