Snorkelers swim along the Kealakekua Reef with Hawaiian spinner and spotted dolphins or Manta Rays in their underwater night-time realm
About This Deal
Where?: The Big Island (74-425 Kealakehe Parkway, Suite 1 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740)
- Manta Ray Night Snorkel Experience:
- Participants head out into the Pacific Ocean off Kona to see the sunset over the water before diving in to enjoy swimming freely with Manta Rays in their underwater nighttime realm.
- What’s included: mask, fins, snorkel, wet suit, flotation devices, dry snacks, hot coffee, and hot chocolate
- What to bring: towel, jacket/sweatshirt, dry clothes, camera
- Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Reef Snorkel Experience:
- Participants make their way down the exquisite Kona coast, heading south to Kealakekua Bay—home to Hawaiian spinners and spotted dolphins.
- What’s included: mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit (if necessary), flotation devices if needed, soda/water, and dry snacks
- What to bring: towel, sunscreen, and camera
Need To Know
About Ocean Encounters
En route to Honokohau Marina, tall and slender palm trees line the road, and white sails peak on the horizon. After a couple turns, the sapphire-blue Pacific appears, telling visitors they've made it to Ocean Encounters.
Once aboard the company's 46-foot boat, they find unimpeded views of Kona's calm waters on the upper deck and shade inside the cabin. But perhaps the most important feature of the vessel is its most nondescript: a sturdy swim step, which they use to climb into and out of the ocean on snorkeling tours.
During four-hour daytime trips, they get to swim with colorful schools of tropical fish and pods of spinner dolphins through the coral reefs of Kealakekua Bay. On evening trips, they venture farther from the coast to watch the sun set, then mingle with glowing manta rays in the sea.