2 Tank Manta Night Dive or Snorkel
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
3:15 pm (April - August)
2:45 pm (September - March)
Duration: 7 hours
An evening of entertainment with two dives – one in late afternoon and one at night. First, explore the reef as the sun begins to fade over Kona and watch as the colorful reef fish search for a cozy place to sleep, garden eels rhythmically dance in the sand or a green sea turtle swims by to say good night. You may even witness large, graceful Manta Rays coming into the reef to be cleaned by the Hawaiian Cleaner Fish. Come up from your dive to view a beautiful Hawaiian sunset, relax and have a bite to eat.
On the second dive, you descend into darkness and in the beam of your light watch the night life come alive. Observe in awe as Manta Rays glide in from the darkness to feed on the microscopic plankton attracted to your light. You may also follow a hunting moray as it searches for its next meal. Watch as he attacks an unsuspecting tang, twists his body in a knot and swallows the fish. Visit shy shrimp, crabs, delicate nudibranchs and sleeping fish. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening and enjoy Kona’s night life at its best!
Manta Guarantee: If you don’t see a manta on your night out you can go again on another night on a space available, standby basis. (Offer never expires but is non-transferrable and has no refund or cash value)
Suitable for all levels of certified scuba divers, Non-Divers are also welcome on this dive excursion, upon check-out you can add Snorkeler-ONLY for $125 per person to your order.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Two dives guided by a professional PADI Divemaster or Instructor
- Tanks, weights and dive light for all Divers
- All Snorkel equipment for Non-Divers
- Sandwich, Snacks and Drinks
WHAT TO BRING
- Wear your Swimsuit
- Lightweight Warm Jacket
- Environmentally-friendly Sunscreen
- Certification Card
- Certified divers provide BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask/Snorkel/Fins. Dive computers are recommended
- Rental gear is available on-site for $8.50 per piece
GOOD TO KNOW
- Minimum age is 10 years old
- NO expectant mothers
- All Divers need to complete and sign health questionnaire before diving
- Please use a waterproof, environmentally friendly sunscreen and apply it prior to arriving to increase its effectiveness and to reduce the amount of unabsorbed sunscreen ending up in the ocean. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
- Certified divers will be required to provide proof of scuba certification in order to dive. If you have misplaced your card, please contact us as soon as possible to give us time to try and verify your certification for you.
- All captains are licensed by United States Coast Guard.
When can I fly or drive to altitude? For single dives a minimum surface interval of 12 hours is suggested before flying. If you have been doing multiple days of multiple dives, PADI recommends a minimum surface interval of 18 to 24 hours. We also strongly recommend that you do not plan to drive to the volcano, Waimea or Hilo, take a helicopter tour or stargaze on the top of Mauna Kea the same day that you dive. Following these recommendations reduces DCS risk but does not guarantee that a diver will avoid DCS.
- Maximum capacity 16-18 persons
Manta Dive Etiquette
- OBSERVE ONLY: No touching. Resist the urge to “pet” the mantas. This will rub off their protective mucus coating. Do not chase, grab, or try to take a ride on the mantas. This doesn’t benefit the animal in anyway.
- DIVER POSITION: Divers must stay on or near the sand, rubble or boulder bottom. An open water column is necessary for the mantas to maneuver. Avoid contact with coral, sea urchins, or other marine life. Form a semi-circle with your group.
- SNORKELER POSITION: Snorkelers must stay on the surface and keep legs horizontal. Do not dive down into the water column.
- LIGHTS: Divers please shine lights up into the water column to attract plankton. Snorkelers please shine lights down.
- BUBBLES: Divers try to time your breathing so that you don’t blow bubbles up into the manta if it’s passes over your head.
- TAKING PHOTOS or VIDEO: When taking underwater photos or video, be considerate of people and mantas. Minimize your equipment in the water column and let the mantas come to you.
- **These guidelines were first established in 1993 by manta dive operators in Kona, Hawaii. Reviewed again in 2013 by manta tour operators (dive and snorkel operators).
- Rinse buckets for camera equipment
- Fresh water shower
- Dive ladder
- Head (marine toilet)
- Boats equipped with safety equipment such as oxygen, first aid, life vests, fire extinguishers, VHF radio, and E-PIRB
SEASICKNESS MEDICATION: While Kona usually has calmer seas than most places in the world, we recommend considering sea sickness medication and consulting with your physician as needed.