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“Manta ray heaven” is what they call it, and this dive spot is noth­ing short of its name. As the glow­ing sun sets, it’s hard to even fathom the ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence that lies be­neath the sur­face of the wa­ters at Ho‘ona Bay. Plung­ing into the dark wa­ters, noth­ing can pre­pare you for the dive rave that you en­counter. Kona is the only place in the world that this spec­tac­u­lar feed­ing show can be seen. Years ago, the ho­tels around the area de­cided to use lights to at­tract plank­ton, thus lur­ing manta rays to the wa­ters sur­round­ing their re­sorts. The man­tas grew ac­cus­tomed to this ar­ti­fi­cial en­vi­ron­ment, and manta ray heaven was born. So if you are head­ing to Hawai‘i Is­land, de­scend the depths with Kona Honu Divers, which of­fers manta ray night dives for both scuba divers and snorkel­ers.

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