Big Island of Hawaii

Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Island-made Sweet Potato Chips & Fresh Pineapple
  • Use of inner tubes and other flotation devices
  • Use of snorkel equipment and underwater view boxes
  • Tax
  • Two 15-Ft. Slides & Dive Platform
  • Full bar
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    Check in at the Fair Wind office located on Keauhou Bay. **Boarding begins 15 minutes after the listed tour check-in time.** - No refunds or reschedule option if you miss the tour due to late arrival. - Street Parking only

Start time

01:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Must be comfortable in the ocean
  • Full face snorkel masks are not permitted on our vessels
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
Really nice experience. Felt safe and informed. The staff was very patient and friendly. They also had a great sense of humor. Perfect snorkeling location with many sea creatures to view. This is my second Trade Winds snorkeling experience. Definitely recommend it to others and will undoubtedly sign up again in the future.


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Good snorkeling
Travis_C, Apr 2024
Was a great time snorkeling, staff was helpful. The snacks were a nice touch. Would recommend it to others
Great family snorkel!
Audrey_S, Apr 2024
Wonderful snorkel cruise! Loved that they have several options to see the coral beyond snorkeling like boogie boards with viewports or just floating in a tube with a floating viewfinder type thing. Though a large group, there was plenty of space and did not feel crammed. Crew was professional and kind. Chill relaxed vibe, not a party boat. Highly recommend!
Family Fun Snorkeling Tour
CATRINA_R, Apr 2024
Snorkeling near Captain Cook’s Bay was an unforgettable experience. We encountered a manta ray, a pod of dolphins, and the reef was bustling with an array of colorful tropical fish! The staff were helpful and very friendly. I highly recommend.
Perfect snorkeling day
Liam_M, Apr 2024
It was exactly what you want from a snorkeling day. The crew was great, the boat was fun, and the location was amazing.
Awesome afternoon snorkeling!
Don_Z, Mar 2024
Our snorkel trip was great. We saw a whale breach, spinner dolphins, and amazing coral and fish! The crew was fantastic, and had all of the gear you need, including flotation devices. This a a must do on the island of Hawaii!
A fair tour at a reasonable price.
James_K, Mar 2024
We saw some good fish. The snacks were average. We needed more choices. We left 45 minutes late!!! We came back on time. Do, not the three hour experience we thought. So add was nice.
Captain Cook snorkel
Ashley_Y, Mar 2024
Very fun trip. The water at Captain Cook is absolutely gorgeous! We were going to book with a different company but decided on this one because it was slightly cheaper…just know that this one does not allow you to go on land to see the memorial.
awesome adventure
Rita_G, Feb 2024
the staff was very informative and friendly. it was cool that we saw spinner dolphins and whales. one member of the team had in depth knowledge on whales.
Best snorkeling tour
Barbie_L, Jan 2024
Captain Cook was definitely worth every penny we enjoyed snorkeling and seeing all the different fish. It is our new favorite snorkeling tour.
Amazing time!
Tim_M, Jan 2024
Captain Tim and crew were amazing! We stopped for a few minutes to watch the whales on our way out to Kealakekua Bay. The crew was extremely helpful and had great tips for making this adventure as enjoyable as possible. 100% would do another tour with this group!
Best snorkeling ever
Barbara_S, Jan 2024
Fabulous afternoon. Captain and crew were knowledgeable and fun. Fish were plentiful. Dolphins and whales on the way home.
Fun and plenty of fish to see!
Celso_O, Jan 2024
Very magical snorkeling experience with the family. Friendly crew. Chill boarding area. Drinks post activity on the way back!
Excellent time
William_B, Dec 2023
Fantastic crew and a great experience. Great snorkeling and fun activities on board. Mt daughter loved it - perfect for kids?
Great experience
Nithin_S, Dec 2023
Amazing experience, they also have a small lessons for first time snorkeling 😀overall cool one , recommended this for inexperienced snorkeler as well
Beautiful day with...
Jodi_H, Dec 2023
Beautiful day with gorgeous views. The staff was excellent and we all had a great time. We didn’t see much other than fish but it was a fun experience.
Great Experience!
Amy_C, Dec 2023
Great boat, great crew, great snorkeling spot! The water was clear and warm. A highly recommended snorkeling experience.
Amazing snorkeling
Jamie_B, Dec 2023
Our family was able to enjoy this wonderful experience together. The fish were beautiful to watch and the staff was amazing! Thanks for our mind blowing experience.
Great trip . The crew...
Denise_A, Nov 2023
Great trip . The crew were really great and friendly. Boat was clean. The snorkeling was amazing definitely recommend
Worth the price!
Liz_T, Nov 2023
Loved the assortment of water toys and flotation devices. Family friendly activity. The slide was wet and so was I! The staff were fun and helpful. The location is top notch! We would definitely do this again!
Wonderful experience!
Keith_B, Nov 2023
Enjoyed a wonderful snorkeling day with family!! Crew was fabulous.. couldn't have asked for a better experience!!

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