Snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii, the Big Island

As a matter of rule, we don’t talk about activities on our site that we have not personally experienced. However, in our minds, this is likely the best snorkeling on Hawaii, the Big Island, and we were shut out by a severe thunderstorm.  ACK!

Located just 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. The bay’s brilliant waters are filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, you can even see spinner dolphins swimming in the bay. If you want to stay dry, there is a picnic area to relax and enjoy this historic spot.

Kealakekua Bay is not a place that you can merely hop in your car and drive to.  It is accessed by a variety of marine transportation options, and we were hooked up for a five-hour “Beat the Crowd” adventure with the folks at Captain Zodiac.

After a wonderful storm-filled night in our Kona Village Resort beach-side, thatch-roofed bungalow, I called the folks at Captain Zodiac and they were sad to announce that they were going to have to, in a rare and uncommon move, cancel our day’s adventure due to very rough and stormy seas.  Wimper, wimper!

Well, I figure that just because we didn’t get to go, that doesn’t mean we should keep it a secret from you.

We’ll be back next year, and you can rest assured that we will be snorkeling atop the azure waters of Kealakekua Bay.

5 Responses to “Snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii, the Big Island”
  1. Chris, Ottawa says:

    We made it to the Capt. Cook bay 2yrs ago, was fantastic. The water is clear with many fish spieces and frequented by dolphins. Popular with scuba divers also, snorkeling tours like to go early to get the best anchorage. There is a 2-3 mile trail from the highway Im told its very ruff. The monument is actually British territory and the tour boats wont let you disembark, and ask you not to try to go ashore. The shore is very sharp, urchins,coral etc. actually had the misfortune of watching a woman injured who didnt take the warnings getting pushed back and forth accross the rocks in the surf when she went to close. Went to Molokini crater off Maui last feb but this was better.

    • Chris,

      You’re making me jealous. I have a year to wait before we get to make another attempt to get in those beautiful azure waters.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments, and love of Kealakekua Bay

  2. Don says:

    This a great photo. A view I rarely see.

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