Join us on our boat for an
afternoon cruise and dive followed by a night time dive or snorkel with the fabulous manta rays of
the Kona coast. Considered to be one of the world's best dives, we
regularly get people that have dived all over the globe
that say this is one of the most amazing dives they've
a great dive for any certified diver that's had some
recent water time, it's not just a great night dive, it's
an easy one, we take our share of divers who are straight
out of certification class on this dive. You must be
certified to do this as a dive, otherwise snorkeling is a
Looking for something memorable to do on your vacation?
This is a favorite of both divers and non-divers alike.
Manta Rays are a large plankton eating fish found in
tropical waters of the world. In Kona we are lucky enough to have a
local population of mantas which have realized that plankton is attracted
to divers' lights. Kona is the only spot in the world, of which I am
aware, where this type of manta dive occurs. Most every night in Kona you
can find at least one dive op, often several, giving their divers a treat
of a lifetime...a chance to spend some close-up time with manta rays.
Divers will settle down onto the bottom in a spot the mantas frequent and
wait with lights turned on. Plankton (small larvae of fish, shrimp
and other critters) will collect on the lights and the mantas zoom in on
the lights like a buffet table. Snorkelers will also enjoy this
experience, as they can float above the divers and have a chance to be
belly to belly with these fabulous creatures.
The manta rays we typically see run roughly 7-13 feet
across in size, it's quite impressive to be within inches of these guys.
While there are no guarantees we will see mantas on any given day, on a
year round basis we're seeing them far more often than not, my guess is
about 85-90 percent of the time overall. If there are no mantas, we
do have a great backup plan...the dive turns into a night dive.
There are lots of critters (fish, shrimps, crabs, eels, nudibranchs and
slugs) to see which come out only at night, many of them unlike those you
see during the day.
On most days we will watch the mantas for roughly
minutes and then do a 10-15 minute night dive taking the roundabout way
back to the boat.
This is a great dive for the relatively inexperienced certified diver to
be introduced to a night dive...calm shallow water (usually 25 feet or so)
with lots of lights around (it's surprising how much you can see without
your light). My only recommendation is that the night dive should
probably not be the first dive on your vacation if you haven't been diving
in the last few weeks, we run a late afternoon
dive prior to the night dive to help get people back into the swing of
things. If you haven't dove in ages, it's always helpful
to do a two tank day trip first... Kona has great
daytime scuba diving too!