|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Aloha, and welcome to THE snorkeling spot on the Big Island and Hale Hui, The Oceanfront Cottage!
LOCATION, LOCATION LOCATION!!! It just doesn’t get any better than this! The Oceanfront Cottage is located in the highly desirable sunny Kapoho area where you literally walk out and into one of the most perfect and pristine protected swimming coves adjacent to the WaiOpae Marine Tidepools Marine Sanctuary and the mighty Pacific!
Hale Hui is a sweet 1 bedroom, 2 bath cottage with a large oceanfront lanai and that makes it the perfect piece of paradise that is absolutely the place to be for your relaxing Hawaiian vacation! There is additional sleeping on a foldout futon sofa in the living room and if you want to sleep outdoors, there is another futon on the oceanfront covered lanai. Fall asleep looking at the star filled skies and listening to the incredible ocean. During whale season, listen for whale song!
This protected cove is the perfect place to snorkel. It’s almost like having your own private aquarium right at your doorstep! The coral and fish viewing is incredible and watch out, you may come face to face with a green sea turtle! Enjoy the beautiful sunrises as they come up and over the ocean and flood Hale Hui, the Oceanfront Cottage with the beginning of another beautiful day.
The Oceanfront Cottage has a large lanai that you'll want to 'live' and dine on. As you can see from the photos, there's an ocean cove view from either direction. Let's say this again: The ocean views from this cottage are THE BEST! If you absolutely have to watch television in paradise, there is DISH Satellite at the cottage along with a DVD player. There is a local phone available and a washer, however, mother nature takes care of the drying for you! It’s reported that the cleanest air on the planet is right here in Kapoho!
So, if your idea of vacation is to surround yourself with incredible ocean beauty and truly just relax, then this is definitely the place to be! You're NOT going to want to go back home!
When You Book With Us, You’ll Receive Our Personal Guide to East Hawaii - 22 SPECIAL THINGS TO SEE AND DO. Best Of All, 16 Of Them Are FREE! You’ll also receive a full fold-out map of the Big Island and the 101 Things to Do Magazine.
- 1 Bedroom 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)
- Beds: 1 Queen, 1 Futon Sofa
- Full Kitchen
- Right ON The Ocean!
- BEST Snorkeling Anywhere!
- WIFI Broadband Internet
- DVD/CD Player
- All Cooking Utensils
- BBQ Grill
- Washer (no dryer)
- Oceanside Lanai
- Many Restaurants Close
- Kilauea 45 min.
- No Smoking
- No Pets
- Hilo 30 min.
- THIS Is Paradise!
We are still thinking about the wonderful time we spent at this charming cottage in Hilo over Easter weekend. Spending the winters on Maui, we thought we had it all ..... until we stayed in this cottage. The cottage is very comfortable and is equipped with everything we needed, but the star of the show was outside the cottage, which is built right on the water's edge. The small tidal pool which the house is built over is fed by the ocean and is filled with sea life. We became friends with the inhabitants who spent their entire day in the tidal pool, except at very low tide It was like having our very own aquarium - and one that we could climb right in and swim with, some of whom were very friendly and were practically eating out of our hands. Beyond the small tidal pool attached to the property is a fabulous area for snorkeling and easily accessed from the property. A very popular destination for snorkelers, but they don't interfere with the peacefulness of the cottage and pools. Pretty shallow in many places, and with all varieties of sea life, these tidal pools really are a fabulous snorkeling spot for all age swimmers. We saw species we are still trying to identify. We loved the attractions nearby - all volcanic related and very interesting and within an easy driving distance. We chose to sleep outside on the futon on the deck and I think that is what I missed the most when I returned to my bedroom on Maui. To sleep under the stars, under a full moon, with the sounds of the ocean rocking you to sleep -that is heaven.
We loved this house so much we have already booked it for next year! The positive: the deck looking out over the tide pools, quiet and peaceful, snorkeling was amazing, house comfortable and clean. The negative: nope none!
We found this house very comfortable, yes it is older and not fancy but then we are older and not fancy! It is a long way to the store but the best snorkeling that we have ever experienced is in your back yard! You do want a rental car if you stay here!
