This morning we checked in for our days snorkel excursion down at boat ramp at Keauhou Bay, which is located on the southern end of Kona Town. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see the large blue shape of the Fair Wind II tied up to the pier. We checked in at the main check in office where we were issued our boarding passes to get on the boat. It took about fifteen minutes for everyone else that was going to show up. As we were all on the boat the captain turned on the motors and slowly pulled the double decked "Fair Wind II" away from the pier.
Our snorkeling destination for the day is a place called Kealakekua Bay, this area is of huge significance to Hawaiian history. At one point Kealakekua Bay was a large fishing village that was known by the locals for it's massive annual harvest festival. The festival was to pay tribute to the god "Lono". Citizens would travel from all over the island to bring offerings to Lono and partake in the festivities. It just so happened that at this very place, during the festival of Lono, was the place where Captain Cook happened to land when he initially came to Hawaii. In addition to being the first place that Captain Cook landed, it was also the place where he died (this happened on a later visit to Kealakekua Bay).
Today, there is a large memorial that was constructed by the British to honor the memory of the legendary Captain Cook. I found that some of the best snorkeling was actually right in front of the memorial. Another place that I liked was an underwater arch that was located a bit farther out along the point. As soon as we got in the ocean I was amazed by the clarity of the water, as well as the copious amounts of marine life. Another thing that was unique to the area was the presence of freshwater springs underneath the water. These were easily spotted because when the freshwater mixes with the salt water it creates a blurriness in the water. Also, if you dove down and swam through the blurrier looking areas you could feel a dramatic temperature difference between the warm ocean water and the much colder freshwater from the underwater springs.
When we were done snorkeling we made our way back to the boat to eat lunch and then go for a few runs down the water slide into the ocean. We made friends with some visitors from the Northwestern United States and spent the majority of the trip back to the harbor talking with them.
After we got back to the harbor we decided that we'd had enough sun for the day so we cruised back towards the downtown Kona to window shop the stores on Ali'i Drive, it was an amazing day!
The morning we went on the Body Glove I woke up and looked out the window and was delighted to see that there was not a breath of wind in the sky and the ocean was completely calm...... Perfect weather for snorkeling!
There are few places on earth that have a landscape as diverse as the one you will find on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island contains almost every kind of climate zone on earth (11 of the 13 to be precise).
Today we went out on a smaller sized sailing catamaran named the "Kamanu". We met the boat down at Honokohau Harbor to check in for the trip. As I entered their office I noticed some amazing pictures of Manta Rays on the walls that the receptionist told me were taken on the evening "Manta" snorkel, I was impressed.
After spending most of the day down in Kona snorkeling we had worked up quite an appetite. During the drive up to Waikoloa all I could think about was the huge luau buffet that was waiting for us once we got there.
The Navatek is not your normal boat. When it was built (and in many ways even to this day) it stood on the absolute pinnacle of maritime technology. It is a SWATH style vessel which is a design that is essentially a cross between a hydrofoil and a catamaran.
When we pulled into the parking lot at the Keauhou Bay we could immediately see that the day's ocean conditions were absolutely perfect for kayaking. We selected our two person kayak from a group of kayaks that were lined up on the shore.
Snorkeling is the most popular vacation activity in Hawaii. We offer snorkel trips from sailboats, large powerboats and even small zodiac rafts. We've got blog articles about our trips aboard all types of boats on all the major islands and if you're thinking about doing a snorkeling excursion during your stay we encourage you to check out our blog articles and videos to get a better idea of what our trips are like.
Took a wonderful cruise to Kealakekua Bay with Fair Wind Cruises. The ride was a ton of fun - smooth boat ride with a conscientious crew who made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. We had a short lesson on snorkeling before we were set free to explore the reef off Captain Cook. So many colorful fish. We followed a long eel as it was slithering beneath us to find another safe crevice to hide. Magical is what comes to mind when swimming with at all the tropical fish. And they were friendly too, not afraid of humans. The water was clear, the adventure was fun, the food was good. Just a lovely day aboard the Fair Wind. Took a wonderful cruise to Kealakekua Bay with Fair Wind Cruises. The ride was a ton of fun - smooth boat ride with a conscientious crew who made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. We had a short lesson on snorkeling before we were set free to explore the reef off Captain Cook. So many colorful fish. We followed a long eel as it was slithering beneath us to find another safe crevice to hide. Magical is what comes to mind when swimming with at all the tropical fish. And they were friendly too, not afraid of humans. The water was clear, the adventure was fun, the food was good. Just a lovely day aboard the Fair Wind.