The Captain Cook Monument, Captain Cook

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  • We walked down to the memorial late afternoon, which meant we had the whole place to ourselves, nice and quiet. The tour boats that come into the bay are very packed and noisy. The walk down involves ...  more »
  • The descent is actually easy. Good shoes are recommended. We were three hours at the monument to the snorkeling. It is advisable to bring water shoes. At the entrance and exit point, it has very many sea urchins, and some climbing art is in demand. The way back to the road was for us only very tiring due to the heat. I recommend to start the hike as early as possible.
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  • It's a tough hike but very worthy. You have to take your time and plan ahead because it takes time to get there. The bay is beautiful and the water is clear and u can see the fish and you can see the ...  more »
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  • Simply a must see when coming to the Big Island. You can reach it a few different way from the road which is very long and step hike, from a boat of rent a kayak. Technically the only way you are able to step foot on the monuments grounds is by hiking in because of the damage created to the coral reef by landing kayaks and boats.
  • Climate change or traffic. This place has gone downhill. Corral is dying, and fish variety has reduced. I actually think this place would do much better without the tours. Two decades a ago you could rent a kayak come down here and see so much. This time huge tour ships were parked over the reef. It was rediculous. This is in the name of saving the reef. Only permitted companies or tours can rent kayaks or take you out there.
  • Captain James Cook Monument and surrounding area is a nice place to visit on the Big Island. Plenty of things to see under water like bright yellow fish. You can spot mongoose running in the forest and Tamarind trees growing along the path that leads to that spot. Be prepared that the hike is somewhat hard on the way back as you go uphill all the way. Make sure you stop by and admire the view of the ocean on the way there! You can spot wales playing in the water!
  • Not worth it! This is a long hike down, rough terrain, be sure to wear actually tennis shoes, bring bug spray and lots of water. You will see markers along the way, they are not mile markers but they go up to 8. Once you are down there, you can snorkel but nothing it is nothing special and not worth the hike. If you want to experience it, do a tour boat that takes you out there by boat and allows you to snorkel. It will save you a lot of time and energy. The hike took about an hour down and we ended up hitching a ride back with some locals on a boat so we didn't have to hike back up. There are no signs telling you are in the right place. Once you turn off the road, you will see some cars parked along the road, look across the street and walk down a little bit and you will see the sign that tells you how rough the hike is.
  • I've been diving/snorkeling for 20 years at this was arguably the best experience to date. I've hiked the Grand Canyon and all throughout Michigan, and this was probably one of the most challenging. The trail is mainly comprised of pool-ball sized rocks that are waiting to sprain your ankle. However, the snorkeling was incredible so the experience is well worth your effort.

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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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