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Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

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2,202 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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Good food, entertaining crew, boat ride was nice, snorkeling was fun. Everyone was happy in my group of 9.
Danny_C, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Snorkel day
Amy_R, Jun 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
Perfect conditions and friendly crew. Hit up 2 different snorkel spots. Boat was clean and comfortable.
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Best snorkeling!
Denise_F, Jun 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
The snorkeling at captain cooks monument was epic. So many vibrantly colored fish. The prayer chant and the offering of tea leaves asking for permission from the ancient ones to enter the bay, a Kapu area, was very nicely done and respectful of the culture. We also saw dolphins jumping out in front of the boat. The captain and staff were great. For those without sea legs, the staff would bring drinks when the boat was in motion. I even got my eyeglasses cleaned. Would do this tour again
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Great cruise to Captain Cook bay
Yogesh_M, Jun 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Great experience, and the kids enjoyed it very much. Great explanations about different spots and their history. The staff was very helpful with safety gears and offering drinks and snacks throughout the cruise. Thanks
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Great Crew! Beautiful healthy coral!
Patricia_H, Jun 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
Great crew! Clean safe ride! Beautiful healthy coral! Great memory! We had a blast. It was awesome! Lots of fish different varieties. Crew told history of area and background of Capt. Cook. Very Eco friendly crew. They teach and inform passengers of sealife!
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A great afternoon
Adrian_L, Jun 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
The snacks and the personality of the employees! Very fun! The reef was beautiful and the boat was very clean and spacious.
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You should definitely book this trip
Troy_C, May 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Iwa and Rabbit were terrific guides! They gave a great history of the area, were highly focused on safety and conservation, and were a lot of fun. Highly recommended!
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What a day
Stephanie_S, Apr 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Great crew. Everything was spectacular. Boat was clean and well equipped. Crew was knowledgeable and very attentive
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A great adventure!
Janet_S, Mar 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
It’s, owner and guide of Alamo kayak company, and Rabbit, his associate and guide, were exceptional in every category: safety, protective, seamanship, historical knowledge, physicality and upbeat positive attitude. Thank you both for taking care of me and my son and making it such a memorable day. Janet
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So many fish!
Lesa_D, Feb 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
The crew on this trip was very experienced and supportive of all of us newcomers. They were kind and helpful throughout the trip. The experience was amazing and there were so many kinds of fish. The crew kept of safe and ensured cleanliness throughout the day. Completely worth it! Would do it again and again.
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Amazing tour and crew!
Matt_T, Dec 2020
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
Captain Tony and his crew, Josh & Eddie were helpful, fun and very informative. The ship was clean and roomy, the beverages were on ice and the sunscreen was plentiful. Captain took us to a spot on the second part of the trip that had no other groups and see some amazing fish and lava tubes! Oh yeah, we saw dolphins and a whale too! Can’t recommend highly enough!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Wonderful morning
Colleen, Jun 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island (5 Hr)
From start to finish, Rabbit and Andrew were fantastic guides! Low tide and tidal surges made for interesting launches and returns, but, the guys helped us every step of the way! The snorkeling was amazing! Lunch was delicious too. Rabbit is quite the historian, lots of Hawaiian history was learned!
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Great experience
Robert_H, May 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
The team did a great job with their safety practices. Once we got to where we were headed the team was excellent as was the experience. Even on a cloudy 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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