Captain Cook Monument

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Captain Cook Monument showing rocky coastline and boating

The spot where British explorer, Captain James Cook, met his fate in Hawaii is now the perfect starting point from which to explore the seas.

When British seafarer and explorer Captain James Cook first introduced European visitors to Hawaii back in 1778, he could never have known that when he returned the following year, he would be killed by the locals here at Kealakekua Bay. It took a century after he met his gruesome end for this eight-metre monument to be built in his honour.

Nestled in a remote bay against a rocky cliff face, it is somewhat tricky to reach the monument and arriving by sea tends to be the preferred method. Many visitors come by kayak, travelling early to see the dolphins or the sea turtles swimming around in the water. Kayaks can be hired on the Hawaii Belt Road before turning off to the bay.

Some visitors opt for a less energetic method of reaching the spot by joining a chartered boat trip. Lunch is often included when booking with some tour operators. You can also try snorkelling off the side of the boat. However, fishing here is prohibited, as the bay is a marine sanctuary.

You can of course hike here too. Go for a trek across the rugged landscape surrounding the bay on a seven kilometre hike on which you’ll be rewarded with some impressive views. Bring your swimming kit and a towel along with you too, as a cooling dip in the water is a real treat after traipsing in the heat.

The bay is a 30-minute drive from Kailua-Kona, and you can park your car at Napo’opo’o Beach from which you can elect to head off by boat or on foot. It doesn't cost anything to visit the monument itself.

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Kohania Courtyard Villa - 2bd 2ba w/Kitchenette on Quiet Orchard Property
Kohania Courtyard Villa - 2bd 2ba w/Kitchenette on Quiet Orchard Property
81-905 Makahiki Ln, A, Kealakekua, HI
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Oceanfront*Hot Tub*Kayaks*Snorkeling*Dolphins*Gorgeous Location
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Kohania King Villa - 1bd/1ba on Quiet Orchard Property w/Pool & Ocean View
Kohania King Villa - 1bd/1ba on Quiet Orchard Property w/Pool & Ocean View
81-905 Makahiki Ln, B, Kealakekua, HI
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Kohania Courtyard Villa - 2bd 2ba w/Kitchenette on Quiet Orchard Property
Kohania Courtyard Villa - 2bd 2ba w/Kitchenette on Quiet Orchard Property
81-905 Makahiki Ln, A, Kealakekua, HI
Kohania Courtyard Villa - 2bd 2ba w/Kitchenette on Quiet Orchard Property
Oceanfront*Hot Tub*Kayaks*Snorkeling*Dolphins*Gorgeous Location
Oceanfront*Hot Tub*Kayaks*Snorkeling*Dolphins*Gorgeous Location
82 Puuhonua Road, Captain Cook, HI
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Kohania King Villa - 1bd/1ba on Quiet Orchard Property w/Pool & Ocean View
Kohania King Villa - 1bd/1ba on Quiet Orchard Property w/Pool & Ocean View
81-905 Makahiki Ln, B, Kealakekua, HI
Kohania King Villa - 1bd/1ba on Quiet Orchard Property w/Pool & Ocean View
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Beach Front Kealakekua Bay
82-6024 Manini Beach Rd, Captain Cook, HI
Beach Front Kealakekua Bay
Walk 3 minutes to swim in Kealakekua Bay with dolphins
Walk 3 minutes to swim in Kealakekua Bay with dolphins
82-6012 Puuhonua Rd, Captain Cook, HI
Walk 3 minutes to swim in Kealakekua Bay with dolphins
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Quaint Hawaiian Cottage on 5 Acres.
82-6021 Napoopoo Rd, Kealakekua, HI
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