Kona, Hawaii, US
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Meals not included
Captain James Cook, perhaps the most famous and prolific explorer and cartographer of all time, met his untimely death here on the Big Island of Hawaii. After sailing thousands of previously-uncharted miles around the globe, Cook met his end at the hands of a Hawaiian warrior here on the Big Island. A concurrence of seemingly unrelated but entirely relevant events caused the great man to make ill-advised decisions that sealed his fate. Follow in the great explorer’s footsteps on this small-group adventure by land and sea.
You will first head deep into Kona coffee country to explore Bay View Farm -- a working 24-acre Kona coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. The farm has been known for producing fine Kona coffee since 1984. You’ll see coffee berries growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in growing, harvesting, and even brewing coffee – all of which happen right here on the farm. Sample 100% Kona coffee at a gorgeous overlook. Below are stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the poignant and beautiful monument to Captain Cook, which stands on the only sliver of non-embassy British land remaining in the United States.
Before there was coffee, there was kapu (taboo) -- the ancient system of Hawaiian laws. Should a person break a kapu and face almost certain death, (s)he could make his/her way to the Place of Refuge and be absolved. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park is one such place. Explore this historical 420-acre park with your National Park Service guide. See temple platforms, fishponds, and the remnants of ancient life in Hawaii.
Finally, take to the sea on a high-speed Zodiac-style raft. Explore the sea caves and lava tubes along the rugged Kona Coast. Keep an eye out for marine life all around you.
Reaching the sheltered and pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay, you’ll see the monument to Captain Cook from sea level. Enter the water for some snorkeling that ranks among the best in Hawaii -- ideal for both beginners and experienced snorkelers.
Notes: Notes: Minimum age is 5 years. Maximum weight is 275 lbs. Wear closed-toe shoes (mandatory). Terrain is uneven in places. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, reef-safe/biodegradable sunscreen, light clothing to act as a full cover-up for further protection from the sun, and a hat. Guests with neck, back, or heart conditions are not allowed to participate. Participants must be able to swim in the open ocean. You are not allowed to go ashore when snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay, as visiting the Captain Cook monument is strictly by permit.