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
- Cash bar (beer, wine, soda, juice)
- SNUBA (Limited dates, please call for availability)
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 BBQ cheeseburgers, hot dogs, garden burgers, complete condiments, 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, sunscreen, sun hat, etc. (storage baskets are available on catamaran).
*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
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.