The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 9: Night Swim with Manta Rays

Join Thor and me as we swim at night among giant manta rays off the Big Island coast in Hawaii.

NOTE: After way too many months without travel, Thor insisted on an R&R escape to Hawaii this April. He’d been keeping on eye on the very careful Covid-19 precautions in the islands, and the testing required before flying there. And now that we’re both fully vaccinated, we took the plunge – literally, for some snorkeling in the healing sea, as well as exploring the Big Island and Kauai. After this detour (series started April 24), I promise I’ll finish up my Virtual Italy Vacation series soon!

After Thor and I had gone on the small-boat tour to swim with the wild dolphins (see earlier post in this series), we decided that we would have to top that by going with the same company for a night swim with giant manta rays. The resort you can see in this shot from our condo lanai originally started accidentally attracting the mantas with floodlights in the shallow sea. Now a limited number of swimmers can join in the fun each evening.

We really like the staff and boats at Dolphin Discoveries, a small local business. The owner and staff walk the talk in practicing non-intrusive observation that makes sure the wild sea creatures are not molested.

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The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 9: Night Swim with Manta Rays — 6 Comments

  1. That really was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. A dozen giant mantas brushing our tummies doing barrel rolls.