Historical Lunch Cruise in Kailua Kona, HI

Body Glove Cruises75-5629 Kuakini HighwayKailua Kona, Big Island, HI 96745
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Presented by Body Glove Cruises, the Historical Lunch Cruise offers a fun and educational sea excursion across 12 miles to the Captain Cook Monument. Guests can enjoy learning facts about Hawaii’s history from the knowledgeable historian and narrator, listening to live Hawaiian-style music, seeing humpback whales in their natural habitat (available during December through April only), and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Children ages 5 and under are free.
  • Lunch included on the cruises.
  • Bring a camera to capture memories of the Big Island coastline and marine life.


from Captain Cook Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
Join us for our luxurious, 3-hour guided Historical Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook's monument, where we will capture your imagination and reveal many secrets of the Big Island. The Historical Lunch Cruise is not a combination Whale Watch. Whales are seasonal, and we have a Whale Watch December 15th through the end of March.

Unwind along the way as we serve lunch and beverages or enjoy your favorite libation from our full-service cash premium bar as our Historian shares Hawaiian history, stories and legends while keeping watch for our seasonal visitor-Humpback Whales along 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. You'll visit famous points of interest, including the Ahu'ena Heiau, the Holua Slide, and the famous Kuamo'o Battlefield. Enjoy live Hawaiian style slack key guitar style music.

Lunch Menu
Deli sandwiches, assorted tropical fruits, pasta salad, potato chips, cookies, tropical juices, sodas, ice tea, and Kona coffee.

A portion of all proceeds from the Historical cruise is donated to the Kona Historical Society for the preservation, restoration, and education of the culture and history of the Kona Coast.

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Seattle, Washington
"Fun, convenient and friendly"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
Very convenient location in downtown Kona. Nice mix of entertainment, historical information and food and beverage. Great staff.
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"Excellent cruise and great staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
We went on the Dolphin sightseeing and snorkel cruise. It was a blast. The company provided breakfast and lunch, so it made getting there early easier since we didn't have to plan meals. The cruise itself was nice and relaxing. We saw plenty of dolphins and sea life. The captain was able to give information on landmarks and things we were viewing so we could learn as well. The actually snorkeling was amazing. The staff was very friendly and informative. I would absolutely do this cruise again the next time I come to visit.
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blair r
Vancouver, Canada
"Snorkeling in kona"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
Had a chance to take the body glove snorkeling cruise in kona and was pleasantly surprised I have been on other snorkeling cruises and they did not measure up The catamaran was great, both breakfast and lunch was provided and the crew did a great job of making everyone feel comfortable. I had a chance to talk with Elliot and he was great Overall, good experience and would recommend
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"A LOT of kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
We adn't been on this boat before. We didn't realize it was a noisy, kid-packed, booze cruise. Not what we had hoped.
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Suffern, New York
"In winter do not believe the selling pitch that the water is calm so the boat doesn't pitch"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019 NEW
My wife and one other passenger became quite seasick. The crew had Dramamine when asked. They did their best to accommodate us and I thought the food was good. But my wife barfed, took Dramamine, and basically had her head down on the table for the rest of the 3 hour cruise.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Captain Cook Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

Are kids permitted on the cruise?
Absolutely. Children under the age of 5 ride for FREE!

What are we served for lunch?
Guests can enjoy a meal consisting of: chef made gourmet sandwiches, salad, big island potato chips, cookies, tropical juices, sodas, iced tea, Kona coffee, and assorted teas.

Please note: all Gluten Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian meal requests must be called into the office with 48 hours notice (Kosher may require 72 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.

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.

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

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. The catamarans include a customized boarding ramp with portable extensions to accommodate all wheelchairs including manual, electric and scooters. The lower deck of the 65′ catamaran is fully accessible from bow to stern including tables and restrooms.

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 one 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.

What should I bring with me?
We recommend that our Historical Lunch Cruise passengers bring a light jacket and comfortable, flat shoes.

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.

Will we see dolphins?
There is a 98% chance of seeing dolphins all year round from our boat as they enjoy riding our wake.

Is free parking available?
You are welcome to park for free at our office located one block away from the Kailua Pier at the Ilima Court Shopping Center at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI 96740. You may also park at the Hotel King Kamehameha for an hourly fee. 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.