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“Clear and warm water .. Sea creatures of every sort”
Review of Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay
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COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Water is delightfully warm and clear. Fish of every color abound. Snorkeling and scuba diving is an experience you will long remember. The sun shines on the bay almost every day of the year!

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Visiting Kealakekua Bay was highly recommended by multiple websites, guide books, and locals. We took the early morning guided kayak trip with Adventures in Paradise and got to Captain's Cook Monument before any other tourists. This was well worth the early morning trip as our group had the area to ourselves for most of the morning. Fish viewing was very good, with high diversity and excellent visibility. We were disappointed that we did not see spinner dolphins, but the pod that frequents this bay likely chose a different area for sleeping on our particular day. I recommend taking an early morning trip to beat the crowds.

There are only three companies that have permits to bring kayaks onto the land surrounding the Captain Cook Monument. There were people kayaking to the area independently and tying up kayaks in the wrong place. This contributes to overuse of the area and destruction of the habitat -- unfortunately there is inadequate enforcement to prevent people from doing this.

1  Thank Ex626
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Drove down to the bay to snorkel on our own. Ran into some locals who had kayaks to rent. Paid $60 for a 2-person kayak for the whole day. Paddled out in the gorgeous bay while dolphins played all around us. Beached the kayak at Captain Cooks for some snorkeling. (Guess you're really not supposed to do that but oh well). We are divers and this was my favorite day of the whole trip.

Thank cabanna59
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Whoever you are reading this, you missed the big time: you were, in the past, allowed to kayak across the bay to Captain Cook Monument. That is now illegal without a permit due to idiots who don't respect nature. Hiking down the most painful trail on Hawaii is now the only access, but it's worth it. Plan to spend the whole day, it's not a few-hour affair. While you're there do a big of exploring but be respectful. There are lots of cool ruins and the shoreline is reminiscent of Gilligan's Island.

Thank Colin S
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Me and my husband hiked down to the Captain Cook monument. It took about 50 minutes to reach the monument and about one hour and a half to hike back up. The trail is not too steep but you have to constantly watch our step because of roots and/or rocks. When you finally reach the monument it feels like you have to get into the water! The water is so crystal clear that you can see the fishes from outside it! We snorkeled all day and it was beautiful, one of the best snorkeling experiences we've ever had, and we visited the French Polynesian islands, Maldives... Only drawback is that there's no sand and the access to the water is rocky and slippery...but totally worth it! We snorkeled all day and it was beautiful. The hike up was challenging because we didn't bring enough water/food and we stopped several times. So bring lots of food/water and your snorkeling gear!

3  Thank KikiJames
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