Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience
- Duration: 2.5 hours
On the island of Hawai’i, known by the locals as “The Big Island,” you can fly above flowing molten lava, stargaze atop Mauna Kea, and swim with manta rays at night. For the outdoor adventure-seeker, this is the ultimate Hawaii experience.
In Hawaiian, Mauna Kea means “White Mountain” named for its snow capped slopes. At 13,803 feet above sea level, this is the Hawaiian Islands’ highest peak. Stargaze atop Mauna Kea Summit and learn about the stars or join in a sunrise experience and watch the sun rise above the vast lava fields.
Visit the Jaggar Museum and learn about the history of Hawaii’s many volcanic eruptions. Enjoy the day hiking through lava fields or take an alternative route by flying above by helicopter. See the glowing red of Kilauea volcano from a bird's eye view on a scenic flight tour.
Rent a kayak and head out to sea to Captain Cook’s Monument. This bay is home to local Hawaiian spinner dolphins and many other tropical fish endemic to Hawaii. As you kayak across the bay, take in the serene beauty of dolphins frolicking in the distance.
Located on the Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of Hawaiian Royalty, King Kamehameha I. Journey to the end of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor to look out upon the “Valley of the Kings.” Marvel at the valley floor filled with taro farms, sprawling streams, an expansive black beach, and beautiful vistas.
Experience the feeling of sand between your toes at one of Hawaii’s most famous black sand beaches. The beach has black sand made of basalt, which is created when lava flows into the ocean and explodes as it cools. If you’re lucky, see Hawaiian green sea turtles come ashore to bask in the sun.
Escape on a hike through rugged terrain to access one of only four green sand beaches in the world. Marvel at this rare sight nestled inside Mauna Loa crater, one of Hawaii’s dormant volcanoes. Find grains of sand with shades of green across the color spectrum, made from green olivine crystals.
Located along the northeastern Hilo Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls at Akaka Falls State Park. See an abundance of wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns as you hike through the tropical rainforest on this easy to moderate hike. Follow the footpath leading to the iconic 400-foot waterfall known as ‘Akaka Falls.
In stark contrast to the Big Island’s miles of dark lava fields, the Kohala Coast is known for its lush green foliage and thousand foot waterfalls. Take in the sites by zipline, go tubing with Flumin’ Kohala, or take a scenic helicopter tour over startling sea cliffs.
Because the Big Island is one of the newest islands in the Hawaiian island chain, most of the beaches here are made of hardened lava rock. If you’re looking for an iconic white sand beach, Hapuna Beach is one of the Big Island’s best places to soak up the sun.
Explore the coffee farms just south of Kona to see how coffee is farmed, harvested, and roasted. Enjoy coffee tastings at many of the Kona Coffee farms throughout the region. Learn why Hawaii is known for some of the best coffee in the world.
Friendly and very helpful crew, with Capt Mike and mates Alex and Bailey. One other crewmember maintained a lower profile, but took on the job of mooring the trimaran and bringing up am octopus to delight the clients onboard. Abundant goodies available at breakfast and a personalized lunch sandwich with a great choice of beverages. Never felt rushed. Wonderful visibility at each of the two snorkeling sites, with lots of healthy coral and fish, esp. at the Capt Cook Monument at Kaleakekua Bay. Knowledgeable crew on lors of topics. We give the experience an unequivocal five stars.
Adam (the smart looking Jesus) and the crew were great. Follow instructions and you will enjoy your experience. They do have a information session before you dive, listen to the instructions and ask questions. Enjoy the dive, and soak in the experience as it is out of the world. They are gentle giants so keep your distance and have fun. And submit your review after the experience so more people can dive and enjoy with Adam and his crew.
I took my three young sons 12,10,6 to Hawaii for the first time and this tour was a hit!! We loved it! Can’t wait to do the beach tour in a couple days. They loved the story’s of the narrator. Memories for a life time!
It was so wonderful and the flowers lasted the whole time we were there. I was so appreciative that even though our flight was canceled, I could arrange for the flowers to be there for our arrival on the new flight!
It was such a beautiful than you at the Royal Kona Resort. Watching the show with the sunset behind it over the ocean. Very interesting history was told along with very talented performers.