There was a pod of eagle rays that kept going in and out of formation while we were snorkeling above them. We saw them during our first Pure Reef Snorkeling excursion, and then again during our second tour.
The tour guide spotted this manta ray from the boat. I have no idea how he saw it given that it was so far away and blended in with the coral. The manta ray was far, but quite big. It looked like a different species than the ones we’ve seen in Hawaii.
We swam into a group of eagle rays under our bungalow at the Hilton in Bora Bora and luckily had a camera. Although we were told that these rays are friendly and not dangerous, they had so many sharp barbs that it’s probably wise to be a bit cautious. At first, they were on just one side of us (in front) when we arrived to their location. However, after a minute or two, they moved and started swimming in circles around us. It felt like they were studying us. After about 10 minutes of them circling us, we decided to back off and head back up to the bungalow.
This giant manta ray collides with me head first as it swims past. It truly was not afraid of me. This is when I decided that I had seen enough mantas for the night…
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Snorkeling excursion in Hawaii at night in open waters to see giant oceanic manta rays. The manta rays are friendly, and get extremely close as they feed on plankton. One of the most incredible excursion experiences ever.
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Snorkeling excursion in Hawaii at night to see giant oceanic manta rays. These mantas moved together in beautiful ways as they moved further away into the depths.
I took this video during a snorkeling excursion in Hawaii at night to see giant oceanic manta rays. I recorded these mantas from up close in slow motion (120 fps) to get a clear view of how they move. The manta rays were friendly, and got very close. You can read more details here.
One of the many videos I was able to take during the 45 minutes the manta rays were feeding. This was during a snorkeling excursion in Hawaii at night to see the giant oceanic manta rays. They were friendly, and got very close. You can read more details here.