Body Glove Cruises

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Phone (800) 551-8911
Address 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Body Glove offers snorkel boat tours off of Kailua-Kona. They provide whale watching tours, snorkeling tours, dolphin swims, and historical dinner cruises.

• General: Cost: Paid • Sightseeing: Dolphins • Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Whale Watching • Sightseeing: Wildlife
• Tours: Boat & Submarine • Tours: Guided • Cultural & Historical: Memorials / Statues • Water Activities: Boats / Sailboats • Water Activities: Dinner Cruise
• Water Activities: Diving • Water Activities: Scuba Diving • Water Activities: Snorkeling • Water Activities: Sunset Cruise • Water Activities: SUP
• Water Activities: Waterslides

Body Glove Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure

The Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure is a cruise from Kailua Harbor to an area about 10 miles south that is known as Redhill (just a bit north of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park). Their boat, the Kanoa II, is a 2-decked vessel with plenty of shade, cushioned seating, flat screen televisions, a full sound system for live entertainment, and a full service premium bar. The Kanoa II is equipped with three restrooms, two fresh water showers, a 20-foot water slide, a 15-foot high dive platform, two large double swim platforms, and floatation toys for everyone.

We boarded the boat at Kona Harbor at 8am. They served us a continental breakfast buffet with assorted bagels, cream cheese, croissant, fresh pineapples, oranges, hot tea, and coffee. We could also buy alcoholic drinks from the cash bar. While we were on our way to the snorkeling site, they played fun island music to set the mood. On the way, we saw some dolphins chasing our boat and a little baby spinner dolphin jumping out of the water over and over.

Once moored, the crew put out 3 large inner tubes for people to float and relax. They had a floating pad tied to the boat for people to hang out on. Paddle boards were available for anyone as well. They also offer a SCUBA dive with a crew-member for an additional $88. They offer many activities beyond snorkeling.

For snorkeling, they took us to Driftwood, which is located just north of Captain Cook Monument. It's not the spot they normally go but because the water was calm on that day, we were able to snorkel there. The water was crystal clear and calm. I thought the water was much more clear than it was at Honaunau Bay / Two Steps, where I snorkeled the day before. There was a lifeguard on a surfboard keeping an eye on the snorkelers. Driftwood had a wide variety of tropical colorful fishes. We spotted an octopus and an eel as well.

We snorkeled and played in the water at Driftwood for over 2 hours. Everyone was enjoying themselves. We could snorkel, go down the water slide, or jump from the diving platform.

When we got tired or cold, we could jump on the floating pad to relax. And there were guests sitting on inner tubes while sipping on mai tais. Since no other boats were in the area, it was as if we were at a big pool party in our own private ocean. Once we were done in the water, we rinsed off with a warm fresh water shower.

For lunch, they provided a BBQ lunch with Big Island organic grass fed beef burgers or chipotle black bean veg burgers piled with fixings, potato salad, chips and sodas. The staff was very friendly and nice. After lunch, we hung out on the boat and watched people jump off the high dive platform. They were having so much fun!

On the way back, we saw more dolphins swimming next to us. The tour was about 4 hours long. This Body Glove cruise is family friendly with many activities to keep everyone entertained.

Body Glove Dinner Cruise

Body Glove also offers a leisurely 3-hour dinner cruise along the rugged coastline of the Kona Coast. It's a narrated tour with a guide who shares stories about Hawaiian culture, history, and information about locations you'll see on the way to the Captain Cook Monument.

The tour takes you on an excursion near Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, where Captain Cook (see The History of Captain James Cook) first landed in Hawaii and was eventually died at the hands of the natives. Along the way, you'll hear stories about locations you can spot such as the Ahu'ena Heiau, the Holua Slide, and the famous Kuamo'o Battlefield. The captain spotted a pod of spinner dolphins and took us close to them, and they swam and jumped beside our boat. You can take great photos of the dolphins swimming along side the boat and jumping. During the winter months, humpback whales can be seen on the tour.

The dinner cruise includes a complimentary cocktail from their fully stocked bar. We enjoyed sitting in the front of the boat while sipping on a mai tai and enjoying the live music. Our guide was also an accomplished hula dancer, which she danced on the lower deck.

For dinner, a buffet was served. They had beautifully presented Kalua Pulled Pork & Cabbage, Coconut Porter Braised Brisket, Grilled Pulehu Chicken, Lomi Lomi Salmon, and Salad. For dessert, they served a cheesecake.

On the way back, we listened to the musician sing Hawaiian songs beautifully. It was a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and sink further into island relaxation. The crew was courteous and helpful throughout our trip. They put an emphasis on making sure we had a good time.

Part of the proceeds from the cruise supports the Kona Historical Society, which is dedicated to the education and preservation of Hawaiian culture on the Big Island.