Deluxe Dolphin Watch & Snorkel BBQ
Get ready for a perfect day of sun-soaked adventure on the Big Island! Sail with us to Hawaiis most beautiful snorkeling location in style. Leave the details to us, and let yourself enjoy the clear blue water and soft sand.
Parties of nine or less will receive full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation. Parties of ten or more require 72 hours notice of cancellation for a full refund. Full refunds will be given in case of operator cancellation.
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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.
Can you accommodate Wheelchairs?
Yes, Body Glove Cruises is wheelchair friendly, our customized boarding ramp, with portable extensions accommodates 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. We also limited handicapped parking on the Kailua Pier where we depart for our ocean adventures. To obtain pier parking access please travel with your handicapped parking placard and when making your reservation let our team know your parking needs. Passes are limited and issued on a first come and first serve basis.
Do you have bathrooms or showers on board?
Yes, we have three large bathrooms and 2 outdoor fresh water showers on our boat.
Will we see dolphins?
There is a 98% chance of seeing dolphins all year around from our boat as they enjoy riding our wake. On rare occasions they come to visit us at our snorkel location. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed or come again for free on our Deluxe Snorkel & Dolphin Watch.
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 by the 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. We also have access to pier parking however, it is by reservation only and you must have a handicapped placard to obtain it. Please ask one of our team members for more details when you are making your reservation for your ocean adventure.
The tour begins bright and early, as you board a beautiful luxury 65-foot catamaran. Enjoy refreshing beverages and snacks as you explore the many features packed into this half-day cruise. We sail for about an hour until we arrive at the snorkeling area. There are a lot of details to consider when trying to plan any vacation excursion, especially a snorkeling destination event. When you cruise with us, all the necessary gear is provided for you! The spectacular features onboard mean that there you have plenty of opportunities for gorgeous and memorable photos all throughout the duration of this cruise, as well as at the boutique snorkeling location. Enjoy a fresh full breakfast and a mouth-watering barbecue lunch on board!
- Luxury Cruise on a Comfortable 65 Catamaran
- Hearty Breakfast With Exceptional Service and Fresh Food
- High-Dive Platform and a 20 Waterslide
- Two Hours of Water Time Exploring Hawaiis Underwater Delights
- Padi Scuba Opportunity for New or Certified Scuba Divers!
- Magnificent Experiences and Photo Opportunities Throughout the Day
- Delicious Barbecue Lunch as You Relax on the Ride Back to the Pier
- Full Breakfast, Bbq Lunch, Snacks, Sodas, and Water
- Reef-Safe Sunscreen
- Friendly Guides With the Training and Experience to Make Your Snorkeling or Scuba Diving Experience the Best it Can Be
- Access to Our Pristine Shower/Changing Facilities
- All Snorkeling and Safety Gear is Included (Life Vests, Inner Tubes, Rx Masks, Etc.)
- Use of Water Toys, Stand-Up Paddle Boards, Foam Noodles, and Lots More
There are a lot of pieces to consider when deciding what to do on your vacation. It’s important to consider constraints like how long you’ll be there, and if you’re interested in finding package deals that can save you money. We strive to create unique experiences that combine phenomenal sights and activities for our guests. We make it possible to have it all when it comes to your Hawaii vacation, without having to break the bank or waste precious time dealing with the details. We want our guests to get the most out of their investment in creating incredible memories of their time in paradise.
Add A Scuba Dive Opportunity ($105-115 upgrade)
During this excursion, you have the chance to upgrade from snorkeling to scuba diving! Whether you're an experienced diver or have not yet been certified, we offer options to explore the tropical underwater wonders up close. If you're interested in making the most out of your tour package by including an optional scuba diving experience, there are a few restrictions to bear in mind:
- Guests who wish to scuba dive must be at least 12 years of age
- You must complete a PADI statement of health
- You must be comfortable swimming and floating unassisted.
- You must speak and understand English (for safety)
The cruise gets underway at 8:00 AM. This timing is perfect for spotting some of the spinner dolphins that play in the area. The famous dolphins get their name from their ability to spin acrobatically while they move through the air and water. From all accounts, it looks like they do this in sheer playful exuberance. Be sure to take plenty of photos of this magical sight! Part of the excitement is wondering when and where you’ll see the dolphins next, as we cruise along toward our snorkel destination, but the wait is usually not very long after leaving the harbor!
Enjoy a bite to eat and have a complimentary (non-alcoholic) beverage or two on the comfortable ride to the snorkel and scuba site. Later, guests over 21 can also enjoy a refreshing adult beverage from the expansive cash bar featuring local craft beers and perfectly-made cocktails.
There are plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans as well as those following a gluten-free diet. Spend a moment on the top deck, taking in the full 360 degrees of crystalline water as we make way toward the next exciting activity. We After about an hour, we arrive to a gorgeous diving locale known as Pu’u Ohau, or “Red Hill.” The hill is said to be the site of an ancient sacred burial ground, adding to the otherworldly beauty of the place.
