Below the flanks of Mauna Loa lays Kealakekua Bay. The waters are typically clear, snorkeling is at its best in the marine sanctuary, and the surrounding area still holds historical significance for the earliest island inhabitants and the early Europeans who arrived to the Island of Hawaii. Several statues, monuments, a temple, and remains of a town are arranged nearby in the Keylakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kayaking the waters of Kealakekua Bay to Captain Cook’s monument is a great and gorgeous way to spend a day. On arrival at the monument, paddlers can stretch a snorkel mask over their heads and snorkel in one of Hawaii’s most pristine marine sanctuaries. Do book one of the State of Hawaii’s three licensed tour operators who provide equipment rentals and guide kayak tours that help maintain the impressive aquatic environment and continue allowing visitors to experience Kealakekua Bay’s marine life.