Diving with Mantas in Kona, Hawaii

In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to share a video I shot during our dive with Mantas in Kona (Hawaii).

It look me a lot longer than expected to get up the learning curve on video editing and after many hours of pulling my hair in front of the computer and getting little sleep, I  gained a healthy amount of respect and envy for those who do it so well on a regular basis.

At the beginning of the dive there were quite a few divers in the water and you will see there was a lot of light. As the divers from earlier boats left, the water got considerably darker and with less light available, the mantas moved closer to us.

You will see a lot of plankton in the water attracted by our flashlights (the little squiggly things that look like bugs) and that is basically what the mantas were after- dinner!

As the mantas came closer and closer, they caused a significant disturbance in the water current, so you will see that in the video as well (shakes). A few came so close that I got “brushed” in the head a couple times by a wingtip and at around 3:15, one gigantic manta came so close that I had to duck to avoid getting hit. It was totally my fault though, I had my flashlight way too low.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I will give fair warning:

  • This is my first video ever and it’s very, very bad.


  • You will never get back the 5 mins of your life that you spend watching it.

(Long pause)

Now if you are still watching it anyway – you, masochist you – then a big thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Without further ado, here it is.

Happy Xploring!

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