Kealakekua Bay

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Kealakekua Bay
Kealakekua Bay
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Free
24/7 daily

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Beaches, Recreation, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Snorkelers like to visit this remote bay on Hawaii's west coast for the tropical fish, sea turtles and Hawaiian Spinner dolphins that are plainly visible just below the calm, shallow water's surface. History junkies make the trek to Kealakekua for a different reason altogether. 

Navigator captain James Cook first spotted the bay and stayed here as a guest in January 1779. Weeks later, tensions rose and he was killed on the very same shore. Take time in between snorkel trips and scuba dives to behold the large white Captain Cook Monument that sits across the bay. Recent visitors said the state park offers an interesting history lesson in a beautiful setting. Along with a picnic pavilion and water fountains, there are also restrooms. For more information, visit the state park's website.

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