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Oceanfront Jewel by the Sea - Mika Lani - Snorkel Paradise

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only

Overview

About the property

Oceanfront House - 1 Bedroom - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 2)

Our Jewel by the Sea - Mika Lani is an exceptional vacation home, located on a beautiful protected snorkel bay containing colorful tropical fish and coral, with the ocean reef just beyond. You will be immersed in this aquatic wonderland just a few steps away from this private oceanfront retreat. Every room has a view of the ocean. This is a romantic, enchanting get-away for two.

There are many windows allowing for breathtaking views. Every amenity inside is luxurious, from the silk-like linens to the granite gourmet kitchen, from the dinnerware to the decorator touches in the furnishings. It includes high speed Internet and WiFi, SMART flat screen TV, well-stocked kitchen (just bring your fresh foods), snorkels, fins, beach reef shoes, beach towels, 2 kayaks, other aquatic amenities, guide books and insider information to make your Big Island Hawaiian vacation special and memorable. Sip your favorite beverage while relaxing in the oceanfront jacuzzi. Total serenity is yours. Just pack your swim suit and come on over.

Mika Lani is designed for two people only. It could be your honeymoon, a romantic get away, or any special occasion. Upgrades abound so that you have the comforts and amenities of home, yet far far from home. The home is small, yet roomy – just one bedroom with 2 upscale bathrooms. The surrounding lanai (deck) is huge with three sides facing the ocean. You will delight in the jacuzzi that sits right out on the oceanfront lanai. We have created a mini private oasis for you. The house is maintained to 5-Star standards. The décor is modern, serene, Zen-like, with Hawaiian touches scattered throughout – from the orchid sink to the wave-like tile, from abundant Hawaiian flowers to sea-foam glass highlights in many of the decorator touches.

The surrounding nature and the natural beauty of the area are astounding. Snorkeling is right outside your doorstep. The snorkel ponds are protected by a coral reef so they are calm, yet the crashing ocean waves are just beyond. We are located within a Marine Life Conservation district. One mile away, you can soak in the volcanically heated warm ponds of Ahalanui. A little farther down the road, you can surf or boogey board with the locals at Isaac Hale Beach, also known as Pohoiki. Volcano National Park is approximately one hour away. Black sand beaches, waterfalls, nature hikes, steam vent caves, botanical gardens and scenic drives through rain forests are all nearby. Hilo, the second largest city in the Hawaiian Islands, lies just 40 minutes away. This is old Hawaii at its natural best.

Mika Lani is a very popular vacation rental. So that you will not be disappointed, please check our availability calendar. It is updated daily. You are wise to book ahead, because we are already getting inquiries for 2018 from returning guests. If Mika Lani is not available, check our other 2 nearby vacation rentals:

Mika Mizu - 2-3 guest max - HomeAway/213954

Mika Taki - 4 br/4 ½ ba - HomeAway/207918

More Details

Property Manager
Sara/Jamie
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About Sara/Jamie

We fell in love in Hawaii and with Hawaii, and decided it had to be an intrinsic part of our lives. During the past 12 years, we have opened our vacation homes on the Hilo side of the Big Island for guests to share in our dream of Paradise. Our passion is providing you with lifetime memories of your very special trip to Hawaii.

Why Sara/Jamie chose Puna District

This unique property is located just steps from the water. It is one of only 8 houses on the State Marine Preserve. The Hilo side of the Big Island is lush and green and has many exotic fruits and flowers. It is also old Hawaii at its best. It takes you off the tourist track, while you still vacation in luxury.

What makes this house unique

Our guest comments say it all. Many guests return year after year to relax and rejuvenate. Staying at Mika Lani is a gift to yourself.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We anticipated that Mika Lani would be a wonderful home since we previously stayed in a home on the beach in LA owned by the same person. We wanted a quiet retreat on the ocean away from the usual tourist areas like Kailua, and hoped for a place we could snorkel without a long drive. Mika Lani was perfect!

The directions and arrival instructions were clear and complete. We were welcomed by a lovely gift basket, fresh flowers and a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator. The "Aloha" book was wonderfully complete with detailed information about the area, markets, sights, and a tide table.

From the living room and the lanai, you can see and hear the surf about 200 yards away, but you are perhaps only 20 feet from the Kapoho Tidepools, a premier snorkeling location. The lanai wraps around the entire home so you can always find a comfortable, breezy, shaded spot to read. The lanai has 2 hammocks, a table and chairs for dining, comfortable chairs, and other seating so you are comfortable.

