Deluxe Kona Coast
Snorkel & BBQ Cruise
Hula Kai Vessel | 5-hr Cruise | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*Minimum Age: 7 Years
PLEASE NOTE: This is an “Advanced” Snorkeling Cruise for EXPERIENCED SNORKELERS ONLY. Participants must be able to swim, must be comfortable in the ocean, and must have prior snorkeling experience. If you are unsure about your ability, it is strongly recommended that you complete one of our Kealakekua Snorkeling Cruises beforehand (Discounts are available for multiple snorkel cruise reservations.)
- Hula Kai Vessel
- Tropical breakfast buffet
- Grilled BBQ lunch
- Two unique snorkel destinations (weather permitting)
- Abundant marine life viewing
- Spectacular shoreline scenery
- Historical overview of sights while cruising
- Snorkel Gear & Orientation
- Limited Flotation Gear & View Boxes
- Stand-up Paddleboards
- Complimentary “reef-safe” sunscreen
- Cash bar (beer, wine, soda, juice, water)
- Sea Rockets
- SNUBA (Limited space, please call for availability)
All Guests are asked to read, acknowledge, and adhere to our ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE FOR SNORKELING
Discover remote locations as unique as the vessel that gets you there. Hula Kai is an exciting, yet truly relaxing experience! This 5-hour cruise departs daily from Keauhou Bay, the birthplace of Hawai’i’s longest reigning Monarch, King Kamehameha III. During the cruise, experience a scenic Hawaiian cultural journey with fascinating historical stories while viewing significant sites including the place of death of the great Circumnavigator Captain James Cook at Kealakekua Bay, the last battle stand at Kuamo’o Battlefield and the Royal Holua Slide, the largest and best preserved in the state, and a historical landmark.
The Deluxe Kona Coast Cruise includes two unique snorkel destinations (generally Pali Kaholo, Red Hill, or possibly Kealakekua Bay), standup paddleboards, snorkel gear, and orientation. Guests are served breakfast of fresh hot egg frittatas, croissants, yogurt & granola, tropical island fruit, 100% Kona coffee grown on our estate farm, herbal tea, and juice. Our hearty barbecue lunch includes Hawaii raised grass-fed beef burgers, teriyaki chicken tenders, vegetarian garden burgers, pasta salad, and tossed salad with homemade salad dressings. Additional options available for purchase are SNUBA, Sea Rocket tours, and a cash bar.
The Hula Kai departs Keauhou Bay at 9:30 am, returning at 2:30 pm. Check-in at 9:05 am. Bring towels, reef-safe sunscreen, sun hat, etc. *Minimum age limit for this cruise is 7-years old.
*NOTE: Our vessels are reef safe zones, and we do not (allow/ condone) the use of non reef-safe sunscreens. Complimentary environmentally-friendly “reef-safe” sunscreen is provided for our guests (available at check-in and aboard all vessels).
South Kona Snorkel Destinations
Our Deluxe South Kona Cruise features two unique snorkel locations along the stunning South Kona Coast, with Turtle Rock often selected as one of the sites. Encounters with Pyramid Butterfly fish and green sea turtles are common in this area. Several other incredible snorkel locations are utilized at the Captain’s discretion based on daily water conditions. These areas include the Red Hill region renowned for its various reefs, rock formations, and abundant marine life – and also Pali Kaholo which is located approximately 10-miles South of Kealakekua Bay (which is occasionally utilized as well).
What others are saying
Awesome morning snorkel cruise. We will go again next visit to the Big Island. Wonderful food, the best crew and we saw dolphins, manta ray and two whales as a bonus. Safe and fun! Highly recommend.
During turbulent winter beaches, Fair Winds provides the perfect snorkeling solution! We took the smaller boat (Hula Kai) with Captain Mitch! Excellent boating, breakfast, snorkeling (twice)and barbecue lunch experience!
Second trip...highly recommend! ��
Absolutely a marvelous trip. Beautiful coastal scenery and snorkeling at a State Park coral reef near Captain Cook Memorial. I would highly recommend this.
