Hit up a snorkel and BBQ cruise
If you weren’t convinced yet, then you certainly will be now; anywhere you can take a snorkel/BBQ cruise is definitely paradise. Fair Wind Snorkel Cruises offers a 4.5-hour option at just $145 (adult price plus taxes and fees). Here’s what that gets you (settle in, this is gonna take a while).
Upon departure from Keauhou Bay at 9am, guests are treated to a breakfast buffet including fresh hot egg frittatas, croissants, yogurt & granola, and, of course, Kona coffee. Once you’re all fueled up, you’re ready to discover the snorkeling of historical Kealakekua Bay -- a designated Marine Life Conservation District because of its abundant and diverse marine population.
In addition to snorkel instruction from your licensed guides, you can live it up on inner tubes & other flotation devices and take turns on the two 15-foot water slides & dive platforms -- all the while touring the island’s historic locations. In addition to sites like the last battle stand at Kuamoo Battlefield and the Royal Holua Slide (1,290 feet still remain from the original 4,000), you can also see where great circumnavigator Captain James Cook took his last breaths. The British Cook, known for taking voyages across uncharted waters from Europe to Australia, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian Islands, was killed in 1779 while attempting to reclaim a stolen cutter (it's a seacraft) in Kealakekua Bay.
Of course, Fair Wind knows all that time on the high seas can work up an appetite: your BBQ meal includes locally raised grass-fed beef burgers, hot dogs, garden burgers, pasta salad, fruit, chips & cookies, and beverages. Plus, a cash bar is open during the last hour of the cruise to send you off.