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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Manta Rays

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Manta Rays

Does the hotel let anyone observe the night time Manta Ray viewing on the hotel grounds? Is it the next best thing to actually being in the water with them on a snorkel/dive tour.

I also read some where that the Sheraton may have something similar. any input would be appreciated. Thanks

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1. Re: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Manta Rays

My experience with the Mauna Kea is they won't let you in at night if you say you just want to watch the mantas, but you are welcome to have dinner there. We have had dinner there and then actually gotten in the water at night to swim with them, and no one has objected. Bear in mind, the mantas aren't always there, especially around the full moon. Around the new moon is a better bet.

It's cool to see them, but nowhere near as spectacular as the manta ray night snorkel/dive which usually has many more and larger rays.

Edited: 4:18 pm, October 31, 2011
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2. Re: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Manta Rays

The Mauna Kea hotel does not want the public at their hotel, and just tolerates you if you come to eat an expensive meal. They may even check to see that you do indeed have reservations.

During the daytime, they provide the limited public access parking, but that is closed at night, and only patrons are allowed to use hotel parking. While that may sound a little critical on my part, it's not. They don't have a boatload of parking at the hotel, and as the condo and home residents in the resort have parking privileges as part of their homeowner perks, there is a shortage.

That said, this hotel wants to give its guests a feeling of being elite and buffered from the public, and they are quite snobbish towards the public.

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