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Captain Cook
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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As an Australian, Captain Cook is an important historical figure so I felt compelled to go here. I foolishly didn't look into this enough. I thought it was a short and easy walk from the road. I was only wearing flip flops on my feet - big mistake! This is quite a strenuous
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The snorkeling at the Captain Cook monument is awesome! You have to take a kayak (or a boat) to get there to get into the water, but it's a great trip and the snorkeling is well worth it. We used Ehu and Kai kayak company and would use them again. We saw Spinner Dolphins near
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We hiked into the monument and enjoyed truly great snorkeling! Yes, the hike is demanding, but very doable even for the moderately fit (if you enjoy the exercise of hiking) and if you prepare. The trail is not for a leisure seeker, due to the elevation gain/loss. Go earlier
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We are young but are not in the best shape ever. Unless you are in great shape this hike is really hot and really difficult (on the way back up). Think Koko Head stairs on Oahu. Don't let the short mileage fool you. I will never do that again, if we go back we will certainly
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We took a boat to the cove at Captain Cook, and we were handed masks, fins and snorkels for an hour and a half of pure joy. Thousands of colorful fish, including an eel and manta rays.
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