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
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.
Awesome Staff, Safe, friendly & professional. And yes they actually had vegetarian burgers for the barbecue lunch they provided. Highly recommend for all ages.
This was awesome!! Great crew! Safety conscious! My husband & I loved snorkeling trip!! Highly recommend!
Me and my friends went out on the morning ride. The snorkeling here was AWESOME!! The crew was all very caring and personable, Captain Curt was super nice and informative! The whole experience made it our best day in Hawaii by far!! Mahalo!
We were a party of six with boys 11 and 9. The snorkeling was great, we had breakfast snacks and lunch included. The crew was informative, attentive, convivial. The boat spacious enough to allow comfortable seating and group cohesion. The boys also enjoyed the slides and viewing boxes. Should return I would choose Fair Wind again.
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.