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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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: 3 hours.
  • Expert snorkeling instruction 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.


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, and sometimes they'll even join our guests in the enchanting coral reef gardens where you'll be snorkeling. 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 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.

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 & jalapenos, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and refreshments.

Rx masks, snorkel gear, snorkeling instruction, 2.5 hours water time, flotation & water toys, 20' water slide, fresh water shower, full-service cash bar, restrooms. Add SNUBA for extra fun!

You can choose to upgrade when you arrive to SCUBA on this adventure: Candidates must be a minimum of 8 years old.

Big Island Hawaii 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
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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San Diego, California
"Fun sunset cruise with lots of dolphins"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We very much enjoyed the sunset cruise especially the many sightings of spinner dolphins. Also we saw flying fish which seemed to fly longer than any I have ever seen, Uncle Danny did a great job describing the sights and the live music was also excellent. BTW, the Pina Colada was much better than the Mai Tais.
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"Fun in the sun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Great staff, great food and plenty of equipment! In fact, I'm gluten free, which the granola was, and would love the recipe!!! I would've had more cocktails but at $9 bucks each, one was a splurge. I would've given a 5 if the snorkeling was better. Don't get me wrong, it was good but just a day before I was at two step beach and the snorkeling was fantastic.
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Darrin S
San Diego
"Nice But Not Necessary"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
If you are looking for a boat ride, and maybe a slide and jump for the kids then this is your place. Otherwise, you are stuck on a boat and (at least for our site) you are snorkeling at a site that is 10 feet deep and have typical fish you would see anywhere with nothing of real interest. It was crowded and not everyone has shade. The staff was great, the food was good, and the ride was scenic. If you are looking to snorkel, go to the beaches identified online as they are much shallower and we saw turtles, eels, and many more fish up close.
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Jurupa Valley, California
"Not the dream snorkeling trip I was hoping for"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
Even taking a Dramamine, I still got so seasick, I thru up and couldn't enjoy the boat ride, snorkeling or food or dolphins. It appears I wasn't the only one either. Very disappointed. Not sure if it was just a bad day on the water or the boat itself. My husband tells me I didn't miss anything on the food side with stale hamburger buns and nasty pasta salad. The snorkeling site was subpar also. Mostly yellow tangs and quite a ways down. Most of the crew was very nice and friendly but unfortunately, that didn't really make enough of a difference with all the bad things.
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Jessica G
Pleasant Hill, United States
"Magical evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
Wonderful cruise and experience! The ride down to the Captain Cook Monument was a little rough (going nearly due south) but once to the cove, it was super calm and a great spot for dinner. The trip back was pleasant and fun. Great music interspersed with history by Bodie. Really accommodating crew and friendly. It’s nice when people seem happy to be there and happy to help you. :) Tasty food. More kid options might be nice. Saw dolphins swimming with us and gorgeous sunset with rainbows.
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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 six miles south of Keahole Kona Airport.

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. Our location is a protected bay that offers calm pool like conditions and we offer an array of flotation water toys including ski vests, life jackets, noodles, sea view boards, boogie boards and inner tubes. Our Captain's and Crew are First Aid, CPR and Life Guard certified. There are always at least 3 designated Life Guards 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.

Do you offer SNUBA?
Yes & No. We offer Power Diving also known as Hooka diving which lets you enjoy the extended diving ability of SCUBA without heavy tanks or gear through an unlimited air supply that floats on the surface. Hooka diving requires no experience and is ideal for family members over the age of 12 and is available for an additional fee.

Do you offer SCUBA?
Yes. For those who wish to learn SCUBA, introductory lessons are available on the cruise with PADI instructors provided by Kona Sea Adventures. If you're a certified diver, you can SCUBA dive with us for an additional fee.*

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 swim suits 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?
Yes, Body Glove Cruises is wheelchair friendly for Snorkeling, Sunset Dinner and Whale Watching Cruises. 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-a-Long" rates are available.

I have special dietary needs, can you accommodate me?
Yes, for those requiring special dietary needs, Body Glove Cruises provides Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian requests at no extra charge with 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 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 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, Power Dive or wish to purchase cocktails or retail items such as underwater cameras, 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. Each 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?
Yes, for an additional charge we provide transportation from the Waikoloa area through Jack's Tours. You may find it more economical and convenient to rent a car, otherwise, there are a number of taxi companies that can assist you.

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 around and are occasionally seen during one of our cruises.

Will we see dolphins?
There is a 90% chance of seeing dolphins all year around from our boat as they enjoy riding our wake. On rare occasions, about once every week and a half they come to visit us at our snorkel location.

What's the difference between snorkeling in the morning versus the afternoon?
Contrary to what you might have heard, the morning does not offer any additional marine life or marine encounters. The same number and types of fish live and swim in the bays all day long. The main difference is you are more likely to have clear skies, less wind and a better chance of seeing dolphins.

Where will I find free parking?
You are welcome to park for free at our Office located one block away from the Kailua Pier. You may park at the Hotel King Kamehameha which is closer however they charge $3 an hour. If you require handicapped parking there are two stalls located in the cul-de-sac in front of the Kailua Pier but come early as they are used frequently.