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The Captain Cook Monument

Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-895-8951
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A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

Just a small park with a view of the monument from afar. There are much more better place to spend your time on Big Island. Not really worth a stop.

Thank Marco
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The snorkelling at Captain Cook was amazing but the walk down and back up can be gruelling, depending on your fitness level. If you are typically an active person then you will be fine. Regardless, make sure to wear hiking (or all terrain) shoes and...More

1  Thank Caitlin J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked with our 7 and 9 year old the first day of our vacation. Packed the recommended amount of water (a litre each) and brought a lunch. Had donut floaties for the kids which made our time relaxing. Amazing snorkeling. A ladder is available...More

2  Thank Kristen2424
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's quite a long walk down but an incredible place to snorkel. Clear clear waters and an impressive amount of fish and coral. Boats are not aloud to dock here which is nice for hanging out on shore but there are plenty anchored in the...More

1  Thank Kym G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hiking path was good, grab a walking stick at the top. Took me 1 1/2 hours to hike out but I think I didn’t bring enough water and it was hot. The main thing I didn’t like was the fact that we hiked all the...More

Thank rslantz
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The two mile hike down to the monument leads to amazing snorkeling on the reef. All kinds of tangs, butterfly fish, parrot fish, trigger fish, eels and more. Seems quite private to the hikers until the catamaran tours show up. The big challenge is doing...More

Thank everlast64
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the hike to the bottom to snorkel and see the monument. The monument itself should be seen if you are in the area. The hike back up is more challenging and takes longer. The area around the monument and the Bay is crowded...More

1  Thank VGTravelGirl
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

The monument is not too exciting but the bay is nice and no reason not to go see it just so you can say you saw it.

Thank simpleyme
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

As an Australian it was important to me to visit this site while in Hawaii. Unfortunately, mobility issues meant that I was not able to hike down to the monument so I had to settle for a view from the south across Kealakekua Bay. Even...More

Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We really enjoyed the historical significance of this site and the snorkeling was good. We even saw a couple of dolphins. I would recommend an early start if you plan to hike in. Both because of the limited parking available at the start of the...More

Thank Leanne D
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IG99
30 January 2018|
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Response from Tschmidt690 | Reviewed this property |
I believe Ehu & Kai adventures is the closest, with direct access to the water without having to transport your kayak yourself. They are super friendly and by far one of the cheapest rentals. From their launch point it’s... More
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Ellents
16 November 2017|
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Response from Frank J | Reviewed this property |
yes there are boats, buts what better is kayaking to it, from the area across from the monument. We had a great I'm and Mike knew everything about the island!! very informative!!
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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
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