Body Glove Hawaii

Body Glove Hawaii - Luxury Cruises on a 65-Foot Catamaran
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Body Glove Hawaii is in Kailua and offers six cruises on their 65-foot luxury catamaran, the Kanoa II. The spacial vessel has a 15-foot dive platform, a 20-foot slide, freshwater showers, and shaded areas. 

- The Local Expert Team

If you’re not an avid surfer or diver, the name Body Glove Hawaii could sound confusing. If you go to their website for an answer, you learn they offer Hawaiian cruises out of Kailua. But it still doesn’t answer the question, “What is Body Glove?” 

It turns out that Body Glove is an American company founded in the 1950s that sells swimwear and watersport accessories. The company is credited with creating the first practical wetsuit worn by SCUBA divers and surfers. And they named it (wait for it) “body glove.”

Fast forward to 1988 when Maggie Brown joined the company as Director of Marketing. With a financial investment and hard work, the company purchased its first 55-foot catamaran. And with that, Body Glove Hawaii cruise business was launched or, dare we say, set sail (sorry!)

Today, Body Glove Hawaii offers six tour packages that range in price and activity. The company replaced the 55-foot vessel with a high-tech 65-foot catamaran called the Kanoa II. This spacious two-deck boat has a 15-foot dive platform and a 20-foot slide into the water. It also has two swim platforms, flat-screen televisions, freshwater showers, underwater lighting for night cruises, and shaded areas for guests. To say you’ll be cruising in style is an understatement. 

Here are several cruises in more detail.

Deluxe Snorkel & Dolphin Watch

  • 8 AM-12:30 PM daily
  • Breakfast, lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks
  • Snorkel gear

Leaving Kona, you’ll dine on a continental breakfast of fruit, yogurt, granola, and assorted danishes. While Body Glove Hawaii can’t promise you’ll see dolphins, they do their best to find dolphins and other marine mammals. 

You’ll anchor and have two hours of water time. You may snorkel (all gear included) or float around on an inner tube or other flotation devices. Guests may also use a stand-up paddleboard. Wet suits are available for rent, and you may purchase cocktails at the bar. Heading back to the dock, you’ll have a lunch of BBQ beef burgers, chips, and cookies. Vegan and vegetarian options are available with prior notice. 

Captain Cook Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

  • 4 PM-7 PM daily, excluding Monday
  • Light appetizer
  • Complimentary cocktail
  • Historical narration
  • Hawaiian-style dinner
  • Live entertainment

The Captain Cook package is a three-hour tour. Unlike Gilligan’s Island’s ill-fated three-hour tour, you’ll cruise safely along 12 miles of Kona Coast. While enjoying your cocktail and snacking on macadamia nuts and a locally grown salad, you’ll learn about Hawaii’s rich history and culture. 

At sunset, you’ll feast on food like Thai coconut curry with Hamakua sweet potatoes, jasmine rice, and Kiawe mango BBQ pork, to name a few. Entertainers serenade you as you watch the sun slip over the horizon. Some guests complained that they played dance songs instead of playing Hawaiian-themed songs or romantic ballads. 

Exclusive Charters
Are you looking for something customizable for special occasions, events, or clients? Consider chartering Body Glove Hawaii for that once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience. They can cater a meal as simple as burgers and beer to an exquisite full-course dinner of lobster, steak, and champagne. You determine the start time and duration of the charter and what activities you’d like the crew to manage for you.  

Guests of Body Glove Hawaii have praised the crew and their cruise experience as being top-notch. If you don’t mind being part of a large cruise, we think you’ll have a splashing good time on a Body Glove Hawaii cruise.