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How to Prepare for a Manta Ray Snorkel

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Are you dreaming of swimming with manta rays in Hawaii? If so, you’re in luck! Manta ray snorkeling is one of the most popular and awe-inspiring experiences on the islands. But before you book your tour, there are a few things you need to know to make sure you have the best possible experience.

What to Pack

Here’s what you’ll need to pack for your manta ray snorkel:

  • Snorkeling gear: We will provide you with snorkeling gear! But if you would like to bring your own gear, you are welcome to.
  • Bathing Suit: You should come dressed in your bathing suit with clothes over top. There is a bathroom walking distance from check-in, in case you need somewhere to change. We recommend a light jacket as it does get a bit chilly!
  • Wetsuit: It does get a bit chilly at night, we have wetsuits available for rent at check-in as well. 
  • Towel: You’ll want to dry off after you’re done swimming.

What to Expect

Manta ray snorkeling is typically done at night when the manta rays come to feed on plankton. The water is usually calm at night, so it’s a great time to snorkel. You will be stationary for most of the excursion. You will hold on to the raft, and your feet will stay afloat with a noodle. This keeps you from accidentally kicking the manta rays. Manta rays have a mucus coating that protects them from infection. For the manta rays’ safety, it’s crucial to keep your distance. 

Once you’re in the water, you’ll likely see a few manta rays swimming around. They’re gentle giants, so you don’t have to worry about them being aggressive. Just be sure to keep your distance and don’t touch them.

The manta rays will often swim right up to you, so you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal. They’re truly amazing creatures, and you’ll never forget your experience swimming with them. Swimming with manta rays at night in Hawaii is rated as a top bucket-list activity for many travelers. 

How to Behave Around Manta Rays

Here are a few tips on how to behave around manta rays:

  • Be respectful: Manta rays are wild animals, so it’s important to be respectful of them. Hands to yourself, don’t touch them or try to chase them.
  • Keep your distance: Manta rays are large animals, so it’s important to keep your distance. Give them plenty of space so they don’t feel threatened.
  • Enjoy the experience: Manta ray snorkeling is an amazing experience, so relax and enjoy it!

Are you ready to experience the magic of swimming with manta rays? 

Check out our Kona tours to learn more about our sunset and moonlight manta ray snorkeling tours and to book your trip today!

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