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British explorer Captain James Cook met his death at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779, after a skirmish with the king of Hawaii in a local village. Today, a white obelisk in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park stands sentinel over the lush coast and its crystal clear waters, commemorating his death.

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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Sail up the scenic Kona coastline, getting views of ancient lava flows and verdant cliffs, and stopping at the Captain Cook Monument, on this afternoon sail in Kealakekua Bay. Slip into the water using the provided snorkeling gear to see vibrant schools of fish, living coral, and even pods of spinner dolphins. Learn about the area's underwater flora, fauna, and ecosystem through guided commentary.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel

Dolphin Encounter and Reef Snorkel

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Enjoy two Hawaiian underwater adventures for the price of one with this 4-hour combination dolphin-swimming encounter and snorkeling trip. Start by exploring the 600+ species of marine life like sea turtles, coral and tropical fish that call the reefs of Kealakekua Bay home. Then meet up with a local pod of wild spinner dolphins for an optional swimming session. A trip choice without the dolphin swimming portion is also available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.01
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Ensure you find some of the best snorkeling sites in Hawaii on this sail and snorkel adventure leaving from Keauhou Bay Pier. Set sail along the Kona coastline toward the Captain Cook Monument, where your adventure begins. Jump into the clear water to explore the vibrant reef of the marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, which is home to schools of colorful fish and pods of spinner dolphins. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, and equipment such as snorkeling gear and boogie boards.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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This half-day boat cruise takes you to the two best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay: The reef beneath Captain Cook's monument and the underwater lava formations of Red Hill. In addition to breakfast and lunch, your guides provide all necessary equipment, basic snorkeling tips, and identification charts to help you spot fish and dolphins in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera—the route showcases sweeping views of the Kona coastline.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)

Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)

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In terms of history, scenery, and marine life, there isn’t anywhere on the Big Island of Hawaii that compares to Kealakekua Bay. This protected cove on the island’s west shore is where Captain Cook met his end, and today a memorial stands at the bay to honor the famous explorer. On this guided Big Island kayaking tour, hear the history of Captain Cook as well as surrounding temples, and, after paddling past rugged sea cliffs and caves, snorkel and swim in the clear waters of this Marine Life Conservation District.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel
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Luxury Dolphin Sail and Kona Snorkel

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Take the ultimate snorkeling and sailing trip along the Kona Coast during this 4-hour luxury yacht trip with a small group. Explore the stunning beaches and bays of the Big Island aboard a high-end boat, stopping at top snorkel sites and spotting marine life like dolphins, turtles, and whales. Unlimited refreshments, plus snorkel gear and a tasty picnic- or bento-style lunch are also included.
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  • 4 hours
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Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay

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Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel with a rainbow of tropical fish among beautiful coral gardens in the bay's clear, crystal waters. Enjoy the delightful picnic snack provided before you head out again. Our Zodiac rafts allow us to hug the shoreline and get into areas where other boats can't. Join us to explore vast sea caves, lava tubes and the rugged beauty of the coastline.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kealakekua Bay Small-Group Snorkel Experience from Kailua-Kona

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Kealakekua Bay Small-Group Snorkel Experience from Kailua-Kona

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We cruise from Keauhou harbor out into crystal clear blue waters. While the boat is underway, the crew will point out interesting features along the Kona coastline, which is rich in Hawaiian history. South Kona has a bevy of historically significant Hawaiian Heritage sites, full of mana (spiritual power). Staying close to the Kona coast as we travel south towards Kealakekua Bay, we watch closely for any interesting marine life. We may stop the boat to enjoy the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) putting on a show. Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins rest close to shore during the day and will sometimes interact with the boat, bow-riding and playing in our wake. After a brief show from the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Humpback whales, and whatever else of interest is found along our way, we arrive at the world-famous Kealakekua Bay, the site of the Captain James Cook monument. After snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay for about an hour and a half, we start heading back to the harbor.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Set sail down the Kona coastline aboard a trimaran, arriving in the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve for an afternoon of snorkeling. Splash into the turquoise waters near the Captain Cook Monument, and search for pods of spinner dolphins that frequent the bay. All equipment is provided along with light snacks and reef-safe sunscreen to make the trip convenient.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

