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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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Hike & Snorkel Day

If you want a great spot to snorkel and you are of average fitness this is the place for you. It's not marked at all but the trail entrance is right at the turn off the highway... read more

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Port Moody, BC
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Port Moody, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want a great spot to snorkel and you are of average fitness this is the place for you. It's not marked at all but the trail entrance is right at the turn off the highway and if you ask around you'll find it. There were cars parked on the road all around the entrance. You will need lots... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First off, bring LOTS of water. Second, use a walking stick (there are many leaning against a tree at the beginning of the trail).Third, bring a camera! Be aware, there is no bathroom along the trail or by the monument and there are no benches to rest on anywhere. Wear sturdy shoes since the path is steep and rocky. I... More 

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Rent a Kayak and row across the bay and the spinner dolphins keep you company. It's a long row but worth it and bring a picnic. The water is crystal clear and from the surface it shimmers. That shimmering is millions of fish tank like fishes of every shape and color you can imagine/ Fish, eels, corals, turtles...best thing in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Big island hike down to the Captain Cook monument is a great way to spend pretty much all day. The hike isn't super challenging or long but it could be hot as it is fairly exposed. Bringing a bag with water and lunch down is definitely recommended. They rent snorkel gear just up he road from trailhead at a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hiked from the road down a trail to the bay. We went after lunch--the hike was hot, but it had cooled off quite a bit when we had too hike back up later during the day. The snorkelling was excellent. Very clear water and a lot of fish.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our gps got us there. There are really no obvious signs directing you to the entrance. We saw a bunch of cars parked along the roadside. The I asked someone who actually knew where the trial entrance was. And the journey began. This is not an easy hike. Bring good shoes and water. Also bring snorkeling gear. I didn't bring... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we first decided to visit Hawaii, being the history buff that I am, I started reading about the islands history and of course the famed British explorer Captain James Cook's name, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, pops up. Little did I know he was killed a year later in a conflict between his crew and the Hawaiians... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I hiked down to the monument for some snorkelling. We are both of average fitness, it took around 30-35 minutes to get down and 55 minutes to get back up. Take plenty of water, good hiking shoes and some snacks/light lunch! Very pretty spot and we really enjoyed both the hike and the snorkelling and would do... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great spot for kayaks, snorkeling and just swimming. Dolphins can be seen here on occasion jumping and playing. Just to the South is Manini Beach which is a favorite for picnics, reading a book, meeting friends, or just watching the ocean. You can get in to snorkel here, but it can be a bit tricky at times.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out of five trips to the big island this is my favorite adventure. You get a boat ride with a water slide to a fabulous snorkeling spot with a narrative of the historical site. We saw whates on our current trip. My previous trip we had dolphins surf our wake. Maybe you can get lucky and catch a fish on... More 

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