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
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!
A friend and I went out on the Hula Kai Snorkeling Tour yesterday and had the BEST time. It was my first time snorkeling, and the Captain � and crew were great with instructions and support. Great blend of scenic sights and fun facts by the captain. Overall, it was a beautiful snorkeling experience! The food was amazingly delicious. This has been my favorite tour so far and I highly recommend this tour!
We had a blast! Everything was perfect except it was a little over cast and water was not as clear from rain day before.
Very well organized excursion.
Crew went above and beyond!
Beautiful views, clear warm water, saw dolphins play with our boat, staff is super friendly, helpful and willing to serve, there was the right amount of time to relax, eat and snorkel. I definitely recommend!
My husband and I went out with Fair Wind yesterday. This was such an amazing time! On the boat we were offered snuba as an add-on. Do it!!! Our oxygen tank was floating 15 feet above us on an inflatable device, we were attached with a line to it. Rebecca took us around underwater for a half an hour. What an experience! She showed us a baby white tip reef shark, took our pictures, and was an all-around great gal. I highly recommend this excursion while in Kona!!! Everyone aboard was amazing as well!! Thank you all so much for a great day!!