snorkeling at the captain cook monument

The waters of Hawaii are home to hundreds of different types of aquatic life, including coral reefs and varied fish species. Snorkeling is a great way to see this colorful underwater world without having to be an experienced diver. There are several places in the state where you can swim with sea turtles, manta rays, or reef sharks! The warm tropical water makes it easy for even beginners to feel relaxed as they take in all the beauty that lies beneath them. One spot definitely worth checking out is Kealakekua Bay, which is home to the Captain Cook Monument! This area has some amazing scenery along with lots of marine life that will amaze you.

WHO WAS CAPTAIN COOK?

Captain James Cook was a British explorer who lived from 1728-1779. He voyaged across many oceans and seas in search of new lands, and he is most remembered for making the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. A monument to his work can be found on the coast of the Big Island, where he was eventually killed during his visit to Hawai’i Island in 1779.

WHY SHOULD YOU GO TO KEALAKEKUA BAY

This area is a great place for snorkelers because it has lots of fish and marine life that they can explore. It is also the location of the Captain Cook monument.

As a result, the Captain Cook Monument is one of the world’s top destinations for snorkelers due to all the marine life that you get to see underneath you while swimming in the bay. It is a bucket list item to do in Kona for many snorkelers.

TIPS ON WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR

First and foremost, make sure to bring a towel, swimwear, and a waterproof camera. This is not mandatory but it is helpful to take pictures so you can remember your experience. We also recommend a rash guard or sun cover-up and please remember to protect the environment by always wearing a reef-safe sunscreen.

KONASTYLE SNORKEL & SAIL

Go snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay with KONASTYLE Snorkel & Sail. At KONASTYLE Snorkel & Sail, we offer snorkeling tours that provide guests with the opportunity to see the Captain Cook Monument, hear the story about his interactions with the native Hawaiians, and snorkel in a marine sanctuary. Tours depart at 8:30pm every day!

KEALAKEKUA SNORKEL & SAIL

SUNSET & MANTA RAY SNORKEL

AFTERNOON MARINE ADVENTURE