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Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays

78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
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Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays  Kailua Kona Hawaii United States
Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays Kailua Kona Hawaii United States
Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays  Kailua Kona Hawaii United States
Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays Kailua Kona Hawaii United States

Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays

The ancient Hawaiians revered mantas as ʻaumakua (family or personal gods). With up to 25-foot wingspans, these majestic sea creatures feed on some of the sea's smallest organisms: zooplankton. Strap on a snorkel to watch them dine at night, doing slow, gape-mouthed barrel rolls as they swallow copepods, mysid shrimp and arrow worms. The two most popular Big Island sites—off Kona International Airport and near the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay—have suffered overcrowding lately, which is terrible for both the rays and the people who love them. Try Jack's Diving Locker for a scuba descent and Eka Canoe Adventures for snorkeling, after checking out guidelines from the Manta Pacific Research Foundation.

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over 2 years ago

Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays

With dinosaur-wide wingspans, these majestic creatures feed on some of the sea's smallest organisms: zooplankton. Strap on a snorkel to watch them feed at night, doing slow, gape-mouthed barrel rolls as they swallow copepods, Mysidae shrimp, and arrow worms. The two most popular sites—off Kona International Airport and near Sheraton's Keauhou Bay resort—have suffered overcrowding lately, which is terrible for both mantas and the people who love them. As the state prepares new guidelines, conscientious visitors should vet boat tours carefully.