It is open, airy, with comfortable furniture, beds , appliances, dishes, big screen TV, WiFi and internet. Attention to high quality and detail is evident everywhere in contrast to the Ikea furnishings of many VRBOs. There are ceiling fans in all the rooms and lots of screened windows and big sliding doors which let the breeze in.

The “snorkel shed” off the lanai contains fins, masks and reef socks and a tub for rinsing the equipment, plus 2 bikes useful for peddling on the quiet streets and roads nearby along with an outdoor shower. Also on the lanai are a washer and dryer and a hot tub. You will also find two kayaks which we may use on our next trip. Everything you might want or need is there.

If you prefer to tour, Hilo is only 40 minutes away, and if you want to see the volcano it is an easy drive. The Hilo airport helicopter allowed us to see and smell the lava flows.

Mika Lani gave us a wonderful 11 days of quiet, sun and snorkeling, exactly what we were hoping for and exceeding our expectations. Seldom, perhaps never, have I stayed in a place that was so comfortable and inviting. We simply wanted to stay there and not drive anywhere. We have already reserved it for a return trip. Need I say more?
Feb 2016
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Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Designer bathrooms. + Outdoor Tile Shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Oceanview bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront Jewel by the Sea - Mika Lani - Snorkel Paradise
average rating of 4.970149 based on 282 reviews
Lake Wylie, SC
5

What a paradise location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a property that was close to both the Hilo area and the volcanoes so this seemed in the middle of both. I liked the fact that it wasn't commercial with lots of people and seemed private.

What a beautiful property and the owners were very nice to deal with in setting up the reservation. They sent plenty of information that we needed in advance of our arrival.

Once we got to the island and located Mika Lani (excellent directions, by the way !!!) , we were amazed to find a wonderful home full of amenities and right on the water. No loud surf, but just the gentle tidal pools that were loaded with fish. Snorkeling was AMAZING and my husband used 3 rolls of films shooting the coral and fish in his underwater camera.

We had breakfast on the front lanai every morning to the amazing views and the birds chirping and fish jumping. What a relaxing place. You will love the serenity here.

The facility is REALLY clean, down to the BBQ Grill, hottub, and washer and dryer. There is nothing that you will need that this home doesn't supply. There are snorkel masks, fins, kayaks, towels, a nice welcoming basket of goodies and even champagne. The kitchen is VERY well equipped! Everything was thought of by the gracious hosts.

We will come back to the islands at some point and we will stay at Mika Lani again. We highly recommend this vacation rental!

Don't hesitate to rent this spot. For the price, you'll have a wonderful spot that would be hard to beat.

We highly recommend Mika Lani!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for sharing your enthusiasm concerning your stay at Mika Lani, Jewel-by-the-Sea. It makes us very happy to hear how our many guests have enjoyed this magical, little known paradise. It is truly Hawaii at its finest - and at its least commercial. We appreciate your taking the time to write about your vacation. It helps us to know what the guests like so that we can maintain our high standards. We look forward to having you back at Mika Lani. Aloha, Jamie and Lola
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Hayden Lake, IDAHO
5

WONDERLAND

  • 5 of 5

The Mikalani is everything and more you would want. Perfect for the two of us. Can't ask for a better location to snorkel, swim and kayak. It is all right out your back door. The house was fully stocked and very clean. The hot tub was nice but a little too hot for me but my wife liked it. Just can't say enough about Sara and Jamie. Easy to reach if you have a question Adan their go to guy is also easy to reach and responds quickly to the house. The only downside is that Verizon does not have phone service but you can text. Sara warns you in advance that Verizion doesn't work there. Lesson learned. They do have WiFi and it is very strong.

Loved the location Kapoho and Pahoa are great local areas.

Will come back again. Wish there was another bedroom to bring family so I guess they will have to see pictures instead.

Mahalo

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA
5

A Wonderful Place, and the Fish Rule!

  • 5 of 5

When visiting the islands of Hawaii we love to go snorkeling but always find the logistics intimidating - packing all the gear, choosing a location close to good beaches, arriving before the crowds, gambling on the weather. Mika Lani is the perfect solution to all that. After arrival, the only remaining question is how many times you wish to snorkel each day. (Hint: Bring more than one swimming suit.)

Other reviewers have correctly described how well-equipped, convenient, and clean this property is. The owners obviously take pride in maintaining and upgrading everything - from the new washer/dryer to the new kayaks. The kitchen has everything you need.

But for us it was really all about the fish. In varying weather conditions, tide levels, and degrees of sunlight, we saw dozens of tropical fish we had not encountered before. One evening, we were surprised by a huge school of mullet repeatedly leaping clean out of the water. Fish in the tide pools are protected and they seem to know it. Game wardens patrol the area. Fortunately, the Suisan Fish Market in Hilo has a great selection of the eating variety and we grilled fresh fish practically every night on Mika Lani's Weber propane barbecue.

