Swim with a Manta Ray

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

They may look fear­some, but manta rays, known in Hawai­ian as ha­halua, are re­ally quite tame.

Though re­lated to sharks, th­ese amaz­ing sea crea­tures have no teeth and no tail stingers, mak­ing them harm­less to hu­mans but no less in­trigu­ing to watch.

Noted for its res­i­dent manta ray pop­u­la­tion, the Kona Coast is one of the best places in the world to get close to them. Many lo­cal div­ing and snor­kel­ing com­pa­nies con­duct night­time manta ray runs, or you can hope to catch a peek from the shore. The wa­ter off the Sher­a­ton Keauhou Bay Re­sort & Spa is a reg­u­lar feed­ing spot for manta rays, and a good place to see them on-shore is from the lanai off the re­sort’s Rays on the Bay restau­rant. The re­sort will turn on its out­door lights when the manta rays ap­pear.

Dive shop own­ers say manta rays can be found most

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