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The original Fair Wind trimaran in 1971.

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With its natural wind protection, remote location and designations as an underwater state park, marine sanctuary and site of the Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay is earned its reputation as the best snorkeling destination in Hawaii.

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To celebrate ‪#‎ThrowBackThursday‬ we were reminiscing on a group photo of our staff taken for West Hawaii Today, thanking the community for their overwhelming support in our Kealakekua Bay public hearing in 1991. The support of the community is still greatly appreciated.

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Top row: Frank Rom, Shirley Tanzella, Kurt Bell, Donna,
Glen Craig, Jackie, and Bill Burke

Middle Row: Claudia, Rena, CJ Shaw, Greg Hattleburg,
Lisa Bunge, Dave Winter, Barbara Silver, and Uncle Dada Davis.

Bottom Row: Dee Barnett, MaryAnn Blanchard, Mendy Dant,
Puhi Dant, Kathi Dant, and Danny Horimoto.

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Featured Animal of the Month - Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle "Honu"

There are various species of sea turtles found around the world. However, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) are unique in that they spend their entire lives in Hawaiian waters. Other types of Green Sea Turtles are known to make lengthy migrations from nesting grounds to feeding sites. In Hawaii, it is common to see a Honu sun bathing on a sandy beach.

FUN FACT: The Green Sea Turtle cannot pull its head back into its shell like other species of turtles.

Due to over harvesting, habitat destruction, and human disturbance, the Green Sea Turtle is recognized as a threatened species. The Federal Endangered Species Act protects sea turtles in the U.S. This act forbids killing, harassing, or harming protected creatures.

If you have the good fortune to see a Honu while in Hawaii, please respect its space – never touching them and staying at least 10-ft. away.

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The Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay.

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Snorkel and dive the best coral reefs in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii at Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument. View dolphins, whales, and snorkel or dive with Manta Rays at night with Hula Kai and Fair Wind Cruises!
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Snorkel and dive the best coral reefs in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii at Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument. View dolphins, whales, and snorkel or dive with Manta Rays at night with Hula Kai and Fair Wind Cruises!
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Meet you crew:

Captain - Kurt Bell

Kurt was born in Santa Monica, California. As a child, Kurt and his family spent many years bouncing back and forth from Kona to Los Angeles. After graduating from the University of Redlands, Kurt permanently relocated to Kona and started his amazing family.

Fun Fact: Kurt makes his own Mamaki tea and is also an accomplished guitar and ukulele player.

Those who know Kurt would tell you he is tremendously passionate, caring and widely knowledgeable. We have many repeat guests who revolve their other vacation activities around getting to go out with Captain Kurt.
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The Fair Wind II in the historic marine sanctuary, Kealakekua Bay.

Hawaii boasts some of the finest snorkel and diving locations in the world. In fact, more than a quarter of the marine life in Hawaii cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

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Cheers to the New Year. May it be a memorable one! Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy New Year! #FairWindCruises
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78-7130 Kaleiopapa St Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
78-7130 Kaleiopapa StreetUSHawaiiKailua-Kona96740
(808) 322-2788fair-wind.com
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Award-Winning Snorkel Cruises along the Big Island's South Kona Coast - Since 1971

 

Daily snorkel trips departing from the historic Keauhou bay, the Fair Wind II takes you down the scenic south Kona coast to Kealakekua Bay.  Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook monument, is a protected marine sanctuary. The calm, clear conditions and abundant marine life, create an ideal snorkel experience for any snorkel- beginner or advanced. To add to the fun, the young and young at heart will want to experience the thrill of Fair Wind’s 15-foot water slide and high dive jump.

 

If you’re interested in an even more adventurous day, try Hawaii's ultimate snorkel adventure to remote & exotic destinations aboard the Hula Kai. The Hula Kai's unique Hydrofoil Technology allows for faster speeds and smoother rides than other conventional catamarans. Hula Kai goes where others cannot - providing a unique and rare opportunity to experience Hidden Hawaii. While aboard the Hula Kai, we highly recommend trying our Sea Rockets or Stand Up Paddle Boards.

 

The Hula Kai also hosts a nightly Manta Ray Snorkel. Each year thousands of snorkelers from around the world visit Kona to snorkel with the manta rays. The Kona Coast is one of the best places in the world to get close to and observe manta rays. Their huge 12-foot + wingspans and agile movements are truly memorizing. With no teeth or stingers, they are quite harmless. Manta rays feast on tiny plankton as they swoop down through the water. Experience the giant Manta Rays in first class fashion aboard the Hula Kai.


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"Hula Kai is wonderful for snorkel tour."
"Also tried the snuba, what a great experience."
"Kids loved the slide and high jump."
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Ja Stir
a week ago
My 82 YO mother and I took the Afternoon Snorkel Cruise on the Fair Wind II. I chose it because of the wide stairs that descend into the water for easy entry and exit from the water. We were not disappointed and any way. The only thing I was concerned about was getting on and off of the boat from the dock, but very attentive crew helped us on and off with no problems what-so-ever. I was delighted with the experience and would highly recommend it to all who want a calm and safe snorkle experience. Seeing Capt. Cook's Monument up close was a real treat, as I would never hike or swim to see it in person (way too strenuous). The snacks and drinks were excellent. Abby gave a nice conservation talk with video of different fish and creatures which was very good and educated folks on keeping the oceans clean and saving the sharks, and the like. There were lots of opportunities for "added" entertainment like Snuba, alcoholic refreshment, and DVD of your trip, so if you want those things bring your money. And a tip was requested at the end (to which I said psht, I paid enough!). There is nothing I can suggest to make the experience any better, it was that good! If you want more adventure go on a raft or smaller boat; this was definetly for those with young, old or not so daring people. If the Fair Wind Company does happen to read this I would suggest that you could sell water-proof fish identification cards, T-shirts, books, etc. on the boat to make more money. I would have loved a fish ID card to see how many I could find. Mahalo Fair Wind!!
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Falecia Gospele
3 months ago
Loved loved loved it, I can not wait to get back! The crew was amazing, super friendly. My first time snorkeling was a blast. Also tried the snuba, what a great experience. You have to try this on this boat. They also have a professional photographer/filmer on board for those who do not purchase a waterproof camera.
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fatboy 2k
3 months ago
Hula Kai This is the boat to go on in Big Island. Big/well equipped Capt. Kirk and Diver Dan & the crew are the best. Breakfast and lunch on a snorkeling cruise to two spots one being Capt Cook lasts from 0930 to 1430.
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Duane Hookom
11 months ago
We had a great time. We saw Humpback Whales on the way out and back. There were also saw about 20 Spinner Dolphins near the dive site at Captain Cook Monument. In the water we saw lots of varieties of fish in clear water. The staff was very friendly and informative.
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David Do Van Minh
4 months ago
The Manta Night Cruise is PERFECT ! IMPRESSIVE and MAGIC ! Crew were perfect. Captain Mike was very professional and careful. And Gosh, Mantas are soooooo COOL and big ! Love the experience ! A must do on Big Island !
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Shelly Hall
7 months ago
Best snorkeling experience on any of the islands! Very friendly and helpful crew! Kids loved the slide and high jump. Photographer is funny and makes everyone feel a part of the experience! We made memories to last a lifetime!
jaclyn yuan
2 months ago
The best snorkeling cruise in big island. Great service ,lots of fun.
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Josephine Cucchiaro
a month ago
Hula Kai is wonderful for snorkel tour.