We’ve enjoyed seeing manta rays in Hawaii, both in the water and from the land. In fact, this photo is one of ours taken on the Big Island. This week, we were provided an opportunity to see manta rays on Kauai via drone footage below.
A few years ago, we night snorkeled with Manta rays nearby Kona airport on the Big Island. It was a totally unforgettable experience. Let us know if you’ve seen manta rays in Hawaii (or elsewhere) and what that was like for you. Hawaii manta ray tours are top-rated, and now we understand why. Before COVID, up to 100k people, a year came to have this nightly experience where spotlights attract manta’s favorite food, plankton.
The manta rays in Hawaii are of the Mobula Alfredi species and are the second-largest manta rays found anywhere. They have a wingspan of up to 18 feet. We’ve also seen the manta rays at the Hapuna Beach hotel.
Manta rays off the coast at Poipu Kauai.
It was reported that the Twitter video below was taken a few days ago off of Poipu, near the point called Spouting Horn. There is nothing in the video that can confirm that, however.
— Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) February 25, 2021
Manta rays in Hawaiian culture.
It is said that the Hawaii name for manta “hahalua” means two breaths. It speaks to their ability to breach in the way that humpback whales and dolphins do.
Globally too, it is not unusual for manta rays to possess great cultural significance and symbolism. That is true in Hawaii as well as in Peru, Australia, China, and elsewhere.
Manta rays were once seen as large, dangerous creatures that could attack. It was believed that they have an attack stinger, which they do not. They pose no danger to humans, although they are pretty scary to see the first time. They appear curious about humans. Manta rays have enormous fins, which may be why they had a bad reputation and were even referred to as devilfish.
Manta rays in modern culture.
Manta rays have been and remain popular in media, including tv, film, and literature.