Manta Ray Viewing Rules Informational Meeting (Updated 9/9/16)
The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) would like your participation to discuss new proposed rules on the Makako Bay and Keauhou manta ray viewing sites. The meeting will be held on September 24th, 10:30am – 2pm at:
Hawai`i Community College
73-4255 Ane Keohokalole Hwy.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
10:30am-11:30am- Learn about the history of manta ray viewing on the Kona Coast/report on progress to date on regulating the activity;
12:00pm-2:00pm- Tour operator workshop and in-depth presentation of management proposal for manta ray viewing sites.
In recent years, manta ray nighttime viewing has become enormously popular. On any given night, there are far too many people in the water and too many vessels operating in close proximity during peak viewing hours for this activity to be considered sustainable. Action is necessary to protect the resource and to improve safety. The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is working on administrative rules to regulate the Manta Ray viewing areas and establish a long term plan to manage this unique activity. DOBOR invites you to come learn more about this activity and to offer your comments.
“Manta Ray Viewing Boating Operations and Safety Assessment” is available for review (Posted 10/02/15)
- Notice of Public Hearing- Keehi Lagoon Recreation Zones. DOBOR will soliciting public comment on proposed relocation of recreational thrill craft riding zone in public hearing 08/20/15. Draft rule amendment can be reviewed at DOBOR’s Draft Rule Page.
- 07/09/14 – Notice of Public Hearing: Proposed rule amendments for HAR 13-233-26: (Vehicle Parking Rates) HAR 13-256-16: (Thrill Craft Education Requirement)
- 03/02/14 – Notice of Public Hearing: Proposed rule amendments for HAR 13-231, 251, 253, 256