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The Captain Cook Monument

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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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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Reviewed 6 days ago

Hiking to the Captain Cook monument is not worth the time nor effort. If you do hike to it be sure to take water and use sun screen. There is no water and the trip out will probably be a hot one. It is supposed...More

1  Thank Jim R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked through Adventures in Paradise. I have previously been snorkeling at Captain Cook monument/Kealakekua Bay and wanted to create a positive memory with my family. We were novices to kayaking and the guides were wonderful in teaching us the basics. There was an educational...More

2  Thank Julie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented a boat which left the port at 9 am and took the entire family snorkeling and it was nothing short of amazing. I highly recommend taking this trip. On the trip, we saw a family of dolphins and tons of fish. There is...More

Thank 920rebecca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After years of going to Hawaii, my husband and I finally did the Captain Cook hike-in snorkel through the jungle. We are very active, healthy and don't mind sweating, so we enjoyed it. It's tough hiking a trail that covered with overgrown 8-feet-talk grass for...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

We scheduled a tour with Adventures in Paradise, kayak and snorkling tour of Capt Cook Monument. It was an awesome place to snorkle and on the way across the bay we seen dolphin!! Beautiful clear water and very colorful fish!!

Thank Frank J
Reviewed June 5, 2017

The trail to the monument is easy to follow if you are wearing appropriate shoes. We encounter people with flip-flops and cherry-heads: no good! You need to manage a difference in altitude of 400m on a hike which is only 1.8 miles while the tropical...More

1  Thank christiansS8118DP
Reviewed June 2, 2017

GPS on my Garmin dropped, so can't post a route. But it's 3.8 miles out and back, and took me 1 hour down, and 1 hr and 5 min up. I am a trail runner, so hiking up is easier for me. Though the elevation...More

Thank Michele S
Reviewed May 10, 2017

Simply. The. Best. Snorkeling. You can hike down, but I don't recommend it unless you are an experienced hiker and have plenty of water (don't hike after noon -- it's too hot). Instead take a kayak tour, but choose carefully; only one company is permitted...More

3  Thank alandF6879AU
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I decided to have an adventure day and forego the boat tour and instead hike into Captain Cook ourselves. We are young (ish) and (kind of) fit - the hike took us just over an hour each way, and the way back...More

2  Thank Katie O
Reviewed May 6, 2017

Visitors have two ways to get to the monument commemorating an important historical event – the arrival of Captain Cook at the Sandwich Islands which Cook named after one of the underwriters of his around the world trip: Lord Sandwich. The first, and arduous way,...More

Thank Gabriele S
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May 5, 2016|
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Response from t_toots | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Depends on their ages and if/how often they do this kind of thing. The return trip is a bit strenuous and in more or less direct sunlight for the majority. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen and/or hats. That... More
July 10, 2015|
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Response from ALLENT7V | Reviewed this property |
I have been to the islands 14 times and have never seen a shark , I did in Vancouver 40 years ago. I snorkle every day I am in Hawaii and have been to Cooks monument many times , it is an extinct volcano caldera and is quite... More
March 9, 2015|
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Response from ALLENT7V | Reviewed this property |
there are inflatable kayaks of quite good quality available