The Captain Cook Monument
The Captain Cook Monument
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
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  • AirSchis
    Vancouver, Canada889 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort!
    It is a three kilometre walk down to the beach area and you need to get there earlier to score parking close to the trailhead. Wear decent footwear which would be NOT wearing sandals. It is a 385 metre elevation gain on the hike back and took the two of us about 50 minutes going at a good clip. The effort to get there and back is well worth it as the snorkelling was awesome. Many different varieties of fish and sea life. Many snorkel tour boats in the bay so that says it all. Pretty clear water so visibility is good. There are no conveniences or amenities down at the beach so bring water and some food. The trail itself is pretty good except for many loose rock towards the bottom. We really enjoyed the snorkelling and spent some time down at the cove. There is not an easy way to gain entry to the water either. We recommend taking the trail on the left when you arrive as the snorkelling was better in that area.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Coastal58120699985
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun Boat Excursion to Captain Cook Monument
    WOW! Another great excursion in our visit to the Big Island. Captain Noah was humorous and did a great job of showing us sights coming and going to Captain Cook's Monument. We saw whales, caves, turtles, and some of the best blue snorkeling water near the monument. What a great trip and the lunch and snacks were delightful!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 January 2024
  • PhillyGlfr
    107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great hike to the Monument next to a pristine bay.
    If you have some time and are in decent shape, take the hike down to the monument. We packed a lunch and snorkel gear and had a great time. Plan to go in the morning to avoid the heat and the large numbers of snorkelers brought in by the boat tours. The shoreline is very rocky so bring water shoes if you have them. The hike back up will take you a while (1.5 hours) and can be a bit strenuous so be aware of this.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Hoffer
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a Snorkel Tour Boat.
    Stop debating the hike and take a snorkel tour in by boat. The locals absolutely detest all us tourists hiking down there and killing the coral. There's not many spots to get in without damaging it. If you can't tread water in the deep to clean out your mask, you shouldn't snorkel. That said, it was amazing. Hoping us tourists don't continue to screw it up. It's a spinner dolphin sanctuary and pretty close to heaven. Let's protect it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 February 2024
  • Julia M
    London, United Kingdom77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely snorkelling and a nice monument to Captain Cook. Walk down and up extremely challenging
    The monument itself is lovely just sat on the shoreline of the bay. The walk down was lovely the walk up was extremely challenging due to its 400m change in elevation over 2 miles- all up!! Stopping for a breather (regularly) on the way up I was enthralled by the birds and the sheer rugged beauty but I was exhausted by the time we got to the top. The snorkelling was lovely and we saw lots of fish - various tangs, parrot fish, pipe fish. There were a lot of commercial boats in the bay but this didn’t detract for me. It was slightly challenging getting in the water but once we worked it out I was off. Take lots of water and good training shoes absolutely do not attempt this in flip flops.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2024
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Julia M
London, UK77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The monument itself is lovely just sat on the shoreline of the bay. The walk down was lovely the walk up was extremely challenging due to its 400m change in elevation over 2 miles- all up!! Stopping for a breather (regularly) on the way up I was enthralled by the birds and the sheer rugged beauty but I was exhausted by the time we got to the top. The snorkelling was lovely and we saw lots of fish - various tangs, parrot fish, pipe fish. There were a lot of commercial boats in the bay but this didn’t detract for me. It was slightly challenging getting in the water but once we worked it out I was off. Take lots of water and good training shoes absolutely do not attempt this in flip flops.
Written 5 June 2024
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Traveller_123
San Francisco, CA910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Worth a visit by boat or land to know the history of the place. I never knew the fate of Captain Cook till I visited this place.
Written 3 April 2024
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Hoffer
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Stop debating the hike and take a snorkel tour in by boat. The locals absolutely detest all us tourists hiking down there and killing the coral. There's not many spots to get in without damaging it. If you can't tread water in the deep to clean out your mask, you shouldn't snorkel. That said, it was amazing. Hoping us tourists don't continue to screw it up. It's a spinner dolphin sanctuary and pretty close to heaven. Let's protect it.
Written 2 February 2024
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PhillyGlfr
107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you have some time and are in decent shape, take the hike down to the monument. We packed a lunch and snorkel gear and had a great time. Plan to go in the morning to avoid the heat and the large numbers of snorkelers brought in by the boat tours. The shoreline is very rocky so bring water shoes if you have them. The hike back up will take you a while (1.5 hours) and can be a bit strenuous so be aware of this.
Written 30 January 2024
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Coastal58120699985
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
WOW! Another great excursion in our visit to the Big Island. Captain Noah was humorous and did a great job of showing us sights coming and going to Captain Cook's Monument. We saw whales, caves, turtles, and some of the best blue snorkeling water near the monument. What a great trip and the lunch and snacks were delightful!
Written 27 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AirSchis
Vancouver, Canada889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It is a three kilometre walk down to the beach area and you need to get there earlier to score parking close to the trailhead. Wear decent footwear which would be NOT wearing sandals. It is a 385 metre elevation gain on the hike back and took the two of us about 50 minutes going at a good clip. The effort to get there and back is well worth it as the snorkelling was awesome. Many different varieties of fish and sea life. Many snorkel tour boats in the bay so that says it all. Pretty clear water so visibility is good. There are no conveniences or amenities down at the beach so bring water and some food. The trail itself is pretty good except for many loose rock towards the bottom. We really enjoyed the snorkelling and spent some time down at the cove. There is not an easy way to gain entry to the water either. We recommend taking the trail on the left when you arrive as the snorkelling was better in that area.
Written 21 January 2024
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Marge G
Saint Charles, MO1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Terribly hatd hike.Down 1.8 miles is difficult on rocky, loose rocks and the steep climb out was tough. 1.8 miles up with over 1000 foot climb. I can hike eight miles but this trail was a huge challenge.
Written 17 November 2023
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karlacrn
san diego2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Used Captain Cooks Cruises. Nice boat. Good crew. Not many people or boats lots of fish. Calm water.
Written 30 October 2023
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Sheryl B
Austin, TX16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We decided to hike to the monument because we wanted to get more exercise in our trip. It was a 2 mile, 1200 foot descent going down on lava rocks which took us about 45 minutes. The snorkeling was great with visibility about 75 feet. Very little beach and none in front of the monument. Getting into and out of the water was fairly easy. Lots of fish and reef to see. The 2 mile hike back up 1200 feet to our car that took one hour and 15 minutes because of the heat and I needed rest breaks and water. I would not recommend this hike for families with children, or anyone with a medical condition.
Written 22 September 2023
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Stefanie B
Hannover, Germany59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Once you are snorkeling here, you can also see the monument. I would not recommend to come here just for this.
Written 4 August 2023
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