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
Great cruise! Very professional and friendly staff! Great for kids and adults! We had a great time!!!
This is a MUST every visit to Kona for our family. My family has been on this cruise 4 times and 8 for my Dad. The crew of the Fair Wind is amazing! They are very thorough and make sure you feel comfortable during your snorkel experience, no matter if you are a first time snorkeler or seasoned. My daughter said they make you feel Ohana. I cannot say enough how much we love Fair Wind, I would rate this 100 stars if I could. Mahalo Fair Wind!
Fair wind always does a great job. We do their cruises every time we come to the island for the past 30+ years. We did two trips on the Hula Kai this week and both were excellent. We will be back.
We booked based on reviews and as beginners didn't know what to expect. From check in, camera rental, the tour to return this was phenomenal. All staff is friendly, informative and knowledgeable. The boat crew is experienced and service is top notch. The boat is easy to move around on including actual stairs that allow you to simply walk off and on the boat from water. The snorkeling was beautiful and fun with plenty marine life to see. Snacks and drinks on this afternoon ride were provided. We loved it..it was perfect. Thanks again to your dedicated crew!
Went on the Fair Wind II with the entire family to go snorkeling...between the staff, the food, and the snorkeling adventure we were more than ecstatic! I would highly recommend taking a trip with them! Even our 5 year old daughter loved it and that’s all she keeps talking about! Thank you to the entire staff at Fair Wind for making our vacation unforgettable!
This cruise was perfect for my whole family. My nephews (ages 20, 18, 12, and 12) loved snorkeling, jumping off the ship, and going down the slide. My toddler had a blast swinging in the ocean with his cousins. Thanks for the amazing memories.
Absolutely amazing! A huge thanks to our crew! They were all very friendly and helpful. This is rare sometimes when doing adventure tours. I travel a great deal and this is by far one of the best snorkeling trips I have been on! The food was even good. They made it feel like you were on a boat with a bunch of friends having a fun day out on the ocean! The water was crystal clear and there were lots of beautiful fish to swim with. You can’t go wrong on this trip! Mahalo Fair Wind for a trip my stepdaughter and I will never forget!
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!