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The Captain Cook Monument

Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
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  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
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“flip flops” (14 reviews)
“cars parked” (9 reviews)
Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We scheduled a tour with Adventures in Paradise, kayak and snorkling tour of Capt Cook Monument. It was an awesome place to snorkle and on the way across the bay we seen dolphin!! Beautiful clear water and very colorful fish!!

Thank Frank J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail to the monument is easy to follow if you are wearing appropriate shoes. We encounter people with flip-flops and cherry-heads: no good! You need to manage a difference in altitude of 400m on a hike which is only 1.8 miles while the tropical...More

Thank christiansS8118DP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

GPS on my Garmin dropped, so can't post a route. But it's 3.8 miles out and back, and took me 1 hour down, and 1 hr and 5 min up. I am a trail runner, so hiking up is easier for me. Though the elevation...More

Thank Michele S
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Simply. The. Best. Snorkeling. You can hike down, but I don't recommend it unless you are an experienced hiker and have plenty of water (don't hike after noon -- it's too hot). Instead take a kayak tour, but choose carefully; only one company is permitted...More

2  Thank alandF6879AU
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I decided to have an adventure day and forego the boat tour and instead hike into Captain Cook ourselves. We are young (ish) and (kind of) fit - the hike took us just over an hour each way, and the way back...More

2  Thank Katie O
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Visitors have two ways to get to the monument commemorating an important historical event – the arrival of Captain Cook at the Sandwich Islands which Cook named after one of the underwriters of his around the world trip: Lord Sandwich. The first, and arduous way,...More

Thank Gabriele S
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

This is a great monument. You can hike or kayak here, and we chose to hike. It's about 4-ish miles round-trip, and well worth it for the view and the history at the bottom.

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

We made it to marker 5 and turned around thought I was going to die on the way up. We were not prepared. If you are prepared I'm sure the snorkeling at the end would be well worth it. Next time I will have a...More

1  Thank Amy D
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This is a great location to visit. Either hike the 3.8 mile round trip, kayak, or take one of the many boats available to enjoy this secluded bay. Towering lava cliffs and fantastic snorkeling is available at this location. within minutes we saw several species...More

1  Thank Chris H
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We have been to Big Island multiple times and we've always been put off visiting the monument by the hike (with the kids). We have been snorkeling on other locations around Kealakekua Bay and thought they were great, too (and they are!). Finally we decided...More

1  Thank dktraveler2016
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Hi I have kids would they be able to do the hike? Can you be specific as to where you parked and where you entered the water? Was there a place to eat nearby?
5 May 2016|
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Response from t_toots | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Depends on their ages and if/how often they do this kind of thing. The return trip is a bit strenuous and in more or less direct sunlight for the majority. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen and/or hats. That... More
I made the poor mistake of watching shark week! three weeks prior to my Big Island visit. Scared to death of snorkeling ANYWHERE... I'm laughing a bit. seriously though, Captain Cook Monument Excursion planned....any issues, concerns, discussions with tour guides on trip re: sharks? Going on Fair-Winns AM tour. Thanks!
10 July 2015|
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Response from ALLENT7V | Reviewed this property |
I have been to the islands 14 times and have never seen a shark , I did in Vancouver 40 years ago. I snorkle every day I am in Hawaii and have been to Cooks monument many times , it is an extinct volcano caldera and is quite... More
Aloha! We have determined that we are no longer able to safely mount or dismount a kayak from a vehicle. Any recommendations on getting a kayak on location without having to be a part of a tour? I was thinking we could pay a small fee at each end to load and unload, but what guarantee is there that their will be someone at either end to assist? And my husband really doesn't wish to transport the kayak at all. Your feedback would be most helpful. Thank you. Oh yes... and I have the form for obtaining a permit. Is that still needed?
10 March 2015|
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Response from ALLENT7V | Reviewed this property |
there are inflatable kayaks of quite good quality available