Sunset Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay in Kona, Hawaii

Body Glove Cruises75-5629 Kuakini HwyKailua Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Offered by Body Glove, the Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay features a luxurious, three-hour guided cruise experience for guests of many ages to enjoy. Each cruise offers views of more than 50 points of interest and historical sites between Kona Coast and Captain Cook’s monument, a Hawaiian-style dinner, live entertainment, a complimentary cocktail and great views of the sunset.

up to 3 hrs

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Children ages 5 and under are free.
  • A Hawaiian style buffet dinner is served.
  • Enjoy live entertainment while watching the sunset.
  • Tour duration: approx. 3 hours.


from Captain Cook Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
On this Kona dinner cruise, you'll journey 12 miles down the Kona Coast to Captain Cook’s monument while a local historian points out over 50 points of interest and historic sites. Discover Hawaii’s rich history on this one-of-a-kind dinner cruise. Upon arriving in Kealakekua Bay, a Hawaiian-style dinner is served.

Listen to live entertainment and watch a gorgeous, tropical sunset on the way back. This three-hour Kona dinner cruise includes one complimentary cocktail. Additional cocktails are available for purchase.

Menu: Subject to change based on availability.
Local Baby Spinach, Rincon Farms Strawberries, Big Island Feta Cheese, Candied Macadamia nuts with a Waimea Strawberry Vinaigrette (GF)

Main Course:
Kona Coffee Braised Short Rib (GF), Creamy Mashed Potatoes featuring a Kona Coffee Red Eye Demi-Glace (GF), Island Baked Coconut Dinner Rolls served with Butter (Vegetarian)

Vegetarian Option: (Must be reserved 48 hours in advance)
Thai Coconut Curry with Hamakua Sweet Potatoes, Hawaiian Breadfruit, Carrots, & Bell Peppers (Vegan/GF), Steamed Jasmine Rice (Vegan/GF)

Chocolate Torte with Strawberry Coulis (Vegetarian/GF), 100% Kona Coffee

*Vegan dessert option available upon request

Captain Cook Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay Reviews

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Erin Salge
Corona , CA
1 Review
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"First dinner cruise"
March 2018
It was me and my husband’s first dinner cruise And unfortunately we got a little sick. But everybody on the boat was so nice accommodating and courteous. They even made us a couple plates to take home since we weren’t able to eat.
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Tip: If you think you might get seasick sit at the back of the boat. Lol.

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round rock, TX
1 Review
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May 2016
This was the most amazing cruise. We saw dolphins, the sunset, and learned a lot about Hawaiian history/culture. The food was good, the music was amazing, the history guide was splendid, the ambiance was great, the crew was amazing, courteous and helpful. We can't rave enough about this cruise. HIGHLY recommended! A must do!
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Tip: Nope, all good.

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Margaret Hayslip
Brentwood, TN
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"Scenic cruise, one of the highlights of our trip"
March 2015
So nice to be out on the water, viewing the coastline, listening to Hawaiian music with some familiar tunes and to the stories and legends of this beautiful island. The storyteller and musician were both excellent and added so much to our evening. Staff were friendly and helpful as they served drinks, appetizers, and dinner. Saw dolphins swimming out of Captain Cook's Bay as evening approached. Our family of four enjoyed this very much.
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Tip: We arrived late (called ahead to let them know that we were stuck in traffic, so plan time to get there) but found a perfect spot to stand or sit in the bow of the boat on the lower deck.

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Debora P.
1 Review
Verified Traveler
February 2015
Everything about the Dinner Cruise was incredible! The food alone far exceeded our expectations. The staff was outstanding with top notch service. We had several added bonuses: gorgeous sunset, dolphins, and a mama and newborn whale show! I would definitely book a Body Glove cruise again through Reserve Direct.
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Tip: Take a sweater or jacket as it gets breezy on the return trip once the sun goes down.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Captain Cook Dinner 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 dinner?

Guests can enjoy light appetizers upon boarding, one complimentary cocktail and a Hawaiian style dinner. Please note: all Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian meal requests must be called into the office with 48 hours' notice. Scheduled times and menu items are subject to change, based on season and items available.

Where does the cruise depart from?

Body Glove is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and departs from the Kailua Pier in the heart of Kailua-Kona side approximately seven miles south of Keahole Kona Airport.

Where will I check in?

You will check-in 30 minutes prior to departure at the Body Glove Ocean Adventure's Retail Shop located in the Ilima Court Shopping Center, at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI 96740.

What time should we arrive?

Boarding is 30 minutes before departure. Cruise departs on time and the vessel will not be held for late arrivals.

Can wheelchairs be accommodated?

Yes, the vessel is 100% wheel chair accessible on the lower deck. The catamarans include a customized boarding ramp with portable extensions to accommodate all wheelchairs including manual, electric and scooters. Body Glove requires notification by phone when guests are traveling with a wheelchair in order to offer their pier parking, as they have only two spaces. If there's space, they 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 they do not have pier parking available.

Will I get sea sick?

The bigger the boat, the more stable it is. Their vessel is 65′ in length with a 30′ beam and the largest boat of their 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?

They recommend that their 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 the boat as they enjoy riding the wake.

Is free parking available?

Free parking is located about one block east of the pier at the Illima Court Shopping Center at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI 96740. It's about a 5 minute walk to the pier where the tour will depart. 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.