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The Captain Cook Monument
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Captain Cooks Monument and Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Excursion
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Owner description: A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you want a good hike this is the one. 1000 feet down in one mile with a beautiful snorkeling experience at the end.

Thank frankie122344
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

So, I really wanted to see the Capt Cook monument, which is not where he is burried, but where he was killed. It is also impossible to get to unless you are going to swim a mile or have a boat. The drive down from the highway is windy and kind of a ways. The bay itself is beautiful, but the monument leaves a little bit to be desired.

Thank Aaron D
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Across Kealakekua Bay you will see the white obelisk that is the Captain Cook monument. The small, chained parcel of land is actually British soil. More difficult to find is the plaque that marks the spot where Captain Cook was killed. All the cool history aside, this is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island and well worth the trouble to visit. Kayaking was one of the best ways to visit the monument, but that has been banned recently. If you're a swimmer, it's a one mile swim from the beach to the monument. If you're a hiker, you can reach the monument via trail. The trail head is near the top of Napo'opo'o Road. Expect a hot, dusty, rocky 1 1/2 mile hike. I recommend closed shoes and lots of water (I almost got heat stroke on the way up). Horseback was an option once, but I'm not certain if that's still allowed. For those less physically inclined, there are several tour boats that do day trips to the bay.

1  Thank Nancy Z
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

After reading reviews here and on other sites my wife and I decided to hike in for snorkeling. We found the trailhead without too much problem, and we started our hike. With 2 liters if water between the two of us. We also chose to forego out large heavy scuba fins because after snorkeling Hanauma Bay we thought that we wouldn't need them.

We went terribly wrong in 3 places.

First we are not the most in shape of people, although we have hiked mountains elsewhere like Yellowstone and Haiti, we were not in shape for this hike! Ninety minutes down without much problem, nearly 3 hours back up in the late afternoon sun.

Second bring a lot of water! It is a LONG trip back up and we didn't have enough.

Third bring your fins, the current appeared to strong for us to enjoy the water without fins.

In the end we can say we've done it! And have our requisite pictures of the momument but didn't do any snorkeling which was a huge disappointment.

In the end, if you're in good shape go for it!
If not, take some kind of boat!

5  Thank CPritzl
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Its a pleasant 1 hourish walk one way to the Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay. Spectacular snorkeling in crystal clear water. Well worth the walk. Go early as many boats filled with snorkelers appear around 10:00AM. Justifiably popular. More about Cook Monument and a few other Big Island activities at link below.

http://windyhawaii.blogspot.ca/

3  Thank WindyField01
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