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Make the most of your time in port on this Kona shore excursion timed to your cruise's arrival and departure. Get picked up from the port and head out on a sailing adventure to the Captain Cook Monument and Kealkeaua Bay where you can snorkel, swim, and explore caves and lava tubes. Expect to see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, colorful fish, and ancient reefs. Lunch, snacks, and use of snorkeling gear are all included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument Snorkel - Small-Group Experience

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Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument Snorkel - Small-Group Experience

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We carry a maximum of 6 passengers so we can offer a more intimate snorkel experience than the larger "cattle boats" in Kona. In addition to delivering a more private experience, our small group size allows for more time in the water. Our passengers are able to quickly enter and exit the water as we explore Kealakekua Bay. If you book all 6 seats on any trip, you will have your own private charter. In addition to being the only party on the boat, you'll be able to work with your captain to customize your trip to your liking. For instance, you'll be able to decide whether to pick up and move to a new location or continue snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay (time and conditions permitting). Don't miss this opportunity to snorkel the famous Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument, in a private small-group experience that's unmatched. Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

Guided Outrigger Canoe Tour in Kealakekua Bay

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Skip the usual boat tours and embark upon a Hawaiian style kayak adventure in a traditional outrigger canoe. These double-hull canoes are known for providing stability and smooth rides; all the better to experience Kealakekua Bay with minimal exertion. Learn about the history of the bay, one of the most sacred in Hawaii; its mysterious caves, and how people lived there, from guides whose families are connected to the area.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kealakekua Bay Afternoon Snorkel to Captain Cook Monument

Kealakekua Bay Afternoon Snorkel to Captain Cook Monument

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Explore the waters off the coast of Hawaii during a small-group snorkeling excursion from Kailua-Kona. Board an inflatable boat and enjoy easy transportation to Captain Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay for a couple hours of snorkeling time. Plus, view the sea caves and lava tubes along the scenic Kona coast and catch sight of dolphins and humpback whales, depending on the season.
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  • 3 hours
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Big Island Adventure Bundle: 5 Epic Audio Driving Tours

Big Island Adventure Bundle: 5 Epic Audio Driving Tours

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Shaka Guide is an audio tour app that gives you the benefits of a guided tour with the freedom to explore on your own terms. This Big Island Tour Bundle comes with five socially-distanced audio driving tours: • South Island Epic Coastal Journey (8-10 hour tour) • North Island Jungle Adventure Loop (8-10 hour tour) • Kona Big Kahuna Loop (4-6 hour tour) • Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour (3-5 hour tour) • Volcanoes National Park Tour (6-8 hour tour) The app uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn navigation to historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches and scenic hikes with stories about the places you’re visiting and music to entertain you along the way. All Shaka Guide Tours... • Never expire - take them multiple times or buy in advance • Work 100% offline - no data or wifi necessary • Let you take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you *Please use the link in your confirmation email to download the app*
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  • 5 days
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island (5 Hr)

Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island (5 Hr)

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Aloha Kayak Co. exclusive tour permit to launch and land on both sides of the bay has a limit of 12 guests per guided tour. We are permitted for 2 tours daily, one afternoon, and one morning. Once on the water at one of the most pristine kayaking locations in the world, you will visit a protected Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) while being narrated about the history and culture of the area. Along the way to our destination you will have the opportunity to see clear blue waters, Ancient Hawaiian Temples, Burial Caves, Towering Sea Cliffs and watch the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins play and rest in their natural habitat. We will spend time exploring the Captain Cook Monument snorkel area, snorkeling one of the most pristine coral shelves in the world, abundant with wildlife and breathtaking underwater landscapes.We will visit the monument and walk trails with historical sites all around us.
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Kona Day Tour Hawaii

