Question - Kayaking to Capt Cook

We received this question by email: I 'm planning a trip too big island this August and I want to rent a triple kayak for me, my wife and my daughter.  We want to get to Captain Cook Monument . As we are coming from France , I try to rent it online. May you confirm that the "konaboys" is a good way and may you explain to me the way to … [Read more...]

Keauhou Bay Sea Caves Kayak

Keauhou Bay Keauhou Bay is located at the end of Ali'i Drive, just South of Kailua-Kona.  It is a picturesque, protected harbor filled with boats, surrounded by up sloping dried lava beds.  There are some impressive sea caves and cliffs just South of Keauhou Bay and easily accessible by Kayak.  Launch your Kayak from the Keauhou Bay Harbor.  … [Read more...]

Hawaii Kayak Tips

General Tips When carrying your kayak, attempt to do so with two persons, one at each end of the kayak.  Use common sense - do not lift with your back.  Carry the kayak empty, then at the desired launch point load your gear on board.  When carrying your kayak on your car's roof rack, make sure you remove the kayak seats and secure all loose … [Read more...]

Kayak the Sea Caves Near Honaunau

The sea caves near Honaunau should not be missed! These are one of the secrets of the Big Island.  When visiting the Place of Refuge at Honaunau, you may want to rent a kayak and bring it along with you.  We suggest combining this kayak adventure with a trip to Captain Cook and Kealakekua Bay. Launch your kayak at the boat ramp at the beach to … [Read more...]

Kayak to Captain Cook

Permits Required to Beach Kayaks on Shore or at Captain Cook As of 2/23/2010, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is requiring permits for anyone seeking to land vessels (kayaks) along the Ka‘awaloa shoreline or moor at the wharf adjacent to the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua bay.  Find out details on how to apply for the … [Read more...]

Hawaii Kayak Guide

        For the first timer to the seasoned pro, the Big Island offers a myriad of kayaking opportunities, from the placid to the adventurous. Kayaking is much easier than you think. You can make a lazy day of it or a wild adventure depending on the route you pick. Rental kayaks … [Read more...]

Question - Difficulty in Kayaking Kona

We received the following question by email: We are looking at doing the “Kayak the Sea Caves Near Honaunau” as that looks like loads of fun, and we will be doing the Captain Cook trip as well…based off your recommendation of that as well. Anyways we just want to make sure that a trip like this doesn’t warrant a large amount of “open … [Read more...]

Question - Renting Kayaks at Captain Cook

We received this question by email: We'd like to rent a double kayak to see the Cook monument and to snorkle. Can we do this on the spot, or should we reserve in advance? What is the cost of the kayak rental and permit? --Tom O. -------- Answer: There are no kayak rentals at Kealakeua Bay itself (the launch point where you start your paddle to … [Read more...]

Permits Now Required for Captain Cook Kayakers

UPDATE: As of 1/1/2013, the Hawaii Country Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has issued a ban on kayaking in Kealakekua Bay. The local paper has the story here: According to the article, the DLNR is working on a broader management plan for … [Read more...]

Big Island Adventures with Kids (Part 3 - Captain Cook)

Kayaking across Kealakekua Bay

Slowly but surely, our sleep cycle is getting more steady - we are still somewhat jetlagged, waking at around 6:30AM - but at least we are going to sleep around 8-9PM, so we are getting plenty of sleep time. On this day, we decided to kayak across Kealakekua Bay to the marine sanctuary known as Captain Cook (named after the monument on the far … [Read more...]