Manta rays have a profound healing effect on people who meet them – both physical and emotional. When you come within inches of a manta and feel the massive rush of ocean water come across your body, it changes you.
But the gentle giants of the sea face a great number of threats and are now endangered.
If they become extinct, not only would their many mysteries disappear – but the generations to come will miss out on the magical and life-changing experience of swimming with them.
At Manta Ray Advocates, we want a world in which everyone can experience the restorative power of manta rays – both online and here along the West Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. That’s why we share the incredible beauty and grace of manta rays – so more people will help us protect them, and we can continue unravelling their many mysteries.
We are James and Martina Wing, and we devote our lives to serving and educating the public about the ocean and marine life in general, and manta rays specifically. Our company is built on a bedrock of love for each other and for the manta rays, a passion for giving our guests an exceptional experience, and an unstoppable drive to protect our oceans.
We’re passionate about sharing our 50+ combined years of field experience with manta rays in our blog, in the newsletter, and on social media. Their personalities and individualities, scientific discoveries and real-life encounters, the threats they’re facing, and how we can fight together to protect the manta rays and other marine life. Download the free manta ray ebook to get started and become a manta ray advocate, too!
Want to experience the magic of manta rays? We host small-scale snorkeling experiences from a private beach in Hawaii. We also offer vacation rentals at our home base in Kona (Big Island).
And if you cannot travel to the mantas, we’ll have the mantas come to you – check out our guided video meditations with manta rays and experience their profound effect from wherever you are.
Martina, Thank you so much for the amazing Manta experience on my 60th birthday. I truly appreciate the video you made for us and will never forget you!
Wonderful support building self-confidence through education and guidance … the manta rays are truly one of the most beautiful and elegant creatures I have ever seen … it was like watching an underwater concert with the silent music being their graceful euphoric movements. Thank you!
WOW! We have just looked at the footage of our manta adventure and are reliving the moments! What an awesome memory for us to have! Thank you!
We were so pleasantly surprised and really DO think differently of mantas. They are beautiful. Your team was so informative and fun. We have already recommended you to two different sets of people who are going to book. Thank you for all you do for this graceful species.
Thanks Martina! We’re so glad we did this! Definitely the highlight of our vacation!!
Thanks so much for the tour, it’s amazing to be close to these gentle giants.
One of the most amazing experiences a human can have. And one flicked its wing and hit me on the hand – it was unexpected and so exciting. Made me feel blessed to be so fortunate. A wonderful antidote to negativity bias!
Our group were so privileged to have the experience with you and the manta rays last September and the memories sustain us during this COVID crisis. Hope you and yours are staying healthy. Australia seems to be doing well so far with strict requirements but time will tell.
Having fallen in love with the Manta Rays a few years ago, we continue to enjoy Martina’s updates and continuing education. She is as wonderful as the beautiful creatures that she works so hard to protect.
The manta was so peaceful to watch. It was a pleasure to meet James! We also enjoy reading your interesting emails. We admire your advocacy for the mantas.
Loved the book about Notch’s rescue! Unashamed tears rolled down my face. Of course I have seen your famous video and will certainly order more for the grandchildren!
Everyone I show my Manta Dive video to is in awe. We have opened staff meetings with it at our substance abuse and mental health program. It is very relaxing and tends to put everything in perspective.
What a magical evening! Thank you for your passion for these wonderful animals and for teaching us about them. It was an amazing experience.
Their majesty was breathtaking and the sizes are incredible to be next to! I’ll never forget it. I am looking forward to continuing to learn more about the gentle giants by following Manta Ray Advocates.
Want more manta rays in your life? Download our free guide and amaze your friends and family members with your knowledge of the gentle giants. You’ll also get the chance to sign up for our newsletter – and get captivating underwater stories, insights on ocean conservancy and updates on what’s happening here in Hawaii.