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Secluded Elegantly Furnished Cottage with Panoramic Views of Kealakekua Bay

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 9 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Tara Cottage is a handcrafted redwood and cedar octagon on secluded and beautifully landscaped property in Kona coffee country, overlooking Kealakekua Bay and the South Kona coastline. Kealakekua Bay, with its unparalleled fine swimming, snorkeling and kayaking, and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (the Place of Refuge in Honaunau) National Park are both less than 10 minutes away.

Three lovely beaches are within a 15 minute drive. Tara Cottage is within minutes of fine restaurants, health food stores, produce markets, shops and theater in the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu. The bustling resort town of Kailua-Kona with its array of fine options for dining, shopping and entertainment is 30 minutes drive north.

The cottage features a dramatic 300 sq. ft octagonal main room with a 15 ft apex and skylight. Furnishings include: a raised platform bed with an excellent queen mattress, Art Deco armoire, writing desk and a sitting area with an enclosed cabinet for cable TV and DVD. There is a fine stereo system with both CD player and iPod/MP3 dock and high speed wireless internet.

Tara Cottage is beautifully appointed with original artwork, fine furniture and Indonesian wood carvings and fabrics. You will also enjoy the excellent libraries of fine books, CDs and DVDs.

Surrounding the octagonal main room are: the kitchen with its door to the service porch with washer and dryer and recycling center; the dining area with a 9 foot bank of windows framing a stunning view of Kealakekua Bay, and the door to the lanai; a large 'water closet'; and an intimate day room with its twin bed, window to the garden and its birdbath, and the back door opening to the shower area in a gorgeous bamboo and bromeliad garden. One showers outdoors in a dramatic lava rock grotto within this garden. The shower is equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, for a sensual, satisfying shower/massage. The shower is the most complimented amenity of the cottage... Guests love this waterfall shower! Complete privacy is provided by the landscaping and the surrounding lush Thai bamboo.

On the ocean side of the cottage is a bi-level lanai with superb unobstructed views of Kealakekua Bay and the coastline, featuring a dining table and chairs and chaise lounges for sunning and relaxation. The spacious lawn area with its profusion of Hawaiian ti plants and bougainvillaea provides a truly park-like setting-- ideal for special occasions and small wedding/ commitment/ recommitment ceremonies.

Tara Cottage was carefully sited to take full advantage of prevailing day and nighttime breezes and is comfortable year round at its 900 ft elevation. It is a truly remarkable destination for adults desiring a peaceful environment with few distractions--perfect for honeymoons, special anniversaries, contemplation and preparation for life changes, and creative endeavors.

(For larger parties please inquire about additional B&B accommodations nearby.)

Hawaii Tax ID #: W21736723-01

Keywords: Cottage, seclusion, Kealakekua Bay, spinner dolphins, Kona coffee, Place of Refuge National Park.

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Michael Sisk
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2017

About Michael Sisk

My name is Michael Sisk and I have been living above Kealakekua Bay on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island since 1994, when I moved here from the island of Kauai. I live on land that I developed and named Tara Farm--a 15-acre Kona coffee and white pineapple farm--also the site of beautiful Tara Cottage.

I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to San Francisco to take a job as the Audiologist for Alameda County in 1978. After 13 years in the Bay Area I moved to Kauai in 1991 and hosted a B&B there for 3 years. The move to the Big Island followed in 1994 where I hosted another beautiful B&B at Kealakekua Bay while developing my farm upslope at the 950 ft elevation. I moved onto the farm full-time in 1997 and have been privileged to live there ever since.

My interests include swimming, snorkeling, playing the piano and film festivals!

Michael Sisk purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Michael Sisk chose Kona Coast

While rebuilding my home and business on Kauai following Hurricane Iniki in 1992, I would periodically visit the Big Island for relief from the physical and emotional stress associated with recovery from that truly devastating (Level 4) hurricane. Instinctively I was drawn to Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park area of South Kona-- though I had previously visited there only once before during my years of exploring the Hawaiian islands beginning in 1981. In this area that I later learned is sacred to the Hawaiian people, I experienced what I can only describe as profound healing energy. This healing allowed me to return to Kauai again and again over the next two years -- each time invigorated, energized and able to engage in the demanding hurricane recovery efforts.

My love for the beauty and the healing that I found in the Kealakekua Bay and Place of Refuge area was so remarkable that I was literally compelled to move here. This I did in late 1994 after selling my property on Kauai. And after months of careful searching I finally was led to the land that I have developed over the years into Tara Cottage and Farm.

I believe that this land that I now call Tara-- and that I am privileged to caretake-- is imbued with the healing energy so often associated with the Big Island in general--and this region of South Kona in particular. This belief has been shared and reinforced by native intuitives/healers from both Hawaii and other cultures who have visited this property over the years.

