Visibilty: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: One of the big draw cards of Kona, is the manta ray night dive. Some people describe it as one of their favorite all time dives. It is also one of the most expensive you’ll ever do, but its an opportunity not to be missed.

You leave Kona Harbour on sunset and arrive to a sea of boats in the sheltered bay. There were at least 20 boats full of divers and snorkellers all gearing up in anticipation to dive with the Mantas once the Sun sets. After being briefed we jumped in the water and headed over to the ‘arena’…or more like an underwater party, all lit up by divers torches and lights shining down from the surface. We didn’t have to wait for the Mantas to arrive; they were already there, swooping in over the divers heads to take the plankton attracted to the flood of light in the water. Over 20 different mantas put in a showing, with each individual being identified by the dive masters by the distinct patterns on their chests. After 80 minutes of watching the mantas barrel rolling, swooping and putting on a great display, i had to be torn away from the spectacle. With so many mantas i thought photography would be easy, but shooting wide angle at night was harder than expected. A once in a lifetime experience that i’m glad i had to opportunity to do.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes