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18 Attractions to Explore Near Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay
Kealakekua BayKealakekua Bay, South Kona, HI 96704, USA

Kealakekua Bay is an important historic location because it marks the site where the first westerner, Captain James Cook, landed on Hawaii island. Now this place is a famous tourist attraction and it is a perfect destination for scuba diving and kayaking and snorkeling.

Nearby Attractions

Hulihe‘e Palace
Hulihe‘e Palace19.29 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This was an old vacation home of the Hawaiian royalty which was built out of lava rock. It was now converted into a museum by the Daughters of Hawaii Showcasing the old furniture, ornaments, and artifacts.

Mokuaikaua Church
Mokuaikaua Church19.30 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

Located on the big island of Hawaii. This was Hawaii's first Christian church. Founded by missionaries who came from Boston.

Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa34.99 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on Earth in terms of volume and area covered. It is an active shield volcano located on the island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It stands over 13,000 feet tall(4,169 m) and has a base that covers an area of over 2,000 square miles.

Hāpuna Beach State Park
Hāpuna Beach State Park58.03 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a large park and sandy beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is one of a few other white sand beaches on the west coast of the Big Island. This beach is the best place to spend leisure time and can have some valuable moments.

Punaluʻu Beach
Punaluʻu Beach58.34 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a beach on the big island of Hawaii. The beach has black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. Punaluʻu is frequented by endangered hawksbill and green turtles, which can often be seen basking on the black sand. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Hawaii.

Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea61.22 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a dormant volcano and the highest point in the island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world. Trekkerrs and adventure lovers can explore this area.

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site61.83 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site is a United States National Historic Site located on the northwestern coast of the island of Hawaiʻi. The site preserves the National Historic Landmark ruins of the last major Ancient Hawaiian temple, and other historic sites.

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach67.04 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a beautiful green sand beach that was located on the Island of Hawaii. It is one of only four green sand beaches in the world. The green sand is created by a common mineral in Big Island lava called olivine, which stays deposited on this beach because it is heavier than the other components of the lava. We can swim and can do any other water activities here.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park67.15 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is an American national park which was located on the island of Hawaii. It comprises two active volcanoes Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive shield volcano. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes, as well as glimpses of rare flora and fauna and so more.

Mauna Ulu
Mauna Ulu77.03 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a volcanic cone that was situated at the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano. It falls within the bounds of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Mauna Ulu was in a state of the eruption from May 1969 to July 1974.

Waipio Valley
Waipio Valley78.46 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

Waipio Valley is very famous for its greenery and scenic views. It was home to old Hawaiian kings and once upon a time was densely populated. It is one of the most beautiful and secluded places to go for a hike on the Big Island.

Pololū Valley
Pololū Valley83.49 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

Pololu is the northernmost of a series of erosional valleys forming the east coast of Kohala Mountain on the Island of Hawaiʻi. The valley forms a deep cut in the side of Kohala Mountain. This is one of the famous beaches in the Hawaii county and a lot of tourists visit this place every day.

Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls89.63 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

A beautiful 80 m Height waterfalls which was part of the Hawaii state parks. At this falls Falls, the Wailuku River rushes into a large pool below and the pool is surrounded by lush greenery and it gives a stunning view of the waterfall.

Imiloa Astronomy Center
Imiloa Astronomy Center91.11 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is an astronomy and culture education center located in Hilo, Hawaii. It features exhibits and shows dealing with Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy, and the overlap between the two. It also includes a 120-seat planetarium, which features a fulldome video projection system.

Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park91.15 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a beautiful state park which was located in Hawaii. It comprises of so many huge trees and a vast collection of flora and fauna. The main highlight of this state park is the 442 feet high waterfalls named Akaka. The falls can be viewed from several points along a loop trail through the park. This park is a good trekking destination and also an escape from a busy life.

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo91.39 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a small zoo which was located inside a rainforest that has an area of 12 acres and it has more than 80 species of animals on display, and the grounds feature more than 40 different species of plants, flowers, and trees.

Coconut Island
Coconut Island94.06 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a small island in Hilo Bay, just offshore from Lili'uokalani Park and Gardens, in Hilo, off the island of Hawaii. It is a small park, and is connected to the main island via a footbridge. The island includes a large grassy field, picnic areas, restroom facilities, and a few tiny sandy beaches.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden94.45 KMs away from Kealakekua Bay

This is a nonprofit botanical garden and nature preserve located near to the Old Māmalahoa Highway. he garden is located in a scenic valley opening out to Onomea Bay, and features streams, waterfalls and a boardwalk along the ocean. Today the garden contains over 2,000 plant species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera, with good collections of palms and so more.