Snorkel with Manta Rays
Manta rays—those up to 3,000-pound giants—are revered in Native Hawaiian culture and even celebrated in the Kumulipo, a creation chant. Off the coast of Kailua-Kona, on the western edge of the Island of Hawaii (or Big Island), tourists don snorkels and watch the resident rays’ nighttime feeding routines under LED lights.
Kona manta rays are typically around 12 feet in width.
They are friendly as the manta rays eat plankton which they filter out of the water by swimming with their mouths open. The reef manta rays in do not migrate and live here year-round.