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Captain Cook Monument
Captain Cook Monument

Captain Cook Monument

Open daily
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Kaawaloa Road, Kealakekua Bay, 96750

The Basics

Admission to the state historical park is free, and many visitors come to take advantage of the area’s black rock beaches and the excellent snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and dolphin-watching opportunities just off the Kona coast in Kealakekua Bay. Popular tour options include sailing the bay in Zodiac rafts, outrigger canoes, and on lunch or dinner cruises; the monument can be spotted from the water.

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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
$82.73 per adult
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Fantastic Snorkle Experience
Loved being on a catamaran, so close to the ocean. Crew was fantastic. Very helpful and gracious. Saw whale, manta ray, and honu as well as many colorful fish. Have been on other snorkle trips to Captain Cook but this is our favorite and we’ll be going again. Highly recommend this trip👏👏👏🌺
Don_G, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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If your in Kona and want a great snorkel experience, do this tour
Derek_N, Nov 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Great crew, awesome experience. Plenty of room on the catamaran for gear and viewing. Full size (clean) restrooms too. Would definitely recommend. We would have liked more time spent at Captain Cook monument to snorkel but you could spend hours there! Sailing during lunch, while watching the dolphins in the bay was amazing.
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Best day ever!
Briana_O, Jan 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Boat was clean and beautiful, crew was AWESOME, and the reef was incredible. Definitely recommend to anyone and everyone!
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Caught a 75lb ono on our...
Lorinda, Jan 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Caught a 75lb ono on our way to the snorkeling site. Beautiful, clean new boat. Perfect day with the family.
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Fantastic adventure. We’ll worth the price!
Steven_P, Dec 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Amazing adventure! Great boat and crew. Very clean. Very friendly. Snorkeling was fantastic and the boat ride both out and back a thrill.
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Every single staff was...
sarisari1990, Dec 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Every single staff was helpful. They ensured safety of everyone. The staff provided assistance to the guests who are not so comfortable in snorkeling.
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Excellent sail and swim
Johnny_M, Dec 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Tour well organized from beginning to end. Crew was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. Breakfast and lunch was good and served by the crew in a covid safe fashion. Both snorkeling spots were excellent. This tour is a good time and an excellent value.
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Paradise lived up to its name
Linda_S, Dec 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
The crew, vessel, food and service were top notch. The boat was clean, the crew were knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend this excursion.
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The BEST Snorkeling Trip Imaginable!
Cecilia_D, Nov 2021
Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument Snorkel - Small-Group Experience
Coral Reef Adventures is the BEST. Their care and concern for each and every passenger is remarkable! The ship is super clean, the adventures many, the history and stories fun and interesting, and the crew (Brent and Shelly) super helpful and nice. Highly recommend!
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Big Island Snorkel Afternoon
Lori_G, Jan 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
We saw many whales on the way back and the crew was very willing to stop so everyone could get a glimpse. Very knowledgeable and friendly - boat and gear was very clean.
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Sea Paradise is awesome!
Alyssa_F, Oct 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Such a fun experience, the crew was great and very informative without being too intrusive. The boat was brand new and super clean!
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Amazing snorkeling great crew!
Lisa_C, Sep 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
The crew was great! Friendly, knowledgeable and made the trip fun. The snorkeling was amazing and the crew was safety conscious without being overbearing. Highly recommend.
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Great afternoon sail and...
Anita_J, Dec 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Great afternoon sail and snorkel. We saw many different types of fish. Very clean, well organized on a beautiful boat.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Captain Cook Monument is a must-see for history buffs.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, especially if you’re planning to spend time out on the water.

  • Tours of Kealakekua Bay tend to last from three to five hours.

  • Historical lunch and dinner cruises are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The monument and state historical park are situated 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Kailua-Kona on the western coast of the Big Island. The easiest way to get there is by private car or on an organized tour.

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When to Get There

The park is open during daylight hours. For the best snorkeling conditions just offshore from the monument, book a snorkel tour first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon when fewer people will be in the water.

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The Life and Death of Captain Cook

Captain James Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778 on the island of Kauai, marking the first contact between British explorers and Native Hawaiians. He returned to the islands late in 1778, landing at Kealakekua Bay, where he was welcomed and treated as a god. He set sail again in 1779, but was forced to return to repair a broken mast. After Hawaiians snatched one of Cook’s small boats, Cook attempted to capture the Hawaiian king and was stabbed and bludgeoned to death. His memorial is controversial, as some locals see it as a tribute to an invader and a historical moment that would forever change the character of Hawaii.

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