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The Largest Sheltered Bay on Hawaii Island

Captain Cook Discovers Hawaii
Captain James Cook and his ships, the Resolution and Discovery, entered the sheltered waters of Kealakekua Bay (Pathway of the God) on the morning of Jan 17, 1779, during the height of a local religious festival.  Thinking Cook was a returning God, the Hawaiians welcomed and honored him.  After a while, the Hawaiians realized that Cook and his crew were not immortal and was not, in fact, a returning God. In the end Cook was surrounded and killed by the Hawaiians at the very spot of the Captain Cook Monument. The monument is only approachable by rugged foot trail or by boating across the water of Kealakekua Bay.  The best way to reach this austere and beautiful spot is by kayak.  Launch your kayak from the Kealakekua wharf and paddle across the bay to the monument.  The water is deep clear blue and calm, providing a great paddling experience. The snorkeling and SCUBA diving at Captain Cook are unforgettable experiences and some of the best sports in Hawaii.  If you are looking for a more relaxing way to reach Capt Cook, try the Hawaii Snorkel Cruise to Kealakekua.

Local Spinner Dolphins

A pod of Hawaiian Spinner dolphins frequents Kealakekua Bay.  The bay serves are a place for them to rest, feed, and a nursery for mothers and their calves.  Due to the calm water conditions, extensive coral reef, and thriving underwater life, Kealakekua Bay offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in Hawaii.  From the wharf across Kealakekua Bay, you can see the Captain Cook Monument.  In the shallow waters adjacent to the Monument is where the best snorkeling and SCUBA diving is located.  Additionally, there are spectacular views of the bay and the sheer cliffs on the eastern edge.  You must not miss this!


Dolphine while snrlkeling
Kealakekua Snrkeling from boats is a great way to see the reefs


Marine Sanctuary

Kealakekua Bay encompasses 315 acres and measures 1.5 miles in length and one mile in width.  It is the largest sheltered natural bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The spectacular sanctuary at Kealakekua Bay offers an abundance of tropical fish, a variety of gorgeous coral reefs and visibility up to 100 feet under water! The calm, protected waters and sunny skies of Kealakekua Bay provide superior snorkeling and diving, with the water temperature averaging 76° year round.


Captain Cook Monument

Unfortunately you cannot simply drive to Captain Cook - this remote location is only accessible by water or hiking trail.  Most visitors opt to rent a Kayak and paddle across the scenic bay to the Captain Cook Monument.  Others prefer to join a guided tour of Kealakekua Bay aboard one of the many snorkeling tours . 

If you are launching your kayak or just want a scenic drive to Kealakekua Bay, take the Hawaii Belt Road North from our bed and breakfast (or South if you are coming from Kailua-Kona) .  You will see signs for Kealakekua Bay to your left and then the road winds down to the wharf and Napoopoo beach. There is parking right at the wharf, but no kayak or gear rentals here. You can rent Kayaks on the Hawaii Belt Road just before you turn off to Kealakekua Bay.


Captain Cook Monument
The bay is surrounded by cliffs and a volcanic shore

Kealakekua Bay in the Morning

If you make it out to the bay early enough, you may be lucky and see a pod of Spinner dolphins.  Also, you can be sure to see Hawaiian Sea Turtles in the shallow waters near the Monument.  Expect to take a lot of pictures and prepare yourself by bringing an underwater camera if possible.  The water could not be clearer and the visibility is often reported beyond 100 feet.  You should consider purchasing an underwater camera to capture the magnificent coral and underwater sea life.  Read on to learn about our tips and secrets for kayaking and snorkeling at Captain Cook.


Hale Ho`ola
Big Island Hawaii Bed and Breakfast Inn

85-4577 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Toll Free: 877-628-9117 or 808-328-9117