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Oceanfront Jewel by the Sea - Mika Lani - Snorkel Paradise

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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:
June 27, 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(74 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront Jewel by the Sea - Mika Lani - Snorkel Paradise
average rating of 4.972973 based on 289 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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5

Perfect in every way!!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this rental. Everything was as described. We used the snorkels and fins provided by the rental and went snorkeling every day!! The snorkeling was beautiful. We even saw a sea turtle. We were there in August, and it was unusually hot. We were able to open all the windows to the house, and it would quickly cool off to a comfortable temperature. The house is beautiful and in wonderful condition. We sat on the patio and watched rain showers, rainbows, and the glow from the volcano. The stars are amazing at night, and we love the geckos. We are already planning our return trip to this beautiful place. This time we plan on staying longer!!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Gorgeous and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We could hardly believe the view when we first walked into Mika Lani. The views are stunning and the sliding glass doors out the back and large kitchen windows provide wide angle views. Sara and Jamie have made sure that all needs are met - from well stocked kitchen tools and appliances to towels and snorkeling, floating and kayaking equipment. We used all of these. We also appreciate that they keep spices and condiments for others to use, so many rentals do not. The decor is modern and updated. The bed is quite comfortable. It's nice to have two bathrooms and even an outdoor shower. We were there for a full moon and while the stars were dimmed we could still tell that there are many more stars to view compared to where we are in a city suburb. We enjoyed seeing the tide pools at low tide and high tide and took advantage and swam daily. We rode bikes around the neighborhoods and could tell this is one of the nicest rentals. We rented from Sunday to Friday and this was a good choice. The homes on either side were not rented during our week so we did not have neighbor noise. The snorkelers and swimmers using the preserve did not bother us. We talked to some of them for island tips and I enjoyed watching them. I agree with the other reviewers to leave enough time to just hang out and plan your day to return to Mika Lani in the afternoon and simple dinner on the grill. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Ditto!

  • 5 of 5

The prior reviews have said it all - the house is great, the tidal pools are great and with the view from the lanai you definitely won't want to leave Mika Lani! Also a special thanks to Adan who is on scene to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. But if you crave more adventure try a lava boat cruise down the coast to Kilauea. It's a totally wet and bumpy open- ocean ride but the close up view of lava flowing into the sea is amazing!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Everything that has been said is true! What a beautiful, modern, well appointed home. Everything you need just bring your swimsuit. We reserved this home for the last week of a 3 week trip to celebrate our 40th anniversary and what a way to end out trip. The view and snorkeling was so relaxing and beautiful, we didn't want to leave the house all week. It has been a truly wonderful experience. We hope we can return in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful vacation spot and wonderful home to stay in with everything one needs

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time snorkeling in the Tide Pools. It was so very convenient to get into the water from the house. The water is crystal clear and you can see fish without even getting into the water. The house is beautiful inside and out. Every convenience one could want. Clothesline was super and we used it daily. Only had to use washing machine and dryer once in our 5 day stay and it was great to have both. Actually not far from Pahoe at all and we found plenty of places to eat - Fresh Fish is super, not to be missed. We also managed to take a trip up to Volcanoes National Park and hike the Kilauea Iki Trail and the Pu'u Loa Petroglyph Trail. Wonderful vacation! Hope to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • 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:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$224
$1,463
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $130
Damage Waiver Insurance $49
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
FRAUD ALERT -
1. We never ask for payment by wire transfer.
2. We never list in Craigslist.

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