Sunlight on Water
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Kailua-Kona, United States
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2022

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(114 reviews)
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KathieF430
Washington59 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Booking was easy online, called and asked questions first and Heather was pleasant. Boat crew were fun and entertaining. Saw lots of dolphins on our way out to manta-ray spot. Saw lots of manga-rays and would definitely do this trip again.
Written 17 November 2022
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travelboom
Las Vegas, NV2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Staff were the best-both fun and informative. The Manta Ray tour was amazing. Along the way we got a great show from the dolphins. We would do this again in a heartbeat. Sunlight On water is the one to go with. The attention to detail in their customer service was second to none.
Written 8 November 2022
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Amberly N
3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Our crew was Ethan, Andy and Taylor. They created a comfortable and fun atmosphere. Absolutely loved the cave they took us to snorkel. I highly recommend this company!!
Written 6 November 2022
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SuziLW
Surrey28 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
We did the Manta Ray night snorkel and it was truely amazing. The whole process of booking and communication was super smooth but nothing compared to the snorkelling! I had read that snorkelling wouldn’t be as good as a dive but as I had my two boys with me didn’t have the option and I am so glad! It was an unforgettable evening where we saw so many manta rays who were so close to us. I can not put into words but we will remember it forever. Thank you!
Written 7 October 2022
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Nicole LYP
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Far surpassed my expectations. What an amazing experience. We had a plethora of Ray activity directly below us - at some points we had up to 9 rays directly below our light board!! We had plenty of time in the water. The staff were friendly and helpful and the equipment was clean and well kept. Highly, highly recommended.
Written 6 October 2022
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Kathy S
Paradise, CA13 contributions
Sep 2022
Being quietly and unafraid in the midst of God's great creatures, was a once in a lifetime experience. We were fortunate that five rays stayed with us and put on quite a show as if they were ballerinas.
The crew of Sunlight on Water was excellent. I especially appreciated the care and interest they gave me as an older lady. I never felt afraid or in peril. Getting off and back on the boat was the easiest I've ever experienced on a charter boat, due to the crew's excellent assistance.
This was an experienced I'm glad I did not miss in my lifetime. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Written 23 September 2022
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dmstein3
Valencia, California, United States3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Amazing time with Sunlight.Heather made sure all of needs were taken of, and the crew with Taylor in charge, was knowledgeable, and very informative. The price was very reasonable and for that you get a show of a lifetime with mantas literally inches from you. Don’t bother looking around for the best deal or how long your in the water with those creatures, Just call, book, and enjoy.
Written 14 September 2022
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Andrew S
San Diego, CA1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Friends
What an awesome experience and great crew! A few bookings dropped so our boat wasn’t full. About a 25 min boat ride to the site. Lots of other boats packed full of people. We tied to another boat and the crew deployed the light bar float. We were briefed on procedures and what to expect. The sun was just starting to set when we got in the water and the first manta ray was already swimming below us. The crew worked with nearby boats to coordinate where the bulk of the rays were at. At one time, I counted 8, right underneath, doing loops and fly-bys. These majestic creatures are swimming literally inches from you. This was one of the best experiences of my life. Crew was really awesome and informative, telling us the names of some of the larger rays. They ensured everyone was having the time of their life. We never felt rushed and had more than enough time in the water. Got some great shots with the Go-pro and would definitely book again with Sunlight on Water!
Written 10 September 2022
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Leasa M
4 contributions
Aug 2022
Went out on a day snorkel trip. Captain and crew were excellent and very knowledgeable. Were able to go to mourings that were not crowded. Then cruised up and out the of the bay. Spotted Pilot whales (never had heard of them). A wonderful morning.
Written 30 August 2022
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Samuel W
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Fantastic crew. Professional and safe. Knew exactly how to get the mantas. Made kids and adults feel comfortable and have a great time.
Written 4 August 2022
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