[Big Island Day 4] Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

After having burgers for lunch, we stopped at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park for about half an hour. I put it on my itinerary because many articles suggest that it is the best snorkelling spot on Big Island.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

What We Did

The park was on our Day 2 itinerary, but I saved the spot near Captain James Cook Monument on my Google map and couldn’t locate the entrance. The correct spot to save is the one near Hikiau Heiau, which was the place we visited on Day 4.

We didn’t stay long because there weren’t a lot of things to see. The view of the bay at this location is magnificent. Then we saw the remains of Hikiau Heiau, and that was it. It is not possible to go into the water at this location.

There are two ways to enjoy this park, and I decided to skip them both. The first way is to do a two-mile hike to Captain James Cook Monument. The starting point is on Napoopoo Rd close to the intersection of Highway 11.

The other option is to join a tour and see the bay by kayaking or taking a boat from Napoopoo Park. People often stop in the middle and then snorkel. The bay is filled with corals, schools of fish, and sometimes spinner dolphins. It is rated the best snorkelling spot on Big Island in several articles.


I don’t think this park is worth a visit if you don’t plan to snorkel at the bay. For people like me who don’t want to spend money on tours, Honaunau Bay at the south is a good alternative.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park Info

Address: 82-6099 Puuhonua Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
Entrance Fee: Free
Info: WebsiteBrochure

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