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Snorkel at historic Kealakekua Bay, a site known for incredibly clear water, frolicking spinner dolphins and healthy coral reefs teeming with colorful fish. The Fair Wind II has an exclusive mooring at this beautiful historical bay, where you snorkel within sight of the Captain Cook Monument. Kealakekua Bay was the scene of the first European landing on the island of Hawaii in 1787. Captain Cook died here a few months later at the hands of the natives during an unfortunate skirmish over a dinghy.
The wide steps on each side of the boat provide easy access into the ocean. The water is so clear here that the reef makes the ocean look like you are swimming in a sea of gemstones. How’s this for uncrowded snorkeling??? The reef here is very healthy, the water is very clear and there are lots and lots of fish.
Morning departures are at 9am from Keauhou Harbor, about 10 minutes south of downtown Kailua-Kona. The trip includes breakfast, lunch and snorkel gear. The tour is 4.5 hours long. A cash bar is also available on-board. The vessel has recently switched to a plant-based vegan menu for both breakfast and lunch.
The waterslide on this boat is a lot of fun! It’s a LONG one too … longest I’ve seen on a snorkel boat. It starts at the upper deck, runs to the bottom of the lower deck, and then drops you to the ocean. If you are really in a hurry, there is also a high jumping / diving platform on the upper deck!