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  • Address: Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Kaawaloa Road
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

British explorer Captain James Cook met his death at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779 perhaps due to a misunderstanding over the use of a boat.

Today, a white obelisk marks the spot where he died, standing sentinel over the lush coast and its crystal-clear water.

There’s great snorkeling from the coast’s black rock beaches, along with diving and kayaking.

Practical Info

The Captain Cook Monument looks over mile-wide Kealakekua Bay, in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on the western Kona coast.

The easiest way to get here is to either paddle in by kayak or take an organized tour.

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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Surround yourself with beautiful scenery, dolphins and the occasional humpback whale as you paddle a kayak in picturesque Kealakekua Bay! This narrated Big ...  Read more

Location: Honalo, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $99.78

Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $109.31

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