Join us after the Manta Night Dive for a dive only available in Kona. Head 3 miles offshore to 6,000 foot deep water and see creatures that haven't evolved in thousands of years, plus occasionally dolphins hunting squid, octopus, pelagic seahorses, and more. Float in the inky black void while tethered to our dive boat. Use our 1200 lumen dive lights to turn pelagic animals into bursts of rainbow color, or shut your light off and experience a SCUBA version of a sensory deprivation tank. Our Blackwater dive is an experience that is both thrilling and deeply relaxing.Book Now
Enjoy our epic Manta Night Dive with Kona's gentle giants, then head offshore for a pelagic experience like no other. This advanced charter allows you to experience some of the best diving Kona has to offer.Book Now
Check-in at shop at 5:30pm, meet at harbor at 9pm.
25 logged dives including 2 night dives, and at least 1 night dive with Big Island Divers within the last 30 days.
Snacks, refreshments, towels, dive tanks, weights, a dive light, and blackwater education.
Can I book online? Why can’t I book the black water dive online?
Yes! Please use any of the ‘Book Now’ buttons to book online via FareHarbor. We ask you to call to book the manta and blackwater charters, due to dive prerequisites
What will I see on the dive/what is the dive site like?
The Blackwater dive takes place in about 3,000 feet of water 2 to 3 miles offshore. Descending on a 45 foot cable, you will be surrounded by larval stage creatures that only surface at night to feed. On occasion, there are larger creatures swim through our lights.
How long is the dive?
The Blackwater dive is approximately 50 minutes.
How long is the charter?
Blackwater launches between 9 and 10pm and returns around 11:30pm. When participating in the Manta/Blackwater Combo, the Manta charter launch time can vary seasonally between 4 and 6pm, and will return between 8:30 and 10pm; then the Blackwater will depart.
How long is the boat ride?
For the Blackwater dive we travel approximately 2 to 3 miles offshore so the boat ride is about 30 to 40 minutes.
What should I bring on the boat?
For night charters, we recommend bringing something warm for the ride home, as it gets chilly when dark. There are dry storage areas on each of our boats. If you’re bringing your own dive gear, our crew will set it up, but we recommend a mesh gear bag to keep everything organized. Cameras are allowed (and encouraged!) and we have freshwater rinse buckets. Ultimately, we recommend bringing as little as possible on the boat, as space can be limited.
How big are the dive groups?
The Blackwater dive is limited to 6 participants.
How big are your boats? Do they have bathrooms?
We have several boats. Our largest three, the Honu Iki, Kahanuola, and Moana’olapa are each 36’ dive boats that can accommodate up to 18 guests. The Moana’luu is a 28’ dive boat, and the Nai’a is a 27’ RIB for snorkel and whale watch charters. Our larger boats (the Iki and Kahanuola) have marine heads.
How do I get back on the boat?
All of our vessels have marine ladders that you climb to get back on the boat. If you are diving, you may remove your gear in the water and our crew will bring it aboard. On some of our boats, it is required that you remove your gear in the water.
May I check in for my charter earlier in the day?
Yup! Our shop is open from 8am to 6pm, every day. You can stop by anytime before your charter to check-in. For some morning charters, it is required that you check-in the day before. If you do check in between 10am-1pm, we offer a 15% discount on any merchandise in our retail shop.
If I’m staying in Waikaloa how long is the drive to Kona?
If you’re staying up north, the drive takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Certain times of day have particularly bad traffic, and the road to Kona is currently under construction. Please call us if you’re curious what drive time is like from other parts of the island.
Can I check in at the boat, or do I need to come to the dive shop?
We require guests check-in at our shop for gear fitting, waivers, directions, etc
Can I bring a camera? Do you rent cameras?
Big Island Divers does not rent GoPros or other camera equipment. You are welcome to bring and use your own camera on any of our charters. We ask that when using pole mounts with your underwater camera that you be respectful of sea life and do not touch, harass, or damage any animals or other marine life with your camera equipment.
For guests who just want to enjoy the Manta Night Charter experience without worrying about camera equipment, the [Manta Ray Advocates](http://www.mantarayshawaii.com) group offers HD DVDs and Blu-Ray videos of your Manta experience.
How much should I tip?
If you enjoyed your time with us gratuities are greatly appreciated. Most guests leave around $20 per person.
How long do I need to wait before I go over Saddle Road / to Mauna Kea / Volcano Park / on an inter-island flight?
PADI’s recommendation for flying or driving to altitude after diving within the No-Decompression Limits (regular recreational diving) are: Single dives - A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested. Repetitive dives and/or multiple day dives - A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.
Do you offer transportation / pickup / shuttle service?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any transportation services between local hotels, our shop, or the harbor. Guests are required to come to the shop to check-in for their charters, we will provide a map to the harbor, and guests will drive themselves up to the road to the harbor for boat launch. The harbor is about 3 miles away from our shop. There are several taxi services in the Kona area, and we recommend Kona Taxicab at (808) 324-4444.
What if I can't find my dive card?
Proof of certification is required for all SCUBA dives- no exceptions. If you cannot find your dive card, we may be able to look up your certification in your dive agency's online database. Please call our shop directly to verify that we are able to locate your certification prior to your arrival. If you do not have your certification card, a photo ID will be required upon check-in or we are not able to allow you to dive.
Is the water rough?
Ocean conditions are unpredictable and can change quickly. Summer months tend bring warmer and calmer waters, while winter months can bring large northerly swells. If your charter is cancelled due to unsafe ocean conditions our staff will make our best efforts to reschedule you. You will not be charged for any charters cancelled by Big Island Divers due to weather. We do not cancel for rain showers.
Is the water cold?
During the summer months the water warms up to about 80-83 degrees F. In the winter months the ocean temperature cools down to 75-77 degrees F. Most of our guests are comfortable in a 3mm full wetsuit while diving, but we also offer 5mm full suits as well as 3mm springsuits in our rental locker.
Will I get seasick?
Even when ocean conditions are flat and calm you may still be susceptible to feelings of seasickness. In our experience, being on the water at night tends to enhance your sensitivity so if you are at all prone to motion sickness you may consider taking an anti-emetic such as Bonine or non-drowzy Dramamine before your charter.
“I've wanted to do this for years and it was as amazing as I had hoped. We were in the water for 45-60 minutes, with mantas right beneath us nearly the whole time, gracefully looping and over and over, often coming within a foot (or closer!)”Read our reviews
To book a charter, please call our shop at 808-329-6068 or fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch!