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Kealakekua Bay

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Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Nature at its best. A beautiful bay . We saw spinner dolphins leaping and it was a great sight. The views here are lovely too.

Thank Jean H
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Came here to paddle and snorkel with our adult children. We rented kayaks from Ehu and Kai and paddled across the bay to near the Captain Cook monument to snorkel. Lots of cool scenery to see on the way and even from the boats we...More

Thank HawaiiNut02760
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Stunning blue water in a peaceful bay. Wonderful snorkeling and kayaking opportunities, too! A huge variety of fish and coral, warm water, and a good spot to sit and eat lunch by the Captain Cook monument. There's a small parking lot with a few spots.

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Great snorkeling - lots of fish and the water was calm. The icing on the cake was the pod of dolphins that swam around and under us - I’ll never forget it. Get there early! We were there at 9am and it was a secluded...More

1  Thank 2018CDN
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Excellent tour great hosts. Boat was clean and friendly staff. More than expected We had light lunch had one fish on but broke the line. Walk off swim platform was very cool.

Thank David Lynn G
Reviewed 18 February 2018

I was told from a friend that lives on the island that spinner dolphins love to hang out in the bay early in the morning. We got there right as the sun was coming up and saw a pod of dolphins playing not to far...More

Thank FogHat13
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Wonderful for kayaking and snorkeling. Go early in the am to see the dolphins. sTAY off the coral! Do not snorkel if you cannot stay in your stomachs and off the coral! Just don’t do it. Coral is live and takes years to grow back...More

Thank J C
Reviewed 11 February 2018

We looked for an option to do an early morning snorkeling trip to Captain Cook to avoid being there when it was so crowded. We found an outstanding trip with Hawaiian Coastline Adventures. We left the harbor at 7 am in a small boat and...More

1  Thank mary_I3163IY
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

We don’t usually take snorkel tours, but it’s worth paying to visit this bay. You can hike down to the water but you will inevitably damage coral getting in and out. You can rent kayaks but technically you can’t land here so you have to...More

1  Thank old-jogger
Reviewed 7 February 2018

We stopped here and although it was a little rough it was not crowded and because we are strong swimmers we ventured in. It was amazing, we didn't spot any dolphins but did have a visit from a curious sea turtle. Highly recommend!

Thank Tracey B
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Olivia M
18 September 2018|
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Response from Fpkcek | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can snorkel on your own. I would recommend renting a kayak at Bay Side Adventures and kayaking across the bay. We were able to watch and snorkel with spinner dolphins on our way over to the Captain Cook Monument.
Brian Jay B
9 September 2018|
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Response from celestewest10s | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the older gentleman’s name is Derrick, he owns Kona Kayaks and can set you up for a kayaking trip at the bottom of Napo’opo Rd. It’s a fun adventure to kayak across the bay. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear, as... More
Nancy D
5 July 2018|
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Response from Lisa J | Reviewed this property |
The Vog level is dependent on Tradewinds. Even prior to recent volcanic events, Kona has the reputation for the most voggy days - especially during summer. It does make for very lovely sunsets ;-) Kealakekua Bay is still... More