Our week in paradise started with rain and ended with rain, but Kris and his team managed to erase any negative thoughts we had about the weather with an amazing time out on their boat! We had booked a different manta tour earlier in the week, which cancelled on us the day before. We scrambled to find another company to hopefully take us out before we left (we only had two days left of our vacation), and Kris and Sea Hawaii Rafting was recommended to us by some locals. They weren't even planning on going out the night we needed, but Kris managed to pull together some other people and get us booked, and we are so thankful to have things work out like they did. Super Dave and Kris were awesome from the start. They had anything you needed (we had brought our own stuff, but if not they had us covered) as well as provided wet suits (which I was VERY thankful for). They got us laughing right from the start and I'm pretty sure I never stopped. They were very informative on our way out, pointing out parts along the coast and giving us a little Kona history. We were arrived at the diving spot and I was very surprised at just how many boats were there. The bay you are at isn't very big, so we were crammed pretty well in there. Kris told us to hang for a bit, let the masses spread out and let Super Dave jump in to check out the scene. I was, again, VERY thankful! The water was pretty chilly, so while the others were swimming around shivering in there, we were dry on the boat waiting for the signal from Super Dave to hop in. It took around 15 minutes before there were any manta sightings, and once they came out, we jumped in. They have this soft top board with holes cut out and flashlights shining down to attract the plankton and get the mantas to come out. Now there were at least 12-15 other groups with this same set up and everyone holding onto the sides (the board with framed by PVC pipes), so there was lots of overlapping of body parts and bumping into others. HOWEVER, not with our group. Super Dave directed us so we didn't run into other groups and vice versa. The BEST part was Super Dave's ability to connect with his environment. We were out there for a while, and only saw a couple mantas before they seemed to just disappear. Super Dave decided to try another located, based on instinct, and actually took us away from where the masses were. And what do you know, THERE THEY WERE! Only a few groups saw the mantas that night, and we were lucky enough to be one of those groups thanks to Super Dave. There must have been around 10-12 mantas and we had about a 30 min show. On the way home we wrapped ourselves in white robes (thank you Kris) and enjoyed hot chocolate and biscotti! This was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life and thank Kris and his team for providing us with such a memorable experience. We will recommend Sea Hawaii to all our friends and family as well as use them again if we get out that way! Thank you Sea Hawaii!!
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