Deluxe Kona Coast
Snorkel & BBQ Cruise
Hula Kai Vessel | 5-hr Cruise | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*Minimum Age: 7 Years
- Hula Kai Vessel
- Tropical breakfast buffet
- Grilled BBQ lunch
- Two unique snorkel destinations
- Abundant marine life viewing
- Spectacular shoreline scenery
- Historical overview of sights while cruising
- Snorkel Gear & Instruction
- Various Flotation Gear & View Boxes
- Stand-up Paddleboards
- Cash bar (beer, wine, soda, juice, water)
- Sea Rockets
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 instruction. Guests are served breakfast of farm 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 angus burgers, teriyaki chicken tenders, vegetarian garden burgers, tossed salad, and pasta salad. 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, sunscreen, sun hat, etc. *Minimum age limit for this cruise is 7-years old.
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
Captain Kurt Bell and his crew were exceptional! Jeremy was on top of his game, I love, love this tour!!!!
My husband and I went out last Wednesday for the morning BBQ cruise and had a great time! We've been on the Fair Wind at least a dozen times, and we will definitely be back at least a dozen more! We always have so much fun on the boat, we love the crew (the office staff is great too!). If you go make sure you do SNUBA with Rebecca! She is amazing!!!!!!
This was an amazing experience from start to finish. The ride to the snorkel destination wasn't too long of a ride. We were able to be in the water for at least 2.5 hours and eat lunch all while being able to observe the beauty we were surrounded by. We will be using this company again!
We went on our first trip to Hawaii and all I can say is I love the quality of the locations and the professional and knowledgeable staff.
We went on the Fair wind 3 and it was awesome as always. There are always lots of fish and the food is great!
Great experience but a bit crowded. Certainly a good way to get out there and enjoy the water but I'd likely do a smaller tour next time. All in all great crew, great boat and a fun time.
I couldn't be more thrilled with this experience! The boat, the Hula Kai, was awesome, fast, spacious, smooth & comfortable! The crew was amazing, friendly, professional and yet casual. The food was delicious and abundant! The snorkeling, swimming, diving off the boat, sight-seeing ... just WOW!!! We will definitely do this again!!!
We had a wonderful experience on the Fair Wind II for a morning snorkel cruise. The boat was comfortable, with good views and lots of shade, and not overbooked. We were inexperienced snorkel WRs, and learned everything we needed to know to have a great time. The food wa good, the guides and crew were outstanding. I was impressed with the company's sustainability outlook. All of the plates, cups, flatware was composrable. We were encouraged to reuse our cups. We were instructed to respect the natural surroundings, and when some kayaker from another touring company, she either were not properly instructed, or felt somehow entitled to ignore instruction, were standing on the reefs (!!!), our crew politely but authoritatively provided instruction.
Kealakekua Bay is astonishingly beautiful, and Fair Winds is a wonderful way to experience this.
This is my #1 tourist activity on island! I tell everyone that asks & all my guests! It's a fabulous time w/ the most bang for your buck! The crew is very friendly, knowledgeable, & their customer service rocks!! My favorite part? Their homemade pickles w/ the BBQ lunch!! Awesome! You can't go wrong!! Aloha!
Mitch, Fletcher, Pua, and group were awesome! Mahalo nui loa. The ride out was beautiful. The snorkeling was other worldly. There were fish everywhere. The Snuba was great. Thanks Rebecca! Lunch is provided and it was ono! Not to be mistaken with the fish. But speaking of Ono, our boat caught a huge Ono on our way back in. I would recommend Fair Winds to everyone! Aloha!
We have had the pleasure of using Fairwinds for all of our snorkel expeditions (5x, and again coming in Sept!!)
every time we come to Kona!! We have never been disappointed-great team, great service, great snorkelling!!
This was the best snorkeling adventure I've had. Everything is well organized, you don't have to stress about finding a spot because it's not packed, the crew is friendly and helpful, and the food was fantastic. My 11-year-old son Jack said this was the BEST part of our vacation-even over swimming with the dolphins. It's worth every penny we spent and we can't to come back. The slides and high dive were a great thing to keep him entertained and the snorkeling area was plenty big so you didn't feel squished. Great job! We will be back next year!
We left in the morning to go snorkeling around cooks monument! The staff was wonderful and the food was good. This was my first time snorkeling and it was absolutely amazing! On our way back we encountered spinner dolphins who swam right alongside our boat and showed of their skills. We also saw flying fish. This trip was an absolute must do.
Don't miss this amazing trip when on the Big Island. These folks are terrific at what they do. Great food, fun snorkeling, great views. Been 7 times and will add 2 more in September. Make sure you utilize the slide and dive platform like Mike Hamilton and I do!
Very organized. Guides and captain made it interesting. They don't pack the boat to capacity so there's room for all. Food was great with vegetarian selection.
My friend and I had an excellent experience on the Fair Wind II. The boat was spacious and comfortable, the Captain and crew were friendly, patient and helpful. I would highly recommend Fair Wind Cruises to everyone.