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
This was my first time snorkeling and I felt the employee were extremely helpful and kind. They answered all my questions and put me at ease!
I have been visiting The Big Island for over thirty years. I have taken this cruise more than four time. First as a young couple, Then with small children, then with teenagers, and lastly as a free older couple. They exceeded most of my expectations. The morning with them made me feel like i was in a commercial on how a vacation day should feel.
The crew was amazing and very helpful! It was a great night for Manta Ray watching! The Manta Rays were only about 2 inches from our nose! Thanks to the Captain , Zoey, John, Kyle and the fourth on the helpful crew! (Sorry couldn’t remember Captains name)!
In all the years we have come to the Big Island we always make time to go out on the Hula Kai snorkel trips. It is our family tradition to end our time with the best crew and boat on the island. I cannot say enough about the entire staff, all are professional, warm, and make your trip exceptional. The bbq lunch is super, fresh and wonderful burgers and teriyaki chicken. When you work in the hospitality industry you know it is hard to always be “on” with customers, and it takes a great attitude to stay excited about the job. Kurt Bell, the Captain for many years is the best example of “Aloha Spirit”, and represents this company in an exceptional way. He talks to everyone on the boat, and goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. Thank you for the many years providing our family with great memories. I highly recommend the Hula Kai, the other boat, The Fairwind is good for small kids and people who want a less adventurous time on the water.
The crew is amazing! They were very informative and really care about these magnificent creatures. They shared stories, made us laugh and made us feel comfortable. The vegetarian chilli was awesome! We will be back and will do this again with Fair Wind Cruises! Thanks to the wonderful and amazing staff!
Evening Manta Ray snorkel adventure was very professional with a focus on safety. The crew worked hard and really cared about each person having a wonderful experience. The soup and hot beverages were spot on after snorkeling and seeing several manta rays grace us with their presence for a good 15 minutes. A magical experience. The sunset from the ship was an extra bonus.
The Deluxe Kona Coast snorkel & BBQ cruise was exceptional. Again the crew worked hard, very friendly, knowledgeable about marine life, and ever watchful of their passengers. It seemed their highest priority was our pleasure. Breakfast and the BBQ lunch were tasty and well prepared.
The water was crystal clear at both snorkeling locations and we were able to spend enough time in the water. On the way back we caught sight of two whales! A splendid day!
Thank you Fair Wind!
It was unfortunate we did the Mana Ray night tour last night and didn't see anything which isn't the crews fault. When the crew tried a different location to see at least some fish we had half of the boat extremely drunk and they kept stirring up the sand so you couldn't see anything. We were offered another night tour or the afternoon snorkeling tour but our party is leaving before anything can be booked. We aknowelleged they had cost in crew, fuel and food so we asked for a partial refund or store credit and were refused either option. I think something should be worked out when others in the group are drunk and ruin it for the rest of us and we can't make it up because we are leaving the island.
Highlight of our trip for sure! Comfortable boat, great crew, amazing snorkel spot. Best of all, I have a disability that would normally prevent me from snorkeling. But these guys hooked me up with a floatation belt so I could enjoy the reef along with my husband. I cannot thank you enough. ❤️🐟🐠🌺 The pod of spinner dolphins at the snorkel site were so cool!
I had an awesome time. I had never snorkeled before,and they totally made me feel comfortable for my first time!!
Can not speak highly enough of the night manta ray snorkel lead by Fair Wind! Seriously amazing comfort on the boat, fun & informed crew, outstanding gear, delicious after snorkel treats...I mean, they are da bomb! Seeing the manta ray is its own phenomenon, but doing it with such an amazing outfit makes it even richer!
Amazing experience. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to even see a humpback whale and sea turtle in addition to all the amazing fish. Highly recommend to anyone on the Big Island.
We have gone out on the Hula Kai snorkeling trips every time we have come to the big island since 2013. They have always provided a top quality experience. If you are trying to decide on which snorkel trip to take look no further than Fair Winds on the Hula Hai
This was our 3rd time on the Fair Wind Cruise. The snorkeling trips in the past have always been Fun. This one was not. Extremely over priced. Poor service. Seemed to be all about the $$$ and nothing else. No interaction from the crew. They did their job and nothing more. The only cruise I’ve been on that charges for Beer, Wine. Understand not having an open bar and not serving until the trip in. But, ridiculous to charge the price they charge and still expect you to pay “overpriced charges” for an alcohol based drink. I feel ripped off to pay $165.00 per person for what we received. Will not be doing this cruise again in the future. Shop around before you book this trip. Will say lunch was good. No snacks offered on way back into port.
Excellent cruise, took us to a gorgeous spot for snorkeling! Crew was very attentive! Top notch! Very impressed.
absolutely amazing ... well done from start to finish ... even arranged for some dophins to visit the boat on our way back to port!!
went on the morning cruise. and I just have to say ...IT WAS AMAZING!!!! my first time snorkeling and now I'm in love with it. all the staff was very friendly and helpful. the food was amazing and very good. we definitely be come back and doing this again. thank you Fair Wind for a memorable experience.