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Kealakekua Bay

Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Captain Cook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Snorkeling
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Hudson, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Best snorkeling is at two step, enter the water to the right hand side. Saw dolphins and many many fish, nice coral. See place of refuge, hike the 1870 trail. There are several little beaches, not much sand but that makes the snorkeling better. There are kayaks as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

There is parking right next to the water and there is a bathroom facility nearby as well. Nice to go and watch the waves break over the rocks. It has a cool sound as the rocks get moved around in the waves.

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Worth every penny to do a kayak tour to the bay next to Captain Cook Monument. The reef is phenomenal!! Yes, we saw many spinner dolphins and although I would have loved to be closer and/or swim next to them as I saw others do but after learning more, I have to agree with those who are urging us not... More

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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105 reviews 105 reviews
71 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I visited the bay with my husband and several family members for snorkeling as part of a boat tour to "swim with dolphins". The tour was excellent, I can't speak highly enough about the tour company and captain, and while he was careful to keep a respectful distance from the spinner dolphins and not "chase" them, we had the most... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We visited Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook Monument this October. The monument and snorkelling site is only accessible by boat or a hike. We decided to do the hike which descends around 1300 feet through some rocky and overgrown trail. Personally I enjoyed the hike, you go through some area's that are overgrown but eventually come out to a... More

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Green Bay Wisconsin
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130 reviews 130 reviews
37 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

With the high cliffs around it, the view of the Captain Cook Monument and the chance to do some snorkeling, this is a wonderful place to stop and take in the beauty.

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Santa Rosa, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A must, the snorkeling is amazing and the bay is perfect for beginners and kids.Sea Quest is the best outfit to book your excursions to see the Lava tubes on your way to snorkeling.

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Spokane, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Quick ride on the charter or you can drive over. We went on the snorkeling cruise. We were chased by dolphins and saw turtles too.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We read in our Lonely Planet book about the kayak and snorkeling in the bay and a visit to the Captain Cook monument and decided this was on our must do list. Without any reservations but with the knowledge that only three business have "rights" to land at the monument we took the scenic drive down to the bay. At... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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143 reviews 143 reviews
50 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Head south of Kona Town and drive down to this quiet bay loaded with sea life and history. Or take one of many boat tours to snorkel or just sight sea. Rocky shores with just a splash of coral sand here and there but usually quiet waters teeming with dolphins, some birds and whales in their migration. There is no... More

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