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Kealakekua Bay

Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Private Tour
$115*
and up
Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari
Top Rated
$110*
and up
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
92%
Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Captain Cook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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139 reviews 139 reviews
34 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We did not hike down to the beach but drove to the State Park that looks across the bay to the Captain Cook Monument. It is clean, but poorly maintained. What signage there is, is so worn as to be barely readable. The tour guide states this is a location of great historical and cultural significance, but the current appearance... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

this place is gorgeous! definitely make time to visit this beautiful bay. you can rent kayaks from some folks down there and paddle over to the captain cook monument. it's an easy 20 minute trip each way, and well worth it.

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Barcelona, Spain
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Dolphins almost every day. One of the most amazing snorkeling sites I have ever visited. We rented a kayak and spent 4 o 5 hours non-stop. Dolphins are amazing creatures and they seem to like you to be there. Coral and many many fish are also great to see with this amazing crystal-clear water.

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Pleasanton, California
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367 reviews 367 reviews
221 attraction reviews
378 helpful votes 378 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We rented a kayak from Ehu and Kay Kayak Rental - they are great! Getting to the bay might be a bit hard because you paddle against the surf and the wind, but once you get a few hundred feet out, the ocean is much calmer. There are two easy landmarks to remember - the US flag right by the... More 

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Clearwater, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We rented kayaks from Kona Boys on the highway. We arrived 7:30 as the store opened and were loaded and gone with 2 double kayaks in short order....very professional service. We worked our way to the launch point where a local named Rufus helped us get the gear off the car and ready to go. He was very helpful; pointing... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We rented a sea kayak from Ehu and Kai rental to kayak the bay to observe the incredible beauty of the ocean, the seashore, the dolphins, and to spend the morning snorkeling in fantastically clear water with gorgeous reef fish and sea life. We rented from them the last time we came to the big island, five years ago. The... More 

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We spent New Year's Eve hiking down to the Captain Cook monument for the snorkeling. It was like snorkeling in an aquarium - crystal clear - since there's no sand that gets stirred up by waves. We saw so many schools of fish of all shapes and sizes and dolphins out in the bay. I actually heard the dolphins when... More 

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Wishram, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Excellent snorkeling, scenery, everything--except peace. We kayaked over to the monument for the first time in ten years and loved it until the tour\cattle boats showed up, then the water was full of people not fish. One blonde female captain actually yelled across the water at us that we weren't supposed to be there without a tour group--knowing better we... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Great snorkeling with lots of nice coral reefs and an abundance of fish! The trail starts on a road close to the highway and lots of cars park on both sides of the road so it should be easy to spot the beginning of the trail. Bring good shoes, food and at least a minimum of 1 liters of water... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

After reading several reviews we decided to take the hike down to the Captain Cook monument to go snorkeling and were very glad we did. The trail was well cleared (Dec. 20), we didn't need long pants. Although, others are right that you do this hike for the snorkeling, it is actually a fairly interesting hike. Be sure you have... More 

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