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Full-Faced Snorkel Masks – Friend or Foe?

Body Glove Ocean Adventures puts our guest’s safety first. This is why we recently updated our equipment policy and do not promote the use of full-faced snorkel masks on our snorkel cruises. The research and data on the safety of full-faced masks is relatively new, and there are current concerns regarding their safety and effectiveness. While additional research needs to be done on these popular masks, we are not comfortable allowing the use of them on our vessel, the Kanoa II, at this time.   During snorkeling activity, our bodies require more oxygen and this causes us to breathe faster. The primary concern about full-faced masks is the lack of ventilation they provide. With a full-face mask, some of the exhaled carbon dioxide may not fully exit the device. This extra carbon dioxide can build up in the mask and…

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October 18, 2019

Hawaii’s Coral Reefs are Coming Back to Life

Coral reefs are often considered the ‘canaries of the ocean,’ because they act as an alarm system for our marine environment. In recent years, scientists and concerned citizens have worked together to confront and alleviate some of the negative impacts facing our coral reefs by improving the resiliency of many coral species. Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions have contributed to the threats faced by coral reefs, including rising ocean temperatures, water acidification levels and disease. By reducing these stressors, humans can increase the resiliency of coral reefs and begin the restoration process needed to preserve their delicate habitat. Coral reefs in Hawaiʻi make up approximately 85 percent of all coral reefs in the United States, making Hawaiʻi an important location for restoration and propagation of these important species. With over 5,000 species of plants and animals making their home…

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July 2, 2019

Keeping Wild Dolphins Wild

Swimming with wild dolphins is on the bucket list of many visitors’ when they come to Hawaiʻi. While the thought of gliding alongside these majestic creatures may appeal to many, swimming with wild dolphins may constitute harassment under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Human contact with these beautiful marine mammals can have a devastating impact…

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May 24, 2019

The Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Welcomes New Pup into the World

One of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, the Hawaiian monk seal has been in existence for over 15 million years. With less than 1,100 monk seals left on the planet, the excitementover this year’s successful birth of a new pup in Kona, Hawaiʻi is something to celebrate. Last February, Hawaiʻi Island welcomed…

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April 16, 2019

Kanoa II Becomes Floating Art Gallery for Local Artist Eric Franke

Hawaiʻi Island artist, Eric Franke captures clean, earnest photographs of Hawaiian landscapes and uniquely expressive portraitures. A Kona native, Franke’s work is inspired by his experiences growing up in Hawaiʻi and incorporates his love of adventure and beauty into his artwork. On Friday, March 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm, Body Glove Cruises will…

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February 19, 2019

Safety First! Safety Tips for Vacationing in Paradise

The Island of Hawaiʻi is known for its gorgeous sunsets, pristine waters, beautiful landscapes and friendly people. There’s nothing like a perfect holiday in paradise to relax, re-energize and enjoy life to its fullest. However, while it’s important to pack your sunscreen and bikini, it’s also good to remind yourself that occasionally plans can go array. The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaiʻi Island, also known as VASH, is here to assist visitors to the island who experience adversity. VASH recognizes that even during the fun and relaxation of vacations, unfortunate events can happen. And when far from home, visitors do not usually have access to their own support systems and resources. VASH shares the aloha spirit with visitors affected by adversity. They also stress the following safety tips, to ensure your vacation is filled with positive, tropical memories. Ocean…

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January 31, 2019

Kona Coffee Turns a Cup of Jo in to a Cup of Aloha

There’s nothing quite like a Hawaiian vacation. Snorkeling, whale watching and cruising the beautiful Kona Coast, is a paradise lover’s dream come true. Yet, while our pristine warm waters and tropical marine life is second to none, Kona is also known for its delicious above ground treasure. Kona’s world-famous “coffee belt” is only about a…

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January 4, 2019

What is Coral Bleaching and How is it Caused?

Coral bleaching–it’s a real concern. But sometimes a lot of the technical jargon can create a barrier for people like me who struggle to understand. That’s why I’ve created this article for you. We’ll chat about what exactly is coral bleaching, how they become bleached, and the very real impact it has on all aspects of life. And I’ll explain it to you in the most simplest way I can. Let’s get started. What is Coral Bleaching? Coral are marine vertebrates which typically reside in compact, closely-grouped colonies. They are living organisms found rooted to the ocean’s floor like plants attached to soil. Typically, coral polyps are coated with an algae-like substance known as zooxanthellae, responsible for the pale-pink pigmentation of coral. This algae provides 90% of coral’s energy source and is vital for the health of both individual polyps coral and reef as…

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December 18, 2018

Coral Reefs Around The World Are In Grave Danger- Here’s What’s Happening

One of the most wondrous living things on earth is coral. Humans view its diversity and hues as a gorgeous, underwater decoration. But, it is a living organism that supports the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of species in the underwater ecosystem. Man may appreciate its wonder, but our destructive tendencies are harming this vital member of the oceans and seas. Here’s what you need to know about the grave threats facing coral reefs. If we don’t act soon, we may destroy these beautiful pieces of the earth. What Exactly Is Coral? Corals are relatives of the sea anemone. They are all made of the same simple structure: the polyp. The polyp resembles a tin can open at one end: the open end has a mouth surrounded by tentacles. The tentacles have stingers called nematocysts, that let the coral…

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December 6, 2018

The Last Straw- Drowning in Plastic

Author Robert Swan said the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. When it comes to our oceans and waters, that threat is becoming all too real. Plastics are putting marine animals and other sea life in real danger and environmentalists are sounding the alarm to the rest…

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November 27, 2018

Dive-In With Body Glove’s New SCUBA Option!

There’s no better family vacation destination than Hawaii, but sometimes choosing one activity that everyone agrees upon can be challenging. Body Glove Hawaii has just made this decision much easier! The Kanoa II, Body Glove’s award-winning, multi-million-dollar catamaran now offers a new SCUBA option on their popular Dolphin and Snorkel Adventure Cruise. Certified Divers can now enjoy SCUBA diving in Kona’s crystal-clear waters and marine preserves, while snorkelers of all experience levels can explore the island’s pristine underwater sanctuary. Derrick Troch, an experienced dive instructor, has worked for Body Glove for nearly five years and is now leading the SCUBA dives. “We want to cater to the entire family,” said Troch. “It’s not your typical dive boat that is strictly diving. This trip is designed with families in mind, so if you have father and son who scuba dive, but…

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October 16, 2018

Not All Heroes Wear Capes- Remembering Denver Leaman

On May 23, our Body Glove family said good-bye to one of our own. Denver Leaman worked as a naturalist for Body Glove Cruises for the past 25 years, sharing his extensive knowledge during the winter months for our Whale Watching excursions. His unparalleled talents were like no other. For our guests who knew Denver, and for those who didn’t, we would like to share with you a bit about this exceptional man who will be so greatly missed. Denver was incredibly intelligent and passionate. His dedication, wisdom and contributions to the scientific community were immeasurable. He received numerous recognitions for his work, yet what he will be most remembered for is his generous spirit and kind heart. The Body Glove crew had a game they would play with Denver and the passengers they called, “Stump the Naturalist.” The guests…

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August 30, 2018

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