Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise in Kona, Hawaii

Marc enjoys Kona's blue ocean water

After a spectacular time at the Brewfest, the next morning came a little too quickly as Marc and I headed down to the Kona pier to embark on a snorkel and whale watching tour with Body Glove Hawaii.

Kona 2014

Snorkelling is something I love doing and try to do as much of as possible when I visit Hawaii. Surprisingly, I’d never done a boat trip before. All my snorkelling was done from shore so I was stoked to hear that we’d be headed to a secluded reef.

I was in the water as soon as we tied off.

Body Glove snorkel cruise

I could literally swim around all day doing nothing but watching the fish, hearing the surf and exploring. I have way too much footage of me doing just that.

I decided to live it up a little, James Bond style and I rented an underwater scooter for the trip, aka the Torpedo:

Snorkel and Whale Watch with Body Glove Cruises

The Torpedo meant I could zoom around the reef faster than with just my flippers.

Body Glove snorkel cruise

It was faster, just not quite as fast as it seems in the Bond films. Still a ton of fun.

I think next time I do something like this, I’ll try the SNUBA as that looked like a blast as well:
Body Glove snorkel cruise

One thing that brought out the little kid in me was the water slide on the side of the boat. I think I flung myself into the water on it at least half a dozen times…twice with a GoPro in hand.

Body Glove promises that you’ll see whales or you can come back for free. Clearly they know what they’re doing as we stopped coming and going from the reef a number of times as whales were spotted near the boat. I managed to get a few shots of the spouts spraying water and a couple of the tail fins going in for a deep dive.

Snorkel and Whale Watch with Body Glove Cruises

Snorkel and Whale Watch with Body Glove Cruises

Snorkel and Whale Watch with Body Glove Cruises

Check out what looks like barnacles on the tail – when I was reviewing the photo I thought it was a submarine or something at first:
Snorkel and Whale Watch with Body Glove Cruises

I’m pretty sure I was the last person out of the water when it was time to leave the reef and head back to Kona.

Body Glove snorkel cruise

I had a ton of fun on the boat. The cruise was the perfect thing to do in Kona and I regret not doing one previously.

Disclosure: The cruise was provided complementary by Body Glove Hawaii but I paid for my own torpedo rental and beverages.

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