Morning Kealakekua Snorkel & BBQ Cruise
Fair Wind II Vessel | 4.5-hr Cruise | 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Fair Wind II Vessel
- Grilled BBQ Lunch
- Snorkel Equipment
- Snorkel Instruction
- Underwater View Boxes
- Inner Tubes and Other Flotation Devices
- Two 15-Ft. Water Slides and Dive Platform
- Complimentary “reef-safe” sunscreen
- Cash bar (beer, wine, soda, juice)
- SNUBA (Limited space, please call for availability)
All Guests are asked to read, acknowledge, and adhere to our ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE FOR SNORKELING
We offer a variety of water activities on Hawaii’s Big Island all departing from Keauhou Bay, the birthplace of Hawaii’s longest reigning Monarch, King Kamehameha III.
Our guests experience a historical journey from the birthplace of a Hawaiian King to the place of death of the great Circumnavigator Captain James Cook at Kealakekua Bay. In between they will hear stories and view several historical sites such as the last battle stand at Kuamo’o Battlefield and view the Royal Holua Slide, the largest and best preserved in the state, and a historical landmark.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this award winning snorkel cruise to historic Kealakekua Bay, site of Captain Cook Monument. This 4-1/2 hour cruise departs daily from Keauhou Bay and includes 2-1/2 hours of snorkeling at pristine Kealakekua Bay, snorkel gear, instruction, floatation gear, high dive and two 15’ water slides.
Guests are served a tropical breakfast of muffins, egg frittatas, croissants, fresh island fruit, 100% Kona coffee grown on our estate farm, and juice. Lunch includes grilled Hawaii raised grass-fed beef burgers, hot dogs, garden burgers, complete condiments (including homemade pickles), homemade pasta salad, fresh island fruit, chips, cookies, soft drinks, and tropical fruit juice. A cash bar is open during the last hour of the cruise.
Advanced reservations recommended.
Our Morning Deluxe Cruise generally sells-out 3 days in advance, sometimes up to 2 weeks depending on the season.
The Fair Wind II departs Keauhou Bay at 9:00 AM and returns 1:30 PM. Check-in at 8:30 AM. Bring towels, reef-safe sunscreen, sun hat, etc. (storage baskets are available on catamaran).
*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).
*Gluten Free food options are available upon request. Please notify us in ADVANCE.
With its natural wind protection, remote location and designations as an underwater state park, marine sanctuary and site of the Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay is earning a reputation as the best snorkeling destination in Hawaii.
According to Hawaii – The Big Island Revealed, The Ultimate Guidebook, “Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay near the monument is perhaps the best you will find anywhere in the state.”
What others are saying
This will be one of those memories that will last forever! The whole family had a blast! No one wanted it to end! Will definitely make another trip someday!
This cruise was amazing! We had an awesome time and the entire crew was very friendly and helpful. My 12 yr old son who has autism, has some sensory issues, so he couldn’t handle wearing the snorkel gear on his face. So the crew was nice enough to offer him an alternative. It was a floating viewing glass for him to look into while in a tube, and he absolutely loved it! His first reactions were very loud yelling “Oh wow!!! I see the fish!!! That’s so awesome!!!” His excitement was so much fun, and he asked if he could ride this boat every week! Lol. A huge thank you to the entire crew for being so helpful and kind.🤙🏽
All the above 5 star reviews is absolutely accurate! This is the best adventure and tour you will find right here in Kona! It's a must see and do!
Thank you for such an awesome trip today. My friends and I were devastated by not being able to visit the volcanoes but this tour exceeded all of our expectations, from checking in to guidance on the reef and the ecosystems we were surrounded by. The crew were highly experienced and we could not fault them - even if they had opinions against us Aussies �� Mahalo �
By far the best! We do this day trip every time we come to Kona, why the same trip, because it’s simply the best!
The last two times we went out they hooked up on Ono and let my husband reel them in, he doesn’t snorkel but goes for the rest of the family and this fishing time makes it all worth while for him, Thank you! The boat ride is smooth, breakfast and lunch is great, some of the best snorkeling I’ve ever done (they take time with you and will explain everything if it’s your first time) & I can’t say enough about the staff! Ryan was so personable, the customer service seems genuine, the rest of the crew was amazing, Captain is pretty darn funny, and the knowledge the guys had of fish & history of the Islands even impressed my father, and that’s not easy to do.
Keep it up guys! It’s perfect, so don’t change a thing.
Mahalo for the good times and we will see you next time we are out.
3rd trip with Fair Wind Cruises!!!
Gets better every time!!🦈🐢🐟🍹🌞
Mahalo for the wonderful day!!! And see you next year!!
The Brickners 🤙
I have gone on Fair Winds too many times to count and they never disappoint. If you want to do something that your whole family will love and always remember, Book a trip! Great staff. Great food. Amazing memories. Worth every penny!
My first time snorkeling. They had everything a beginner would need but I really didn't need it. The AM cruise was fabulous! Staff took the time to explain everything and they were there if you needed them. Even the RX to match my glasses! Definitely a must do for all! My husband is more experienced and there was plenty for him to explore as well! Something for everyone!
SNUBA was amazing! If you have the chance, do it! Our guide Jay was so wonderful and really made this a fun experience fir everyone. Even one in our group that was a bit nervous. The entire day and experience was the best part of our vacation! Cheers, Tyler Richmond
It was my first time snorkeling and it was amazing! Great crew. Great experience. Highly recommend it
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.