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Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

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2,424 Reviews
Kaawaloa Road, Kealakekua Bay, 96750

The Basics

Kealakekua Bay is one of the most popular day trips from Kailua-Kona. Most visitors arrive by tour for snorkeling, kayaking, dolphin watching, or learning about the site’s historical significance over a Hawaiian-style meal. The protected waters are often ideal for swimming, often alongside dolphins, tropical fish, and a range of other marine life. Don’t overlook the Captain Cook Monument, a white obelisk commemorating Captain James Cook, who was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians in February 1779.

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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
$95.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great family experience!
Amazing experience all around! We took this snorkeling trip as a family with two young kids and they loved every minute of it. Captain was personable, informative and very involved in making sure everyone on board had a good time. He was relaxed but took great pride in the experience. Safety is a priority, not only when operating the boat but also while we snorkeled.
Rodolfo_R, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Family fun
Reinhold, Jul 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Andrew and Travis were exceptional. The groups safety was always top of mind for them. They entertained with with historical and humorous stories.
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Amazing snorkeling
Tammy_B, Jul 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Excellent snorkeling, one of our favorites. Captain Simon and his crew did a great job pointing out dolphins and lots of other stuff. Plenty of snacks, lunch and drinks during the entire tour. Highly recommend Hang Loose, they are professional, large clean boat and excellent snorkeling gear.
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Trip to captain cook
Steve_N, Jul 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
This was an excellent adventure. The boat was clean, and large enough for everyone. The captain and crew were knowledgeable, had great personalities and made everyone feel at home. I would highly recommend this company.
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You should definitely book this trip
Troy_C, May 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Iwa and Rabbit were terrific guides! They gave a great history of the area, were highly focused on safety and conservation, and were a lot of fun. Highly recommended!
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Crew fantastic
Noelle_R, Jul 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
The crew really makes this trip an adventure, informative and funny. A must do! Gears clean and lunch is perfect. They really made our day!
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Amazing
YuriCarrillo, Jul 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
Amazing. Everything was great! I loved the sightseeing with the historical facts. And the food was delicious. Watching the sunset while listening to live music was exceptional.
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Fantastic morning with the fish!!!
Kathy, Jul 2021
Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay
Loved the outrigger experience!! Early arrival meant we had all the fish mostly to ourselves! Guide and staff were knowledgeable and kind!! We love supporting family owned businesses!!!!
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Great time
David_M, Jul 2021
Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel Adventure!
Good time. A lot of sun, so make sure you bring cover up or sun screen. Reef is beautiful and you get to see a lot of fish.
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Super Awesome Adventure!
Sharon_B, Jul 2021
Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
We had the best time on our snorkeling adventure yesterday! Our tour guides were so informative and friendly! Would definitely recommend to friends and we look forward to doing it again sometime in the future. Thank you!
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A++++
Steve_A, Jun 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Wonderful A+++ experience! Captain and crew were friendly and helpful. Clean boat, tons of snacks, and the lunch sandwiches and fruit were terrific! The pool noodles to help with snorkeling were a fantastic idea and a big help!
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Excellent night with my sisters
Cindy_J, Jul 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
This was a great time with my sisters. We were all celebrating birthdays!! The staff, especially Nika, were amazing. Nika kept us entertained as heck. 🤪 The historian was so knowledgeable and a great speaker. The food was a surprise at how delicious it was. Thanks again for a wonderful evening on the water.
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Excellent
Ashley_I, Jul 2021
Kealakekua Bay Small-Group Snorkel Experience from Kailua-Kona
Capt. Chad and Jessi were amazing with our family. Private small group tour was the best! Really. Cool knowledge of the coastline. Would recommend to anyone.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kealakekua Bay is a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

  • A small park near the beach offers a picnic pavilion, restrooms, and a water fountain.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

  • No lifeguards are on duty in the bay, so swim at your own risk.

  • Most snorkeling tours include all necessary snorkel gear.

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How to Get There

Kealakekua Bay sits on the Big Island’s western Kona Coast, within the protected Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. If you don’t have a rental car to drive there yourself, the easiest way to visit is through an organized tour from Kailua-Kona.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

Since much of the appeal of Kealakekua Bay lies in its turquoise waters, plan to visit on a warm, sunny day. For the best chance to spot spinner dolphins near the shore, opt for an evening cruise along the Kona Coast.

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Kayaking to Kealakekua Bay

Due to the growing popularity of Kealakekua Bay (and the risk that popularity poses to the underwater ecosystem), kayakers wishing to land boats along the shoreline have to get a permit ahead of time. Most guided kayak tours and kayak rentals already include the necessary permits, but it’s a good idea to check.

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