Best manta ray dive, customer service was outstanding
Review of: Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona
We can not thank the crew enough! The couple we were with had been on the big island multiple time and had never done this. We had a splendid time. The crew was awesome. Kudos to both crews as we went on a half day snorkel and scheduled a manta Ray night dive the following day! 5star to Cory and his crew
We booked this event for 5 people 2 months in advance. Only to be contacted 2 weeks prior to our family vacation that another group wanted it that day so they cancelled us in order to accommodate the new group. Totally unprofessional.
The manta ray viewing was amazing! The rays would glide by only inches from us! So cool to see! Also went to Captain Cook’s Monument to snorkel with Fair Winds a few days earlier. That trip was spectacular as well! Would highly recommend them.
After much research we just booked our 3rd trip on the Fair Wind to K bay in May 2018! For the price and what is included you can't bet them. I can't say enough about this company. Everyone is great here and the snorkeling is amazing. Can't wait to bring the kids and grand kids this time. Mahalo!!
Went deep sea fishing on Captain Jack and Mark and Shawn were our captain/first mate. They done a great job. We caught our bait & we all caught fish. Yellow fin & deep sea amber jack.
Part of our trip for our 25th Anniversary. My wife is a non-swimmer, and was a little afraid at getting in at first. The crew was helpful and friendly. They had plenty of floatation devices and viewing boxes for non-swimmers. Now my wife says it was the best part of the entire trip.
It was my first time snorkeling (other than playing around in a pool as a kid) and I had a great time diving under and photographing the sites.
Snorkelling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu was deeply disappointing and just bland - Thankfully a trip to Captain Cook Monument through Fair Winds rescued my perception of snorkelling spots in Hawaii - Not only is the spot perfection but the crew are very professional, informative, positive, and the BBQ was great too! A fantastic day out on the water.
The snorkeling cruise really was the highlight of our trip! It was my first time snorkeling they really took care of me and made me feel so comfortable! I can’t wait to do it again! The staff is top notch! First class all the way!
Amazing snorkeling AND the best service I've ever had on a tour. The staff was 100% top notch. We went out on 12/14 on the afternoon trip. I am an experienced snorkeler, but several in my group were not. Including my two boys who are 3 and 2. The staff hooked them up with gear (which they thought was amazing!) as well as the rest in our group that didn't have it already. I knew my trip would be a challenge having two little ones, but they went above and beyond for everyone on that boat. We tried several things with the boys before settling on life jackets and boogie boards with view holes in them. The crew was more than accommodating, never making me feel like I was a pain for trying new things. They gave some in my group snorkel refreshers, and offered different services like snuba too. I was able to enjoy all the amazing Reef fish while holding my boys on their boards. They constantly walked around making sure everyone had everything they needed, and provided snacks and juice on the trip (much appreciated after a great snorkel adventure). Well worth the money spent. I did wish there was more actual snorkel time, until I got back in the boat and realized how tired I was. I truly believe the crew of this tour provided the BEST customer service I've experienced in a long time.
Fantastic experience! The whole crew exceeded our expectations. Super nice and friendly. They take care of you made sure you are having a good time, the captain was looking at everyone's safety as we jumped off the boat, gave clear safety instructions. Food was great. Boat was clean. It was worth the money. Thank you for a wonderful experience. ���
Clean boat awesome staff lunch was great really good instructions on how to snorkel bar on boat can’t complain about that would highly recommend this tour over others due to how nice the boat was and how large the boat was and the friendly staff really sealed the deal!!!
Today’s trip was amazing! I’m sure you hear it all the time, but today was truly magical for us! I shared the love of snorkeling with my 3 year old - we even were lucky enough to see an octopus peek out of the reef!! And we had our nanny with us - she had never gone snorkeling before. Your crew was so attentive and friendly and we were thrilled to spend the afternoon on your boat! A million thanks to all!!
By far the best snorkeling cruise on the Big Island. We have been on this cruise every year for the past 7 years, wouldn’t miss the Hula Kai experience!!! Thanks Captain Kurt!