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Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

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2,802 Reviews
Kaawaloa Road, Kealakekua Bay, 96750

The Basics

Kealakekua Bay is one of the most popular day trips from Kailua-Kona. Most visitors arrive by tour for snorkeling, kayaking, dolphin watching, or learning about the site’s historical significance over a Hawaiian-style meal. The protected waters are often ideal for swimming, often alongside dolphins, tropical fish, and a range of other marine life. Don’t overlook the Captain Cook Monument, a white obelisk commemorating Captain James Cook, who was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians in February 1779.

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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
$95.00 per adult
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Great Snorkel Tour
Had a great time on our trip. Saw lots of tropical fish, three different types of eel, and some puffer fish. The real treat though was the pod of Spinner dolphins playing around the boat. Mesmerizing! Our tour guides were amazing. Super friendly and knowledgeable about the sea life and the history of the coastline. Would definitely do this trip again!!!
Chris_E, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Kayak Snorkel trip to Captain Cook Mmt
Jennifer, Sep 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Our Hawaiian guides Rabbit and Evo were great! They gave us a good historical perspective of the Captain Cook arrival and the Hawaiian culture that was and how it changed. That was all before the fun kayak and snorkel tour we took. The safety info and guide communication were great and we felt like we were in good hands. We would definitely recommend Aloha Kayak.
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A must!!
Christian_F, Sep 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Great experience, very good crew, recommended 100%. Good for kids and families. The ocean is clean is very well maintain for the locals.
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Awesome time - always safe!
John_M, Aug 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Captain Tim is the man. He is all about safety first which make the whole trip more enjoyable. He has great history of the island and ocean along with he is one funny dude. says it like it is and he's right. We saw many, many fish, dolphins, and more beauty than I can do justice. Worth your dime and the time!
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Wonderful Experience
Joel_L, Jul 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Great Trip! We had an awesome time on the kayak and snorkel tour. Our guides, Andrew and Travis were very professional and personable. They were also very knowledgeable and gave us great information about the history of Captain Cook's monument, as well as the various fish that we saw while we snorkeled. They took great care of everyone in the group, young and old, and made sure that we were aware of all safety requirements at all times. We highly recommend this trip!!!
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Great family experience!
Rodolfo_R, Jul 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Amazing experience all around! We took this snorkeling trip as a family with two young kids and they loved every minute of it. Captain was personable, informative and very involved in making sure everyone on board had a good time. He was relaxed but took great pride in the experience. Safety is a priority, not only when operating the boat but also while we snorkeled.
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A lot of fun
Karen_H, Sep 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
Very interesting talk on history of island and terrific entertainment. Good food. Always a fun time.
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Good time with friends
Darlene_B, Sep 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
Music and tour guide. The servers were excellent. Water was rough and windy, need to let people know who get sea sick may not be good for them. Food was good and servers wore masks and gloves throughout!
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Family fun
Reinhold, Jul 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Andrew and Travis were exceptional. The groups safety was always top of mind for them. They entertained with with historical and humorous stories.
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Tree best words for Drue Tour
Erik_P, Sep 2021
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
We had Dreu and he has gone to great lengths to educate himself about the entire tour, so he can share a fountain of details that made this tour the best I’ve had anywhere! He thought about taking care of us with knowledge that would take years to acquire, but his “Tree” best qualities were patience, passion and drive for making his version of the tour the most memorable and rewarding to us!
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Do not miss this tour!
MaryAnne_C, Sep 2021
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Dreu was the beat tour guide we have ever had. He was super accommodating and made sure everyone was having maximum fun. His knowledge of the Big Island was beyond amazing. What a great tour! Highly recommend this one!
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Amazing snorkeling
Tammy_B, Jul 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Excellent snorkeling, one of our favorites. Captain Simon and his crew did a great job pointing out dolphins and lots of other stuff. Plenty of snacks, lunch and drinks during the entire tour. Highly recommend Hang Loose, they are professional, large clean boat and excellent snorkeling gear.
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Boat ride and snorkeling.
MARIA_C, Sep 2021
Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel Adventure!
Speed boat was not bad. Very knowledgeable about caves but did not get to explore. Snorkel area was nice but not as much variety of fish and no turtles. We did get to see dolphins! Still enjoyed the day.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kealakekua Bay is a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

  • A small park near the beach offers a picnic pavilion, restrooms, and a water fountain.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

  • No lifeguards are on duty in the bay, so swim at your own risk.

  • Most snorkeling tours include all necessary snorkel gear.

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How to Get There

Kealakekua Bay sits on the Big Island’s western Kona Coast, within the protected Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. If you don’t have a rental car to drive there yourself, the easiest way to visit is through an organized tour from Kailua-Kona.

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When to Get There

Since much of the appeal of Kealakekua Bay lies in its turquoise waters, plan to visit on a warm, sunny day. For the best chance to spot spinner dolphins near the shore, opt for an evening cruise along the Kona Coast.

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Kayaking to Kealakekua Bay

Due to the growing popularity of Kealakekua Bay (and the risk that popularity poses to the underwater ecosystem), kayakers wishing to land boats along the shoreline have to get a permit ahead of time. Most guided kayak tours and kayak rentals already include the necessary permits, but it’s a good idea to check.

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