Captain Cook, Big Island

Discover Captain Cook, a charming Hawaiian town with a rich history. Visit coffee farms, snorkel in Kealakekua Bay, and explore the Captain Cook Monument.

Captain Cook is a Town located in the city of Captain Cook on Big Island, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Captain Cook is a charming town situated on the slopes of Mauna Loa in the Kona District on Big Island, Hawaii. Known for its rich history and picturesque surroundings, this must-see destination offers a unique glimpse into the island’s past and present.
  • Highlights: What sets Captain Cook apart from other sites on Big Island is its connection to the famous British explorer, Captain James Cook, as well as its thriving coffee farms and stunning Kealakekua Bay.
  • Activities: Visitors can enjoy a tour of a local coffee farm, snorkel or kayak in the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay, and visit the Captain Cook Monument at the bay’s northern end.
  • Information: Captain Cook town and its attractions are accessible year-round. There are no entrance fees to the town itself, but some activities and tours may have associated costs. The best time to visit Captain Cook is during the dry season, from April to October, for optimal weather conditions.
  • History & Significance: The town of Captain Cook is named after the British explorer who first made contact with the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. The Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay marks the spot where he was killed in 1779. The area is also famous for its Kona coffee, which has been cultivated on the island since the 19th century.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit, consider booking a guided tour to learn more about the history and culture of the area. Don’t forget to sample some locally-produced Kona coffee, and if you’re snorkeling or kayaking in Kealakekua Bay, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen to protect the delicate marine ecosystem.

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