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. Plan to see Kealakekua Bay and other attractions that appeal to you using our Captain Cook trip builder tool .
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  • We rented a kayak and went to the bay from a nearby beach. We started early at around 8:30 and after an hour of paddling we started seeing dolphins everywhere! They were jumping out of the water so it...  more »
  • We spent 9 days in Hawaii in October and made it a point to get to Captain Cook to snorkel. The water was clear and calm and filled with tropical fish! It was my first time snorkeling and it was compl...  more »
  • We LOVED this bay! Our kayak-snorkel adventure here was beyond amazing. From the bright blue, crystal clear waters to the amazing fish and dolphins swimming next to our kayaks. Every minute was breath...  more »

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Where to stay in Captain Cook

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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