Experience the life-changing adventure of swimming with manta rays around Kona, Hawaii. We encourage sustainable tourism and follow strict guidelines to not only educate our visitors about manta rays and other marine life around the Big Island, but also be the advocate of those gentle giants.
Swimming with manta rays is a unique experience that can be done either by snorkelling or scuba diving, either at night or during the daytime.
Swimming with manta rays: what you need to know before diving in
Swimming with manta rays is an exceptional adventure; this post tells you exactly what you can expect and how to find a manta ray tour that fits your needs.
Where to Find Manta Rays in the Wild Around the World
Where do manta rays live, and what are some of the best places around the world to swim with mantas in their natural habitat?
February 2023: Proposed Regulations for Manta Ray Tourism in Kona, Hawaii
A public hearing to regulate the manta ray tour businesses along the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is happening on February 23, 2023. This post outlines what I think about the proposed regulations and what YOU can do to protect manta rays today.
The Transformational Experience of Swimming with Manta Rays
Most people who come for a swim with manta rays, leave the water completely transformed. It’s a spiritual experience so profound that many can’t put it into words.
How we Aim for Sustainability at Manta Ray Advocates
We aim to improve sustainability in our own business and advocate for changes in the manta ray tourism industry.
Why we Banned Full-Face Snorkeling Masks from our Manta Ray Activities
Full-face snorkeling masks seem easy to use, but due to repeated incidents we decided to ban their use on our moonlight manta swims. Read why (and watch the video) here!
Is Swimming with Manta Rays Safe for Children? Why We Don’t Take Kids Under 12 Years Old
Swimming with manta rays can be perfectly safe for children - however, there are multiple reasons why we don’t take kids along on our manta ray moonlight swims.
7 most heart-warming manta ray stories of 2021
Swimming with reef sharks, going the distance, speed-healing injuries and more: here are the most noteworthy stories of 2021 featuring manta rays.
Ocean Safety – Why it Matters & How to Check the Ocean Forecast
Drowning is the third cause of accidental death, and often happens to unprepared adventure seekers. Here's how to check the ocean forecast before you dive in!
The 3 Manta Ray Viewing Sites in Kona, Hawaii
All about the different viewing sites for manta rays around Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Read about the location, history and manta sightings for each manta viewpoint.
Are Manta Rays Dangerous?
Are manta rays dangerous - or do they need to defend themselves against predators? Read all about the manta rays' defence mechanisms.
Guidelines for Interacting with Manta Rays
11 important rules for swimming with manta rays in a way that's safe and sustainable... A must-read before any manta ray dive!
What’s the Best Time to Swim with Manta Rays in Hawaii?
Determine the best time to see manta rays in Hawaii based on ocean conditions and the probability of manta sightings.
Manta Rays vs Stingrays – What’s the Difference?
A comparison of manta rays vs stingrays often starts with the question about what killed Steve Irwin. This summary of manta rays vs stingrays will help.
Hawaii Volcano Eruption – One Year Later
It was about one year ago when spectacular images were broadcast around the world because of volcanic activity at ...