Blue Sea Cruises, Inc. works to be at the forefront of Green Tourism and marine life protection for safe and non invasive interaction when viewing marine life in Hawaiian waters. Sustainable Eco Tourism is an essential component to our industry and to our home here on the Hawaiian Islands.
Member association in Hawaii's Ecotourism Association and Coral Reef Alliance since 2010.
Blue Sea Cruises is committed to protecting Hawaii's natural environment and hosting culture through education of responsible travel.
Blue Sea Cruises Inc. Owner, Raymond LeMay, was selected by the Department of Land and Natural Resources to be part of a draft committee for the development of the Industry Standards and Guidelines for viewing Manta Rays. These guidelines are now the accepted standard to which organizations such as the Manta Ray Research Foundation and Advocates for Manta Rays (Greenlist), base their recommendations. We thank the members of the committee and are proud for the work we did. We are happy to see these organizations taking an active part in educating the visitors of Hawaii.
Board the M/V Makai and settle in the cushy comfort of the upper decks "Sky Lounge" as we cruise to the evenings Manta site for your Big Island snorkeling. Enjoy the scenic Kona coast as your crew pampers you with a light snack and beverage. Upon arrival, move to the lower “wet” deck and prepare for the experience of a lifetime as you anticipate the arrival of the giant Kona Manta Rays. We provide your wetsuit, mask and snorkel.
Manta Rays swim within inches of our guests as they hold on to our specially designed “Circle of Light” viewing frame. This frame allows Manta Rays to swim up in front our guests not just beneath them. This not only gives our guests the opportunity for a better viewing of the Manta Rays, it also allows for a safer encounter for the Manta Rays. Human contact such as accidental kicking or touching the Mantas is greatly reduced. Sightings are a natural occurrence and not guaranteed. If no sightings on your cruise we will invite you back for another try during your visit.
After your Manta Ray dive Kona experience, return to the "Sky Lounge" to share your experience with the other guests and warm up with a hot chocolate or Mai Tai. Sit back enjoy Kona's coastal skyline and reflect the evenings adventure.
Departing from the Kailua Pier Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Departure time is coordinated with the timing of the sunset. Please call for schedule. Departing from the Kailua Pier Tuesdays and Thursdays. Departure time is coordinated with the timing of the sunset.
Blue Sea Cruises and Snorkeling on Big Island operates directly from the Kailua Pier across from the King Kamehameha Hotel. You may use the hotel address for your GPS device to find the pier.
Blue Sea Cruises operates directly from the Kailua Pier across from the King Kamehameha Courtyard Marriott Hotel. You may use the intersection Palani Rd and Ali'i Drive for your GPS.