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Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

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Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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About Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides
Since 1971, Fair Wind has been the leader in snorkel cruises on the Big Island of Hawaii. Cruises include morning and afternoon tours to pristine Kealakekua Bay aboard the spacious Fair Wind II. Enjoy one of Hawaii's top snorkel locations and site of the famous Captain Cook Monument. Perfect for families of all ages and experience levels. Includes (2) 15-ft waterslides and high-jump platform. *Save 10-15% by booking direct at Fair Wind Cruises official website.
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Tours and Tickets by Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Kealakekua Bay’s clear waters and colorful marine life are perfect for snorkeling: learn how to snorkel on a half day cruise through Kealakekua Bay, the perfect choice for nature lovers. There is plenty of time for enjoying the onboard water slide and high jump platform, which add a dose of family-fun for younger travelers. Plus, a continental breakfast and lunch are included for a seamless experience.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $164.96

Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Spot dolphins, turtles, and schools of colorful reef fish in their natural habitat along the Kona coastline of the island of Hawaii on this Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise. The tour is family-friendly and open to beginners on up, as all snorkeling equipment and instructions are included. All you have to do is to relax and spot reef fish, coral, and other sea life.
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3 hours 30 minutes
from $105.18

Kona Coast Snorkel Tour

Make your boat ride a luxurious experience on this snorkeling tour to the South Kona coast. Theater-style seating, arm and headrests, and both a breakfast buffet and barbecue lunch ensure a comfortable cruise, while high-quality snorkel gear for diving off the remote South Kona coast promise sightings of the tropical aquatic life you came to see.
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4 hours
from $175.16

Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour from Kona

Swim near a manta ray natural habitat on this 1.5-hour night snorkeling tour from Kona. Led by an expert guide, journey five minutes off the Big Island’s west coast where the mantas come to feast on plankton. Dive in the water, and swim in an area known for manta ray sightings. The area is lit by your vessels diving lights, so you can get a clear view even in dark waters. Afterward, dry off, and enjoy warm soup, bread rolls, and hot drinks as you recount your underwater adventures.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $138.60
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Mary B wrote a review Jan 10
Richmond, Virginia291 contributions47 helpful votes
Best adventure we did in Kailua-Kona. I never thought we would see 4 Manta Rays and never believed they would swim so close to us. The staff educated us well and we all felt safe. Having the wet suits definitely helped keep us warm. It was a treat to also have hot chocolate and soup afterward. I was glad they could even describe several of the Rays beforehand, ie: "Amanda with the crocked fin", or the one with a scar that looks like a "7". When I spotted them I was even more excited.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Kelsey wrote a review Jan 10
Los Angeles, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
Had an enjoyable morning trip with this company. The staff on the boat were fantastic, as was the food. A couple things to note: -Parking on-site is difficult and confusing, as several tours leave from the same small parking lot. You might have to park along the nearby street. Plan in time for that -The snorkel gear given is a little older and not ideal (a lot of water splashing into the tube, etc). Gear is sanitized after use, which we could see and appreciate. But if you have your own, or your rental property offers masks, use theirs -We did a SNUBA experience. The experience itself, as well as the guide, were excellent. While Fair Winds offers snuba on their website, it's actually run by an external company and Fair Winds won't give you much information on it in advance (we had to call to find out how to book it). You'll also need to bring payment for the SNUBA experience on the day. On the plus side, boat staff overall were excellent and did their best to try and keep COVID regulations in place. Better than some of the other guests, at least. It is an opportunity to snorkel an area that's difficult to reach by land. And sunscreen is plentiful throughout the boat!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Mike S wrote a review Jan 7
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Awesome trip!! Boat staff was incredibly friendly and attentive, made us feel welcome. Great snorkeling experience including dolphins, humpback whales, and great food. This is our second trip with fair winds, and we’ll definitely be back!!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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TulareSue wrote a review Jan 3
Kona Hawaii23 contributions15 helpful votes
Our family of six adults took this snorkel cruise January 2 as a Christmas present, and we had a blast! The staff was upbeat, fun, patient and helpful, and the safety aspects were all covered very well. Crystal clear waters with an abundance of sea life combined with the encouragement of the water guides made it comfortable for all of us to participate, including one in our group who couldn't even swim. The food was really delicious and we so enjoyed our time. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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ewg123 wrote a review Dec 2020
chicago, IL19 contributions16 helpful votes
Our family really enjoyed this cruise. We typically go out on large catamarans but this boat had more to offer. A smooth ride and slides and a high dive. The food was also healthy and delicious. Friendly and informative crew. Had a great time!
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