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Address: 74-381 Kealakehe Pkwy, Suite A, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-896-2480
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Manta Ray night swim. WOW

We booked with this company thru the advise of one of the tour company's in Kona. We meet Colin and Josh at the harbour. They were an awesome team, there equipment were top notch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Calgary
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We booked with this company thru the advise of one of the tour company's in Kona. We meet Colin and Josh at the harbour. They were an awesome team, there equipment were top notch, there knowledge about the area and the manta rays was excellent. This was a smaller group tour which was really nice. The LED lights and board... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was so awesome!!! The guides were super informed and helpful. Never experienced anything like it! I'm not one for going in the ocean at night, but they made it so easy that I didn't want to get out. The mantas were magnificent!!!!!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This was our second trip with Sunlight on Water. Incredible experience. Drew made the trip very special by sharing history about the island and the sea life. He was very helpful in the water and very attentive to our needs. We highly recommend these guys! Dane "Cook" and Gwen "Paltrow"

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Today's swim with the dolphins with China Mike, Colin & Denise was fabulous! It is clear they love what they do and are very knowledgeable. Their respect for the ocean creatures and the Hawaiian culture was our main reason for choosing this company & they did not disappoint us. We encountered dolphins as we pulled out of port & were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This was our 3rd visit to the Big Island and booked with Sunlight on Water for seeing the manta rays. This was our 3rd tour provider used for this experience over the years. Firstly meeting the young crew was a pleasure as they were so friendly and obliging. Drew was a great captain. We only had a group of 6.... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was our second trip with Sunlight On Water. We went out with Capt. China Mike. Starting the trip with a Hawaiian chant was perfect and really set the mood for the day. Being out on the water in such a beautiful locale is pure pleasure. Snorkeling among the dolphins puts it firmly in the magical category. You can hear... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Very good tour the boat ride is fun except when starts rocking slowly side to side then the ginger chews come out. The first night I didn't see any but booked back in and the 2nd time i saw the show which was really cool. You get snacks on board and if your a non swimmer like me they do... More 

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bedford, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Fourth time is the charm! We've done the night snorkel with Manta Rays on the Big Island three times in the past with other tour companies, and it was never as great as we hoped it would be. But this time Sunlight on Water definitely came through! The guides were friendly and helpful, the boat was clean and not too... More 

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Owings Mills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

One of the coolest things we have ever done. The mantas swim right up under you and keep doing back flips eating the plankton. Drew, Cullen and Josh were great. Super friendly, enthusiastic. Definitely recommend it!. Discounted price if you book online.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The captain China and his crew, Bree and Colin took excellent care of us. Explained alot about the Spinner dolphins and took us to several places to snorkel with the dolphins. We will definitely be back with them next time we visit the island

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