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 today with dolphin and false killer whale sightings! Loved the high dive and slides!! Great crew! We will cruise again for sure!!
I'd say FairWind Cruises is one of the top 5 things to do while you're on the Big Island. The staff is awesome, and the food is great!
We had an awesome trip on Saturday 9/15. The snorkeling spots were amazing. We've lived on the island for 4 years and got to see the coastline from a different prospective. Our last snorkeling spot Rob's Ridge was remote and absolutely beautiful. We had a great breakfast and the lunch was delicious. The crew was perfect. Always available and making sure everyone had what they needed. The water sports available on this cruise are above what we're use too. I look forward to going again very soon.
So happy we went with this company! Great staff, amazing snorkel area, good food, and nice boat to go on! Nothing bad to say!
We love the Fair Wind cruise. This is probably our 10th time going out with them. We try to go out each visit here to the Big Island and have brought many different friends and family members through the years. Staff is always awesome, fun and professionally. Captain Cooks is a prime spot for its beauty, all the water life and protected for the best snorkeling. I highly recommend them. Top score on scale for us!
The staffs there are very professional and considerate. Before snorkeling, they also made sure if I wore the equipment properly, oh by the way, they also provided free snorkeling class in the beginning, which is awesome for the snorkeling beginner like me. They did deserve 100% customer satisfaction from me
First class act all the way around. So much fun and gorgeous snorkeling and scenery. I miss it... a lot!
This trip is worth every penny! The crew is kind and attentive, the captain is informative and thoughtful, and the food and amenities are top of the line. Our family of four had a life changing experience on this trip yesterday and we can’t stop talking about and sharing the moments we had with our friends and family. Diving off the top of the boat, sliding down the slides and snorkeling in the most crystal clear bay I have ever seen was amazing. There were so many fish and even four spinner dolphins cruising the bay. The boat is extremely clean and well maintained. The gear they provide is excellent quality. The bathrooms are spacious and comfortable. All you need to do is show up in a bathing suit. Everything else you will ever need is included and provided by the boat and crew. Take this trip, you will not regret a second of it!
Highly recommended cruise to Kealakekua Bay! We were late due to traffic and they waited for us which was super nice based on the fact that the boat was loaded and ready to board- we are thankful for that!! the crew was amazing, helpful and the safety standards were highly kept. Our daughters had the chance to snorkel in the clear water of the bay and see beautiful fish that you see only in aquariums... We had great fun.
Awesome cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Food was great, both breakfast and lunch. The grandkids saw lots of fish and two eels - loved the snorkeling and slides off the top deck. Crew was terrific! Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. No negatives at all! Thank you for a memorable day for three generations of our family.
The only choice for experiencing the scenic Kona Coast and magnificent Kealakekua Bay! Top notch crew, flawless safety standards, spacious seatings, and all around fun for everyone! Thanks for being the constant best choice!
Great cruise! Very professional and friendly staff! Great for kids and adults! We had a great time!!!
This was one of the best Snorkel trips I’ve been on. The crew was very nice and the food was great! We tried Snuba for the first time and Mike, our guide, was excellent. He made my husband I feel comfortable, answered all of our questions, and guided us to all the great spots so we could get up close and personal with the sea life. It was a wonderful experience! I definitely recommend Fair Wind Cruises!
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!