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
This will be one of those memories that will last forever! The whole family had a blast! No one wanted it to end! Will definitely make another trip someday!
This cruise was amazing! We had an awesome time and the entire crew was very friendly and helpful. My 12 yr old son who has autism, has some sensory issues, so he couldn’t handle wearing the snorkel gear on his face. So the crew was nice enough to offer him an alternative. It was a floating viewing glass for him to look into while in a tube, and he absolutely loved it! His first reactions were very loud yelling “Oh wow!!! I see the fish!!! That’s so awesome!!!” His excitement was so much fun, and he asked if he could ride this boat every week! Lol. A huge thank you to the entire crew for being so helpful and kind.🤙🏽
All the above 5 star reviews is absolutely accurate! This is the best adventure and tour you will find right here in Kona! It's a must see and do!
Thank you for such an awesome trip today. My friends and I were devastated by not being able to visit the volcanoes but this tour exceeded all of our expectations, from checking in to guidance on the reef and the ecosystems we were surrounded by. The crew were highly experienced and we could not fault them - even if they had opinions against us Aussies �� Mahalo �
By far the best! We do this day trip every time we come to Kona, why the same trip, because it’s simply the best!
The last two times we went out they hooked up on Ono and let my husband reel them in, he doesn’t snorkel but goes for the rest of the family and this fishing time makes it all worth while for him, Thank you! The boat ride is smooth, breakfast and lunch is great, some of the best snorkeling I’ve ever done (they take time with you and will explain everything if it’s your first time) & I can’t say enough about the staff! Ryan was so personable, the customer service seems genuine, the rest of the crew was amazing, Captain is pretty darn funny, and the knowledge the guys had of fish & history of the Islands even impressed my father, and that’s not easy to do.
Keep it up guys! It’s perfect, so don’t change a thing.
Mahalo for the good times and we will see you next time we are out.
3rd trip with Fair Wind Cruises!!!
Gets better every time!!🦈🐢🐟🍹🌞
Mahalo for the wonderful day!!! And see you next year!!
The Brickners 🤙
I have gone on Fair Winds too many times to count and they never disappoint. If you want to do something that your whole family will love and always remember, Book a trip! Great staff. Great food. Amazing memories. Worth every penny!
My first time snorkeling. They had everything a beginner would need but I really didn't need it. The AM cruise was fabulous! Staff took the time to explain everything and they were there if you needed them. Even the RX to match my glasses! Definitely a must do for all! My husband is more experienced and there was plenty for him to explore as well! Something for everyone!
SNUBA was amazing! If you have the chance, do it! Our guide Jay was so wonderful and really made this a fun experience fir everyone. Even one in our group that was a bit nervous. The entire day and experience was the best part of our vacation! Cheers, Tyler Richmond
It was my first time snorkeling and it was amazing! Great crew. Great experience. Highly recommend it
I’ve been on the Fairwainds five times. The reason, easy, it’s an amazing experience. Everyone is so friendly and they take care of your every need. The snorkeling is amazing and you get a nice BBQ after you’re done. Breakfast snack are provided. They make it easy to relax and enjoy. Thanks for a great trip and I’ll see you next time I’m in Kona! Aloha!
I highly recommend the morning snorkel cruise. This must be part of everyone's trip to Kona. Captain Dante was fantastic. Mahalo!!
Manta Ray night snorkelling was fantastic, these beautiful creatures skim right by you.Staff where very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.
Very friendly people people and they know exactly what they’re doing! Food they serve were great as well! Highly recommended!
It was a great trip, really good crew that where knowledgeable and truly appeared to care. They were prepared for all ages and all types of people.Undoubtably the best permittted boat allowed in Capt Cook cove, period.
I had the pleasure last night of doing the night manta swim with your Hula Kai boat. I just can’t say enough about how great it was! I have said for years that I never could or would jump into the ocean at night to watch 15 foot creatures lurk from beyond. Well, last night all that changed. What an incredible experience it was! I even cried in my mask!! Thank you to the incredible crew on this boat... especially Ryan, the swim lifeguard that checked in with me many times and calmed all my fears. Great night!!
We were there last week. Did quite a bit of research before we went and picked fair wind based on online review. We have done boat and also shore snorkeling in Kauai , Oahu , and big island. I have to agree with what the website was saying this is the best snorkeling on Hawaii islands that we have experienced. The preserve is calm and full of fishes. My husband saw a ray while snorkeling here. Someone else saw a turtle. I was just amazed by the variety and amount of fishes. Truly amazing.
The boat ride is very smooth and we had two hours of snorkel time. Some other tours we did before had way less snorkel time. The staff is kind and helpful. But again every boat tour we did before the staff are all friendly.
If I had enough time I will also do the night snorkel for ray. We did not have enough time and well for next trip then.
A beautifully designed cruise. Fantastic location to snorkel, great coral and fish to view. Very calm waters that also seemed relitivly warm.
Staff was extremely friendly. Went out of way to make us comfortable. Boat was very clean and had nice seating. Very personable captain.
We also enjoyed the high jump and water slides. It was a fantastic adventure.