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Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris
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Owner description: We can't wait to show you the underwater world of Hawaii! From wild Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin encounters to diving with the world famous Kona Manta Rays, each EcoAdventure has been designed to bring you an unforgettable experience! Did you know that if you have NEVER tried scuba diving before, you can join us for a 2 tank introductory dive? We take intro's, certified divers, snorkelers and ride-alongs on most adventures! Customized private charters are also available. Join us today for an experience of a lifetime!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed 5 December 2013

We went on the moonlight manta tour. We're unlucky and didn't see any mantas. True to their guarantee they let us go on another tour. We had to go the next morning because we were leaving so did the spinner dolphin tour. Was great. We saw and swam with hundreds and they found us a manta to see also because they felt badly for us not seeing the night before.

Two things could have been better..
First, they should put the boat in the water before guests arrive. We waited 25 minutes after we checked in early a.m. While they put the boat in. Seems like a waste of our time.
Second, the reservation agent recommended the moonlight tour for a more intimate experience and it was that. But being low season there wasn't enough light because we were the only boat to attract mantas. The guides said to take the sunset one. Wish the reservation agent knew what she was talking about. Our aria lilt for listening to her.

All in all though, the guide was super knowledgeable. He previously worked in marine research on sharks so was not some college kid on a year off. He was friendly, fun, and taught us a lot.

Would recommend Neptune Charlie's.

Thank skiob
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

The Manta Ray night snorkel trip was a lot of fun! Although the ocean was a bit rough on the boat ride to the snorkel spot, as darkness fell, the water smoothed out a lot. The crew was upbeat, efficient and knowledgeable, and took great care of everyone (including a family with 2 small children). When we got in the water (holding on to a couple of lighted rafts), it only took a couple of minutes for a large (8-10 foot) Manta ray to show up and start doing "feeding rolls" right under our raft, coming to only about a foot away from us. We could see rays swimming around below us the entire time, intermittently coming up close again. Well worth the trip! Tip: if you scuba dive, do it; the rays seemed to love hanging around the divers on the floor of the ocean below us.

Thank Wanda V
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

No Regrets With These Guys
They did a great job at getting us to the dolphins, making sure everyone was satisfied, and even found a couple of Manta Rays so my daughter could check that off of her list. She is so excited to show the pictures to her friends in Kindergarten. When we got home she told her mom she almost had a "happy tear" when the dolphins first swam past us.
David loves kids and was excellent at making a 5 year old comfortable and relaxed. He was very determined to make sure she had the swim of a lifetime! Highly recommended that you ask for him and go with Neptune Charlie's when you are looking to take young ones to snorkel with the dolphins.
Thank you Heidi, Seth, and David for an excellent day.

Thank JoeChet788
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This tour was awesome. Seeing the mantas up close was definitely worth teeth chattering of floating at night. There were so many mantas I didn't know where to look. Just be able to float at the top so you don't risk touching the rays.

Thank Jodi B
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We were only on the Big Island for a few days, and had previously heard of the Manta Ray dives at Kona. We researched some companies beforehand and chose to dive with Neptune Charlie's. We also decided to package it with a couple of dives during the day and had a fantastic time! The captain, Glen, was entertaining, personable and was able to recommend many places to eat and check out while in Kona. Our dive guide, Seth, was very accommodating. He'd ask what types of things we wanted to see while on our dives and tried to make it happen. He also kept track of our air while we were watching the mantas later on. We just had to sit back and enjoy the show! Great time! We'll dive with them again!

Thank Mark B
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