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Kealakekua Bay

Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #1 of 14 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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Irvine, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Lausanne, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Kealakekua Bay is easily the best spot for snorkelling on the Big Island. The water is extremely clear and the ocean floor is covered in coral richer than I saw anywhere else on Hawai'i. The hike there is tough, as mentioned here often, but it makes reaching the bay incredibly rewarding. How to get there: You can join a tour,... More

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went several mornings and climbed in- easy to with no need for a tour or guide if you are a fairly competent diver. It can feel cold close to shore from the freshwater springs, but warms up if you head out a bit. There is a huge area of shallow reefs to explore. We spotted eels and all manner... More

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Port Angeles, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes for the 2.5 mile hike down to the bay (remember there will be a walk UP). Definitely worth the time to snorkel in pristine waters with great coral and fish diversity. Not sure I would pay the hefty price to join scads of inexperienced snorkeler's on a big boat.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I accessed the bay via one of the touring boats. We moored offshore and snorkeled from there. The underwater visibility here approaches 200 feet (which is incredible!). There is a coral shelf that extends from the shore for quite a distance, the water getting gradually deeper until it is about 12 feet deep or so and then it suddenly plunges... More

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The hike down to the bay is pretty easy, the path is not hard to find. It's easy to spot across the street from where all the cars are parked. Yo don't get much of a view until over halfway down. The brush can be pretty thick at times towards the top. At the bottom you can spot the memorial... More

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Whitefish Bay, WI
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We came here on a Fair Winds morning excursion and could not have had a better time. While there will be many other boats here, you never feel crowded. Well worth it!

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Regina, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Great time. They serve breakfast and lunch on the trip and supply snorkling gear. All the coral and tropical fish are awesome. Bring sunscreen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We took the 3.5 hr tour with Aloha Kayak. It is a very good tour for families and couples alike. You can only go to the Kealakekua bay with one of the three authorized companies. When we arrived to Aloha Kayak, they fit our snorkel gear, gave us a brief history of the Bay and safety instructions. We drove around... More

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