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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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Spinner dolphins up close

Sea Turtles and Spinner Dolphins were up close and personal. Great views while snorkeling. Good access from beach but care still needed with coral.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sea Turtles and Spinner Dolphins were up close and personal. Great views while snorkeling. Good access from beach but care still needed with coral.

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Vernon, B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rented some kayaks from some potentially shady looking locals near the park. It turned out to be the best thing we did on the trip. Absolutely loved the sea kayaking and what we experienced in Kealakekua Bay. We saw literally dozens of spinner dolphins who jumped and spun and played all around us. Then we headed over to Captain Cook's... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The snorkelling here is the best we have done on Hawaii. A great number of tropical fish and nice coral heads to be seen. We walked down and found it absolutely fine although getting in is slightly difficult

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apparently this review was started but never finished. This was such a great spot to canoe and snorkel. We rented a canoe for about $50.00 and they dropped it right into the ocean for us, no need to walk with it or portage anywhere. It's a bout a 1/2 - 1 hour trip to get to the monument and the... More 

Thank JP2431
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved seeing the dolphins swimming around me when I went. It was really entertaining to watch them swim and spin.

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Kealakekua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a hard hike, a few miles down and back up is a workout but not too hard. You can swim more safely here than other shoreline access points on Big Island. It's a popular spot, so you won't always go there for solitude. Once you are in the water however, you are alone in the quiet and the life... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely fantastic place to snorkel. Beautiful surrounding and thrilling sea life. High chance of seeing dolphins up close. Near the bottom also small harmless sharks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

There are various ways of getting to the Captain Cook monument, which also has great snorkeling just a few metres away. They include charter boat, kayaking and walking in. We decided to walk. The sign at the top warns you 'to think twice' before doing it. I agree. It is a 2-3 hour round trip, in the full sun, a... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We took a fishing charter for the day and took a lunch stop here to relax and eat lunch and snorkel. Some amazing coral and fish here. You can watch dolphins dance all afternoon long as well.

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We rented a kayak from the beach - it's was a long paddle but so worth it! The dolphins were everywhere. My husband swam with them (I was afraid I couldn't get back on the kayak!). An amazing morning. A local said that the dolphins have learned that humans can't swim fast so they now swim slowly so they can... More 

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