Captain Cook Monument

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South Kona, HI, United States
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    Curtis A.
    "excellent diving in front of monument."(6 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."(6 Tips)
    Andrew F.
    "Favorite place on the kona side of the island for snorkeling."(7 Tips)
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  • Stephen C.
    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
    Stephen C · 1 week ago
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  • Fire F.
    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.
    Fire Fly · June 23, 2015
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  • Derek D.
    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.
    Derek Deviny · May 12, 2011
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  • Patrick K.
    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
    Patrick Kirby · November 9, 2014
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  • Adam S.
    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.
    Adam Stallman · September 23, 2015
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  • Yasmine J.
    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.
    Yasmine Johnson · July 20, 2011
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  • Smithsonian Channel
    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
    Smithsonian Channel · June 23, 2011
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  • Curtis A.
    Take a kayak over. Don't forget your snorkeling gear, excellent diving in front of monument.
    Curtis A · November 9, 2012
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  • Andrew F.
    Favorite place on the kona side of the island for snorkeling. Lots of beautiful coral and sea life to see here!
    Andrew Fuller · March 22, 2014
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  • Christine H.
    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.
    Christine Hong · December 8, 2014
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  • Justin B.
    Don't bother taking a paid boat ride out here. Rent kayaks. It's cheaper and more adventurous.
    Justin Benoit · March 19, 2014
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  • Corey S.
    Great snorkeling area. No sand, all rocks.
    Corey Spears · November 11, 2013
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  • Matt S.
    The hike back up to the road is a BEAST! Bring water!
    Matt Sheehan · July 3, 2010
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  • Bek A.
    Take the hike it's not bad, best snorkeling on the big island.
    Bek A · March 30, 2014
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  • Chuck M.
    Can't get too close to the monument but fun none the less Read more
    Chuck Miller · October 18, 2011
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  • HawaiiLife
    Marine sanctuary with the most amazing snorkeling.
    HawaiiLife · December 28, 2011
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  • Mark B.
    Soooo many fish!
    Mark Booth · October 26, 2010
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  • Oleg K.
    Пешком идти более часа по застывшей лаве, так что нужна комфортная обувь. Питьевая вода также не помешает.
    Oleg Kondranenkov · February 23, 2013
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