Kona Day Tour Hawaii

Come and join us and hear all the beautiful stories of the Hawaiian people. Learn about Coffee growing in Hawaii at the Living History Coffee Farm and walk through Ancient Hawaii at the City of Refuge. Visit the Captain Cook monument. Learn history of the island that no other tour companies are offering.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour

Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour

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Come with us as we explore the fascinating volcanic landscape looping around the southern coast of the Big Island! Shaka Guide is your perfect companion with turn-by-turn directions, information on what to do & see, and a truckload of interesting stories and Hawaiian legends of this amazing island! Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: âś… You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline âś… Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $9.99 for lifetime access âś… Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up âś… Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) âś… Hear cool and fun stories along the way (and some corny joke's that might make you laugh)
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  • 2 days
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Big Island - Kona Big Kahuna GPS Driving Tour

Big Island - Kona Big Kahuna GPS Driving Tour

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A fun bite-sized loop tour that begins in North Kona and takes you down south to Puuhonua and back! Hear cool stories about King Kamehameha, Captain Cook, and the sacred rituals of ancient Hawaii. Shaka Guide is your local guide with turn-by-turn directions, information on what to do & see, and a ton of fun stories. Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: âś… You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline âś… Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $9.99 for lifetime access âś… Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up âś… Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) âś… Hear cool and fun stories along the way (and some corny joke's that might make you laugh)
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  • 2 days
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

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Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and visit the sea caves during an aqua adventure from Kailua-Kona. Board a boat in Honokohau Harbor to meet your local captain and crew. With a group of 16 people or fewer, travel to a marine life conservation area in Kealakekua Bay, stopping at local landmarks and listening to interesting commentary from your captain on the way. If conditions allow, enter the sea caves, unusual rock formations only accessible by water. Dive in wearing the provided snorkel equipment and look for pods of friendly spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and native tropical fish. Lunch, refreshments, and use of all snorkeling equipment are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kealakekua Bay Morning Snorkel to Captain Cook Monument

Kealakekua Bay Morning Snorkel to Captain Cook Monument

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If you are new to or have never snorkeled before, this is the ideal choice! Particularly good for families with younger children or swimmers who aren’t certain if they are “sea worthy” enough for one of our longer trips. This trip is much slower-paced and affords guests time to become more familiar and comfortable with the exciting and beautiful sport of snorkeling. Our crew will be happy to help you adjust your mask, fins and snorkel and help you become comfortable viewing the tropical fish while using a flotation assistance device we call a “noodle”. You'll even watch for dolphins and whales along the way!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Kona from Coffee to Culture Mercedes Tour
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Private Kona from Coffee to Culture Mercedes Tour

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Tour the Big Island in style aboard a high-end Mercedes van during this 5-hour private VIP sightseeing trip covering the island’s history, wildlife and famous Kona coffee. Grab 11 friends, family or coworkers for a trip inside this luxury vehicle, making your first stop at Greenwell Farms, one of Hawaii’s oldest coffee plantations. You’ll also get a dose of Hawaiian history at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, learn about the Hawaiian voyages of Captain Cook and observe Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at a nearby lagoon. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 5 hours
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2.5 hr Kona Morning Snorkel

2.5 hr Kona Morning Snorkel

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Seats are limited. Online Calendar may not reflect actual availability. Explore the Kona coast with experienced captains and guides. Snorkel Kealakekua Bay home to the Captain Cook Monument, then enjoy fresh fruit and snacks. Keep and eye out for whales, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and more. Our Captains and crew are always eager to share local knowledge and tips. Our new 23 foot RIB has plenty of seating room, lots of dry storage, and extra shade. Boat capacity is 6 persons, Please call for availability before purchasing.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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What are Captain Cook Monument hours of operation?
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Captain Cook Monument hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Captain Cook Monument tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Captain Cook Monument can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 23 Captain Cook Monument tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Captain Cook Monument 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Captain Cook Monument costs USD 14.99. Guided Captain Cook Monument tours start around USD 14.99 per person. See all 23 Captain Cook Monument tickets and tours on Viator.
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