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The Captain Cook Monument

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Address: Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian...

A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.

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Historical Dinner or Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
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US$115.00*
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
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US$110.00*
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Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

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This is a great place to snorkel

This is the best place to snorkel… I think it is number eight in the world so it is clearly an awesome place to get great views of underwater. It is a bit crowded because of its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Temple, Texas
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Temple, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best place to snorkel… I think it is number eight in the world so it is clearly an awesome place to get great views of underwater. It is a bit crowded because of its popularity

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip, not the destination is the key here. The hike scared me off as I just don't think my swollen knees could take the vertical change. But, kayak is always an option! We crossed the bay with views of dolphins, cliffs and eventually Captain Cooks monument. Cooks legacy and history in the island is rather clouded so you can... More 

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Munster, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived here by a tour kayaking/snorkeling trip...otherwise you walk. You cannot kayak here without going with a tour. The monument itself is just a monument with a plaque.

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Johnstown, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike is definitely not for beginners, probably about a 40 degree grade the entire way back up from the snorkel spot, unprotected paths on lava rocks. Snorkeling is definitely best we had on the island, and there are tours that can get you there, definitely the preferred route with children or you don't hike often. Worth visiting all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good size hike for those who enjoy a bit more than a casual stroll. Making the hike in the relative cool of December no doubt helped us enjoy it all the more. It's a bit under 4 miles round trip and involves a steady drop of about 1,000 feet (if I recall correctly). The snorkeling was probably the best... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prior to our trip to Hawaii, we searched for hikes. We found a hike to Captain Cook's monument. It was great! We arrived early--planning to beat the snorkel trips to the bay, and beat the other hikers down the trail--we did neither! Though we arrived before 8am, there were many cars parked at the trail's head. We met a couple... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting cove for swimming and boating. Protected area. In the Kona area. Nice by boat with friends.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here as part of our snorkelling tour. Most of the corals are dead which was disappointing. There are fishes but i saw better ones including turtles at the Kahaluu beach and it is free. The reef would've looked better if the corals are alive.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rented kayaks from Bayside Adventures by Manini Beach Park. It was an easy paddle across the bay to snorkel at the base of the Captain Cook Monument. Because we had come to the Monument by water, we were not permitted to land the kayak, nor leave the water to explore the monument itself - that is the sole province... More 

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Westville, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wth!!!!! This hike is NOT 23 minutes! It is over 4 miles straight down. If you and your kids are not in marathon shape, skip it! You won't make it! Ricky and dangerous trail. Go rent a paddle boat. This was ridiculous!!!! Don't forget the inhaler you asthmatics.

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