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Kealakekua Bay

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Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-328-8775
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big...
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay
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Historical Dinner or Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

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watching the dolphins!

Kealakekua bay meand pathway to the gods, and there is a special atmosphere. Usually in the morning you can watch pods of spinner dolphins who come to rest in the bay.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Wervershoof, The Netherlands
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Wervershoof, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kealakekua bay meand pathway to the gods, and there is a special atmosphere. Usually in the morning you can watch pods of spinner dolphins who come to rest in the bay.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This bay has the best snorkeling! I even rate it higher than Honaunau where I have been plenty of times. The trail is right off of highway 11. Google maps will show you where. The trail down is no joke. You lose 1400ft in less than two miles. Wear some tennis/hiking shoes please! I wore sandals and paid for it... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, winter months bring rough surf and we were unable to paddle over to the Captain Cook monument. There are several nice beach parks for stops to see the scenery, take photos, and look at flowers and birds.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Don't miss this! Swim or snorkel with dolphins just feet away from you! Take a boat tour of this beautiful bay (try Fairwinds or Body Glove snorkel tours for a fun day with family or friends)! Please respect the beauty and nature of this place by not harassing the animals or stepping on the coral!

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the Captain Cook trail here to Kealakekua Bay back in Oct 2013 but back then I did not have a trip advisor account to review it. The trail is rigorous and challenging but if you're fit and have plenty of water it should not be a problem. The trail can be found by using a couple of palm... More 

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Thank Alberto C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've already reviewed the trail down to Kealakekua Bay, the path down takes less than an hour but back is steep , hot and thirsty and takes an hour.......BUT the bay itself is just beautiful and fantastic snorkeling. It is not a sandy beach and I would not suggest it for small kids. Most people there seemed to have come... More 

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Thank AlvaJoyce
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved Kealakekua Bay! The best snorkeling is here. We went twice, once when the swell was big, we saw a lot but felt it wasn't as clear as it usually is, so we went again on a more calm morning and it was amazing! Lots to see! However, the drawback! The monument is pretty cool, but if you want... More 

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West Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We planned a head of time to rent a kayak and make our way to the Captain Cook monument and snorkel. We rented our Kayaks from Bay Side Adventures as they were highly rated online and a co-worker. They are right down at the waterfront making it very easy. Most of the companies you will have to strap your rental... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have one place to visit, hit up Kealakekua Bay. It is so worth the time and effort. The reef is beautiful and the drop off breathtaking. Out in the bay you can watch spinner dolphins frolic, play and sleep. You can access the bay by kayak rental to the south or by an excursion. We snorkeled 3 different... More 

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you hike or boat in, this is a must see/do for anyone traveling to the Big Island. The best snorkeling we had on the island. The water is clear and the fish everywhere you look.

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