Captain Cook

N0amed for the famous British explorer who met his death in nearby Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook is a small town perched on the mountain slope above the bay. It’s an area rich with fragrant coffee fields, and Kona coffee enthusiasts will love staying here and visiting the farms. It’s also at a much cooler elevation than Kailua-Kona, so choose one of our fabulous Captain Cook rentals, enjoy the views and afternoon showers, and explore south Kona!

Those who love coffee should definitely make a stop at the Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm. This award-winning historic farm is calculated so you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the area. Costumed interpreters bring the old days to life through demonstrations of traditional crafts and daily farm tasks. And of course, try some of their 100% Kona coffee before you leave! It’s a memorable experience for the whole family. You might also enjoy a visit to the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, which is housed in the oldest store in Kona (built in 1870). The store building has been meticulously restored, and every effort has been taken to reconstruct it as it looked in the late 1800s.

Head directly downhill from Captain Cook (yes, it’s steep), and you’ll end up at Kealakekua Bay, the famous site of Cook’s demise. The bay is also renowned for snorkeling, though it’s not easy to get directly in the water here; the best snorkeling is near the Cook monument, which you cannot drive anywhere near. It’s recommended to see the bay either by booking a kayak tour, or a snorkeling boat (these leave from Keauhou Pier). Please use reef-safe sunscreen (no oxybenzone), and do not step on the fragile coral. Some tour operators advertise that you can swim with dolphins here; this is much less likely than it sounds, and it disturbs the dolphins, as they’re resting when they enter the bay. For those who are interested in learning more about traditional Hawaiian life prior to the arrival of Cook, nearby Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a great place to do so.

Come stay in Captain Cook: enjoy fabulous views, fragrant coffee fields, and all the great attractions of south Kona!