Deluxe Morning Snorkel on the Body Glove in Kona, HI

Body Glove Cruises75-5629 Kuakini HwyKailua Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Overview

Offered by Body Glove, the Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruise features an exciting three-hour experience for guests of many ages. Cruises include a ride on a 65-foot catamaran, featuring two separate decks and cushioned seating, a full-service bar, a 20-foot waterslide, snacks and juice, snorkel gear and underwater masks, flotation toys, plus fresh-water showers for after the experience.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 4.5 hours.
  • Expert instruction and snorkeling gear provided.
  • Breakfast, snacks and juice provided.
  • Full-service bar available.
  • Spinner dolphins spotted frequently.
  • Boat features a 20-foot water slide, high dive platform, and two large double swim platforms.
  • Guests can bring their own masks, fins, and snorkels; however, full-face masks are NOT allowed on the excursion.

Description

from Deluxe Snorkel & Dolphin Watch
Discover Kona's underwater paradise! Accessible only by boat, join us in the crystal clear water of the protected marine sanctuaries which are home to more than 600 species of enchanting ocean wildlife.

Spinner dolphins frequently join us along the way; dolphin sightings are guaranteed or come again for FREE!. Relax on the trip back with a cocktail from our premium cash bar and enjoy the timeless beauty of the Kona coastline.

First-timers or experts of all ages can snorkel with us and we provide all the equipment you'll need including Reef Safe sunscreen. For beginners, we provide friendly instruction from our lifeguard-trained crew. Let us introduce you to the awe-inspiring world of Hawaii's underwater paradise!

The luxury, state-of-the-art, 65-foot catamaran Kanoa II was specifically built for the discriminating traveler with quality and luxury priority number one. The decor includes back-lit translucent blue waves, brushed stainless steel accents, mood lighting, flat screen televisions, piped cushioned seating, and Corian full-service premium cash bar.

The Kanoa II is equipped with three restrooms, two freshwater showers, a 20-foot water slide, high dive platform, two large double swim platforms, a full sound system for live entertainment and karaoke, and underwater lighting to create an ambiance for evening cruises.

Includes:
Breakfast: Tropical fruit, assorted bagel, muffins & pastries, greek yogurt with granola.

Lunch: Hamburgers & cheeseburgers, taro burgers, pasta salad, ginger & garlic sweet potato chips, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles, sprouts & jalapeños, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and refreshments.

Rx masks, snorkel gear, snorkeling instruction, approximately 2 hours of water time, flotation & water toys, 20' water slide, fresh water shower, full-service cash bar, restrooms.

You can choose to upgrade when you arrive to SCUBA on this adventure: Candidates must be a minimum of 12 years old.

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Edward M.
Burney, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very friendly crew"
June 2019
We went in hopes of seeing the dolphins which never appeared. The snorkeling was ok, I actually had gone snorkeling off shore two days earlier and saw more variety including a turtle. The Captain and the crew are very friendly, helpful and courteous. Continental breakfast is ok, The lunch was tasty and plentiful. Trip back was good as the Captain pointed out some points of interest. We were told that since we didn't see any dolphins (guaranteed per their website) that we could call next time on the Island and we would get free tours.
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Tip: The snorkeling area is somewhat disappointing.

