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Address: Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian...

A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.

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Historical Dinner or Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
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US$115.00*
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
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Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

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Best Snorkeling on all of Hawaii

Simply. The. Best. Snorkeling. You can hike down, but I don't recommend it unless you are an experienced hiker and have plenty of water (don't hike after noon -- it's too hot... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply. The. Best. Snorkeling. You can hike down, but I don't recommend it unless you are an experienced hiker and have plenty of water (don't hike after noon -- it's too hot). Instead take a kayak tour, but choose carefully; only one company is permitted to land kayaks -- all the others cannot let the kayaks touch land, so it... More 

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to have an adventure day and forego the boat tour and instead hike into Captain Cook ourselves. We are young (ish) and (kind of) fit - the hike took us just over an hour each way, and the way back was quite challenging and very hot (not much shade). So be aware if you're planning... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visitors have two ways to get to the monument commemorating an important historical event – the arrival of Captain Cook at the Sandwich Islands which Cook named after one of the underwriters of his around the world trip: Lord Sandwich. The first, and arduous way, is to descend; and, mind you, then ascend, a trail that traverses a 2000 ft... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great monument. You can hike or kayak here, and we chose to hike. It's about 4-ish miles round-trip, and well worth it for the view and the history at the bottom.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made it to marker 5 and turned around thought I was going to die on the way up. We were not prepared. If you are prepared I'm sure the snorkeling at the end would be well worth it. Next time I will have a boat get me there. 😂

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a long, hot hike down but well worth it. Sneakers or boots are recommended for the rocky and uneven trail. Going down is not too bad but going up is a whole other story. Lots of water , more than you need to be safe. Amazing snorkeling at the bottom . Not for young children

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Ventura County Coast, California
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

This is a great location to visit. Either hike the 3.8 mile round trip, kayak, or take one of the many boats available to enjoy this secluded bay. Towering lava cliffs and fantastic snorkeling is available at this location. within minutes we saw several species of fish including moray eels and colorful tangs. The hike is tough unless you are... More 

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California
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

We have been to Big Island multiple times and we've always been put off visiting the monument by the hike (with the kids). We have been snorkeling on other locations around Kealakekua Bay and thought they were great, too (and they are!). Finally we decided to kayak over to the monument and we were very impressed. Snorkeling is great -... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Coming from Australia, anything to do with Captain Cook is interesting as he is credited with discovering Australia [whereas he was the first to discover the east coast only]. Nevertheless, the history of Cook and his discoveries are always fascinating and to see his memorial where he was killed, was enjoyable to complete my knowledge of him. We went with... More 

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Reviewed 7 April 2017

We had a fantastic personalized trip with My Kona Adventures. They are a small business run by veterans. We were a party of 3 but the boat will hold 6. The captain took us to Kealakekua Bay. we snorkeled a little over an hour, saw the Captain Cook Monument, the spot where he died and learned history of the event.... More 

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