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Captain Cook Monument
Captain Cook Monument

Captain Cook Monument

Open daily
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Kaawaloa Road, Kealakekua Bay, 96750

The Basics

Admission to the state historical park is free, and many visitors come to take advantage of the area’s black rock beaches and the excellent snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and dolphin-watching opportunities just off the Kona coast in Kealakekua Bay. Popular tour options include sailing the bay in Zodiac rafts, outrigger canoes, and on lunch or dinner cruises; the monument can be spotted from the water.

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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
$82.73 per adult
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Amazing Trip
We had a wonderful time snorkeling with this crew. The boat was new, clean, and bathrooms were nice. The crew was incredibly helpful in teaching and encouraging our inexperienced snorkelers. The captain answered all of our questions, and we had two small kids with A LOT of questions. The captain was so kind to the young ones in our group and let them pull on the sail rope. We even saw two manta rays on the way back! Overall we all had a great time and would recommend this great snorkeling experience.
Luke_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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First time memorable
Ivy_S, May 2022
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
My husband and I are here for the first time on the big island. We highly recommend this excursion. The sailing and snorkeling was excellent. The most memorable was snorkeling at Captain Cook. The captain and staff were very professional and put safety first.
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Amazing trip! Staff was...
Nathaniel_C, May 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Amazing trip! Staff was so nice and boat was super clean and nice. We really enjoyed the fresh fruit plates, drinks and snorkeling!
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5 star captain and crew
Debra_L, May 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Captain Morgan and crew were awesome very informative and safety was number 1. I will definitely recommend and I will.be coming back next vacation
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Nicely Done
Mitchell_S, Apr 2022
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Catamaran brand new, exceptionally clean, staff very friendly and knowledgeable, both snorkeling sites beautiful. Strongly recommend/
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Close up with the dolphins.
Evelyn_B, Apr 2022
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Crew were very knowledgeable and answered every question about the history and sea life during the trip. Breakfast and lunch were served efficiently and enjoyed. Lots of space for all the passengers since they reduced numbers to uphold COVID standards. Nice snorkeling and lots of dolphins. Would use this company again.
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Favorite part of the trip
Stacey_D, Mar 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
We had so much fun on this trip ! The crew was amazing and the experience was awesome! Everything was clean which I always look at and it was definitely a positive experience and would recommend to anybody going to the big island! Totally worth every penny! We got to see a whale and the crew caught on a fish on board! We really had a good day !
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Excellent value, exceeded my expectations.
Scott_V, Feb 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Ship some of the best I've ever been on a snorkeling trip with, boat was clean. Crew was efficient getting out snacks and drinks. Even saw whales and dolphins on the trip. Excellent value
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Great guided snorkel tour
Monica_C, Apr 2022
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Captain and crew were wonderful and fun. Food was delicious, and snorkeling at captain cook monument was amazing. We were well taken care of.
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Fantastic adventure. We’ll worth the price!
Steven_P, Dec 2021
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Amazing adventure! Great boat and crew. Very clean. Very friendly. Snorkeling was fantastic and the boat ride both out and back a thrill.
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Afternoon catamaran, snorkel at Captain Cook monument
Tana_D, May 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Dolphins, staff, snorkeling was fabulous., great snacks . A MUST do on your itinerary. Captain Cook monument !!!!!
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Great afternoon on Kona Coast!
Mary_S, Mar 2022
Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Fun boat ride along S Kona Coast, snorkeling was fantastic, friendly and helpful crew with commitment to safety and passenger’s experience. Thank you!
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Fun for all ages!
Valerie_B, Mar 2022
Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
Great experience for my 6 year old all the way up to my mom who is 78! Safety briefing was thorough and all the plans were well communicated. We snorkeled at 2 spots and during both snorkels you could look up and see the crew in the water and felt completely safe. Couldn’t thank them enough for helping my family make great memories!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Captain Cook Monument is a must-see for history buffs.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, especially if you’re planning to spend time out on the water.

  • Tours of Kealakekua Bay tend to last from three to five hours.

  • Historical lunch and dinner cruises are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The monument and state historical park are situated 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Kailua-Kona on the western coast of the Big Island. The easiest way to get there is by private car or on an organized tour.

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When to Get There

The park is open during daylight hours. For the best snorkeling conditions just offshore from the monument, book a snorkel tour first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon when fewer people will be in the water.

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The Life and Death of Captain Cook

Captain James Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778 on the island of Kauai, marking the first contact between British explorers and Native Hawaiians. He returned to the islands late in 1778, landing at Kealakekua Bay, where he was welcomed and treated as a god. He set sail again in 1779, but was forced to return to repair a broken mast. After Hawaiians snatched one of Cook’s small boats, Cook attempted to capture the Hawaiian king and was stabbed and bludgeoned to death. His memorial is controversial, as some locals see it as a tribute to an invader and a historical moment that would forever change the character of Hawaii.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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