Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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We had a wonderful time. I definitely was excited to go, but hesitant about riding an ATV. We got an overview of what to expect and a lesson on riding all terrain vehicles. Then after some reassurance and encouragement from both my family and them, that I would enjoy riding more than just being a passenger, I gave it a try. I’m really glad I did. The experience was a little different than I anticipated, but way more fun. Though I gripped the handlebars as if my life depended on it, the terrain wasn’t too rough and I even took a couple of hills and puddles fearlessly. The tour was very informative and interactive. The brothers were very patient and eager for us to have a basis for understanding the Polynesian culture. They frequently checked to be sure I was doing okay and encouraged me throughout. It was well worth it!
OMG do not pass up this experience! This was the coolest snorkel excursion ever! Giant manta rays in front of your face! Jacob and Adam were absolutely amazing. Their boat is very nice and has comfortable seating. They were friendly and knowledgeable. We felt very safe with them. We brought our 2 kiddos (6 & 7 yrs old) and they were very accommodating with them. They even helped them get back to the boat while mommy and daddy stayed a bit longer in the water to watch the rays. They had a bunch of snacks and drinks on board and asked several times if we wanted more. They fit everyone with wet suits before getting on the boat and they provide snorkels and masks as well, but we brought our own. Everything was in good condition too. Absolutely recommend!
This was an awesome experience and so cool to do in the dark. We saw at least 6 Manta Rays and they literally are right next to you swimming! The team was personable and helpful too. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweatshirt for ride back (which is suggested in the details). I would consider this a must do activity if you enjoy the water.
The trip was excellent. Plenty of time snorkling and also plenty of time getting into close to rocks to look at things. Also stopped to see dolphins and whales. We got lucky and saw one dolphin spin out of the water 10 feet from us. Great guides with a small group of people. Highly recommend. Captain Steve and Jill were great.
Amazing experience. An absolute must for anyone visiting Hawaii. Saw many different manta rays and even swam with some unexpected visitors...Dolphins!!! Simon and his crew made everything super easy and fun. Would recommend this to everyone and we will most certainly be doing it again.