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Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

#3 of 201 Tours in Kailua-Kona Features Animals
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2527
+1 808-322-2788
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise
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$138.24*
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona
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Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2527
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+1 808-322-2788
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

The Hula Kai is a great vessel as a platform to explore the south Kona coast. Unique to this vessel was the comfortable seating areas as well as the easy covered areas without losing sea views. Snorkling and lunch grilled on the built in BBQ...More

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Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2016

Aloha Ed, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the Hula Kai Morning snorkel! We will let the crew know that you had a great time!

Reviewed September 25, 2016

This was an epic event!! Kelly was so nice at the front desk made check in easy! The staff, crew, and Captain Kirk really made the trip an event to remember! After getting in the water, you hold onto what looks like a surfboard with...More

Thank RBelove
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha Rbelove! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the Night Manta Snorkel with us! We will let Kelly and Captain Kirk know that you had a great time. Hopefully, we will see you again in the future! A hui hou! (Until next time!)

Reviewed September 24, 2016

The ride to and from the bay was rough. ( not their fault high wind and waves). The snackes was fresh fruit, chips and crackers. water and gauva juice. The bay is worth going to water is clear and lots of fish

Thank travelerfunSeattleWa
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha, Kealakekua Bay is absolutely beautiful and we are happy to have shared it with you! Thank you for your review!

Reviewed September 23, 2016

We took the morning snorkel and BBQ tour on the FairWind II. Even though it is a big boat, and there were lots of people every crew member made us feel like we were their top priority. All of the staff are top notch. We...More

1  Thank Melston
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha Melston, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a thorough review! We are delighted to hear you had a great time! We will let the Captain and crew know that you enjoyed the trip with them!

Reviewed September 23, 2016

We heard from a friend that we HAD to go snorkeling with giant manta rays and they were so right. It is an excursion that you spend the money and get the most amazing experience you will never forget. First off- the Captain, Captain Kirk...More

Thank Tanya G
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha Tanya! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are delighted to hear our night Manta snorkel met your expectations! We will let Captain Kirk and the crew know that you had a great time. Hopefully, we will see you...More

Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

This was a first class trip that lasted about 5 hours. We had a nice light breakfast. Lunch was barbecue style. All the food was fresh and cooked just right. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The ride was smooth and everyone seemed to...More

Thank Vfec
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha Vfec, We are happy to hear you enjoyed the snorkel trip with us! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We will let the crew know that you had a great time.

Reviewed September 22, 2016

My party of 6 went on this cruise and loved it! It was so nice to have breakfast and lunch served, and all levels of help and instruction and equipment right there. The crew was super nice and helpful. The boat was fun and felt...More

Thank janahn875
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha Janahn875 We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the trip with us, we will let the crew know that you had a great time! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review!

Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Captain Kurt (variously know as Capn Kirk in these waters) and his worthy crew have a fabulously outfitted watercraft ideal to deliver an enjoyable cruise to well-protected waters south of Kona. We make it a ritual on all of our trips to the Big Island...More

Thank Gwkman23
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha Gwkman23, Thank you for writing us a review, we really appreciate it! We are happy to hear you enjoyed another trip with us! We will let the captain and crew know that you had a great time and enjoyed the historical information!

Reviewed September 21, 2016

We took the afternoon boat to Captain Cook monument. The crew was so nice and knowledgable. They were helpful, attentive, cheerful, and professional the entire time. We felt so safe and well taken care of! This is a perfect trip for children and beginners, but...More

Thank OceanMonkeyFish
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2016

Aloha! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are delighted to hear you had a great time and that you'd like to come out again! We will let the crew know that you enjoyed the trip! A hui hou! (Until...More

Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

We do this tour each time we come to the big island and it never disappoints. This trip was the best yet! Captain Kurt was very engaged with the guests and full of interesting information about the island. The water was perfect, the crew was...More

Thank AJ C
Johnny P, Public Relations at Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2016

Aloha AJ C! We are happy to hear you continue to enjoy our cruises! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we will let Kurt and his crew know that you had a great time!

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Dayna C
We are considering afternoon cruise but concerned with how many people are on the boat. Do you have a nice snorkeling experience with all those people right next to you? Is the snorkel gear included? Thanks so much!
April 8, 2017|
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Response from Johnny P | Property representative |
Aloha, Our afternoon cruise typically has fewer people than our morning trip. Whether the cruise is sold out or not is dependent on the time of year - any school breaks or the days surrounding any major holiday tend to be... More
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Korri M
Hello. I see that your review said you did the afternoon Kealakekua Bay. I've been trying to decide between the AM and the PM cruise. I heard the morning has more wildlife and fish to view and that it can be a little warmer because afternoons can get a little cloudy. Were you well pleased with the amount fish/dolphins/whales you saw and did you think it was any cooler in the afternoon? Thank you.
February 7, 2017|
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Aloha, Fortunately, regardless of weather, the amount of marine life is the same morning vs. afternoon. Typically in Kona, the clouds roll over the mountain in the afternoon and can cause overcast weather conditions... More
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Michelle M
We're planning a morning snorkel on the Fair Wind II and was wondering if they have lockers to safely store items. On their web page they suggested bringing a camera, but I would be hesitant to bring it if I couldn't lock it up. Thanks in advance!
December 16, 2016|
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Response from Johnny P | Property representative |
Aloha, I'm sorry we do not have lockers. However, we have not had theft issues on our boats. Your items are safest with you on board or left back at your hotel. We recommend not to leave anything in your car. Almost... More
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