A manta ray night snorkel is an exhilarating experience, but you may ask, “What are manta rays and are they safe?” Called “Hahalua” in Hawaiian, manta rays are one of the largest animals in the ocean, ranging from 2 to 20 feet wide.
Manta rays are gentle giants of the sea and DO NOT have stingers so they are harmless to snorkelers. Manta rays come out at night year-round to catch microscopic plankton in their wide, cavernous mouths. Many manta rays reside in the Keauhou Bay area on the Kona Coast, at the dive site called, “Manta Ray Village.”
Sea Paradise offers manta ray snorkel tours to safely snorkel with these amazing creatures. Manta rays, attracted to the plankton that are drawn to the lights from the state of the art manta floatation device, gracefully glide and loop through the water, sometimes coming within inches of awe-struck visitors. Manta rays also each have unique spot patterns on their ventral side which accurately identifies them. They have unique names like Kailey Ray, Big Bertha Ray, etc. Manta ray snorkeling with Sea Paradise is a once in a lifetime experience and is often the highlight of visitors’ trips to Hawaii.