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Kealakekua Bay

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Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
+1 808-328-8775
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COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay
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Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel
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Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
+1 808-328-8775
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A truly amazing experience! We kayaked the bay and snorkeled in crystal clear water teeming with fish and beautiful coral.

Thank Mike F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This spot is a state treasure and a sublime place to snorkel, swim and look for dolphins! We learned that in the Hawaiian language the name Kealakekua means "the god's pathway". This revered area is a marine life conservation district and thus it is very...More

1  Thank suewillesen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice drive in, nice views around. Small and can be crowded. With a telephoto lens you can get a good view of the Captain Cook statue. Very picturesque.

Thank JPMcGuire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful snorkeling! We saw lots of fish. Make sure you wear either water shoes for the rocky entrance or just be prepared for it. It’s unbelievably beautiful!!

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for a spectacular snorkeling/kayak experience, this is the place. Rented kayaks with Bayside (5 stars!) And paddled to swim with dolphins and the paddled to the reef on the CPT. Cook side. It is about 3/4 of a mile from the...More

2  Thank Dadof2boys
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We rented a kayak and went to the bay from a nearby beach. We started early at around 8:30 and after an hour of paddling we started seeing dolphins everywhere! They were jumping out of the water so its quite a spectacle from the kayak....More

Thank Paschalis T
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We spent 9 days in Hawaii in October and made it a point to get to Captain Cook to snorkel. The water was clear and calm and filled with tropical fish! It was my first time snorkeling and it was completely comfortable and I never...More

Thank JoelRC535
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We LOVED this bay! Our kayak-snorkel adventure here was beyond amazing. From the bright blue, crystal clear waters to the amazing fish and dolphins swimming next to our kayaks. Every minute was breathtaking and we will never forget it!

Thank Lauri T
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Beautiful setting for snorkelling in a settled bay. Only access to bay is by kayak from a nearby bay or by boat. The waters were crystal clear and lots of yellow fish around and a few others. Very nice snorkelling spot but doesn't compare to...More

Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

great snorkling or diving location. We took our boat and did a little diving and saw some dolphins on the way out of the bay. Great place to visit.

Thank gordonlindquist
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Alexa A
7 July 2017|
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Response from JuliePrins | Reviewed this property |
we did not see any kayakers in this area.
Alexa A
7 July 2017|
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Response from maxandma | Reviewed this property |
It probably depends on the weather. The day we went out was calm as a lake. the group we rented from helped us in and out no problem. The only thing to keep in mind is large tour/snorkel boats seem to arrive around 10... More
7 June 2017|
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Response from Penny37357 | Reviewed this property |
We traveled only to the Big Island because we wanted adventure and to stay as the locals in vacation rental homes, not the typical Hawaii experience in resorts and drinks on the beach, etc. For this, the big island is... More