The Manta Ray night snorkel in Kona, Hawaii is the only place in the world that has resident Manta Rays that consistently come to feed at the same locations throughout the year. Kona Manta Rays have a wingspan of 4-16 feet across and can weigh up to 1000 pounds. Unlike other rays, Mantas have no teeth, stinger or barbs, so they are completely safe to be around. They are filter feeders, with plankton as their only source of food. Lights are placed in the water, which attract the plankton, which then attracts the Mantas. Along the Kona Coast over 200 Manta Rays have been identified since 1979. The sight of these gentle giants is breathtaking and the experience of swimming with these large, peaceful creatures is exhilarating.
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