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Kealakekua Bay

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Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-328-8775
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Awesome Snorkeling

We finally took the boat tour to be able to snorkel at this bay and it was well worth it. (Fair Winds) The snorkeling was the best we have experienced on the island. The water is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We finally took the boat tour to be able to snorkel at this bay and it was well worth it. (Fair Winds) The snorkeling was the best we have experienced on the island. The water is calm and there are nice corals and other features to see in addition to the many many varieties of fish we saw.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were traveling with small children, so our only option to get to Kealakekua Bay was with a tour boat (see review for Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides). Water was calm and clear, easy for beginning snorkelers like our kids. They had a blast! We saw a nice colorful array of coral, but not as much fish as we... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Best snorkeling in Hawaii. Getting to the monument by Kayak is my recommendation. We used Adventures in Paradise. Experienced guides.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

During your visit to Hawai'i, you have to snorkel. Kealakekua Bay is a good choice for the inexperienced. It is only accessible by tour boat, kayak, or hiking, and they seem to time the tours to keep down the crowd. We kayaked with a guide, who offered best practices for getting the most out of a relatively limited snorkel area.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The water was a little rough because of storms in the Pacific so that limited visibility. But, was still able to see sea turtles, eels and coral galore.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was a snorkel stop on our Sea Quest excursion. We were shocked to see the number of boats, zodiaks and kayakers in the Bay. We had to keep raising our heads out of the water to avoid the novice kayakers and other boats. Our experience was quite different from other tripadvisors who seemed to have had the bay to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We drove into the parking lot at a nearby state park and were approached by this guy sitting in his car with an Ehu and Kai business card of where we could rent kayaks! He led us (we followed in our car) to his family members who were there at a launching place getting people set up with gear. Nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We rented kayaks to explore this bay. There is no beach. Lots of snorkel boats go here, but it was super cool in a kayak. calm water, lots of coral. Some fish (if you want to see loads of fish, go to Kahaluu Beach in Kailua). The bay is surrounded by cliffs with caves in them. You can paddle by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Let me start off by saying that Kealakekua Bay is absolutely beautiful and is a must see. The follow up there is that should you choose to rent a kayak and go across to the Captain Cook monument, be VERY careful who you rent from if you're a novice. I made a litany of mistakes in the process of getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went to Kealakekua Bay and rented a kayak for 60 USD for the whole day. There were lots of spinnerdolphins in the bay and we could kayak and snorkel between them all day, it was absolutely awesome! We also saw seaturtles in the bay and peddeled to the captain Cook monument. You need a permit to put your kayak... More 

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