I’m happy to share our second post in the series of four of our Kona, Hawaii vacation. We took an organized tour with the girls that we felt was worth the money and that the girls would enjoy. It was the only organized trip we took. The Body Glove Dolphin Snorkel Tour was fantastic. It’s a 4.5 hour tour with breakfast AND freshly grilled burger lunch. We got a whole 2.5 hours to snorkel, plus an hour ride both there and back from the snorkel spot! They provide everything needed, including reef safe sunblock. What was great about this too, was that you were back in town by 1:30, which still left you with the rest of the day to enjoy.
One of the most fabulous things is that kids 5 and under are FREE, even though they still provide them with food, life vests, snorkel gear and glass bottom boogie boards. Added plus, the staff was amazing with the girls and even played bubbles with them to get the girls comfy and in a happy place to be open to the experience.
The girls tried on their snorkel masks and they were NOT having it. Too tight!!! Ugh. Okay, plan B. Glass bottom boogie boards. They seemed amped for this, until it was time to get into the water. Fighting, kicking, screaming, crying. I felt like a horrible parent, but I made them go anyway. I KNEW they’d love it, if they could just get OUT THERE!
So after muscling them on the boards and a few minutes of crying, the sobs slowly gave way to, “Oh, MOM! Look at that yellow fish! Did you see that Dory fish?! Oh, there’s Gil!” (From Finding Nemo). I knew we made the right choice when Maisy said to me while snorkeling, “Mom, thank you, this is the best day EVER!” We snorkeled while holding onto the girls on their boards and it was awesome! They totally loved it and didn’t want to get out to have lunch. Thank goodness or we could have gone down in history as the worst parents ever giving their kids a permanent hate for water.
We took a break for a tasty cheeseburger (or veggie burger) lunch and Todd and I took turns going off of the awesome Body Glove boat water slide that shoots you from the upper level of the boat right into the ocean! So fun. We also dove off the high dive they have a few times. Goooood times.
We got in the water for one last snorkel and then the boat headed back.
On the way back we saw very impressive pods of spinner dolphins performing their tricks and spinning all around us. It was amazing. They even let the girls drive the boat. Maisy hung out with the Captain for the remainder of the ride home. She’d found her calling.
We were lucky enough to find a deal with Hawaii Savers, for a price of only $116/person rather than the Body Glove full price of $128. If you are willing to spend some time at a Timeshare pitch, you can get the trip much cheaper, but we didn’t want to give up our time.
All in all, great trip, the kids did really well and we felt we got a wonderful value.
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