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How do the manta rays get attracted?

This trip is offered year-round. Sometimes ocean conditions can spoil the trip, especially in the winter (November/December until March/April). It's a popular tour and likely to be sold out days before, particularly on weekends. 

Crowds

The popular manta tour is mostly sold out even in the shoulder season. Up to 150 people watch this awesome "dinner show" in the sea each evening. Therefore advanced booking is recommended.  Book your Manta tour hereShoulder seasons are: During spring between mid-April to mid-June and in fall from September to November. It's busier during the "Golden Week" in Japan end of April until the beginning of May. It gets very crowded when the Ironman takes place in October. Increasing rates in summer, during Christmas, New Year's Eve and on Independence Day. 

Manta feeding in Kona, Big Island

Weather and Ocean Conditions

In summer the ocean is calmer which is better for snorkeling. In the winter the surf can be higher. The island is drier from May to October. Kona is often cloudy during the summer. Rain can always occur in Hawaii especially late afternoon and in the nights. The reason that the islands have a lush and green vegetation, especially in the east and north on Big Island. The north and east coast gets more rain than south and west which is the leeward side. 

Diving in Winter
  • Hammerhead Sharks can be spotted year-round most probable encounters are in January and February.
  • Whale sharks are more likely to spot between mid-December to mid-January. 
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    The Volcanoes National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Hawaii.

    The Big Island is best visited in the spring or the fall: It's less busy than in peak season, and the weather is pleasant. Read more in-depth tips and 5 must-know things: 1. Weather 2. Season Details 3. Avoiding the Crowds 4. Hiking Without the Crowds 5. Alerts due to seismic activity and monthly updates - scroll down for more information about the partially reopening and what remain closed.

    Weather Overview

    Hawaii is a sunny and warm paradise with very little temperature variation throughout the seasons. Check out the Big Island Weather Guide. There is even less rain in the drier season from May until October. However, it's a tropical climate, and some rain can always occur in Hawaii. That's the reason why the islands have a lush and green vegetation. The north and east coast get more rain than south and west which is the leeward side. Although the temperatures are pleasant year-round, bring a light jacket or sweater for hiking tours in the park. Because it can be a little cooler at the higher elevations, you'll cross while hiking.

    Low Season and High Season

    Fewer visitors in spring and fall: APRIL to EARLY JUNE and SEPTEMBER (after Labor Day) to OCTOBER. However, it's busier during the "Golden Week" in Japan at the end of April until the beginning of May. It also gets very crowded when the Ironman takes place in October. Busy and increasing rates in summer (mid-June through August), during Christmas, New Year's Eve (mid-December until mid-January) and on Independence Day. Months with the highest visitation in general: Mid-June until August and December as well as January.

    Avoiding the Crowds

    Especially the top spots can get very crowded during the daytime, not only in peak seasons. Our top tips to dodge the crowds:

    Jaggar Museum / Crater Overlook remain closed for years
    Almost everyone wants to see the eruptions of the glowing lava lake in the dark/dusk and visit the museum at the same time. That’s why this place gets ridiculously crowded between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. What to do? Split your visit: The museum is open from 10:00 AM - 07:30 PM. Be there first thing in the morning. Then visit the overlook (accessible 24/7) separately in the late evening, after the crowds are gone. You may also visit even later around midnight or early in the morning between 5:00 and 6:00 AM: It’s the most fascinating time to watch the breathtaking glowing lava in the dark, in magical solitude.

    Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku):
    Starts to get crowded around 10:00 AM. Be there much earlier in the morning. Not only parking space is easily available, but the tube is almost empty of visitors when you get there early.

    Kīlauea Iki Trail: remain closed for years
    A truly stunning and scenic but also the most popular trail. Start this 2-hour hike (4 miles) at least between 8:00 and 8:30 AM to avoid sharing the trail with too many others. This is also a good idea in summer before it gets too hot and humid.

    Mauna Loa road and trail are reopened


    Hiking Without the Crowds

    There are many other underrated and less crowded, yet not less fascinating trails. Check out these Underrated Hiking Trails. Visit the official NPS Visiting Tips for additional information.


    Closure Updates / Alerts (Seismic Activity)/ Reopening

    May 2018: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is closed due to the possibility of explosive steam and ashfall at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.
    June 2018: There are still frequently steam explosions and ash fallouts at Kilauea Crater at the end of June. The ash has an impact on most of the island. Earthquakes occurred measuring a magnitude up to 5.6. 
    July 2018: Increasing activity at Halemaumau Crater equally to an earthquake with 5.3 magnitudes. If possible avoid the area around the National Park and the HW 11at the 30-mile marker near Volcano due to road damage. 
    August 2018: Seismic activity can still happen at any time. More than 60 eruptions occurred from May to August. 
    September 2018: On September 22nd parts of the park may be reopened. Anyhow, Kilauea and Mauna Loa Summit remain closed for safety reasons. HW 11 is open despite damages between mile marker 28 to 32.
    Late October 2018: Most of the park got reopened, but eruptions and earthquakes can happen again. Don't leave the marked trails. Stay on the roads for your own safety.  

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