Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

4.6 / 5

12 reviews

Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

From $160 per person

Journey back in time to when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged, fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands, on this 3-hour dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Travel 12 miles down the Kona Coast to the Captain Cook monument.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Take a cruise to Kealakekua Bay
  • Learn about the history of Hawaii
  • Savor a Hawaiian-style buffet dinner
  • Enjoy live entertainment onboard
  • Refresh yourself with a complimentary cocktail
Full description
Step aboard and step back in time… Join for an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson from the experts on Kona’s one and only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise. This three-hour family adventure departing from the Kailua Pier is narrated by a local historian tour guide, who will reveal secrets, tell stories and share legends related to the numerous landmarks along the 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. Unwind to Captain Cook’s Monument at Historical Kealakekua Bay (only accessible by boat or hiking) with a complimentary cocktail from a fully stocked, premium bar. Upon arrival, an Island style buffet dinner is served, as you are entertained with fascinating tales of Captain Cook's discoveries and eventual demise. The dinner buffet includes an offering vegetable crudités, assorted cheeses and dips, Lomi ahi tuna dip (appetizer), Kalua pork and braised cabbage, ginger shoyu beef, pineapple glazed chicken, salads, local bread, veggie rice pilaf, dessert, and Kona coffee.   Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and seasonal humpback whales throughout the evening. Enjoy live music from some of the Big Island's best entertainers performing slack key Hawaiian Style music. Catch the sunset on the water and make sure to look for the famous Green Flash, a fleeting glimmer of intense emerald light that appears on the horizon just after sunset. Other highlights include the Ahu’ena Heiau, the Holua Slide and the famous Kuamo’o Battlefield, just to name a few. A portion of all proceeds from every Historical Cruise is donated to the Kona Historical Society, and other nonprofit organizations for the preservation, restoration, and education of the culture and history of Hawai'i.
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Beverages
  • Buffet dinner
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase - 1 complimentary drink included)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    The office is located in the Ilima Court (North Kona Shopping Center). Boarding takes place at the Kailua Kona Pier. This is a one block walk from the free parking at Ilima Court Shopping Center.

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Know before you go

    • If you require a vegan or vegetarian entree, please call 808-326-7122 to confirm prior to your tour
    •  A portion of all proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations for the preservation, restoration, and education of Hawaiian culture and history, its coral reefs and coral reefs around the world
    • You are welcome to bring your own snorkel mask, fins, and snorkels. However, full-face masks are strictly prohibited
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 / 5

    based on 12 reviews

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    Everything about this experience is well worth the money! The meeting point says 4:00, but they do send you a text reminder that you need to meet at 3:30, and the boat leaves at 4. That was a little stressful because we didn’t know that until 3:40 and they were calling us and wondering where we were at. HOWEVER, the staff, the food, the view, and everything else, was amazing. The staff really made sure you were having a good time and the live music was great too! 10/10 would recommend! The only thing I would change was the meeting time because if you miss it, you miss the experience and your money.

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    May 30, 2021

    Crew was Great! Food was good but I’m picky so others probably loved it. It was partially cloudy but the sunset turned out to be beautiful and the clouds caused a rainbow to appear on shore. The only downside was there were no Dolphins or other sea creatures to be seen. If you have any doubts about motion sickness please premedicate. Other than that it was a good time.

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    June 9, 2019

    Nice tour with an unpleasant beginning

    The boat trip was very nice, unfortunately we almost missed the boat ... In my confirmation, the meeting point was 4 p.m. at the organizer's office, we were there shortly beforehand, the lady there then sent us down to the boat harbor, we already looked from furthermore that the boat was very full and shortly before we reached it the gangway was already pulled in ..., we could just prevent it. Now we, 4 people, had to sit down separately and that meant the start of this excursion was very bad ...

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    November 13, 2018

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