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Kealakekua Bay State Park

  • Beach Rd. Map It
  • Captain Cook
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  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 01/06/2014

Fodor's Review

This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Dramatic cliffs surround super-deep, crystal clear, turquoise water chock-full of stunning coral pinnacles and tropical fish. The dolphins that frequent the sanctuary should not be disturbed, as they use the bay to escape predators and sleep. The brown sand at west-facing Napoopoo Beach, washed away during Hurricane Iniki in 1992, is slowly returning. This is a nice, easy place to enter

the water and swim, as it's well protected from currents. No lifeguards; at times, you may feel tiny jellyfish stings.

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Beach Rd., off Government Rd. from Puuhonua Rd. (Hwy. 160), Captain Cook, Hawaii, 96704, United States

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May 8, 2007

Snorkeling Sensation

Snorkeling here will spoil you for every other snorkeling experience. You have to get there by either Kayak or one of the licensed tour operators who take their boat out there. We were surrounded by dolphins on the way there. We had to kayak because although we booked the Fair Winds tour, their boat broke down so we had to cancel. It took us an hour and half on the kayek to get there.

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