But please-- don't take my word for it! Visit yourselves and see if you too feel a sense of peace and calm once you have explored this beautiful island retreat.

What makes this cottage unique

Tara Cottage is ideally located between Kealakekua Bay and the beautiful Place of Refuge National Park--both less than a 10 minute drive way. The Bay--the site of the demise of famous explorer Captain Cook in 1779--is a marine preserve that is truly the best place on the island to swim, snorkel, kayak and scuba dive-- while enjoying the infinite varieties of reef fish, sea turtles and the famous spinner dolphins that come closer to shore here than anywhere else in the world.

The Place of Refuge National Park, sacred to the Hawaiian people, is another wonderful place to explore, with educational exhibits on the life of the Hawaiian people, a superb picnic area, and wonderful hiking trails along this historic coast. There are three lovely beaches within 15 minutes of Tara Cottage. Also the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu are within a 10-20 minute drive and offer an array of fine restaurants, shops with local arts and crafts, and markets and produce stands featured the organic fruits and vegetables for which this area is well known.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The Perfect Place to Reload Your Batteries"

You can read all about the attractions and the beauty of the Big Island in appropriate travel guides. So, let's concentrate on Tara Cottage, the cottage surroundings and the host Michael.

We arrived at night after a long trip and did not take much notice of anything and went to sleep in the very big and comfortabel bed. When we woke up the next morning, we could admire the sheer beauty of it all: the view over the Pacific Ocean and Kealakekua Bay, the very tastefully furnished cottage, the exquisit choce of classical music CDs, the vast assortment of books on the shelves, the welcoming basket of treats that waited for us (including delicious coffee from the farm Tara Cottage is located on). To make a long story short: we had the feeling, we had arrived in paradise and this cannot get any better... but then we met Michael, our host. He is the most charming man you can imagine: warm, friendly, very willing to share his knowledge, considerate and always observing our privacy.

The whole atmosphere in and around Tara Cottage is the perfect place to relax and reload your batteries or for a romantic time-out with your significant other.

We decided and promised to come back and can hardly wait to do so.

It is a pity that I only have the possibility to assign 5 stars here. I would like to add a PLUS!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Jan 2010
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Captain Cook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large 'Water Closet' inside with toilet and large vanity. The outdoor 'waterfall' shower is in a very private garden and lava rock setting with Grohe fixtures and side jets. A very special Hawaiian experience!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1). Firm and remarkably comfortable Serta 'Perfect Day' mattress. Twin Bed (1) In the adjacent bedroom with Spring Air pillowtop mattress.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outdoor shower equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, skylight over bed, Kona coffee and fresh fruit grown on the property


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Secluded Elegantly Furnished Cottage with Panoramic Views of Kealakekua Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 48 reviews

Great view and south Kona location

  • 5 of 5

Loved the privacy of this rental off the beaten path and not too far away. We stayed here in September and had great snorkeling locations on this side of the island. It rained part of the day most of the time we were here. That is why you snorkel and hike in the mornings.

As for the house, we really missed a covered lanai to sit under when it rained. The deck in the back didn't have enough cover to stay out of the rain. The other issue we had was the size and location of the TV. When watching TV from bed you have to look down to it. There were no other issues and the place was great at a decent price!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property, great location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Tara many times over the past six years and it never disappoints. The cottage is furnished to Michael's high standards and is located on a large and beautifully landscaped lot overlooking Kealakekua Bay. Sunsets from the lanai are always spectacular, and mornings are peaceful. World class snorkeling is a short drive away at Two Step and at the Captain Cook Monument (the Monument is accessible by boat tour, kayak, or for the adventurous, on foot from a nearby trailhead - we always take the trail, but pack plenty of water). Captain Cook and Kealakekua offer many great restaurant options and a good supermarket. Michael is a wonderful host, never intrusive but always available and friendly. We would not stay anywhere else on the Big Island and are already trying to figure out when we can get back.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tara and Michael are now one of our most memorable trips to Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

So, how do we explain that this was a spectacular location and site for a vacation in the Hawaiian Islands? We arrived on the Big Island from Maui after 11 days of lying around, being thoroughly relaxed and happy with the weather and just feeling that we were in a holiday mood and it should continue! Well, it continued all right!

Tara is a beautiful cottage on a private coffee plantation. Hosted by Michael, the owner, we spent 10 days relaxing in this beautiful area. The exceptional landscaping of the property is conducive to a restful and laid-back attitude that is enhanced by the feral roosters and their many girlfriends that wander the property crowing and clucking from morning into the afternoon. (i’m sure there are eggs somewhere on the property but couldn’t find any trace of them!)

