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Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Amazing snorkeling

Loved the time we had to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay. Beautiful water, amazing fish, and all in a remarkably protected cove that is reasonably calm at all times. The whole family... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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185 reviews 185 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the time we had to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay. Beautiful water, amazing fish, and all in a remarkably protected cove that is reasonably calm at all times. The whole family had a great time.

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Las Cruces
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I, with our 9-year-old grandson, rented kayaks from Bayside. We opted to have a guide, and she took us quickly across the bay to the dolphins. We were quickly overboard to swim near them. A high point of our vacation. Then we paddled over near the Captain Cook monument for excellent snorkeling. The reef was in the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is beautiful. A bay surrounded by high cliffs. Captain Cooks monument. And the reef. Snorkeling here was amazing. The reef the fish the drop off. We enjoyed our day here and would not hesitate to go back.

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Madison, Mississippi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My wife & I rented a tandem kayak from Bayside Adventures for a self-guided tour of the bay and Captain Cook monument area. The surf was a little rough for my wife's taste near the launch point, but otherwise our permitted, $60 paddle and snorkel adventure was very enjoyable. We started around 9 AM and wrapped up around noon, and... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We took the Adventures in Paradise Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Dolphins boat tour instead of the popular kayak and snorkel tour. We booked for a Friday at 7AM but when we got to the meeting area the Hawaii government was paving the road at the boat ramp and it was to be unexpectedly closed for the day. Mike, the captain,... More 

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Fort Collins, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We snorkelled 3 different times here on snorkel boat tours, and every time was a unique and wonderful snorkel experience. Being at this historical place where the Captain Cook monument is located is an interesting sidelight. Coral formations are great here, and you have the steep drop-off, and scores of bright tropical fish. We also encountered turtles here, and white-mouthed... More 

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california
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a very calm bay most of the time. You can rent a kayak at many local companies. Aloha and Kona Boys will give you a permit, which you need. We saw dozens of spinner dolphins, swimming right by our kayak, and jumping up to 15 feet out of the water. There is also great snorkeling near the Captain... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We have been to Kealakekua Bay State historical park twice, in March 2009 and January 2015. Had a nice boat trip and exiting snorkeling ...as my friend made too close acquaintance with sea urchin :) all good that ends good:) Its a pity, we didnt see many dolphins or had a chance to swim with them, but i hope next... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Some says the trail is only 1.8 miles one way, but it really felt like 3 miles OW with 1500ft elevation difference from end to end. Walking on the dirt path with small rocks and fallen leaves was not easy. We survived the hike with 2 toddlers (2 and 4), but it was REALLY hard. Bring enough water, wear proper... More 

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East Greenville, PA
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This bay is not only the site of the Captain Cook Monument but it is also the site of a protected marine sanctuary. One cannot legally access the monument from the ocean side but it is accessible by car. We were visiting the bay as part of a snorkel adventure with Fair Wind Cruises and we were primarily interested in... More 

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