A Life-Changing Adventure
Swimming with giant manta rays at night is a unique adventure that truly transforms any person who experiences it. Yes, most visitors spend these magical moments with several dozen other snorkelers and divers blocking their view, and disturbing the manta rays on top of that.
At Manta Ray Advocates, we offer an exclusive and animal-friendly experience to guests who want to understand the true magic of the manta rays.
What Makes Our Manta Ray Snorkel Experience Unique?
At Manta Ray Advocates, the mantas always come first. We adhere to strict guidelines to make sure the manta rays don’t get disturbed by our presence. We approach the mantas from the beach, an eco-friendly alternative to sighting boats.
Swimming with manta rays should be completely safe, for the mantas as well as for you. With 50+ years of combined experience, we know how important it is to brief you on safety before we start – and we only work with top-notch equipment.
Instead of getting on a boat to one of the busier viewing areas, we go in from a white sandy beach and swim to where the manta rays are feeding. Read more about the location here! We work with small groups (up to 6 people), so we can give every guest the personal attention they deserve and make the experience highly educational for everyone.
Your Guides on the Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure
With several decades of experience each, our guides are here to keep you safe and help you get the most out of your moonlight swim with the manta rays.
James L. Wing
Underwater cameraman at heart, James founded “Dolphin Dreams Imaging” (and today’s Manta Ray Advocates) in 1991. He was the first photographer for the manta ray dive at Manta Village (Keauhou) and established Manta Heaven (airport) in 1999.
When he retired from diving and filming in 2014, he pivoted from production and set up the manta ray moonlight swim program with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
He’s a PADI master diving instructor, ocean educator, and loves sharing his in-depth knowledge about manta rays. His field-experience with the gentle giants along the Kona Coast is unmatched.
Martina is a passionate manta ray advocate, ocean educator, and underwater camerawoman. She lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, with hubby James.
Martina’s all about raising awareness and spreading knowledge about the gentle giants of the sea, so we can better protect them from harm – and people will be able to experience manta rays (online and in real life) for generations to come.
Her love for the mysterious manta rays inspired her to teach other people about marine life and the uncountable wonders taking place in our oceans. Martina has been filming manta rays (and other underwater stories), as well as guiding people who come to swim with the gentle giants in Hawaii for over 20 years.
Kerstin got her diving certification in the Maldives in 1998. After finishing her divemaster in Thailand (2010), she followed through with the PADI Instructor (2011) and has worked around the beautiful reefs of the Red Sea (Egypt), Bali, Thailand, and the Florida Keys. In 2017 she moved to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Kerstin cherishes small critters and large marine life alike and loves introducing people to them. She’s passionate about making the mantas’ home safer and working towards a sustainable future for the ocean, that everyone can benefit from.
What They Are Saying
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!
Sylvia & Mark
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.
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.
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?
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We can’t wait to meet you… so you can meet the mantas!