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 stopped here and although it was a little rough it was not crowded and because we are strong swimmers we ventured in. It was amazing, we didn't spot any dolphins but did have a visit from a curious...  more »
  • We went to this bay by kayaks in the morning. The water was calm and warm as usually here in Hawaii. The bay itself has deep, crystal clear water and the best place to snorkel is around the Captain Co...  more »
  • There are several tour boats that go here, but I like to go to the trailhead and walk in (about 2 miles) to the beach. Some of the best snorkeling on the Island.  more »
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  • Arguably the best place to snorkel in Hawaii and we snorkeled in about 6 different places on 3 different islands. Biggest reason is that the water here is super calm and crystal clear. We rented kayaks to get to the area around the monument. It was a nice 30 minute paddle to get over. Saw a good variety of fish and even spinner dolphins playing.
  • This is the sign we have posted at the top of our road Makahiki Lane, Captain Cook Hawaii. Our private road we have to maintain ourselves.We (all neighbors) have contacted Google several times over the past two years to get you to stop sending people down our road to get to Kealakekua Bay but you seem to be unwilling to change it. Our road is a dead end with a difficult turn around and there is no view of anything.Your marker for Kealakeakua Bay needs to be moved from the center of the bay down to a southern section of the bay near Napoopoo pier so people will drive down state 160. With the marker in the center of the bay our road Makahiki Lane, Captain Cook appears to be the shortest route. It is not. You don't get there. Please correct this. By the way the sign is 4 feet by 8 and is read by thousands every day driving the correct way to the bay rte 160.
  • Great snorkling
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  • The historic Bay where James Cook was killed, there is also a memorial to witness. The beach is made of large stones so not ideal for lounging. Unfortunately we arrived late afternoon and we couldn't enjoy snorkelling or dolphin watching.
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