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Jacquie Bernhardsson
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Crew were great but tour left us wanting more!"
October 2015
Loved the crew food and trip, we signed up for the Snuba but were put in the second group we had to wait to go out, as we were going out the food came out. The Snuba area was bland and boring I thought we were going to be a Kealakekua Bay ( my error in reading). We have been to the Big Island 7 times and the snorkeling area was one of the worst I've been to.
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Janice Beemer
Englewood , CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Dolphins and Snorkeling with awesome views of the coast"
October 2015
When I booked the excursion I miss read the description and thought that we would be swimming with the dolphins but that was not true. The boat went by a pod of sleeping dolphins and a lot of other snorkelers that were in the water with them that were with different tour companies. I was envious. When we took off, several of them did follow the boat and that was a treat to see them beside us swimming so effortlessly to keep up. After about a 1/2 boat ride we arrived at the snorkeling site. The boat was well equipped for everyone to snorkel and when you were done with that you could try a Stand Up Paddle board for fun and they also had a HUGE foam matt you could float/lay out on. There was some fish to see but I saw more on the shore when we went out by ourselves from the shore.
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Tip: Don't expect to swim with the dolphins.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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afurness2020
"Safe & Sound"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2020 NEW
The new safety procedures were seamless. We had a much welcomed blast! Team was knowledgable, approachable, the Captain, Host, and Helpers had your experience top-of-mind and you can tell. I wanted adventure/relaxation/ocean...I got it in the perfect mix.
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lavlula
Hilo, Hawaii
"Amazing birthday present!,"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2020 NEW
Top of the to do list! Everything about the trip was awesome. From checking in the body glove shop to making your way down the Kona pier, such a relaxing way to start and enjoy your birthday. From the first step on to the body glove boat it felt safe and exciting to start my vacation. As we left the harbor the farther we drifted into sea we came beside Dolphins. Spotted sharks, flying fish, the coolest blow hole. The snorkeling was fantastic! Service was spot on and the captain has the best soothing voice to keep you aware but yet relaxed enough to have no worries. SPECTACULAR💥
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alexkarp2020
"Great Snorkel Excursion"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2020 NEW
This was our 3rd time going on the Body Glove Snorkel Excursion and it was wonderful as usual. It is a very nice boat and they take very good care of you. I would highly recommend you try it.
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bbergin2002
Hawthorne, California
"Amazing experience and crew!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2020 NEW
I don't usually leave reviews but wanted to leave a message for this experience! We actually live on-island but rarely get the chance to "staycation" on our own island. We booking, price, and departure went very smooth. The crew was very careful to observe all social distancing requirements and was masked up at appropriate times. They even had some good luck and landed a 60# Yellow Fin tuna on the trip down to snorkel and see dolphins. We breakfast was acceptable and the lunch better. Captain Bob was very nice; Elliot, Chase, and Chelsea were very attentive as well! High recommended!
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Mayrose808
"Fabulous Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2020 NEW
Every single crew member was amazing! My grandson flew his cap by accident and the captain turned around to grab it. Very nice touch. They really care for you. It was a gorgeous day overall. We saw dolphins as well. Thank you so much!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Deluxe Snorkel & Dolphin Watch

Where does the cruise depart from? 
We are located on the Big Island of Hawaii and depart from the Kailua Pier in the heart of Kailua-Kona side approximately seven miles south of Keahole Kona Airport.

What time should we arrive?
Boarding is always 30 minutes before departure.  We depart on time and cannot hold the vessel for late arrivals. 

What if I've never snorkeled before?
We specialize in accommodating those who are new to snorkeling and non-swimmers. We offer "Snorkeling 101" for beginners or those wanting a refresher course. An array of flotation water toys including ski vests, life jackets, noodles, sea view boards, boogie boards and inner tubes are offered. Our Captains and Crew are First Aid, CPR and LifeGuard certified. There are always at least 3 designated Lifeguards who are on watch while anyone is in the water.

Do you have prescription masks?
Yes, we offer masks with built in prescription lenses ranging from -1.5 to -7.0 at no additional charge.

Can I bring my own mask and gear?
While we encourage our guests to bring their own mask, fins, and snorkels, we DO NOT allow the use of full-face masks on our excursions aboard the vessel. During snorkeling activity, the need for more oxygen requires us to breathe faster. With a full-face mask, some of the exhaled carbon dioxide may not fully exit the device, and it is possible to breathe in the contaminated air that has the potential to lead to unconsciousness and fatalities.

Do you offer SNUBA?
No, we do not offer SNUBA or Power-diving.

Do you offer SCUBA? 
Yes. If you're a certified diver, you can SCUBA dive with us for an additional fee. *We are a PADI certified SCUBA resort and have onboard upgrades available for Discover SCUBA and Certified SCUBA dives. Candidates must be at least 12 years of age.

