Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook: Hours, Address, Kealakekua Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Kealakekua Bay
4.5
Historic Sites • Bodies of Water • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Larry K
6 contributions
A long and winding drive leads to a large bay looking out across toward Captain Cook monument and Kealakekua Bay. Look toward the center of the cliffs for a "keyhole" shaped opening here is where the ancient Hawaiians would bring their dead for burial.
Written July 25, 2022
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Melanie H
10 contributions
We really enjoyed the views from a kayak we rented of this bay! No dolphins were sighted on our day, but we only went midday
Written July 18, 2022
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Cowboy
Stanwood, WA460 contributions
Worth the drive. Limited parking but you should go and check it out. Watch out for heavy surf, you might get wet.
Written May 13, 2022
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Peru201193
Las Vegas, NV283 contributions
Friends
Do not miss the snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay. And definitely go with Fair Wind, morning trip if possible. You will not be disappointed. Yes, there would be many other snorkeled. But there are way more fish than people. The water is clear, visibility is amazing. The boat is very clean, comfortable. Crews are fantastic. They serve 2 meals, simple but delicious. The pictures are what you will see. Fish everywhere.
Written December 25, 2021
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Jessica H
Florida257 contributions
Solo
I was somewhat disappointed in this location - I’m sure it was once an amazing snorkel location but there are now so many tours (by big boat, by kayak, by hiking trail) that at times I felt I was seeing more snorkelers than fish. Given the cost of a big boat tour and the risk of getting bonked in the head by kayakers who tow their boats behind them while they snorkel, you might have a better time finding a snorkel spot you can access from shore.
Written December 14, 2021
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Terri J
4 contributions
Couples
My husband and I intended to go there and rent a kayak to go over to the monument. We didn’t see anyone renting kayaks so we decided to walk down the trail nearby that we had heard about. Well, be prepared for a very strenuous hike ! This is a 2 mile hike through thick tall grass, then down a steep lava rock covered trail for a 1300 ft incline. The snorkeling is suppose to be awesome but we couldn’t carry our gear down the trail. I strongly advise getting a kayak ride over to the monument!
Written August 25, 2021
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RBelove
Corona del Mar, CA45 contributions
We rented a double kayak from Rocky at Bay Side Adventures. We paid $50.00 for use with unlimited time. They set you up with a dry bag for your cell phone and other valuable items that you don't want wet! We packed a lunch and paddled about 30 minutes over to Capt Cook's monument. You are not allowed to tie the kayak up to anything so they give you a long lead line that you tie around your wrist and drag the boat along as you snorkel. We brought our own snorkeling gear and easily got in and out of the boat. The color of the water is so pretty. It's a fun day to paddle, swim, snorkel, and eat on the water! Give Rocky a call 808-896-0610, you won't be disappointed!
Written June 14, 2021
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Andrea R
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
Even though this bay is beautiful and in a protected marine reserve and there are dolphins living there, the coral reef is dying and there are not nearly as many fish as there were several years ago. I'm not sure I will go back. It's a nice kayak across the bay but there are lots of places to kayak.
Written April 21, 2021
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bonitabonita
Madison, WI40 contributions
Family
So much beautiful coral & fish. I can see the danger of this place becoming too popular. I love that the # of visitors is now limited!
Written April 7, 2021
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Marsha M
17 contributions
Couples
Make sure to rent a Kayak from Bayside Adventures/ Islander Kayak Rental’s! Easy paddle around the bay and snorkel from your boat! Easy to get on and off your boat and no time limit. Pack a lunch they will provide the dry bag. Kayak to Captain Cook Monument and snorkel the area. Bay is known for Dolphin sightings. I would recommend for families as well! Sure beats a steep hike!
Written April 7, 2021
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