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 the 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 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.