Our world-famous Kona Manta Ray Night Dive is a bucket-list item for any diver. Swim with these gentle giants and you'll agree - there isn't a better night dive on the planet.
We arrive at the manta site just before sunset, and spend time briefing about the animals and the dive while enjoying sunset. Our divemasters place a crate of dive lights on the sandy bottom that we refer to as the “campfire”. Divers drop to the bottom and sit around the “fire” and wait for plankton & mantas. Snorkelers have a very similar experience about 30’ above hanging on a floating raft with bright lights. The rays somersault above divers & below snorkelers until the last boats head back to harbor & the lights go out.
It is very important that divers stay on the bottom and snorkers stay as flat as possible on the surface, leaving the water column to the mantas. We can’t touch the animals! They have a protective mucus coating their bodies and human touch interferes with this protective layer, causing lesions and sick mantas. The manta dive works so well because we’ve learned to interact with these animals in a responsible, safe way.
If this is your first night dive, awesome! The manta ray night dive is a super-easy night dive and perfect for your first. We'll make sure you're well taken care of and your divemaster will brief you on the boat regarding entry, dive profile, and exit.
The dive lasts between 45-60 minutes. Divers wear small white LED tank lights for safety. We typically give divers an additional few pounds of weight for this dive, but if you have trouble sticking to the bottom your divemaster can give you a rock to set in your lap. You'll be equipped with a high-lumen LED dive light, which we'll instruct to aim above your head to gather plankton- but be careful not to blind other divers or your divemaster!
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