Big Island Day 5: Kealakekua Bay/ Captain Cook Monument

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kealakekua Bay was our destination that day; to get there, we either have to hike (long and tough hike), go by kayak, or boat tour.
I was so happy when I found the VRBO that rent their kayaks for free if we stayed at their place. The place was so relaxing and clean too. My favorite rental place so far. There are at least two companies that rent kayak if you are interested to go there this way, you just need to google it.  Kayaking to Captain Cook Monument
Our kayaking route was about 1.5 miles, which took us about one hour to reach the destination.  This was our first open sea kayaking experience with kids in tow. We also saw people swimming to get there. 
 Kayaking to Captain Cook MonumentThe kayak experience was much better than the boat experience the other day, when we went for swimming with Manta Ray. I didn't experience any motion sickness. Wesley even managed to take a nap during the trip.
 Rent a kayak to Captain Cook Monument
See the tiny white spot that's a person swimming across
How to get to Kealakekua Bay
Almost there
 Kayaking to Kealakekua Bay

We weren't allowed to park the kayak so we just jump in the water and swam to the shore. Chris snorkeled while holding on to the rope tied to the kayak. It sounds troublesome but it wasn't that big of a deal actually.
 Snorkeling at Captain Cook Monument
We brought our lunch too so we can stay there longer. If we were to go with boat tour; we can only stay for 1.5 hours.

 Kealakekua Bay
So many yellow tang fishes and pretty coral. No wonder it is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world.

 Big Island Captain Cook Snorkeling
 Big Island Captain Cook Snorkeling

Can you spot the Moray Eel?
 Moray Eel at Big Island
 Big Island Snorkeling
 Snorkeling at Big Island
When the boys got tired of swimming, they can just hop on the kayak:
 Kayaking with kids at Big Island
After hours of snorkeling, getting tanned, and satisfied; we're heading back to our rental home.
 Kayaking and Snorkeling with kids at Big Island Big Island Rental Home
The owner even let us to pick the papayas on the backyard.
Picking Papayas at Big Island
We cooked simple pasta for dinner and spent the rest of the evening doing this:
 Big Island Captain Cook Vacation with kids

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