James Cook is among the most famous and prolific British explorers and cartographers of all time. Sailing thousands of previously uncharted miles around the globe Captain Cook met his tragic end right here on Hawaii Island. Follow in the great explorers footsteps on this unique small group adventure by land and sea.
Start by heading south deep into Kona coffee country. Visit Bay View Farm, a working 24 acre coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano just above beautiful Kealakekua Bay and known for the best Kona coffee since 1984. Here you’ll see coffee growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in making coffee, all of which happen right here on the farm. You’ll sample 100% Kona Coffee at a gorgeous overlook with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain Cook standing on the only sliver of British land in the United States. Before coffee there was kapu, the ancient Hawaiian system of laws. Should a person break a kapu and face almost certain death they could make their way to a place of refuge and be absolved.
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park is one of those places. Explore this historic 420 acre Park with your National Park Service-trained guide and see temple platforms, fishponds, and remnants of ancient life in Hawaii. Finally, take to the seas on a high-speed Zodiac-style raft. Explore sea caves and lava tubes along the rugged Kona Coast while on the lookout for marine life all around you. Reaching the sheltered and pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay you’ll come face to face with the monument to Captain Cook, along with snorkeling that ranks among the best in Hawaii. Perfect for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. Snorkel, swim, and enjoy a deli lunch onboard before returning.
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Note: There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way. Wear comfortableclosed-toe shoes and swim suit under clothes. Bring a towel. The order of itinerary may change. Participants must be at least 4 years of age.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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