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The Captain Cook Monument

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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-895-8951
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-895-8951
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are glad to do this, but wouldn’t but it again. down in 40 min / 70 min back up. Terrain was rough and steep Went with boys 9-14 who did trail fine but thought it was a workout. Highly recommend: Snorkel mask Water 1L+...More

Thank Kurt C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an incredible place to hike down to and snorkel. It is a bit of an adventure and don't expect there to be a beach down there. There is some grass and rocks, so travel light with gear, take your snorkel mask, snacks and a...More

1  Thank MichelleJStewartNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are a few ways to get to this awesome snorkeling spot. We parked on the road above the lagoon and hiked down. We are good hikers and it took us about 50 min each way. The trail is clearly marked. Bring water and sneakers....More

Thank Abraham M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rent a kayak to get there or swim it. Great reef. We did the hike and regretted it after the climb back up hill. We also rented a kayak the next morning looking for dolphins. If you rent a kayak you can spend as much...More

Thank Lorastephanie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some very unkind people have blocked off the road that goes down to this beach which was until the last few years the finest snorkeling beach on the Big Island. They do not want tourists driving down their street nor using their beach. It is...More

2  Thank tututerri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Special place that should be enjoyed and respected. Hawaiian history and beautiful bay. Best snorkeling ever!

Thank Debski11
Reviewed December 8, 2017

To reach this magnificent bay, one would need to descend through some narrow bendy roads into the parking bay. There are not many tourists when we visited at 2pm, apart from a few local who is fishing. We can see the monument about 5 kilometer...More

Thank ChristopherTraveller
Reviewed November 25, 2017

The snorkeling is worth the hike! My husband and I kept a brisk pace and completed the hike down in about 45 minutes and the hike up in about 1 hour, with no real breaks. Once we arrived, we left our things on the shore...More

1  Thank AnnieR1983
Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

There are 4 ways to get to the Captain Cook Monument: hike, kayak, go out on a boat tour or swim. Each has its own benefits. The hike is 1 mile down a 1000ft elevation to sea level from the top of Napoopoo Road to...More

6  Thank celestewest10s
Reviewed November 8, 2017

If you can handle the heat, this is a fun walk with a few shady spots within the first mile but then is a bit exposed after that. Wear decent shoes running shoes are fine. The walk really isn't that difficult. Great snorkeling once you...More

1  Thank El-Honu
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November 15, 2017|
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Response from Frank J | Reviewed this property |
yes there are boats, buts what better is kayaking to it, from the area across from the monument. We had a great I'm and Mike knew everything about the island!! very informative!!
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