Our first night in Kona, we did a night scuba dive with manta rays.  Mantas are large rays that can reach up to 23ft across.  As with most of the biggest marine creatures, these guys are filter feeders that eat microscopic zooplankton.  For this night dive, we dropped down to the ocean floor at about 30 ft of depth and sat on the bottom the entire time to watch the show.  Several dive companies brought divers and snorkelers to this site, so there were >30 people in the water together.  We all had flash lights, which not only enabled us to see our surroundings but also attracted plankton, similar to how bugs are attracted to lights at night.  After enough plankton were swarming, the mantas swam into the area to feed.  We saw 3 or 4 rays that night, one of which was apparently in love with my new husband because she kept swooping at his head like you see in the video below.  Then she would turn around and head toward us mouth first.  It was spectacular.  I looked over at Dave during this and his eyes were bugging out of his head with excitement.  We were both in total shock at this awesome experience.

Anyhow, in our rush to get to the dive shop, I forgot my camera at the hotel.  😦  I pouted about it for a good hour. Maybe two.  Seeing manta rays underwater cheered me up though.  I also didn’t feel like shelling out the money to buy the professional video made during our dive becauuuuuuuuse the free one on Kona Honu Diver’s webpage is pretty much exactly the same.  Check it out!  It’s only a few minutes long.


About Tricia

I am a science geek who loves traveling and anything to do with the ocean!

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