Captain Cook Monument

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South Kona
  • Curtis A.
    "excellent diving in front of monument."(7 Tips)
    Fire F.
    "Bring water shoes and kayak to the monument."(2 Tips)
    Bek A.
    "Take the hike it's not bad, best snorkeling on the big island."(8 Tips)
    Andrew F.
    "Favorite place on the kona side of the island for snorkeling."(7 Tips)
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  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CMay 22, 2016
    The way in is BY FOOT via Ka'Awaloa Trail (physically demanding uphill return), or BY KAYAK (requires a kayak/rental/tour). With preparation (an extra shirt and a gal of H2O) definitely would hike
  • Rachel A.
    Rachel AdamsJanuary 31
    Tough hike but worth it. Bring water, good shoes and swim suit. The highlight of this hike is swimming near the monument. Lots of cool fish to see and it's nice to take a dip to cool off
  • Fire F.
    Fire FlyJune 23, 2015
    I loved it here! There were amazing fish everywhere and the coral reef was absolutely beautiful. There was a very steep drop off, though, so be warned. Bring water shoes and kayak to the monument.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 23, 2015
    Believe it or not, although you do not need a passport, the land around this monument is British Territory. Best snorkeling on the island is in the waters just below it.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KirbyNovember 9, 2014
    Given the cultural significance Cook had on the antipodes, it's remarkable how little signage etc there is to the monument. We finally chanced upon finding it but only from Kealakekua Bay
  • Derek D.
    Derek DevinyMay 12, 2011
    You are supposed to have a permit to pull your kayak ashore, but this seemed ignored. Careful of slippery rocks. There is a plaque in the inlet to the left of the monument. Watch for dolphins and eel.
  • Yasmine J.
    Yasmine JohnsonJuly 20, 2011
    The Snorkeling is great. Bring water shoes to get in and out! The hike back up is no joke, bring plenty of water and sunblock.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FullerMarch 22, 2014
    Favorite place on the kona side of the island for snorkeling. Lots of beautiful coral and sea life to see here!
  • Curtis A.
    Curtis ANovember 9, 2012
    Take a kayak over. Don't forget your snorkeling gear, excellent diving in front of monument.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    This obelisk marks the spot where Captain James Cook was killed by a band of native Hawaiians in 1779. His partially burned body was later returned to his crew and buried at sea. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Corey S.
    Corey SpearsNovember 11, 2013
    Great snorkeling area. No sand, all rocks.
  • Bek A.
    Bek AMarch 30, 2014
    Take the hike it's not bad, best snorkeling on the big island.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BenoitMarch 19, 2014
    Don't bother taking a paid boat ride out here. Rent kayaks. It's cheaper and more adventurous.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongDecember 8, 2014
    Not a hike for the those who aren't in shape. Almost killed us. DO NOT hike back up mid-day when the sun is beating.
  • HawaiiLife
    HawaiiLifeDecember 28, 2011
    Marine sanctuary with the most amazing snorkeling.
  • Chuck M.
    Chuck MillerOctober 18, 2011
    Can't get too close to the monument but fun none the less Read more
  • Matt S.
    Matt SheehanJuly 3, 2010
    The hike back up to the road is a BEAST! Bring water!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BoothOctober 26, 2010
    Soooo many fish!
  • O K.
    O KFebruary 23, 2013
    Пешком идти более часа по застывшей лаве, так что нужна комфортная обувь. Питьевая вода также не помешает.
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