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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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Great experience!
We had an absolutely terrific experience with our family of 8. Perfect weather, great staff, wonderful snorkeling!
Susan_T, Dec 2021

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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A highlight of our Big Island vacation
Wesley_F, Nov 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
We had so much fun. We were all newbies snorkeling with two adults and four kids ages 12-4, and the crew were so nice and made sure we were comfortable with the snorkeling gear and we all had so much fun. I would definitely recommend Sea Paradise. The boat was clean and the crew were so awesome. This was a highlight of visiting the Big Island. Cannot wait to come back and do it again.
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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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Fish, Fun and Friendly Staff!
lonitesch, Nov 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Very comfortable new catamaran! Very clean, great information on what to expect, safety tips, history of bay! Equipment was top knotch, food was filling and good choices. Amazing snorkeling in the bay!
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Wonderful afternoon snorkel
Cheryl_D, Nov 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
We really enjoyed the boat team as well as the new vessel we were aboard. My husband and I had not snorkeled in awhile so it was especially nice. Everyone on board was very engaging and thoughtful to meet all safety precautions as well as more tourists visit the islands.
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Don’t miss this one!
Kim_R, Nov 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Fabulous trip with a great crew! Everything from beginning to end was top notch. We had a mixed group - all ages from 9 to 80+ and the crew was terrific with everyone. Safety was top priority, amazing snorkel spots and a dose of Hawaiian history, too. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!
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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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Perfect day
Ashley_B, Nov 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Amazing experience! Would highly recommend this catamaran to anyone wanting a super fun & relaxing day! Totally worth the money!
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Worth the experience
Rick_H, Nov 2021
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
The crew was amazing!! So nice, thoughtful and fun. They made sure everyone was doing well and having a good time. Great boat! Very clean and super comfortable. We loved the experience 💕💕💕🐠
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Small group, great guides!
Brigetta_W, Nov 2021
Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument Snorkel - Small-Group Experience
Small group experience with Captain Shelley and Brent. Exceptional Snorkeling in the bay and fun boat ride there and back. Highly recommend!
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Worth the money
Matthew_P, Sep 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Captain and crew were fantastic. Friendly, professional and got us on our way quickly. It was informative and culturally rich, safe and clean.

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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