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: Participants must be able to swim and must be comfortable in the ocean with previous snorkeling experience. If you are unsure about your ability, it is 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
Stop letting tourist kill the reef with their sunscreen... Preserve the nature before you don't have a business!
Did the morning snorkel on 10-3-18 and had a terrific experience. Neither wife or I are snorkelers or particularly good swimmers but the crew made us feel very comfortable making sure our equipment fit well and had the proper flotation. So many amazing fish, great crew on the boat and a tasty lunch onboard. This trip was one of the highlights of our two weeks on 3 islands. Mahalo
Every time I go to Kona my brother and I always make our top priority going on a Fair Wind Cruise. The staff are all super amazing, they’re knowledgeable and you can tell that they enjoy their jobs. I highly suggest doing the more expensive of the cruises. Also can say that the lunch you get is amazing as well. Very healthy meals for the most part. If they still make it their Hibiscus tea is highly addictive.👌 The only time I didn’t enjoy myself on a Fair Winds Cruise was when there were baby sharks in Kealakekua Bay and I only panicked for a moment. Someone always asks when I’ve been on a cruise if there are sharks in the water (I asked at first) and the best answer I ever heard was a staff member telling me to dip my finger in the water and lick it. If it’s salty there’s sharks. 😂 You guys are amazing can’t wait to go back.
Great cruise today with dolphin and false killer whale sightings! Loved the high dive and slides!! Great crew! We will cruise again for sure!!
I'd say FairWind Cruises is one of the top 5 things to do while you're on the Big Island. The staff is awesome, and the food is great!
We had an awesome trip on Saturday 9/15. The snorkeling spots were amazing. We've lived on the island for 4 years and got to see the coastline from a different prospective. Our last snorkeling spot Rob's Ridge was remote and absolutely beautiful. We had a great breakfast and the lunch was delicious. The crew was perfect. Always available and making sure everyone had what they needed. The water sports available on this cruise are above what we're use too. I look forward to going again very soon.
So happy we went with this company! Great staff, amazing snorkel area, good food, and nice boat to go on! Nothing bad to say!
We love the Fair Wind cruise. This is probably our 10th time going out with them. We try to go out each visit here to the Big Island and have brought many different friends and family members through the years. Staff is always awesome, fun and professionally. Captain Cooks is a prime spot for its beauty, all the water life and protected for the best snorkeling. I highly recommend them. Top score on scale for us!
The staffs there are very professional and considerate. Before snorkeling, they also made sure if I wore the equipment properly, oh by the way, they also provided free snorkeling class in the beginning, which is awesome for the snorkeling beginner like me. They did deserve 100% customer satisfaction from me
First class act all the way around. So much fun and gorgeous snorkeling and scenery. I miss it... a lot!
This trip is worth every penny! The crew is kind and attentive, the captain is informative and thoughtful, and the food and amenities are top of the line. Our family of four had a life changing experience on this trip yesterday and we can’t stop talking about and sharing the moments we had with our friends and family. Diving off the top of the boat, sliding down the slides and snorkeling in the most crystal clear bay I have ever seen was amazing. There were so many fish and even four spinner dolphins cruising the bay. The boat is extremely clean and well maintained. The gear they provide is excellent quality. The bathrooms are spacious and comfortable. All you need to do is show up in a bathing suit. Everything else you will ever need is included and provided by the boat and crew. Take this trip, you will not regret a second of it!
Highly recommended cruise to Kealakekua Bay! We were late due to traffic and they waited for us which was super nice based on the fact that the boat was loaded and ready to board- we are thankful for that!! the crew was amazing, helpful and the safety standards were highly kept. Our daughters had the chance to snorkel in the clear water of the bay and see beautiful fish that you see only in aquariums... We had great fun.
Awesome cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Food was great, both breakfast and lunch. The grandkids saw lots of fish and two eels - loved the snorkeling and slides off the top deck. Crew was terrific! Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. No negatives at all! Thank you for a memorable day for three generations of our family.
The only choice for experiencing the scenic Kona Coast and magnificent Kealakekua Bay! Top notch crew, flawless safety standards, spacious seatings, and all around fun for everyone! Thanks for being the constant best choice!