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Year Established: 1971
Fair Wind Cruises
Located in Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Fair Wind Cruises has been offering snorkel excursions since 1971. We offer two vessels with two very unique snorkel experiences.
Our snorkel destination on Fair Wind II, historic Kealakekua Bay, is without question one of the most relaxing areas for snorkeling - maintaining clear visibility and very calm waters throughout the day. Kealakekua Bay was designated a marine life sanctuary in 1971. Since that time, Fair Wind continues to work with the state as stewards of the area to help educate guests on protecting this marine environment. As a result, you will see a variety of living corals and fascinating fish species. In addition, this area is rich in Hawaiian history and includes the site of the historic Captain Cook Monument. The land the monument sits on actually belongs to England and is the only place you can view British soil while visiting Hawaii!
Our newest vessel, Hula Kai, has been designed and built to accommodate guests who seek the very best in luxury, comfort, and technology. Our Hula Kai cruise offers the advanced snorkeler a way to explore some of Kona's most unique and less traveled snorkel destinations along the spectacular Kona Coast shoreline.
We have taken great consideration in making our cruises available to all skill levels and ages! Our destinations, highly trained crew, and years of experience offer a safe and memorable cruise. We have floatation devices, view boxes, and snorkel instruction available for those needing additional assistance. Plus, our vessels were specifically designed with two custom staircases to make entry and exit of the water safe and easy.
For more information online or to reserve a cruise, please visit our website at www.fair-wind.com. We look forward to sharing the beauty of our island with you!
Join us aboard Fair Wind's luxury vessel, Hula Kai, for one of the most exhilarating experiences in Hawaii.
Mantas are very gentle, no teeth, stingers or barbs. They are simply big and beautiful with wingspans that can exceed 15-feet in width! These "Gentle Giants" visit us nightly to feed on the plankton that is attracted by Hula Kai's bright lighting.
An incredibly fun and safe activity for all! This cruise includes warm soup & bread rolls, hot drinks (tea, coffee & hot chocolate), snorkel gear, wetsuit and instruction. Wine and beer available for purchase after snorkeling. Please bring towel and jacket.
Minimum age 7 years old. Certified dive is NOT confirmed until diver calls (808) 322-2788 to complete dive form and check availabiity. Divers must have dove within the last 1 year, have done at least 1 night dive, not be on medication, and does not have medical conditions. Other restrictions for divers may apply.
Please check in at our Keauhou Bay office at 5:30pm. Cruise departs promptly at 6pm. (May vary dependent on sunset)
Enjoy two snorkel destinations along the Kona Coast aboard Fair Wind's newest vessel, Hula Kai. This 5-hour cruise departs from Keauhou Bay and includes two unique snorkel destinations, snorkel gear and instruction, light breakfast and gourmet barbecue lunch.
Guests are served a tropical breakfast of croissants, egg frittatas, fresh island fruit, yogurt and granola. Also enjoy 100% Kona coffee grown on our estate farm, herbal tea, and juice. The barbeque lunch includes cheeseburgers, garden burgers (for vegetarians), teriyaki chicken, complete condiments, pasta salad, fresh green salad, chips, cookies, soft drinks, and tropical fruit juice.
Our Captains will select the best snorkel destination from many available along the beautiful Kona Coast. One of our favorites is Pali Kaholo where the sea caves and lava tubes are a must see!
Additional options available for purchase are Snuba and a no host bar.
9:30am - 2:30 pm, Please check in at 9:05 am at Keauhou Bay with towels, sunscreen and light cover-up.
Hula Kai minimum age requirement: 7 years.
Cancellation Policy is 24 hours advance notice for a refund. Parties of 10 or more cancellation is 72 hours advance notice. Cancellations received within 24 or 72 hours of cruise date are non refundable.
DIRECTIONS FROM NORTH of Airport to Keauhou Bay (1 hour drive)
Head South toward Kona on Hwy 19/Queen Kaahumanu/Hwy11 for about 33 miles. Turn right on Kamehameha III road and continue about 2 miles. The parking lot is located on the left side just before the road ends at a cul de sac.
DIRECTIONS FROM ALI'I DRIVE (Kailua Kona) to Keauhou Bay (20 minute travel time)
Head South on Ali’i Drive and take a right on Ali’i Hwy. Turn right at Kamehameha III road. Parking lot is located on the left just before the road ends at a cul de sac.
DIRECTIONS FROM SOUTH (Captain Cook/Honaunau) of Keauhou Bay (30-45 minute travel time)
Head North on Hwy 11. Turn left on Kamehameha III road and continue about 2 miles. The parking lot is located on the left side just before the road ends at a cul de sac.
From the cul de sac, walk to the bottom of Kamehameha III and across the sand volleyball court. The office has a Fair Wind Cruises and Hula Kai sign above it and a colorful sail canopy hanging over the yard.
Please come in to check in and be advised that all adults in your party will need to sign in for themselves.
Cancellation Policy: 24 hour cancellation period. 72 hours for parties of 10 or more.