The Captain Cook Monument
The Captain Cook Monument
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
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  • Nicolina84
    Seattle, Washington28 contributions
    Hardcore hike to beautiful bay
    Steep 2 mile each way (4 miles round trip) hike, which takes about 1 hour each way for active adults. Stunning views and the bay looked awesome to swim/snorkel in, but we had gone late afternoon and ran out of time. Once you get to the bay, walk to the left to find the monument and swimming area. Wear hiking shoes or sneakers (not flip flops), as the trail has lots of rocks and areas you can easily slide without proper gear. Park at the corner of the highway and Napo’opo’o road (don’t follow signs to captain cool, which overlooks the bay). Trail starts across from 3 palm trees. Pack plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen (parts are shaded, others not) and get ready to sweat coming back up!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 January 2023
  • Nathan J
    Nashville, Indiana39 contributions
    Amazing Snorkeling!
    We have snorkeled primarily in the Caribbean. This spot is far superior to any snorkeling we've done to date. The diversity of wildlife was amazing! It's about a 2 mile hike down to the spot, but well worth it. You can also take an excursion, but they only spend a short time there. Pack a lunch and spend the day there. I'm excited to return to this spot on our next trip to Hawaii.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Sue P
    4 contributions
    Outstanding Customer Service and Guidance.
    The location was amazing. Very Busy, but as long as you are respectful of others and of local rules, all is good. I haven't snorkeled in an area this alive in over 20 years. The coral is lovely as long as everyone respects the ocean and its inhabitants. We used Ehu and Kai Adventures to rent kayaks instead of taking the epic, hike to the location. Kayaking is def the way to go! The fish were fun and plentiful.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 April 2023
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Marge G
Saint Charles, MO1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
Terribly hatd hike.Down 1.8 miles is difficult on rocky, loose rocks and the steep climb out was tough. 1.8 miles up with over 1000 foot climb. I can hike eight miles but this trail was a huge challenge.
Written 17 November 2023
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karlacrn
san diego2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
Used Captain Cooks Cruises. Nice boat. Good crew. Not many people or boats lots of fish. Calm water.
Written 30 October 2023
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Sheryl B
Austin, TX17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We decided to hike to the monument because we wanted to get more exercise in our trip. It was a 2 mile, 1200 foot descent going down on lava rocks which took us about 45 minutes. The snorkeling was great with visibility about 75 feet. Very little beach and none in front of the monument. Getting into and out of the water was fairly easy. Lots of fish and reef to see. The 2 mile hike back up 1200 feet to our car that took one hour and 15 minutes because of the heat and I needed rest breaks and water. I would not recommend this hike for families with children, or anyone with a medical condition.
Written 22 September 2023
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Stefanie B
Hannover, Germany45 contributions
Jul 2023
Once you are snorkeling here, you can also see the monument. I would not recommend to come here just for this.
Written 4 August 2023
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carol m
9 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Worth the trek by kayak to snorkel in this beautiful reef. Clear deep water with tons of
coral, urchins and fish. Wish you could dock your kayak though.
Written 18 July 2023
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Sue P
Canmore4 contributions
Apr 2023
The location was amazing. Very Busy, but as long as you are respectful of others and of local rules, all is good. I haven't snorkeled in an area this alive in over 20 years. The coral is lovely as long as everyone respects the ocean and its inhabitants. We used Ehu and Kai Adventures to rent kayaks instead of taking the epic, hike to the location. Kayaking is def the way to go! The fish were fun and plentiful.
Written 11 April 2023
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Nathan J
Nashville, IN39 contributions
Mar 2023
We have snorkeled primarily in the Caribbean. This spot is far superior to any snorkeling we've done to date. The diversity of wildlife was amazing! It's about a 2 mile hike down to the spot, but well worth it. You can also take an excursion, but they only spend a short time there. Pack a lunch and spend the day there. I'm excited to return to this spot on our next trip to Hawaii.
Written 22 March 2023
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Nicolina84
Seattle, WA28 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Steep 2 mile each way (4 miles round trip) hike, which takes about 1 hour each way for active adults. Stunning views and the bay looked awesome to swim/snorkel in, but we had gone late afternoon and ran out of time. Once you get to the bay, walk to the left to find the monument and swimming area. Wear hiking shoes or sneakers (not flip flops), as the trail has lots of rocks and areas you can easily slide without proper gear. Park at the corner of the highway and Napo’opo’o road (don’t follow signs to captain cool, which overlooks the bay). Trail starts across from 3 palm trees. Pack plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen (parts are shaded, others not) and get ready to sweat coming back up!
Written 13 January 2023
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,241 contributions
Dec 2022
We stopped by this sacred monument of a explorer landed on the Big Island of Hawaii. Captain Cook's story is fascinating and unfortunately his time on earth didn't last much longer after his discoveries.
Written 25 December 2022
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Lenn
Rotterdam, The Netherlands186 contributions
Nov 2022
Great hike to the monument and the snorkling was even better.

We enjoyed the environment and the hike was great.
We started early morning which is great because at the bay it is not crowded with boats and other divers.

The views are stunning going down at the bay.
Snorkling was even better!

Its a shame though that the monument was violated by vandalists.
It we're different times those days and you cannot undo the past.

Do not missout on this goregous gem.

Bring enough water for the hike!!
Written 19 November 2022
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