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Kealakekua Bay

Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Captain Cook
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Langley City, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
63 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Its a strange way to access such a popular spot but park on the side of the road(or pay the $5 to park in the State park) and walk down the side road to Two Step. Excellent snorkeling an smooth Lava rocks to sit on...don't forget the sunscreen.

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Dacula, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

A long winding road takes you from Hwy 11 down to the bay. Very little actual beach, but dolphins love the bay and are frequently seen taking a rest here.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Did a kayak / snorkel outing here. Got to see sevearl spinner dolphins up close and personal. Snorkeling was very good with a wide variety of different kinds of fish. Water clarity was mostly good.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Do not miss this place! there was a lot of confusion in getting the correct information about renting a kayak on our own to take out into the bay but luckily we found Pack and Paddle. They are one of the few companies with permits and didn't try to talk us into a tour. We had the experience of a... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Kealakekua Bay is beautiful but it is overused/abused. Kayaking is now regulated in order to protect the marine life but there are still locals renting kayaks illegally down by the shore. If it is illegal, why are they still there? It is disheartening when measures to protect the environment are being ignored or unenforced. I was really looking forward to... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Native Hawaiian plants and "canoe plants" those brought from other places in the Pacific by the early settlers. Fascinating insight into the range of plants and their use by the islanders for food, medicine and tools and more. Great presentation by Jim who shares his insights in to Myth and legend

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

easy access to bay from "two steps"; beautiful tropical fish within reach, beautiful clear water, and beautiful corral.

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San Francisco
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We wanted to drive down and see the bay before committing to a Kayak company or tour. We got to the bay and it was drop dead gorgeous. This guy Alex was in his car with a company magnet on the door down at the bottom of the road off to the right. We talked with him and he brought... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I've recently returned from the Mayan Rivieria where we went on a couple snorkel tours to the 'best spots in the Rivieria.' All I could think the entire time was how they did not come close to what we saw in Kealakekua Bay. The water is deep and clear, the reefs colourful and relatively intact and the fish are so... More

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Wenatchee, Washington, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We spent the morning here on Feb.24th, our last full day in Hawaii, and loved it. It was easy to find with lots of parking(in the morning). It was very easy to get in the water. We snorkeled along the edges of the rocks where the fish were more plentiful. We saw many varieties of fish along with an eel.... More

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