Also, the weather at Mika Lani seems several notches better than in Hilo or Pahoa. Often we would drive through torrential rains that would be replaced by sun breaks just a couple of miles before arriving at Mika Lani.

We hope to return soon, and would not hesitate to recommend this lovely spot to anyone (but may decide not to, for fear that the calendar will fill up too quickly...)

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Big Island Perfection.

  • 5 of 5

This pictures of this home does not do it justice.Beautiful home and the views from the deck cant be beat.The owners were great to work with,we had to change our arrival date back 2 days at last second due to a chance of a hurricane coming ashore the same day we were scheduled to arrive.They were very understanding and refunded us for the missed 2 days immediately.

The house comes equipped with everything you need for a fun filled vacation from kayaks to snorkel gear to bikes to ride around the neighborhood.The snorkeling was great and all the neighbors we met were very friendly and helpful with any questions we had with things to do on the Big Island.

We will not hesitate to stay here again when we come back to Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Dreamy Getaway, Snorkeler's Paradise

  • 5 of 5

For our honeymoon, my husband and I chose Mika Lani on the high recommendation of friends, and we were knocked out and enthralled by every aspect of our stay. Imagine you have been relieved of all your duties and responsibilities, imagine you have been invited to play deeply, relax thoroughly, connect to your beloved and to yourself, and in this dreamy, airy, perfect tiny villa, your wishes are all granted.

Far better than any hotel at a comparable rate, no detail has been left unattended by Sara & Jamie (whom we never met but who replied promptly to any email query), from the soft blue beach towels to the pristine, waiting Jacuzzi, from the array of masks, snorkels and fins to the pair of bikes with air in the tires; the kayaks are ready, the kitchen is immaculate and stocked with everything from champagne glasses (and, yes, champagne), folded dish towels, shish kebab skewers (there's an outdoor grill -- propane at the ready), and rice cooker to knife sharpener, wok and blender (for the essential morning smoothies of pineapple, banana and papaya and the evening rum drinks), the bathrooms shine with light and glass and mirror; a comfortable bed with good cotton sheets! Scrabble and cribbage boards! fish guidebooks! sunscreen and shampoo! wifi and a printer stocked with paper!

And that's just the house. The snorkeling a few steps out the door in the protected Kapaho Tide Pools is the best I've ever done. I wish I were a marine naturalist and could describe properly the magnificent and abundant species we encountered. And the invigorating, sheer joy of floating and swimming among them all! Experienced divers will be thrilled, and, if this is your first time snorkeling, you will find the set up incredibly inviting, made that much easier by all the supplies the house has.

We biked to the Champagne pools and drove to Volcano National Park, had dinner in Pahoa, went to the super friendly and crowded evening market in Kalapana, and took a spectacular drive up to Hawi, but the best thing of all was the snorkeling (we usually went out twice a day) and the peaceful, easy time at Mika Lani itself, sitting for endless hours on the lanai, reading, talking, watching the sea and the pools. Many, many thanks to Sara & Jamie.

Susanna

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, immaculate vacation home. We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 39th anniversary at this home. All you need is food and drink. The extras, kayaks, bikes, snorkeling equipment and a perfect location were all provided. We plan to stay again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Hilo
Car: necessary

Cozy, sunny home directly on the beautiful snorkel tide pools. Colorful coral and fish just steps to the water. Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo is held each year during the week following Easter.

Other Activities: Coral Reefing, Hiking, Bicycling, Botanical Gardens, Scenic Drives

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Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$239
$1,498
 

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Waiver Insurance $49
Cleaning fee $130
Tax Rate 13.42%

Sleeps ONLY 2 guests - no babies, please.
Nightly rate of $209/night (7 nights or more) // $234/night (3-night minimum)
Min stay 3 nights, unless only 2 nights are available
2017 Booking add $10 to base rate.
13.419% Hawaii State taxes additional - Tax ID 166-523-9040-01.
Full payment is due 90 days prior to arrival
Until confirmed, all rates subject to change.
Reserve your dates before others take them.
Check Calendar; Mika Lani is a very popular vacation rental. So that you will not be disappointed, please check our availability calendar. It is updated daily. You are wise to book ahead, because we are already getting inquiries for 2018 from returning guests. If Mika Lani is not available, check our other 2 nearby vacation rentals:
Mika Mizu - 2-3 guest max - VacationRentals/46636
Mika Taki - 4 br/4 ½ ba -VactionRentals/15326
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2. We never list in Craigslist.

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