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Kailua-Kona, United States
Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
  • Snorkel cruise along Kealakekua Bay
  • Snorkeling adventure in the warm waters
  • Huge water silde
  • Dolphin spotting
  • Snacks, fruit and refreshments
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Fruit and snack
Use of inner tubes and other flotation devices
Use of snorkel equipment and underwater view boxes
Tax
Full bar
Hotel pickup and drop-off
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St , 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Check in at the Fair Wind office located on Keauhou Bay. We board the boat promptly 10 minutes prior to departure. The vessel leaves on time and cannot come back to pick you up if you are late. **No refunds or reschedules will be provided for late arrivals.**

1:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Since this Kona snorkeling trip departs from the waters inside of Keauhou Bay, you’re treated to a tour of the Kona coastline before even arriving at Kealakekua Bay for some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling. On this leisurely motor along the coast, be on the lookout for pods of spinner dolphins that splash in the waters near shore, and, if you’re lucky, there’s even the chance they could swim right along and jump by the bow of boat.  

Once you arrive in Kealakekua Bay for 1.5 hours of snorkeling, the crew will assist you with snorkeling equipment and provide expert instruction for beginners. There’s also a selection of flotation devices if it’s easier to float than to swim. Once you’ve swam with the schools of reef fish and explored the colorful corals, return to the boat and splash in the water from the boat’s 15-foot (4.5-meter) water slide. Climb aboard from the very top deck, and drink in the panoramic view, and then go hurtling down towards the water where you’ll land with a smile and a splash.

You’ll also enjoy some onboard snacks such as a selection of tropical fruit, and, on the comfortable cruise back to Keauhou Bay, an assortment of beverages are available for purchase to bring the trip to a close.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides
Our office is located in Keauhou Bay, where Hawai'i's longest-reigning monarch, King Kamehameha III, was born.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve
The pristine tropical waters of Kealakekua Bay are considered the best snorkeling in all of Hawai'i! Captain Cook monument is located within the bay.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fair Wind Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour.

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  • "The snorkel equipment is very easy to use and very comfortable." See review
  • "this is my 3rd time doing this snorkel tour and it is always a great experience." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Worth including on your visit to the Big Island
Bruce_C
, Jun 2022
Great adventure and experience. Saw spinner dolphins, a tiger shark, lots of reef fish, and a manta ray! Fun for everyone!
star-5
So worth it!
Jacqulyn_S
, Jun 2022
I have to say I was debating on whether or not to book a snorkeling tour since there is so much snorkeling along the coast but I'm so glad we did. We saw so many different fish here compared to the many places we snorkeled just off the shore along with getting to see the coral. The kids had a blast going down the slides and jumping off the high dive! The staff was also so great. While they allowed us the freedoms to explore, they had clear guidelines on keeping us and the marine life safe without missing any cool sites. They had some great knowledge about the native animals and local traditions that they shared with us along the way back. My highlight was a pod of spinner dolphins came to see us off at the end of our time there. It was so awesome.
star-5
Memories made in Hawaii
Don_C
, Jun 2022
It was great that all 3 of our granddaughters could go and enjoy this adventure. (Ages 9, 5 and 3) All loved seeing the fish and the ride. This is a tour we will do again on our next trip to the Big Island!
star-5
The best snorkeling /...
anthony_a
, Jun 2022
The best snorkeling / cruise trip company. Made my first time snorkeling in Hawaii very comfortable and entertaining. I would definitely recommend them to my friends and family.
star-5
Like swimming in an aquarium!
slginlc
, Jun 2022
Beautiful snorkeling, fun crew, great time!! Scenic boat ride. Learned a little bit of Hawaiian history too!
star-5
Do it!!! Believe me!
Adriana_G
, Jun 2022
A definite HIGHLIGHT of our trip! Totally worth it! They swim right up to you and do flips! Only regret was not verifying our underwater camera was charged! :( We also took our 11 year old who loved it, too! The workers were so incredibly helpful and knew a lot about Manta’s. They even had names for certain ones. The workers very also helpful to those who needed some “extra love” as they called it while in the water haha
star-5
A perfect trip with an awesome crew!
Bruce_Y
, Jun 2022
The crew, the catamaran, equipment, and experience was amazing! The fish were pretty cooperative as well...not sure how they were compensated. I could not imagine it being a better experience. Even had some flying fish on the way back. Special thanks to the crew...they are the best. You need to reserve your spot on this vessel...you won't regret it!!
star-5
Well worth it
Brenda_V
, Jun 2022
Crew was friendly and location for snorkeling was great. The calm water made it easy even on a stormy day.
star-5
Spectacular, friendly and knowledgeable crew, well organized
Agnes_L
, Jun 2022
It was absolutely amazing. They had everything we needed to snorkel and the boat was very clean. The captain and crew were so friendly. This is one of the most amazing adventures we have experienced!!
star-1
Can’t reach ANYONE, I booked wrong day by accident. Now I can’t get in touch with anyone.,
Jasmin_B
, Jun 2022
NOTHING I just lost $500 for nothing in return. I can’t get in touch with anyone. It’s doesn’t say trip advisor anywhere.
star-5
Relaxing snorkeling experience
Nicanor_R
, Jun 2022
Great variety of fish within the reef and the time allowance for snorkeling. Our granddaughter enjoyed the slide as well!! Great crew!!!
star-5
Great trip!
sandy_o
, Jun 2022
A great experience. Super friendly staff and very helpful. It was a wonderful afternoon on the boat.
star-5
Breathtaking experience
Brittany_D
, May 2022
We absolutely loved the afternoon snorkel tour. Staff was extremely friendly and continued to put safety first. It was about an hour boat ride until we reached the snorkel spot. We spent an hour and 20 minutes snorkeling, going down the waterside, and jumping off the high dive. Trust me that hour and 20 minutes flew by. Once everyone got back on the boat, the crew checked with every party to insure no one was missing . In my opinion, this was great to see. On the hour boat ride back, they provided snacks, and drinks for purchase. My group has never snorkeled before and this was so easy to learn! Our group was ages 19 to 40. This is honestly great for any age. I would 100% do this again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful trip
Cindy_R
, May 2022
Wonderful experience! Would book again when we return to Kona. Lots of fish, some dolphins, and much fun on the boat.
star-5
First time snorkeling for...
Annalyn_G
, May 2022
First time snorkeling for 2 people in our party of 4. We all had a wonderful experience! The Fair Wind crew was awesome and friendly. We saw some beautiful fish and dolphins on our way back to shore. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Awesome experience!!!
Tim_T
, May 2022
We had a great time! All the crew members are nice and super helpful in assisting my mom, wife and 5yrs old daughter in and out of the water. Also seeing dolphins on the way back.
star-5
Awesome family snorkeling
Kelly_K
, May 2022
My family enjoyed the wonderful boat ride with some historical areas pointed out by the crew. The snorkeling was fun and beautiful, all our expectations were met. We will definitely return. I especially liked the steps in and out of the water. Perfect for people who can't climb ladders. I think everyone should experience this!
star-5
Trip on an awesome adventure 👍
Sharon_H
, May 2022
The staff was amazing and I learned to snorkel @ 70 something you’re never to old to learn new things 😃😃😃
star-5
Best Snorkle Trip Ever 💛
Catherine_R
, Apr 2022
The reef and fish were incredible! The boat ride and tour were fantastic and the crew was the best! This was a very relaxing and fun adventure.
star-5
A must do on the Big Island!
Tanya_F
, Apr 2022
Our most memorable experience was snorkeling and see all of the amazing sea life. Doing front flips off the boat was awesome also! The boat’s crew was very knowledgeable and do much fun!

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