Snorkeling and Swimming
In our opinion, the Kona side of the Big Island offers the best snorkeling in the entire state of Hawaii. Our guesthouse overlooks Honaunau Bay and the very popular snorkeling area know as Two-Step. Just a few minutes away is Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook monument where you can kayak and snorkel in pristine ocean waters. Use our provided snorkel gear and see colorful fish and coral, green sea turtles, or on occasion, swim with wild dolphins! Our local beach, Ho’okena, is a great place to swim and relax.
Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Also just minutes from our guesthouse, you can explore a true Big Island treasure by visiting Pu`uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) to learn interesting and historical information about life in old Hawaii.
Volcanoes National Park
For a better view of Mauna Loa and the Kilauea Crater, most of our guests visit Volcanoes National Park as a day trip and occasionally luck out with a spectacular volcanic event during their stay.
Cultural Happenings and Events
Alternative Hawaii – a great source for local gallery openings, farm festivals, dance, concerts, and other eco-cultural happenings.
Food festivals, theater performances, slack key concerts, and the local rodeos.
There are many local Kona coffee tours available.
For our guests interested in botany, we highly recommend visiting the Amy Greenwell Ethno-botanical Garden right here in Captain Cook. This garden offers the opportunity to examine many rare native plants as well as many of those introduced by the Polynesians when they settled Hawaii.