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TALK STORY: Wiliwili Trees on the Wild West Coast of Hawaiʻi Island

Beginning in 2019, Body Glove Cruises partnered with CarbonBuddy to allow guests to offset the carbon emissions produced by their tour. When making a reservation online, make sure to check that $1 contribution checkbox; donations are given back to the community to support organizations like our friends at the Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative. We took…

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November 16, 2022

Body Glove Cruises Welcomes its New Addition to the Fleet: the 41’ Kona Explorer

The Body Glove family is excited to introduce the newest member of our fleet… Kona Explorer. Departing from Oahu, the newest member of the Body Glove fleet, the Kona Explorer arrived in Kona in record time on August 5, 2022. Captained by Operations Manager Jeremie Betts, she departed Ko Olina Marina on Maui, crossing the…

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October 27, 2022

TALK STORY: Houseless to Home Owners

Employees at Hawai’i Community Assets welcome you with open arms and are happy to help you find your forever home. When Body Glove Cruises partnered with CarbonBuddy in 2019, guests have since had the option to offset the carbon emissions produced by their tour by donating a dollar. Every quarter, we donate these contributions back…

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October 19, 2022

It’s Official: Reef Safe Suncreen is Law

Sunscreen – it’s a beachgoer’s closest ally. Whether it’s tucked into your backpack’s side pocket, or buried somewhere at the bottom beneath all your snorkeling gear and towel, a bottle of it is there. After spreading your towel across the sand, you’ll lather it onto your skin to ensure your tropical vacation isn’t dampened by…

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September 8, 2022

TALK STORY: ‘Ulu Makes the World Go Round

In 2019, Body Glove Cruises partnered with CarbonBuddy to offset our carbon emissions produced by our tours. Quarterly donations made by guests were contributed back to the community’s various nonprofit organizations. It was through CarbonBuddy that we, here at Body Glove Cruises, made a special connection with Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative in 2020. Now, in 2022,…

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July 28, 2022

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