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Kealakekua Bay

Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Private Tour
$115*
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Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari
Top Rated
$110*
and up
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
92%
Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Captain Cook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Snorkeling
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Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Snorkeling
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Brisbane, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Bay lies below a cliff and can be quite rough so it is highly recommended not to Snorkel on the Place of Refuge end of the bay. The area also has a variety of locals offering to provide Kayaks, however, would only recommend this if you really know what you are doing.

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Vancouver Island
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We were so looking forward to spending a wonderful day snorkelling at Two Step. I am not a very confident swimmer/snorkeller, but really wanted to give it a go. I found it very intimidating to try and time my entrance/exit from the natural steps...to get in or out you had to wait for a surge in the waves to raise... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Kealakekua is a nice quiet bay with interesting history. We found that the reef was average. We did the boat trip which was a lot of cash for just an o-k experience. We would recommend you hike in as the snorkelling is still worth checking out but I wouldn't spend a lot on the experience when there are better spots... More 

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Kent, WA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Used SeaQuest tour company and what a beautiful reef! Coral is coming back despite ignorant tourists of the past and the fish are abundant! Lots of different species of fish and coral - even an eel sighting. Do not miss this site. Avoid on cruise ship Wednesdays. Thanks for helping protect this sacred place for generations of no-longer-ignorant tourists and... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The bay is a great area to snorkel. Start near the monument and swim around both sides wherever it is calm. There are basically 3 ways to get to the bay - kayak, boat or hike. A boat ride is the easiest (no physical effort required). Kayak is more effort plus you have the issue of getting in and out... More 

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Portland, OR
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We booked a kayak/Snorkel trip with Aloha Kayak Co. Outstanding tour. We kayaked from one end of the bay to the other ending at the Captain Cook monument and a great snorkel experience (one of the best snorkeling experiences we have seen in any of the Hawaiian Islands). While kayaking over we encountered hundreds of Spinner dolphins. We had to... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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WORCESTER
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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
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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77 helpful votes 77 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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