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Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkel and Coastal Adventure

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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook monument, Big Island of Hawaii

In a coconut shell here goes, the famed British explorer Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. Early the next year he sailed back to Hawaii and into... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Jeffery P
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In a coconut shell here goes, the famed British explorer Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. Early the next year he sailed back to Hawaii and into Kealakekua bay. All was well at first but he seemed to have outstayed his hosts hospitality. On Valentines day 1779, he was killed along with four of his sailors in... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented kayaks (single and a double) from Kona Boys ($133 for 24 hrs rental). You have to rent from a certified place who can issue you the pass authorizing you to be in the bay (limited entry). When we got to the drop in place (at the end of Mohini Rd) we were greeted by Rufus (local Hawaiian) who... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came via snorkeling boat. The water is very clear! We thought not as many fish this year - variety yes, quantity-no. Still, it's enjoyable. We were told Hawaiian law says those coming by boat are not to go on shore - so those at the monument must be hiking to it?

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking distance from our Inn ,very tough to park,rocky beach, but good snorkeling according to locals. Permit required to kayak

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Thank Schuyler T
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honaunau was the best snorkeling experience I had in Hawaii. There were shallow areas for beginners and deep areas for people who wanted to explore. The water was crystal clear. You'd definitely want to bring your snorkel gear. The only things I'd caution are there is gets very crowded! Parking can be a challenge but it's well worth it. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome sunsets and great vibe! Also during winter months great place to see whales giving a show. Easy to drive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice activity nearby the "place of refuge" with relatively easy entry into the water and lots of fish and turtles too. Our first visit there we had 2 turtles surfing in and out of a little tide pool literally inches from our toes and only 1-2 ft of water! It was amazing and lasted 30-40 min while they munched... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is simply beautiful - clear water, coral reefs, fish everywhere - my wife and I loved it. We snorkeled around the northwest side of the bay (near the Captain Cook Monument) and had a blast. We will visit this place again someday.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I learned to snorkel here years ago, and I still come here to marvel at the fish and coral one can see in this bay. This visit I decided to count the different varieties of fish that I saw and got confused at 83. Do you count sea turtles? They are there as well as spinner dolphins in the deeper,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place by accident as we were driving the roads near the monument. It was a little humid and I would suggest good shoes so you can hike and really see everything on the beach, rock wall and park. Dolphins play in this bay so if you want to swim with them and need to save yourself some... More 

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