We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Captain Cook Monument

Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Historical Dinner or Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
More Info
and up
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure
More Info
and up
Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
A monument dedicated to Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian Islands and ended Hawaiian royalty.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
Write a Review
Reviews (422)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

141 - 150 of 381 reviews

Reviewed 23 January 2016

I was most impressed and found it totally worth the expense of a boat trip to snorkel at Capt Cooks Monument. Probably because it isn't accessible by car (only by kayak or boat or a very very long and steep hike) this place is pristine....More

Thank dm49
Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

This site is known for having some of the best snorkeling in all of the Hawaiian islands, and it did not disappoint! An abundance of brightly colored and varying fish, as well as turtles. I'm told there are usually dolphins in the bay as well,...More

Thank Virpi_of_Colorado
Reviewed 15 January 2016

As Kiwis we were interested in where Captain Cook - who was the first European to circumnavigate NZ, met his death at the hands of Hawaiians in 1779. The monument is in a quiet respectful place, as you can not access it by road. You...More

Thank Judith K
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

We hiked to the monument and felt it was easy. The hard part is going down particularly a section between signs marking a "4" and a "7". Never understood the signs, initially thought they would go up to ten essentially marking very 10 percent of...More

Thank HelenaGuerra
Reviewed 8 January 2016

I've kayaked here and also walked the trail down ( 2 down, 2 up). No landing on monument area unless you are with a guide. Either way is nice. May get to watch spinners if you are in the kayak. They were surprisingly close! awesome....More

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

The monument is not spectacular but to get there. There is a trail to walk down which will take about one hour. We swam over the bay to get there. It took us about two hours to get there and one back. Just in the...More

Thank Graido
Reviewed 6 January 2016

We made a quick stop to see the monument. The bay is very pretty. The monument is best seen from the water but it is visible from land.

Thank Deb W
Reviewed 5 January 2016

I first went here ten years ago by kayak. Then I hiked down a few years later. This year, I ran down (20 minutes) for approximately 2 miles. It takes about 30 minutes going up. The trail is steep. Once there, the water is clear....More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 4 January 2016

You can't dock boats at this historic monument, but you can get into some great snorkeling offshore. One of the most fun ways to do this is to rent a kayak ($25) at Napoopoo Park and paddle across Kealakekua Bay. Once there, you can snorkel...More

2  Thank WaltMorton
Reviewed 28 December 2015

On a dive trip and the dive boat took us to the monument. Swam over to it read the inscription took some pictures. Actually the snorkeling in the bay is not bad and a pod of spinner dolphins were playing in the area and put...More

Thank must_need_H2O
Nearby Restaurants
The Coffee Shack
988 reviews
2.71 miles away
Sun Dried Specialties Fish Bowl
139 reviews
2.68 miles away
Manago Hotel & Restaurant
326 reviews
1.57 miles away
Patz Pies
299 reviews
1.63 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Kealakekua Bay
621 reviews
.98 miles away
Greenwell Farms
945 reviews
2.20 miles away
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
163 reviews
1.46 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
5 May 2016|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from t_toots | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Depends on their ages and if/how often they do this kind of thing. The return trip is a bit strenuous and in more or less direct sunlight for the majority. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen and/or hats. That... More
10 July 2015|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from ALLENT7V | Reviewed this property |
I have been to the islands 14 times and have never seen a shark , I did in Vancouver 40 years ago. I snorkle every day I am in Hawaii and have been to Cooks monument many times , it is an extinct volcano caldera and is quite... More
10 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from ALLENT7V | Reviewed this property |
there are inflatable kayaks of quite good quality available