Living in Hawaii, I often forget to take advantage of the wonderful activities around me so when my sister came to visit we decided to make a list of the top things we wanted to see while she was here and snorkeling with Manta Rays was at the top of the list. We went out with Captain Danny and Laure and were able to have great conversation, and snacks (the homemade salsa and guacamole is amazing!) while watching the sunset and learning about the Manta Rays. We were provided with snorkel gear and wetsuits and were escorted into the water to the “campfire” (a place where all the divers and snorkelers meet to shine lights to attract plankton for the Manta’s to eat. I am sad to say that after 45 minutes in the water the Manta Rays must have had another event to attend and they didn’t show up. Luckily, we still had some time before my sister left and we were able to go out again a few nights later with some of the other crew members, Andy and Lindsay. This time within two minutes of being in the water, we had close to five manta rays right below us giving us a private show. They would swim right up to us and would practically rub us belly to belly. We then headed to the campfire to see 13 Manta Rays gracefully gliding in and out of the lights. This trip was a huge success and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! I recommend this tour and any other tour offered by Kona Ocean Adventure just by having met many of the crew members. I am certain that whether you are able to see the unpredictable wildlife or not, you will have a wonderful time with great company!
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