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Kealakekua Bay

Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Captain Cook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites, Bodies of Water
Activities: Snorkeling
Traveler Description: How to Hike down to kealakekua bay. The hike down is about 45 minutes - up maybe an hour or a bit more dependent on fitness. Not hard but BRING WATER... more »
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The snorkeling here is amazing, there is very easy access into the water and there is a nice grassy area to relax and enjoy the views when you're finished.

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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A great place after a fun long drive down to the bay for snorkeling or kayaking. There usually is a guy at the bay offering to rent kayaks for a small price. Theres a nice little picnic area. Not much parking but very picturesque.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A must if you visit Hawaii. The bay is beautiful. The water is so clear and the life that is beneath the water is amazing. We got there early before all the other tours showed up and it was so peaceful. Dolphins were jumping out of the water, a turtle was swimming and the fish were glistening.

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Tis truly beautiful, and loads of marine life, from seals to dolphins and of course the odd turtle. A little difficult in the beach department, mainly coral and rocks.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I rented a kayak for the day. Paddled out to Captain Cook to snorkel. Others that were there either did a snorkel tour by boat, guided kayak tour or hiked out. I'm glad we went out on our own because we unexpectedly spent the entire day out there on the water. There were so many dolphins in... More

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Loved going here. drive was beautiful and very scenic coming down from the top road. Very relaxed place and scenic. Took a lot of pictures here.

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Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Not your smoothest sand--in fact, it is rocky in places, but there are plenty of fish and we even saw a green turtle while there. Volunteers help locate green turtles and make sure people stay off the coral reefs close to shore. There is a place to change and shower, as well as a food truck and picnic tables. There... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Bee Museum, JoesNuts.com The painted church City of refuge and the kona coffeehouse is a nice afternoon!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A really great location for snorkelling with beautiful coral and marine life. We got some amazing shots here and had a lovely day snorkelling. Its right near the captain cook memorial however to set expectations know that you can only hike down to the monument, you cannot climb out of the water for a closer view as it will damage... More

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Lismore, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited here for a wedding and discovered so much more than a sleepy seaside community. The pace is slow and the locals friendly. Snorkelling was fabulous with great visibility, diverse fish life and corals and visits from turtles, small reef sharks and the local spinner dolphins. My best dive experience so far. Sunsets were stunning. I hope I am lucky... More

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