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Body Glove Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise (from Kailua-Kona Pier)

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Sail beautiful Kona coast in search of Humpback whales! See and experience this phenomenon, a rare opportunity to listen to their songs and learn all about the annual Hawaii whale season.


Glide along the stunning Kona Coast searching for the majestic Humpback Whales as you learn all about these marine mammals from on-board marine naturalists. Encounter wild dolphins, endangered Hawaiian sea turtles, manta rays, and other amazing marine life. With a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, First Mate, bartender, and all deck hands being First Aid and C.P.R certified, this is a safe and smooth ride showing off the magnificent Humpback Whales and unbelievable 360-degree panoramas from the deck.


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  • Light Snacks

  • Beverages (no alcohol)
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Body Glove Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise (from Kailua-Kona Pier)

Duration: 3 hour(s)
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Light Snacks / Beverages (no alcohol)

Body glove out did themselves, our tour was awesome. We saw multiple whales and the naturalist on board gave really great information. He really knew his stuff. We had a great time.


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  • 12:30

    Check-in at Kailua-Kona Pier

  • 13:00

    Whale Watch Cruise (2.5 hrs)

  • 15:30

    Return to Harbor

  • (For Check-In) Kailua-Kona Pier (75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ) Time: 12:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Kailua-Kona Pier (75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ) Time: 15:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Kailua-Kona Pier (75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ) Time: 12:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Kailua-Kona Pier (75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ) Time: 15:30:00

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  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Body Glove Cruises is wheelchair friendly, with a customized boarding ramp and portable extensions accommodating all wheelchairs including manual, electric and scooter. The lower deck of the 65 ft (20 m) catamaran is fully accessible from bow to stem including tables and restrooms.

  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • A valid government issued photo I.D. is required to consume any alcoholic beverages.

Additional Note(s)
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • Large luggage (skis, surfboards, non-collapsible wheelchairs, golf bags, etc.) are allowed for an additional fee

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 110.

Frequently Asked Questions

How close will the boat get to the whales?

The boat can get as close as 100 yards. Your captain may turn off its engines to allow the whales to approach as close as they would like.

Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?

Yes, you are welcome to bring snacks on the boat. Cream cheese and crackers with pineapple, orange, and papaya are served. Bananas are considered bad luck to take to the ocean.

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.

Is giving a tip (gratuity) required?

Gratuity is never required, but if you enjoyed your experience a tip is always greatly appreciated!

What kind of boat will be used?

The Body Glove is a comfortable and stable 51-foot vessel. It is wheelchair accessible and features the latest in safety equipment, spacious upper sundeck, large shaded cabin, fresh water showers, and his and her restrooms. The "Ship's Store" offers a full service premium bar, sunscreen, film, underwater cameras, binoculars, T-shirts, hats, and customized underwater VHS videos ? all available for purchase.

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Body glove out did themselves, our tour was awesome. We saw multiple whales and the naturalist on board gave really great informat...ion. He really knew his stuff. We had a great time. more


What a fantastic tour. The crew was awesome. My sister and I had such a wonderful day. So many whales! Thanks guys for wonderful ...memories! more

AZ gal

Had such a great time seeing lots of whales and learning lots about them too. Great crew, super friendly and very knowledgeable.

Mr. Anonymous

I hope that everyone who goes to Hawaii gets a chance to participate in this tour since it was one of the best tours I went to whe...n I was in the Big Island in Hawaii. The captain went on a great route in the water to see many places and we saw whales which was the best part of the day. If you go to Hawaii and the Bid Island, I say you should get to this tour. I want to go again! more

Yano Moriyama

All the crew were knowledgeable, friendly and super helpful. Didn't see any whales but we had a great time anyway!


Beautiful day and beautiful catamaran to follow several whales spotted. The naturalist on board was extremely informative about t...he trip and also answered questions about living on the Big Island. A truly memorable experience. more

Jeanne A

Absolutely incredible tour that was tailored to those on the boat...not a canned presentation. I highly recommend this tour. The c...aptain and the whale expert (Denver) were exceptional. I never thought that I would learn this much about whales and be so close to them! more


We had an experience beyond description. After watching the whale sufficiently, when the sailor turned on the music for a small pa...rty, the captain shouted for me to look for the noon direction and I saw a wonderful scene. Music was playing on the boat, a group of dolphins came from two o'clock, and a humpback whale made a wonderful vertical jump on the horizon. At that moment my friend and I felt we were in a dream. It was a fascinating and beautiful experience. more


My first whale watch was a total success. It was a beautiful day. The staff was more than helpful and friendly. The information... from the naturalist was engaging and helpful. We were fortunate enough to see spouts of water, breeching and a few beautiful tails. I would definitely do this again. more

Daina from Phoenix

We were able to see a couple humpback whales, no breach but that was ok. Saw back & the tails! Wild creatures don't alway...s do what we wish, but we saw them! Also saw 4 hammerhead sharks, bottle nose dolphin & a spinner dolphin. Great experience. more


Body Glove Whale Watching was Okay. The staff was nice, The snacks and beverages were nice. The boat was nice. My trip, though ...I booked it 3 months earlier, when I arrived at my hotel, it was changed. Sure, they comped the bar to have me switch, but the whales we did see were too far off to make the trip worth-while. more


We were very lucky to see the three whales up-close. One young calf was trying hard to breach with the mother, which was very ado...rable. The staff was very informative and helpful. I would do this again. more

Mr. Anonymous

The cruise was nice, we saw plenty of whales surfacing for air. took some great videos. figure out of you get seasick and be pro...perly equipt. The crew were great and the captain was very knowledgeable. He gave a great talk on the island, whales, and any question people were curious about. more


Very enjoyable and interesting! The naturalist was very knowledgeable and answered all questions posed by my grandchildren. The ...staff was very attentive to us. more

Mr. Anonymous

Amazing creatures. Definitely a must see activity if you are in Hawaii during the right time of year. I liked the fact that this t...our allowed to you return until you actually see whales. I was fortunate to see my first time out, but nice to know I could have returned if I needed to without additional expense. more

Bill C

I'm afraid the whales were very shy during our particular trip. We did see two on 4/5 occasions but only briefly from a dista...nce. In these circumstances I think it's best to look upon the trip as a pleasure cruise because we were treated to great views of the Western side of Big Island. The crew deserve a mention...always polite and courteous...they looked after everyone with complimentary soft drinks. more

Donald Owen

The Body Glove Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise was an enjoyable experience. The guide was very knowledgable, and the captain was grea...t. And they give you free reef friendly sunscreen! however, you don't really feel that you're 'in nature' if that's what you're looking for - it's a very large very fancy cruise ship - just be aware if you're looking for a more intimate experience! more


We went for a whale watch, problem was there weren't a lot of whales. That's not Body Gloves fault, they made the cruis...e enjoyable anyway. We did get to see two whales and a couple dolphins. more


Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 18:00, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (groups of 9 or less)

    Any cancellations made after 18:00, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (groups of 10 or more)

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