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You Need At Least One Ocean Adventure On Your Trip to Hawaii’s Big Island

Are you planning a trip to Hawaii’s Big Island in 2016? Good for you! Can’t you just feel the warm sand under the soles of your feet and the sunshine on your shoulders already? Okay, enough daydreaming! It’s time to get planning. After all, you want to have the very best vacation ever, right?

There are so many things to do and see on the Big Island. You absolutely must spend some time on the beach. You can also hit the golf course, do some mountain biking, shop to your heart’s content, and attend an authentic Hawaiian Luau.

Yep, there are tons of things to do on land, but don’t forget all of that amazing water lapping up against the shore. The ocean holds a lot of great adventures too, including things you can’t do almost anywhere else.

Dolphins, Manta Rays, and Whales…Oh My!

Make sure you plan at least one ocean-related adventure tour while on your visit to Kona and the Big Island. We at Splasher’s Ocean Adventures are here to help. We can take you on a number of different trips that are perfect for a honeymooning couple, a group of friends, or the whole family.

Want to know what’s just under the surface of the water? Then take our Dolphin/Snorkel tour. The island’s delightful spinner dolphins will play alongside the boat as we take you out to Kealakekua Bay for some of the best snorkeling in the world. The water is warm and clear, letting you gaze into an aqua metropolis of brightly colored fish, sea turtles, coral, and maybe even a manta ray or two!

Speaking of manta rays, you can say hello to these big, harmless creatures on our Sunset Manta Ray Swim or our Moonlight Manta Ray Swim. Our expert guides will take you out to their favorite “watering holes.” You can slip in the water and watch these strange and majestic creatures glide by on their huge, wing-like fins. Both tours are an unforgettable experience.

Finally, if you visit us during the winter months, take a whale watching tour and catch sight of some of the biggest creatures that the ocean holds. Our much beloved humpback whales come visit us every year, and we can usually spot a spout or a huge tail breaking the water on our tours. This is a great experience, especially if you have older or younger people in your group who won’t appreciate snorkeling or swimming with manta rays.

Give us a call today, and we can help take your Big Island vacation from merely fun to AMAZING!

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Why Manta Rays Are One of the Coolest Animals in the World

Beneath the tropical waters off of Kona lurks a mysterious creature. It is flat like a carpet, with triangle fins that flap up and down, almost like it is flying beneath the water. This creature is also huge! It can easily top 3,000 pounds in weight (1.4 tons), and stretch over 15 feet long (4.5 meters) from fin to fin. When it feeds, its large mouth opens wide to scoop the plankton of the sea.

Pretty scary, right?

Nonsense! This is the manta ray, one of the strangest but coolest creatures you will find off the coast of Kona and throughout the warm waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Don’t let their size fool you. Manta rays are gentle creatures that feed only on plankton. In fact, you can even jump in the water and swim with the manta rays. It is an experience that you will never forget!

Learning More About Manta Rays

Manta rays belong to the taxonomic Mobulidae family. They are closely related to sharks, but they don’t have any sharp teeth or a taste for toes and fingers. There are actually two species of manta rays – manta birostris and manta alfredi. Manta B. is an oceanic manta that is much bigger than the manta A. and tends to travel much farther out into the open water. They can weigh as much as 4,400 pounds and reach 23 feet across! Manta A. is a reef dweller and tends to stay closer to shore.

Both types of mantas must constantly move to keep oxygen-rich water flowing through their gills. They also like to stop by coral reefs for a quick cleanup. Here in Hawaii, a small species of fish called a wrasses will eat away destructive organisms that attach themselves to mantas. Such is the beauty and the symbiotic nature of the ocean ecosystem.

Want to Swim with Manta Rays?

There’s nothing cooler than meeting a manta ray in person, which is why we offer bucket list trips like the Sunset Manta Ray Swim and the Moonlight Manta Ray Swim two of our most popular tours! Hop on board where we take you out to a popular manta ray gathering spot. With our well-trained guides on hand, we share an experience of a lifetime where you these gentle giants perform a ballet all around you. It is truly a magical and transformative experience!

Learn more about our manta ray tours and see why these creatures are so amazing for yourself!

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