Choose from a variety of Big Island snorkeling locations near Kailua-Kona in pristine Hawaiian waters and create memories of a lifetime! Fair Wind Cruises takes snorkelers to Kona snorkeling destinations in Kealakekua Bay, South Kona and Manta Village.
Kealakekua Bay is one of the best Kona snorkel sites on Hawaii Island. 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.”
At Kealakekua Bay, an endless rainbow of blue hues color the water. In the protective embrace of a dark lava shoreline, an underwater world of magic and mystery is revealed. Schools of colorful tropical fish play hide and seek among delicate filigree forests of pale purple, pink and white coral architecture and dark fingers of “pillow lava.” In fact, Hidden Hawaii describes Kealakekua Bay as an “outstanding snorkeling spot with technicolor coral reefs and an array of tropical fish species.”
As the only underwater state park on Hawaii’s Big Island, with no paved roads leading to its sparkling shore, this marine sanctuary boasts pristine water conditions. A dive into the calm water confirms its clarity, where snorkelers enjoy underwater visibility up to 100 feet.
South Kona Coast
PU’U OHAU or “RED HILL”
This large red volcanic cone is named for the type of cinder which it produced. Pu’u – meaning hill and hau, which is a special stone that was soft, porous, and once used for polishing canoes.
Located North of Kealakekua Bay, this great snorkel site is situated between Nenue Point to the North and Keawakaheka Bay to the South marking the boundary between North and South Kona. The top of Pu’u Ohau is Kapu, or forbidden, as it is the ancient burial site of High Chiefess Kamaeokalani, grandmother of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani.
Hula Kai’s Evening Manta Snorkel Adventure takes place at nearby “Manta Village,” conveniently located on the outskirts of our home port – Keauhou Bay. Mantas are one of the largest animals in the ocean and are cousins to the shark. Manta rays are completely harmless to humans.
Join us for an experience of a lifetime snorkeling with these incredible creatures!