One leaves from the Kailua-Kona dock and goes to either behind the Sheraton or behind the airport, whichever place poses the best opportunity for the mantas to be present. Drinks and a simple snack are available, and the trip is a smooth opportunity to see the Kona coast at night.
For those not comfortable snorkeling with mantas at night, the glass bottom boat is a good way to see the mantas. One unexpected treat for us was when the crew turned off their underwater lights. We were amazed at the sight of all the glowing critters. As the boat scoots through the water, it agitates the little bio luminescent creatures causing them to show off their phosphorescent attributes. That was cool and the first time we'd seen anything like it.
|Reef manta under the glass bottom boat.
|The underside of a female reef manta with an attached remora.