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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook

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The ancient Hawaiian settlement Kealakekua Bay is known for its historical sites and religious temples, as well as for kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. A marine life conservation district, the bay--which is on the National Register of Historic Places--offers historical hiking routes, guided kayak tours, and picnic spots with a pavilion and restrooms available. Visit the beach, or hike through the forests along hills and dirt roads to reach renowned diving spots. You can also take a guided tour of the area to explore sights, such as Cook Monument, which was built at the approximate location of Captain Cook's death. For Kealakekua Bay and beyond, use our Captain Cook itinerary builder to get the most from your Captain Cook vacation.
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To take advantage of the best recreational activities Captain Cook has to offer, book your stay at one of the area's private ranches or vacation villas. Though pricey, these establishments often provide impressive amenities like guided tours of the area as well as complimentary spa treatments, fitness facilities, and access to private beaches. For something a bit less expensive, consider one of the city's budget-friendly bed and breakfasts. These places often offer sweeping ocean views that make up for what they may lack in amenities.
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  • We rented a kayak and hired a guide out of Kona Boys. We were in Hawai'i the week before Memorial day so it was slow for all the outfitters. We ended up with a private kayak tour! We arrived at the mo...  more »
  • Kealakekua Bay was our destination when we rented a boat from Kona Boat Rentals. After a brisk hour boat ride down the coast we motored in to the bay. It is a no wake, no anchor zone so if you want to...  more »
  • This place is beautiful, with very colorful fish and dolphin! Several kayaking and snorkling trips are offered. With Adventures in Paradise is who we chose!! A wonderful energetic historian of the isl...  more »