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The Captain Cook Monument

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Address: Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI

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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Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

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Perfect snorkel spot

We view from the boat. Please don't go from the ocean you crush the coral reefs doing that. Go via land entrance. Interesting history.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
San Bernardino, California
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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We view from the boat. Please don't go from the ocean you crush the coral reefs doing that. Go via land entrance. Interesting history.

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Eugene, OR
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best viewed by sea but the parking lot at the bay is worth the trip to look at the sacrifice platform that was rebuilt.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Breath taking underwater views of coral and ocean life. It's clear why this spot is so popular. When you go here, be sure to respect the ocean life and don't touch anything. It takes a long time To get here without a boat, you need to hike a trial that I've heard takes over an hour each way, or rent... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is interesting for snorkeling but not so much as a historical visit. The bay is beautiful though and you might get lucky and see the dolphins. I would not go just to see the monument by the trai!, But it's for sure worth it for the reef and views. Easy entry and generally calm water bay.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place where Captain Cook was killed. Monument sits on the site on a gorgeous bay with fantastic snorkeling saw turtles, octopus, dolphins and all types of beautiful fish. You can either walk there, pretty long walk, or take a kayak or take a zodiac tour or a catamaran tour. but definetly not to be missed.

Thank Dan D
Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented kayaks and paddled across the bay to snorkel in front of this monument. We enjoyed the snorkelling and the historical relevance of this place; would do it again although probably not in one of the large tour groups, when the big boat arrived, it flooded the area with snorkelers and that's no fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible place to snorkel...best part is there is a good chance you can swim with the dolphins. It's hit or miss on whether they will be there or not but when they are you can be sure there will be a bunch of them. We went on the Manta Adventure boat which was great since it is brand new and... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two ways to access this. 1. To hike down. 2. By water- kayak or boat tour. We hiked it twice. To hike it-Park just south of the intersection of Napo'opo'o Rd (160) and Hwy 11 on 160. The trail head is on the west side of the road. It is 1400 ft elevation change and 3.6 miles. Down to the... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommend renting a kayak and paddling to the monument. Snorkelling is really good but go early because the boats bringing lots of tourists show up and fill the water. The water is pristine and the colours are like gems . Absolutely a wonderful way to start a day

Thank thcoffeegoddess
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Either hike down to this monument (see my other review about the trail) or you can take a boat / kayak tour from Kona. The best thing about this sight is the snorkeling...though my favorite part was the struggle of the hike compared with the beauty of the snorkeling! If you have kids or mobility impaired or heart condition take... More 

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