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Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

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
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
$95.00 per adult
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Awesome snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay!
Awesome snorkeling and great views of the coast. Well organized and friendly staff. Really fun experience!
Adina_A, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Great way to spend the evening
Teresa_B, Nov 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
We did this for Thanksgiving and the food was great. The crew is excellent. Even the safety meeting was entertaining. We’ll be back.
star-5
Best cruise we took!!!!...
Vinitha_P, Nov 2021
Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
Best cruise we took!!!! Good entertainment, excellent food, excellent service. Very clean. A must do cruise!
star-5
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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Kayak Snorkel trip to Captain Cook Mmt
Jennifer_H, Sep 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Our Hawaiian guides Rabbit and Evo were great! They gave us a good historical perspective of the Captain Cook arrival and the Hawaiian culture that was and how it changed. That was all before the fun kayak and snorkel tour we took. The safety info and guide communication were great and we felt like we were in good hands. We would definitely recommend Aloha Kayak.
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A must!!
Christian_F, Sep 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Great experience, very good crew, recommended 100%. Good for kids and families. The ocean is clean is very well maintain for the locals.
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Awesome time - always safe!
John_M, Aug 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Captain Tim is the man. He is all about safety first which make the whole trip more enjoyable. He has great history of the island and ocean along with he is one funny dude. says it like it is and he's right. We saw many, many fish, dolphins, and more beauty than I can do justice. Worth your dime and the time!
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Wonderful Experience
Joel_L, Jul 2021
Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
Great Trip! We had an awesome time on the kayak and snorkel tour. Our guides, Andrew and Travis were very professional and personable. They were also very knowledgeable and gave us great information about the history of Captain Cook's monument, as well as the various fish that we saw while we snorkeled. They took great care of everyone in the group, young and old, and made sure that we were aware of all safety requirements at all times. We highly recommend this trip!!!
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We’d Do It Again!
Cecilia_D, Nov 2021
Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument Snorkel - Small-Group Experience
Brent is an outstanding cultural and snorkel guide; and Shelly is a super skilled captain. We highly recommend Coral Reef Adventures to anyone seeking a personal small boat snorkeling experience.
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Great snorkeling location
Yu_G, Nov 2021
Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
Captain Chuck was super nice. He prepared snacks and beverages for us. I had a great time snorkeling there.
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Absolutely AMAZING!!! ...
Anthony_E, Nov 2021
Kealakekua Bay Small-Group Snorkel Experience from Kailua-Kona
Absolutely AMAZING!!! Captain Chad and Jesse were FANTASTIC! The entire tour they made us feel like friends/family. Thank you soooo much!
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Had a great time.
Paula_P, Oct 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
Our group of four had a terrific experience on the snorkeling tour. Adam and Simon were terrific, had a great sense of humor and made the trip very enjoyable. We were able to see spinner dolphins and they stopped the boat as long as we were able to see them. Saw sea turtles and once we were stopped at Kealakekua Bay the snorkling was terrific. Can’t recommend this trip highly enough.
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Great family experience!
Rodolfo_R, Jul 2021
Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
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.

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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