Koko Crater Arch and whales in the sun

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This beautiful natural arch on the slopes of Koko Crater was formed by centuries of erosion of the volcanic tuff cone that created the crater.

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The hike to the arch isn’t particularly difficult, but the climb up the arch is a lot steeper than it looks and there’s not much to hold on to, so a person should not try to cross over it unless they are in good shape and have a companion to call for help if anything should happen. And not in high winds, rain or when the arch is wet.  Bad stuff has happened.  No joke.

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The space below the arch is about the only place to catch some shade, and it can get very hot in the sun despite the steady breezes.

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The view is awesome, and you can often spot whales spouting and frolicking off the coast in the winter and early spring, sometimes shadowed by whale-watching boats.

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