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The Captain Cook Monument

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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-895-8951
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

4  Thank celestewest10s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank El-Honu
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We walked down to the memorial late afternoon, which meant we had the whole place to ourselves, nice and quiet. The tour boats that come into the bay are very packed and noisy. The walk down involves a lot of cutty grass at the top...More

Thank LeahChamberlinGunn
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

It's a tough hike but very worthy. You have to take your time and plan ahead because it takes time to get there. The bay is beautiful and the water is clear and u can see the fish and you can see the mongoose. All...More

1  Thank Neil M
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Kayaked here with Aloha Kayak company. Wonderful morning. Very informative.To stand at the spot where the Great Navigator perished is very humbling

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This is quite a difficult hike - going down is easy (occasionally rocky and slippery) but coming back up was hard in the heat. You will need water and there are a few shady spots to rest but it's mostly hard work climbing the 1310ft...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Besides a little bit of skewed history this area is one of the best snorkelling spots on the Kona side. Make sure you book a tour that has the proper parking permit's so you don't get in trouble for accessing this area. The best time...More

Thank StuAG
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We were a little worried based on some of the reviews, but as it turned out it was a great experience. First important tip was parking, we parked almost at the intersection of Mamalahoa Hwy and Napoopoo Rd, seemed very safe since it's in a...More

Thank MichaelD3
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We love to geocache and saw that there were a few earth caches and 1 physical cache on the trail to the Captain Cook Monument so we thought we would give it a shot. We didn't have any trouble locating the trailhead but were a...More

1  Thank bwdowhan
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Clear amazing water to snorkel in. All kinds of beautiful tropical fish and dolphins. A protected coral reef ensures lots of fish will be viewed when snorkeling. Alii Dolphin Tours took us to this spot to snorkel. It was a highlight of our trip.

Thank DMarie632013
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16 November 2017|
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Response from Neil M | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about private boats. I took a hike when I went to the monument.
5 May 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
10 July 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