Do you offer wetsuits? 
Yes, we offer rental wetsuits. Our water temperature ranges from about 78 - 82 degrees. Most of our guests are comfortable with their swimsuits or a rash guard to keep them from getting chilled, however, we understand that some get chilled more than others and have these suits available for an additional charge of $10.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs?
We are 100% wheel chair accessible on our vessel's lower deck.  We require notification by phone when guests are traveling with a wheelchair in order to offer our pier parking,  as we have only two spaces.  If there's space we will note that the guest is using the space and will request that they call the office at boarding time for pier access.   The guest will wait at the gate for a crew member to let them onto the pier.  They must be traveling with a handicap placard in order to take advantage pier parking.  When there's a cruise ship in port we do not have pier parking available.  Our customized boarding ramp with portable extensions accommodates all wheelchairs including manual, electric and scooters. The lower deck of our 65-foot catamaran is fully accessible from bow to stern including tables and restrooms. For those that just want to go along for the ride and not participate in snorkeling, special "ride-along" rates are available.

I have special dietary needs, can you accommodate me?
All Gluten Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian meal requests must be called into the office with 48 hours notice. We do understand that sometimes you cannot let us know within 48 hours notice;  in those cases,  call us first before ensuring guests that a special meal option is available.  We will always do our best to accommodate last minute requests but it's dependent on what our kitchen team can do with less than 48 hours notice.

Will I get sea sick? 
The bigger the boat, the more stable it is. Our vessel is 65' in length with a 30' beam and the largest boat of our kind on the Kona Coast. It's a totally different experience than being on a smaller boat or a raft. If you know you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you take Bonine or Dramamine the night before and another several hours before your cruise. Please read the directions to see that you are able to take this medication. We carry this on board however it is best to have it in your system prior to boarding. You are more likely to feel better on the lower deck of the vessel as there is less pitch. We also offer complimentary Ginger pills and a Ginger drink which is great for motion sickness and it's all natural.

Do you have bathrooms or showers on board?
Yes, we have three large bathrooms and 2 outdoor fresh water showers on our boat.

Is there any shade on your boat?
Yes, the Kanoa II has a lower and upper deck with plenty of shaded area as well as areas for sunbathing.

What should I bring with me?
For our snorkel dolphin adventure we recommend you bring your suit, towel, and sunglasses. If you wish to SCUBA,  or wish to purchase cocktails or retail items such as underwater cameras or GoPro camera rentals, we recommend you bring extra cash or credit cards. If you are joining us for our Historical Dinner Cruise, we recommend a lightweight jacket and comfortable flat shoes. We accept all major credit cards.

Should I bring sunscreen?
No, unless you have medical reasons to use a specific brand. Body Glove Cruises is the first boat in the state of Hawaii to offer a "Reef Safe" sunscreen that does not harm the coral reef and stays on your skin and not in our ocean. We have several SPF pump stations onboard for complimentary use.

Can we go ashore during our cruise? 
No, in order to protect the sensitive coral reefs, marine shoreline and the safety of our guests, no one is allowed to climb onto land. Our vessel will act as your private island allowing you to come and go as you please while you enjoy your day at sea.

Do you provide transportation from my hotel or condo?
No, we do not provide transportation.

Will we see whales? 
The best opportunity to see whales is between late December and late March when the Humpback Whales migrate to Hawaii from the north Pacific. During that time of year, we offer daily Whale Watching cruises and guarantee sightings or come again Free! There are several other species of whales that live in Hawaiian waters year round and are occasionally seen during one of our cruises.

Will we see dolphins? 
There is a 98% chance of seeing dolphins all year round from our boat as they enjoy riding our wake. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on the Deluxe Snorkel BBQ and Dolphin Watch or come again for FREE!

Where will I find free parking? 
You are welcome to park for free at our Office located at the Ilima Court Shopping Center at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI 96740, one block away from the Kailua Pier. You may park at the Hotel King Kamehameha which is closer however, they charge by the hour. Limited handicapped parking stalls are available on the pier with advance reservations. In order to use those spaces guests must be traveling with a handicapped placard and call the Body Glove Cruises office to confirm a space.