Our experience with Manta Rays
Known worldwide as the “Manta Man” and “Manta Woman”, marine photographers James L. Wing and his wife Martina have over two decades of Scuba Diving Experience with Manta Rays along the Kona Coast. Their work has been prominently featured in the New York Times, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Honolulu Advertiser in addition to numerous other dive and travel publications (check out the client/credit section). Their marine subjects include whales, dolphins and reef fish, but the Manta Rays are their specialty.
James Wing was the first professional photographer at “Manta Village” in 1991, when a local boat operator started to regularly schedule dives with the Manta Rays at the Keauhou dive site on Monday nights.
In August of 1999, James established the dive site “Manta Heaven”, which has had a record night with 42 Manta Rays! He has seen all the changes over the years. Thousands of happy customers have gone home with one of his videos. Those videos have definitely helped to publicize and transformed the Manta Ray Experience into what it is today at both sites.
Martina Wing did her first dive with the Manta Rays in February of 1998. Visiting Hawaii from Germany, she had no idea what she was about to experience, but was willing to embark on this adventure of “diving at night with big, graceful, harmless fish”. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful and exciting experiences of her life. Martina watched the video James took of the Manta Rays "dancing" over her head that night. She was overwhelmed by all of it, but still managed to place the order for the videotape.
Over the years, James developed an extensive network of contacts with many boat owners who conduct the Manta Ray snorkel and dive excursions. James' and Martina’s "services" always include filming the participants and the beautiful Manta Rays. They then show the video immediately after the activity on a High Definition TV. The imagery in the form of DVD, download and stills are available for purchase for the guests. Other interesting and unique Manta Ray items are available through our online store.
James and Martina dive and film the Manta Rays every night at both locations (“Manta Village” and “Manta Heaven”).
Jim has over 4000 night dives with the Manta Rays. This equals 4000 hours of underwater filming, observing, and chronicling the creature’s behavior. Martina has over 3000 night dives with the Manta Rays.
Both act solely as camera people giving them the freedom to film you with the Manta Rays of Kona, Hawaii.
We invite you to utilize our extensive knowledge about the Manta Rays in Kona, Hawaii, when you make your reservations for this “Once in a Lifetime” Experience.