Morning Kealakekua Snorkel & BBQ Cruise
Fair Wind II Vessel | 4.5-hr Cruise | 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
*Child: 4-12 Years | Toddler: Under 4 Years
- 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
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.
Awesome Staff, Safe, friendly & professional. And yes they actually had vegetarian burgers for the barbecue lunch they provided. Highly recommend for all ages.
This was awesome!! Great crew! Safety conscious! My husband & I loved snorkeling trip!! Highly recommend!
Me and my friends went out on the morning ride. The snorkeling here was AWESOME!! The crew was all very caring and personable, Captain Curt was super nice and informative! The whole experience made it our best day in Hawaii by far!! Mahalo!
We were a party of six with boys 11 and 9. The snorkeling was great, we had breakfast snacks and lunch included. The crew was informative, attentive, convivial. The boat spacious enough to allow comfortable seating and group cohesion. The boys also enjoyed the slides and viewing boxes. Should return I would choose Fair Wind again.
Awesome morning snorkel cruise. We will go again next visit to the Big Island. Wonderful food, the best crew and we saw dolphins, manta ray and two whales as a bonus. Safe and fun! Highly recommend.
During turbulent winter beaches, Fair Winds provides the perfect snorkeling solution! We took the smaller boat (Hula Kai) with Captain Mitch! Excellent boating, breakfast, snorkeling (twice)and barbecue lunch experience!
Second trip...highly recommend! ��
Absolutely a marvelous trip. Beautiful coastal scenery and snorkeling at a State Park coral reef near Captain Cook Memorial. I would highly recommend this.
Best manta ray dive, customer service was outstanding
Review of: Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona
We can not thank the crew enough! The couple we were with had been on the big island multiple time and had never done this. We had a splendid time. The crew was awesome. Kudos to both crews as we went on a half day snorkel and scheduled a manta Ray night dive the following day! 5star to Cory and his crew
We booked this event for 5 people 2 months in advance. Only to be contacted 2 weeks prior to our family vacation that another group wanted it that day so they cancelled us in order to accommodate the new group. Totally unprofessional.