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Kealakekua Bay

Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #1 of 16 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a wonderful day at this park! We hiked, swam, and had a good time exploring the area. I think this is one of the best places on the Big Island to get back to aqua-nature. The adventure is perfect for a person who enjoys hiking, snorkeling and other activities. My suggestion as a lightweight explorer: come prepared! Bring... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I knew I really wanted to come here when I started researching where to go on the big island. Originally I wanted to hike it to save the money of taking a cruise but the hike sounded mildly sketchy and we weren't sure what the deal was with private property. We did the fair winds tour and loved it!! It... More

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Irvine, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband and I rented a kayak and went kayaking out to Captain Cook Monument, where we docked on the rocky shore and went snorkeling. To date, it has been the most amazing snorkeling experience of my life. I dropped into the water and literally felt like I had dropped into an aquarium. The water was incredibly clear. I can't... More

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We booked the Kona Boys morning magic Kayak and snorkel tour. WOW worth every penny and more. The water was calm the sky was blue. kayaking was effortless and once in the water it was like swimming in an aquarium. Make note if coming in on a boat tour. You are not allowed to walk on the ground by the... More

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