The view from the property is amazing as it takes in the whole of Kealakekua Bay and together with the bushes and trees surrounding makes for an area of mystical beauty and serenity. The beautifully decorated (the antiques and art pieces are truly unique ) cottage contains books and DVD’s which could occupy many, many evenings and immediately adjacent to the dayroom (perfect for afternoon naps as you gaze at the popular birdbath) is a sheltered grotto containing the outdoor shower, yes, there is nothing like an outdoor shower, where one is exposed to all the birds and the geckos. Blissful!

All this and Michael a most wonderful host who continued to supply us with his fresh, Kona coffee as needed (make sure you order some) plus advice and travel guidance whenever required. Charming Michael is very much a part of the whole experience. If you like us, wanted a true and first class Hawaiian experience ....away from the usual hotels and condos, ~this is it.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

Perfect Hideaway on Big Island

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 1 week at Tara Cottage, and we have only positive things to say. The cottage was very clean and offered everything one needed, including beach towels, chairs and boards and a welcome basket with fresh fruit. The location is perfect, very quiet, off the beaten path on a fruit and coffee plantation, but still just a short drive to Kona. The sunsets and the view from the terrace are just spectacular. The outdoor shower was great. There are several binders in the cottage with lots of information on trips, restaurants, beaches, etc. but Mike or Chuck were also always available for any recs. Mike even let us stay without extra-charge the entire day on our departure day, since our flight left late in the evening. In summary, we can only recommend this place, and its great host and hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach, CA

Perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four days during a trip to the big island and would come back any time we return. The cottage is well appointed, comfortable, and spacious. The property is large enough to give you the experience of seclusion and privacy while enjoying paradise and yet is just a quick drive away from restaurants and site seeing activities. The views are stunning, the birds and wildlife were just great. I did not think I would like the outdoor shower, but once i tried it, I found it to be really relaxing, comfortable and private. And, just as important as the great facilities was the warm and embracing welcome we received. From the fresh coffee that was grown on the site, to the fruit, to the banana bread, we had all that we could want to make the experience special. Michael was a greatest of hosts, ensuring we had all our needs met; Chuck, the property caretaker, was lovely, warm and welcoming, and also making sure we had all that we needed without being intrusive...a great balance of welcome and respect for our privacy. Chuck made great recommendations, provided us with contact info, and made sure we knew about special happening while we were there. We will return, and I have already recommended the location to my friends planning a trip later this year.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We chose to spend our honeymoon at Tara Cottage. Thoroughly enjoyed the lovely cottage, clean, beautiful and well-equipped, and the gorgeous and private grounds that made us feel like we were in our own Eden. Incredible birds, landscaping and grounds that offer privacy with the safety net (Michael and Chuck) nearby when you need. From the generous welcome basket to the book of local recommendations, Michael has truly thought of everything you need to feel right at home and enjoy the island. We loved breakfast on the deck with the geckos, the garden shower and at night, the music of the frogs and birds. Ten minutes to wonderful snorkeling, great local restaurants. Highly recommend as the perfect place to get away, disconnect and take in incredible surroundings, sunrises and sunsets. Thanks to Michael for sharing the best of the big island!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Captain Cook Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
SUMMER Season 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
FALL season 2017
Sep 22 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 3 2018
9 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Winter PEAK
Jan 4 2018 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Out cleaning Fee $110
Tax Rate 13.42%

Quoted rates are for 2 adults. For a 3rd adult/older child add $15/night.
There is a required Mid Cleaning Fee of $80 for stays of 3 weeks or more.
Rates are subject to change at any time until the reservation has been confirmed.
Ask about discounts for longer stays.
Tax !D# W21736723-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Car: necessary

The district of South Kona hugs the southwestern coastal slopes of the huge 13,679 ft. Mauna Loa volcano. This region's one main road, Hwy. 11, passes through an upslope rather than coastal area dotted with small villages. It is a rural agricultural region of undulating green hillsides, colorful tropical foliage and panoramic oceanviews, renowned for its Kona coffee fields, macadamia nut orchards and organic fruit and vegetable farms. Its most popular coastal region is lovely Kealakekua Bay, famous for its unparalleled fine snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, and as the site of the demise of explorer Captain James Cook. Another remarkable coastal area is beautiful Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park, the ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge.

Both the marine preserve of Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park are within a 10-15 minute drive of Tara Cottage. Just north of the boundary of the Place of Refuge Park is the popular 'Two-Step' snorkel/dive spot, with easy entry into the water for swimming/snorkeling surrounded by colorful reef fish, sea turtles and spinner dolphins.

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