Captain Cook is located on the Big Island of Hawaii's scenic western shore just south of the town of Kealakekua, and near the popular Kealakekua Bay. Our Captain Cook vacation rentals allow you to enjoy luxury and relaxation in one of the Big Island's most desirable locations. Close to the ocean yet situated at 1,300 feet above sea leavel, Captain Cook enjoys an ideal climate for the perfect Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
Visiting Kealakekua Bay is a highlight of any Big Island vacation. Kayak in the bay or take a guided snorkel cruise. Spinner dolphins are often seen in the bay, and humpback whales pass by offshore during the winter months. This region also has some excellent locations for scuba diving. The Kona Coast is one of the world's premier sport fishing destinations with anglers going after big game fish like marlin and swordfish. Sunset sails and dinner cruises are also great ways to see this scenic coastline. An important Hawaiian cultural site called Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is located on the shoreline just south of Captain Cook. Take a drive up into the small, charming towns of Kona Coffee Country to meet the coffee farmers and see the process of growing, harvesting and roasting coffee beans. Head north to explore historic Kailua village and the beaches and attractions of the Kona Coast.
Hookena Beach is nice for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming when the waters are calm. Located on Kauhako Bay, Hookena is a scenic beach with palm trees and the ruins of an abandoned village nearby. The coral reef is home to many interesting fish as well as Hawaiian sea turtles, and dolphins are often seen here as well as humpbacks passing by offshore during the winter months. Trails along the shore lead to nearby beaches and scenic views. Kealakekua Bay is known for its friendly dolphin pods and also a nice place to go kayaking and snorkeling. To see the Captain Cook Monument on the far shore of the bay requires paddling a kayak to the site (permit required). Scuba diving is also excellent at Kealakekua Bay with thriving coral reef areas that are teeming with a colorful array of fish and other marine life.
Captain Cook has some nice places to eat including exceptional Italian food at Mi's Italian Bistro which makes an outstanding seafood fettuccine and brilliant bruschetta. This is a traditional Italian restaurant in the best sense, and they also have great wine pairings. Another exceptional local eatery is the family owned and operated Keoki's Roadside Cafe known for their fish and chips using a delicious locally-caught fish called Ono, which also means "tasty." Other food options include the historic Manago hotel as well as the lively local Farmers Market. Sit on the lanai of the Coffee Shack and sip a freshly brewed cup as you gaze over the coffee fields and scenic views of Kealakekua Bay. The Coffee Shack also bakes bread, pies and delicious pastries, and make some hearty sandwiches. Take a drive up to historic Kailua village for an array of dining options.
Captain Cook has a variety of small shops where you can stock up on supplies. The Choicemart grocery store in Captain Cook is a full-service supermarket including a deli and fresh-baked goods. Pick up some fresh Kona coffee at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm where you can tour the historic farmhouse, coffee and macadamia orchard, and coffee mill. You can also visit the restored H.N. Greenwell Store which was built in 1870 and was the hub of this community more than a century ago. Today the store's shelves are stocked with accurate reproductions of goods from that time giving you a memorable glimpse into Kona's rich history. Take a drive to Kona Coffee Country and north to historic Kailua village for more interesting shops and art galleries to explore.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Captain Cook vacation rentals so you can see nearby beaches and attractions and also enjoy day trips to the Kohala Coast, Hilo town and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The island's bus service, called Hele On Bus, is free and stops at various points around the island including transportation between Kona and Hilo every day except Sunday.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
The town of Captain Cook on the Big Island of Hawaii's Kona Coast is known for its sunny and dry weather compared to the eastern (windward) side which sees more rain. Average temperatures are around 74 degrees F. with winter lows sometimes dipping into the 60s and summer highs rising to the high 80s. Clouds often form over the mountains slopes in the afternoons with annual rainfall averaging about ten inches. Ocean conditions off the Kona coast are typically calm though conditions vary each day. For swimming and ocean activities visit the Big Island's lifeguarded beaches, obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
Captain Cook vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home including nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Browse through our Captain Cook vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Captain Cook accommodation for your dream Big Island vacation. Hawaiian Beach Rentals takes pride in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Captain Cook, and we stand behind our product and make sure only the best properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Captain Cook rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
A notable historic landmark in this area is the Captain Cook Monument on the shore of Kealakekua Bay which marks the spot where British explorer Captain James Cook died in a skirmish with Hawaiians. The white obelisk monument can be visited by kayaking from the Kealakekua wharf (permit required) and then landing on the shore at the monument. Another important historical site in this area is the sacred Hawaiian cultural site called Puuhonua O Honaunau overlooking Honaunau Bay and offering self-guided tours of the preserved remains.