My Husband and I stayed for a week at this cottage as a nice getaway without kids. It was our first time staying on the east side of the big island. On the drive from the airport we loved how it felt like we were getting out of the city and there was no cars around. The Cottage had hawaiian character and was equipped with everything we needed. The highlight was the lanai overlooking the kapoho tidepools. Although it got busy around the tidepool during the day, visitors were respectful. In the evening time it was very quiet and even though the homes are fairly close together, it didn't feel like it. The Cottage was clean upon arrival and even had beautiful flowers and music playing. There was a minor repair during our stay and the management company was very quick to respond and took care of it promptly. The snorkeling in the tidepools is amazing, the best snorkeling anywhere we have traveled. We were so excited to swim with a turtle one of the days we were there. We look forward to bringing our kids back to this location because the tidepools are so calm right out the back yard, I know they would be safe and they wouldn't have to go far to see numerous species of fish. Thanks for an amazing experience!
The Kapoho Tidepools are a unique environment for snorkeling, with easy entry into sheltered water featuring beautiful coral and abundant marine life. Hale Hui is suspended above its own shallow mini-tidepool, providing views of little butterflyfish and Moorish Idols right below the lanai, and giving easy access to the deeper water across the lava shelf. The lush green forest area is filled with birds, and the frog chorus at night is very jungly.
The house itself is quite rustic. Unlike many vrbo properties that are lived in by an owner much of the time, this one appears to be always used as a rental. That lack of a loving hand to set everything right at intervals shows in the details. The management company is very available and responsive, but things like screens and doors that can deteriorate quickly in this wet, salty environment could use an overhaul. The outdoor furniture is also showing the effects of weathering and age.
If you come to Hale Hui prepared for a rustic cabin in a beautiful location, you won't be disappointed. Late afternoon on the lanai, with the seabirds finding their night roosts, the songbirds getting in a few last numbers, the frogs tuning up, the sun sinking toward Mauna Loa, the waves crashing on the outer reef, and the soaring clouds reflected on the calm water of the tidepools makes it easy to overlook the minor flaws in the building. The nice little gas BBQ also helps, and the bed is comfortable. It isn't perfect in every respect, but the things that are perfect more than make up for the rest.
Myself & my wife have been renting the Oceanfront Cottage for yrs. Usually 2 to 3 months at a time. It has such a remarkable location situated on the Tidepool. The view over not only the Tidepool, but also seeing and hearing the surf, just adds to one's vacation/getaway. I tell my friends that just below the outside deck, I can swim with turtles and enjoy being in my own aquarium. To be able to see so many fish, corals, and other assorted sea life at arms length is something that you will remember FOREVER!!!
The cottage itself is cute and provides you with everything one needs to enjoy the area. Only about 35 miles from Hilo, a little over 2 hours from Kona and the volcano is about an hour away. Just 1 mile down scenic 'red road' there is a park with an acre warm pond heated naturally and kept at a perfect temperature by the surf.
There is bus service, but a car is really best to enjoy the entire Puna area.
We highly recommend a stay at the cottage if one decides on the Big Island as their destination.
Even though we live here now, we continue to rent the Oceanfront Cottage as 'OUR' very special getaway! Very enjoyable memories continue to happen here!
Seeing the constellation of 'The Southern Cross' from the deck to watching rainbows out over the water, to the fabulous sunrises and sunsets...., all...., only from this very small cluster of homes.
There is no other place like this, in the entire USA.
The cottage is perfect, and experience Aloha first hand from the management team, Mark, Ron & Jeana.
You will NOT be disappointed......
FROM THE GUESTBOOK: Our 2nd stay here at the Hale Hui, again another wonderful stay. For a delicious meal we suggest Kaleo's in Pahoa. And for fresh delicious Thai food, we loved Blue Moon Cafe in Hilo, they also serve American food. And don't miss the Hilo Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. We enjoyed fresh fruits and veggies from here. The resident eel keeps getting bigger it seems - we loved watching him. We enjoyed viewing the pond in the evening with flashlights. One night we saw the biggest puffer fish ever! He must have been the size of a basketball! Thank you so much and aloha! The Schulte's - California
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fee - $95-$125||$110 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.