Fair Wind Snorkel Tour Kealakekua Bay

Fair Wind - the Big Island's most popular snorkel tour

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour Kealakekua Bay

Fair Wind at Capain Cook Monument - the best snorkel spot in all of Hawaii

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour Kealakekua Bay

Amazingly crystal clear water for snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour Kealakekua Bay Captain Cook Monument
Fair Wind Snorkel Tour easy access to water

Wide steps on both sides provide easy ocean access from the Fair Wind

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour 10 foot waterslide

The Fair Wind offers a fun 10 foot water slide that kids of all ages love

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour 10 foot waterslide

The end of the Fair Wind water slide drops you straight down to the ocean

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour waterslide

The Fair Wind provides fun and adventure for the whole family!

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour Kealakekua Bay crystal clear water

Come on in! The water is beautiful!

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour Kealakekua Bay colorful tropical fish

Colorful tropical fish are everywhere

Fair Wind Snorkel Tour dolphin encounter

Dolphins are frequently spotted along the Kona coast.

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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!

General Information
Morning Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9am. (Daily during peak periods)

Afternoon Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday all year; daily during summer months

Duration: AM – 4.5 hours. PM – 3.5 hours.

Check In: Fair Wind Cruises office at Keauhou Harbor located at the end of Kamehameha III Road about 10 minutes south of downtown Kailua-Kona.

GPS: Parking lot is located across the street from 78-7106 Kamehameha III Road, Kailua-Kona, HI Click to view map

Tour includes:  Morning tour – breakfast and lunch with a new plant-based vegan menu. Afternoon tour includes snacks and fruits. Beer, wine and assorted beverages are available for cash purchase during the last hour on-board both tours.

Gear Provided: Snorkel gear including masks with built in prescription, underwater view boxes, inner tubes and other flotation devices.  They also offer reef friendly sunscreen at check in and on board.

Restrictions: Not wheel chair accessible. Passengers need to climb 4 stair steps to board the vessels, so each passenger will need to be able to cross the threshold under their own power.

What to Bring & Wear: Swim wear, towel, sun-protection and a light cover-up or jacket

Vessel:  60-foot aluminum catamaran with two 15-foot water slides and a dive platform

Capacity: 106

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event. 72 hours for parties of 10 or more.

Payment: The tour cost is charged by Fair Wind Cruises at the time your reservation is confirmed with their office.

fairwind snorkel tour
Snorkel in amazingly crystal clear waters
Colorful tropical fish
Spend the day with colorful tropical fish

CFair windruise Ship Passengers

The Fair Wind is available for cruise ship passengers whose itinerary shows a 7am arrival in Kona, but this schedule is rather tight. A cab ride of 10-12 minutes from the cruise ship dock in Kona is required. Check-in time is 8:30am. Kona is a tendering situation, so ample time is required to make it to shore. Fair Wind recommends that cruise ship passengers take their sister ship the Hula Kai instead.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

My wife and I snorkel a lot … and it takes a lot to impress us. We own our own sailing catamaran, so we are used to going to places that aren’t crowded and where the snorkeling is excellent. Whenever we go out on snorkel tours on the Big Island we are treated to conditions that we are able to find on our own boat –  great reefs and uncrowded snorkeling.

The Fair Wind is an excellent trip.   If you have never been to the Big Island before, I would say that my first choice would be to go out on the Fair Wind so you can snorkel beautiful Kealakekua Bay. If you’ve been there and done that before, then a trip on the Hula Kai is a must! You’ll see far more of the Kona Coast than you ever imagined!

For those who want to go out on the Fair Wind II but you absolutely cannot go in the morning because of a convention or other commitment, they also operate a slightly scaled back and slightly less expensive afternoon trip at 2pm. This tour is based upon demand, so it may not be available during off-peak times of the year. Call us toll-free at 1-877-678-7333 to check availability.

If you are a cruise ship passenger and your boat arrives in port at 7am, you have ample time to make the check-in for the Hula Kai and this is the tour that we recommend for you.  For our clients staying in the Waikoloa area, including the Hilton, Marriott, Fairmont Orchid, Hapuna Prince, etc, the Waikoloa Snorkel Sail is an excellent choice. Since this tour departs from the Waikoloa area it saves you the 40-minute drive into Kona town and it will take you to snorkel destinations that are difficult to access from the shore.

Other snorkel options include Captain Zodiac Rafting, Dolphin Snorkel Swim, Manta Ray Night Snorkel, and Private Snorkel Charters.