Manta Ray Diving with Kayaking Kona Inc.
Manta rays are the largest of the rays. These harmless rays have a short tail and no stinging spine. They are very acrobatic doing continuous summersaults as they feed on plankton that are attracted to light. We have a program that allows you to swim with these gentle giants. We have a special sunset snorkel from 5:30 to 9:00 every evening. Cost is $109.00 per person. Price includes: Mask, fins, snorkel, wet suit, flotation devices, soda/water, and snacks. Set up a tour with us and I think you will agree... this is the time of your life"
Mantas are the largest of the rays, can grow to a wingspan of 20 feet, and can weigh well over 3000 pounds". Because of this, and their gentle nature, these creatures have become a favorite attraction for divers. Manta comes from the Spanish word-meaning blanket, which describes their unique body shape. Their skeletal structure is very similar to that of a shark, which is made out of cartilage. Because of this many people characterize them as "Flattened out sharks". Even though, they are closely related to the shark, they are very different. The one main difference between the two is the fact that the manta ray is known to be one of the gentlest creatures in the sea. What's ironic about this is that fisherman use to call them the "devil fish", and thought that they were capable of destroying their boats. This isn't hard to believe because of their enormous size, and their fins on the side of their head that look like horns. Despite their size and appearance they eat relatively small food. Some of the things that they feed on are plankton, small fish, and crustaceans. Since they are bottom dwellers their mouth and gills are located on the underside of the body. The Manta ray utilizes its gills when it feeds by sucking water through its gills, allowing plankton to remain in its mouth, while water is pumped out. Then, via gill arches, the plankton is redirected to the ray's stomach for digestion. The cephalic fins, or "horns" which people called them, are fins that extend forward from the eyes, which helps the manta guide large amounts of plankton into its mouth!