Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou

Hula Kai Deluxe Snorkel passing the Sheraton as it departs Keauhou

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou remote snorkel sites

Explore exotic and remote locations far beyond where other boats go

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou remote snorkel sites

Snorkeling in remote bays with crystal clear waters

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou relaxing on the deck

Sit back and relax in comfortable seating aboard the Hula Kai

Princeville Ranch Zipline guide

Wide steps at the stern provide easy access into the ocean

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou dolphin encounter

Close encounters with dolphins are frequent on this tour

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou Hawaiian green sea turtle

Hawaiian green sea turles are coming back from near extinction

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou colorful tropical fish

Colorful tropical fish are plentiful

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou Sea Rocket

Take an optional Sea Rocket ride ... a Hula Kai exclusive

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou snorkeling in crystal clear water

Or just float at the surface and let the underwater world come to you

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou fast boat

The Hula Kai is one of the FASTEST snorkel boats in Hawaii

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou remote snorkel sites

After lunch the Hula Kai arrives at another amazing snorkel spot

Hula Kai Snorkel from Keauhou upper deck

Canopies on both decks provide ample shade from the hot tropic sun.

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The Hula Kai is the Kona Coast’s newest, most technologically advanced snorkel vessel. This boat uses hydrofoil technology for improved stability and speed, and allows them to access more remote destinations including sea caves and lava flows that are less than 50 years old. Hula Kai is designed and built specifically for the ultimate snorkel and dive adventure.

The boat is equipped with very comfortable lounge-styled seating with arm and head rests. The wide steps on each side of the boat provide easy access into the ocean. A fresh-water shower is available to rinse off when you finish your snorkeling.

Also available as an on-board optional upgrade are Sea Rockets  - underwater propulsion vehicles designed for advanced snorkelers seeking an easier way of ‘free-diving’.  Sea Rockets enable guests the opportunity to cover vast underwater areas in a short time, seeing more extensive underwater topography along with Hawaii’s unique marine creatures including moray eels, octopus, triggerfish, yellow tang and eagle rays.

The Hula Kai is an “upscale” premium snorkel trip. The minimum age is 7 and there is no “child rate” … the tour cost is the same for all participants whether adults or children over the age of 7.

General Information
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday all year. 7 days a week during summer months.

Duration: 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: Breakfast and lunch are included and the vessel recently adopted a new plant-based vegan menu. Cash bar is also available on-board.

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

Restrictions: Minimum age is 7.  Guests need to know how to swim and have previous snorkel experience.  Minimum age to use Sea Rockets is 18 years old. Cost is $25 per half hour.

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

Vessel: 55′ Teknicraft power catamaran

Capacity: 40

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

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

hula kai snorkel tour
Snorkel at in remote bays
hawaiian sea turtles
A pair of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

CHula Kairuise Ship Passengers

The Hula Kai is available for cruise ship passengers whose itinerary shows a 7am arrival in Kona. A cab ride of 10-12 minutes from the cruise ship dock in Kona is required. Check-in time is 9am. Kona is a tendering situation, so ample time is required to make it to shore. If your cruise ship is scheduled to arrive at 7am or is spending the previous night in Kona, this tour will fit your schedule.

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 good on our home island of Maui. 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 reef, and uncrowded snorkeling.

If you’ve been already done the Fairwind Snorkel tour, then a trip on the Hula Kai is a must! You’ll see far more of the Kona Coast than you ever imagined! 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.

We recommend the Fairwind for those who haven’t done a snorkel tour before. 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 the boat will take you to snorkel destinations that are difficult to access from shore.

Other snorkel options include Captain Zodiac Rafting, Dolphin Snorkel Swim, Manta Ray Night Snorkel,