Captain Cook's Monument Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Captain Cook, Hawaii. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Very good Trail! Captain Cook was a genial navigator! By
discovering the Islands, he came to the best snorkling place of Hawaii!
Fantastic hike! It was not easy to find tho because it isn't called Captain Cooks Hike. The hike up is rather difficult because it is all up hill, but well worth it! The amount of fish in the lagoon area at the bottom as well as the monument made it all well worth the sweat.
Agree with most other reviews - easy downhill, moderate to hard uphill; would add that going later in the day (starting at 2 pm like we did) helps a lot. You start to get some benefit of shade downhill and get some breezes on the way up without the relentless heat and sunshine. At the end of the trail you can drop right in to snorkel - just keep and eye out for sea urchins and kayak companies launching in and out - otherwise perfect for kids and beginners. Lots of fish to see. If you head to the trail on the left it's a short few steps to Captain Cook's monument and the inner bay. We saw dolphins out further and it was definitely not overloaded with other snorkelers, tour boats or kayakers in later afternoon.
awesome trail highly recommend it going down was easy but coming up was a bit difficult and some parts are unstable and slippery due to small pebbles. All in all great hike go and do it if u take kids younger than 10 it may be tough for them
This hike leads to a wonderful area great for snorkeling and excellent fish viewing!
This is a fairly easy 3.5 mile round trip hike. About 1200 ft elevation coming back up. Park right off Napoopoo Rd near the intersection of Mamalahoa Rd and the trailhead is on the west side of the road. The first half of the trail will bring you through tall grass where u may encounter some grazing cows and horses right along the trail. Be wary of the bulls with horns but I didn't provoke them and they let me pass. A lot of small to medium sized loose rocks the second half of the way but no big deal compared to someplace like Yosemite. The 5 star review is not really for the trail but for the snorkeling once you hit the ocean at the end of the trail. Amazing snorkeling, some say the best spot on the Big Island because of the crystal clear warm water and vast assortment of tropical fish that aren't even spooked by you. And since it takes the hike to get there, it isn't crowded unlike most of the beaches on this side of Kona. I hesitate to post this because I don't want it to get too popular but also wanting to share.