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Kealakekua Bay

Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #2 of 19 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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Green Bay Wisconsin
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125 reviews 125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

With the high cliffs around it, the view of the Captain Cook Monument and the chance to do some snorkeling, this is a wonderful place to stop and take in the beauty.

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Santa Rosa, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A must, the snorkeling is amazing and the bay is perfect for beginners and kids.Sea Quest is the best outfit to book your excursions to see the Lava tubes on your way to snorkeling.

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Spokane, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Quick ride on the charter or you can drive over. We went on the snorkeling cruise. We were chased by dolphins and saw turtles too.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We read in our Lonely Planet book about the kayak and snorkeling in the bay and a visit to the Captain Cook monument and decided this was on our must do list. Without any reservations but with the knowledge that only three business have "rights" to land at the monument we took the scenic drive down to the bay. At... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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142 reviews 142 reviews
50 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Head south of Kona Town and drive down to this quiet bay loaded with sea life and history. Or take one of many boat tours to snorkel or just sight sea. Rocky shores with just a splash of coral sand here and there but usually quiet waters teeming with dolphins, some birds and whales in their migration. There is no... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We hiked down to the Captain Cook Monument to the bay to snorkel. Do not be fooled, the hike is intense, steep, hot full of bush, spiders and rocks. Its a difficult hike, and if you are not in relatively good shape, do not do this hike. We wore hiking sandals, but anything less and you'll be sorry! The trail,... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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421 reviews 421 reviews
163 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Scenic route from Captain Cook village to the bay. Nice views there. But you cannot reach the monument from here. Misleading for almost all GPS...

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Moscow, Russia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We rented a kayak to go snorkeling and see dolphins, but in appeared too many people are coming in the morning with guided boat tours. Boats are stinky and water by the Monument sometimes looked like a soup, as too many people stayed in the water. The only chance to enjoy is to snorkel after first boats leave, at aroung... More

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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Perhaps we were in the wrong place, but it appeared quite difficult to get to the Bay by land. It appeared we had to park (our rental) on the shoulder of a steep, winding road with little parking space and hike off into the bush. While for hikers, I'm sure the walk was nothing, to me it looked like a... More

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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