Body Glove Cruises Welcomes its New Addition to the Fleet: the 41’ 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 dangerous Alenuihaha Channel in just eight hours. The Kona Explorer joins its sister, the 65-ft. luxury catamaran, Kanoa II, as part of the company’s commercial operation out of the Kailua Pier.
Determined to distinguish itself from the rest, the Kona Explorer is a 41-ft. “super raft” outfitted with two Suzuki 350 engines to take it farther and faster than most boats, without sacrificing any of the comforts of a bigger vessel: cushioned bench seating, shade, storage for your belongings, and a restroom.
Guests aboard the Kona Explorer have the opportunity to experience two snorkeling locations, many of which are not accessible by most tour operators, due to distance and accessibility. Experience historical sites, lava flows, sea caves, and wild marine life along the Kona Coast, witnessed by only a few. The Kona Explorer is capable of traveling as far as 25 miles (40 km) north and south of its departure point at the Kailua Pier.
The Kona Explorer is designed for blue water offshore expeditions. Hawaiʻi is home to 18 species of marine mammals year round, including pilot whales, sperm whales, orcas, and an assortment of rare dolphins.
While out at sea, Body Glove treats guests to delicious, locally-sourced snacks and lunch, and crew accompanies guests in the water, where they serve as guides and impromptu naturalists. The Kona Explorer is also available for private charters.
The Extraordinary Snorkeling Experience aboard the Kona Explorer commences operation in mid-November, just in time for Hawaiʻi’s annual visitors: our majestic humpback whales!
Written By: Keisha Colon