Snorkel Cruise to Kealakekua Bay on Fair Wind II

Kona
Fair Wind II boat with snorkelers

Highlights

  • 4.5 hour boat cruise to Kealakekua Bay for world-class snorkeling and swimming in clear calm water
  • Opportunities to spot dolphins and whales
  • Spacious catamaran includes 2 water slides, high dive platform, 2 restrooms, shaded seating, and easy entry into water
  • First-rate snorkel gear included, plus flotation belts, tubes, young children vests and rafts, and snuba (extra cost)
  • Abundant breakfast and BBQ lunch (cooked on the boat)
From
$139 per adult
  • Departs 9:00am
  • Duration 4.5 hours

Overview

Kealakekua Bay is widely known as the best snorkel spot on the Big Island and one of the best in Hawaii. On this 4.5 hour cruise, you will have 2.5 hours for snorkeling and swimming in the calm warm waters of this protected bay, filled with tropical fish and often frequented by dolphins. On the spacious Fair Wind II catamaran, sit back with the plentiful comfortable shaded seating, use the thrilling two 15’ water slides and the high dive platform, and enjoy breakfast, BBQ lunch with grass-fed beef burgers, non-alcoholic drinks, and a cash bar. Snorkel gear, instruction, and flotation gear are included, as needed, and snuba is available at extra cost. On this trip to Kealakekua Bay, also experience a historical journey from the birthplace of a Hawaiian King to the place of death of the great Circumnavigator Captain James Cook.

You may also want to consider the luxury snorkel cruise on the Hula Kai, which often also goes to Kealakekua Bay.  A detailed comparison between the two can be found on our snorkeling page.

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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • Spacious and comfortable boat with lots of seating, included shading
  • Only boat that can moor at the Bay which allows it to be stationary while guests snorkel and enjoy the water
  • Morning tours mean calmer waters and clearer conditions, whereas there tends to be more clouds and wind in the afternoon
  • Plentiful amenities
  • 2 large & clean restrooms, one for each gender
  • Easy access to water with wide steps and hands-on help if needed
  • Loads of water flotation devices, including for as young as toddlers, and belts that make snorkeling much more relaxing
  • Specially designed snorkel gear with comfortable and easy-to-adjust fabric (versus typical straps) and soft rubber material against face (minimal pressure and marks)

Location

  • Kona
Guidebook Reviews

Hawaii Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

The Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay is a favorite destination. Snorkeling near the monument is perhaps the best you will find anywhere in the state. If you've never snorkeled before, this is the place to start. Experienced snorkelers will be dazzled.

Fair Wind does a good tour, and people seem to really enjoy this trip.

Fodor’s Guidebook:

Highly Recommended

Excellent snorkel cruises. Great for families with small kids, and known for its delicious meals.

Frommer’s Guidebook:

Exceptional (highest rating)

I love Fair Wind. Located much closer to Kealakekua Bay than other options. Impressively equipped boats.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • One of only six Big Island businesses to receive a Sustainable Tourism Certification by the Hawai’i Ecotourism Association for the period 2014-2016
  • Carefully follows federal law that protect whales and dolphins by not approaching whales closer than 100 yards and dolphins 50 yards (although these creatures may approach on their own)
  • Sunscreen that is safe for the coral reef is provided
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds after 24 hours prior to activity time
  • 72 hours for groups of 10 or more
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • 3% Harbor Tax
  • 3% Kealakekua Bay Tax