The waters around Red Hill offer some of the best snorkeling opportunities in the world. Stunning reefs of coral thrive there for you to observe under the guidance of our capable staff. The first main reef we see is Coral Gardens. We also visit the impressive lava tube amphitheater dive site during our time here. Lava tubes are caves or tube shapes formed by cooling lava from nearby volcanoes. This is also a world-famous dive site. The coral reefs here are shallower, and more light from the sun is able to filter down, highlighting the abundant marine life in the area. The Driftwood dive site is another renowned location in the area that we may visit, weather and time permitting. Everywhere you look, natural wonders are there to amaze you!
Another great benefit of our highly-trained crew members is that they're eager to point out some of the more exciting marine life as you explore. They know what to look for, and will make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Most importantly, however, they make sure that each of our guests is perfectly outfitted for their scuba or snorkel adventure. We provide diving masks and snorkels, thorough safety direction, safety vests, inflatable inner tubes, water toys, stand-up paddle boards, water noodles, and more! At least one trip down our thrilling 20-foot water slide is just the ticket to satisfy the kid in each of us. If you’re feeling extra brave, take a turn jumping off our 15-foot high dive platform. Or just relax and enjoy the perfect warm water and the sights and sounds (and smells and unmistakable feel) of the Kailua-Kona region. We are dedicated to making sure each of our guests, regardless of age or activity level, has everything they want to make their day on the water perfect . Our friendly and capable cruise staff stay with your party from the beginning to the end of the excursion. They also provide safety training to each of our guests once gear has been fitted out and everybody is ready to jump in.
This is where the real fun begins!
See schools of bright and glittering tropical fish up close in the warm, tranquil water. You may well see one of our beloved Hawaiian green sea turtles—known to the locals as honu—or a rare and beautiful parrotfish. Red Hill is known for its clear visibility to great depths, so everywhere you look yields wondrous sights of aquatic life. The tour is also timed perfectly to give you the best view of marine activity while the sun’s rays are illuminating the stunning reefs and their inhabitants. Relax as you explore, knowing that your entire excursion has been planned to the smallest detail so you can focus on every experience of your senses in this unique destination. Pay close attention and you might spot the enormous but stealthy panther flounder that swims in the area.
Once you've fully explored the secrets of the depths around the dive sites, we gather back together for pictures while everybody prepares to board again for the return trip. Take a quick fresh-water shower in our sparkling facilities aboard the catamaran. Once you’re feeling refreshed and ready, get comfortable for the sunny cruise back to the harbor. Grab a drink at the cash bar on board to enjoy with your lunch. This is a great time to share stories and pictures of all the really special finds from your trip so far. Grab a plate of lunch prepared for you by the shipboard staff, with many tasty options for every palate. Enjoy a barbecue entree plus loads of different options for sides, with complimentary non-alcoholic sodas and other beverages for your enjoyment. There are plenty of lovely spots to get comfortable aboard our luxury craft. A sunny perch on the upper deck with a light breeze as you enjoy your appetizing lunch is the perfect way to reflect on your day of exotic adventure.
Everybody vacations a little differently and the beauty of our Deluxe Snorkel and Dolphin Watch with BBQ Lunch is that there’s something for guests of all interests and activity levels, and everyone's needs and wishes are catered to. We try to think of absolutely everything for your perfectly memorable day!
What to Bring
- A Swimsuit
- Comfortable Clothes (Shorts And A T-Shirt Are Perfect)
- A Towel
- Water Shoes And A Mesh Bag Are Good To Have
- An Underwater Camera
- Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with leaving all the planning to the experts! You can be confident that you’re getting a spectacular deal when you book your activity with us.
The ride is designed for maximizing fun activities, and the views are absolutely stunning…and we haven't even mentioned the dolphins! Our friendly and well-trained guides offer a thorough safety briefing for everyone, and they're happy to answer any questions you might have about snorkeling and safety as you prepare to encounter the exotic abundance of Hawaii’s many distinctive species of marine life!
A Note About Dolphins
We want to ensure that you have the incredible vacation excursion you've planned and saved for by promising that you'll see dolphins during this outing, or we’ll invite you back with us for free! This is a token of our enthusiasm to share the amazing feeling that is inspired by witnessing these creatures firsthand. After all, this is a Barbecue-Snorkeling-Dolphin-Sighting Hawaii adventure, and we want to ensure that you experience all the richness of our islands during your time with us!
Know before you book:
- Do not plan to fly or drive to high elevations within 24 hours of your scuba dive.
- Coral destruction is a serious concern. Please heed all guide instructions about how to be a mindful steward of the ocean.
- Advance registration is required for scuba diving, as class sizes are limited.
- The Deluxe Snorkel and Dolphin Watch is suitable for all ages, but please let us know if you have any infants so we can make appropriate arrangements for thier safety and comfort.