check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!

66 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Kapoho House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 queens, 1 & 1/2 baths, ocean view throughout and very comfortable

Our house has the pristine natural views like no other rentals with over one mile of tidepool views on three sides, and from the dining room, living room and 1 of the bedrooms. A very private location with no neighbors and no lights in the view when in the house and on the Lanai (there's 1 neighbor but we never saw them more than once in a year)! Experience water on four sides when tides are 3.0 and above. Enjoy sun and moon rises and the refreshing ocean breeze with little or no flying pests. You can leave doors and windows open (with screens closed of course) and not need to turn the ceiling fans on. This is the freshest air in the world and a most pleasant location to enjoy the sea and tide pools. In Dec 2014 we did hurricane repair and remodeling of the house, now it has brand new kitchen cabinets, enlarged living room, and new sliding glass doors with 180 degree ocean view.

You can literally snorkel from the house in the famous Kapoho tidepools that are at your door step. We are located on the edge of the Tidepool Preserve so fishing is allowed to the north and daily locals fish with nets and spears. From our cottage and south, is the Wai O Pae Tide Pool Preserve. offers entertaining vistas both below and above the water.

Location Information: A five minute drive will take you to Ahalnui Beach Park with its amazing 90+ degree geothermally-heated tide-pool. This is a gorgeous place for the whole family. You are only 15 minutes to unique Pahoa town, which is a step back in time. You will find many very good restaurants to choose from and a ''Real Hawaiian'' atmosphere! You will love this place. We will provide a 'Welcome Letter' once you book so you could have very detailed info of the area as of what to do to have the most fun.

Additional Details for the Rental: Lanai: great for dining, cocktail and wine happy hours, reading, or just hanging out there to enjoy the Pacific ocean view, sea breeze, watch your kids playing in the shallow pools downstairs, or maybe whale watching if you are lucky. Broadband Internet: You may either go wireless, or using the cable modem. Remember to bring your own lap top if you have to work some during your stay; otherwise a smart phone is perfect since most major cellular carriers have connections there. Kid Friendly: The tide pools downstairs are kids' snorkeling paradise! they are not just for 'big kids'! One of the best snorkeling areas among all the Hawaiian islands since it's been the marine conservation area since 1960s.

The Unique Benefits at this House: The Pacific Ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, there're the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel in your backyard any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven. We found this area is the best of Hawaii, unlike most everywhere else with sandy beach and resort one after another, this is the real and original Hawaii.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Susanna Billings
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, Chinese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
Call Owner

About Susanna Billings

Since 1984, we've traveled to Hawaii and the Big Island's Puna district since 1988. While we love our home base in California's Central Coast, we both are most comfortable in Hawaii. Susanna was born in China and has traveled the world for work and play. Her passion is food and wine and her kitchens reflect her tastes. John began his business in San Luis Obispo in 1973 and still shops the world for home furnishings for indoors and out. That business, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, is widely known for quality and selection second to none. John has designed 3 homes and all reflect function and comfort with a classic sense of style.

Susanna is the manager and booking contact for Kapoho Makai. She is always connected and responds to questions, concerns and issues no matter what time zone or continent she is in. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love rural Hawaii, that's why we purchased our home here and turned it into a wonderful vacation rental, so more people could enjoy the nice and unique setting of the house. Having vacation here is a total adventurous experience, away from the the white sandy beach resorts.

Susanna Billings purchased this house in 2005

Why Susanna Billings chose Puna District

We found this area is the best of the original Hawaii, where you don't see the traffic, tourists crowds etc, where you could have your own privacy and peace.

What makes this house unique

The Pacific ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, it's the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

stay here at the big island and all I can say is mahalo!

We enjoyed swimming in the tide pools, gazing at the starts and reading and watching the ocean.

It felt like our own private island.

Thank you for sharing your home with us, we will never forget this place.

Jul 2012
  • 1 of 22


based on 66 traveler reviews

Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.742424 based on 88 reviews

Cute, quaint place - but man, whatta location

  • 4 of 5

The location in the tidal pools is amazing. We watched the moon rise over a black sea at night, and snorkled to our heart-content. Lots of fish in the pools closer to shore, lots of coral as you go out, really easy to snorkle in for beginners (just be sure to wear tough-soled water shoes for the rocks).

Read the other reviews about the tides and time your arrival and departure (if you can!). We had to make multiple trips in our wading/hiking sandals w/our luggage on our heads. We didn't mind - it was worth the experience.

The house itself is very Hawaiian cute, a little funky layout - but it had everything we needed in the kitchen and bath. It's not perfect - we were just one couple, so we got to choose the bedroom away from the septic smell. The manager/owner also need to update the batteries in the fans and an umbrella on the deck would be great, but again, all fine considering the amazing location and experience you can have living on the edge of the world for a few days.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
El Cerrito, Calif.

Excellent house on the Kapoho Tide Pools!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay for 2-4 people in Puna District. Newly remodeled and right over the tide pools and a great view of the pools and the ocean. Lovely large deck or lanai with a big table, chairs for 4 and a sitting area with two comfy chairs and two side tables. There is a barbeque so you can cook and eat on the lanai, all while watching the tides come and go.

The house is well stocked with soaps, paper products and condiments for cooking. This is so welcomed, as some vacation rentals give you very little supplies. The House is very charming with its very tasteful Hawaiian decor.

Susanna was very responsive and wants to be sure that you enjoy your stay.

We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

What a location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! House was so charming and the snorkeling right out the door was fantastic!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Dayton, Ohio

Perfect Location for "Old Hawaii"

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in July 2016. The location is simply perfect! The sound of the ocean, the tide pools, the sunrises, and the near constant breeze made for ideal conditions. The recommendations for eating in Pahoa and surrounding areas were accurate - outstanding food where the locals dine! From here, we saw most of the Big Island - beautiful and scenic drives to South Point, Kalapana, Hilo, Volcano Nat'l Park, and others.

Accommodations were excellent with plenty of room for 2, but can comfortably sleep 4. The views were amazing and the tide pools offered a glimpse into another world. Everything was as described and everything we needed was there, ready to go. We highly recommend this home and location for your next stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Breathtaking Oasis

  • 5 of 5

This particular property in Kapoho makai is just spectacularly situated to take advantage of all the surrounding beauty. The sunrise is spectacular right in front of the house overlooking tide pools and ocean, with a panoramic view that will surely mesmerize. The immediate proximity of the tide pools, and the safe picturesque snorkeling within was a highlight to our stay. Our children could literally venture out and explore at any time of the day or night, experiencing the abundant marine life and habitat whether high or low tide. The house is a small yet quaint beach cottage that was a perfect fit for our desire for a low keyed no constraint family vacation. The Billingʻs and their caretaker were extremely helpful and informative, especially in the face of Tropical Storm Darby threatening the coastline. The accommodations arenʻt the fanciest, but everything that you need to enjoy the paradise of the Waiʻopae tide pools is here. If youʻre looking for a hotel like stay, go to Kona. If youʻre looking for a place to take in the beauty of the eastern shoreline of Hawaiʻi island and forget about time and worries, thereʻs no better place than here. Our family is already looking forward to returning to this treasure literally on the edge of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect family experience

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and quaint with unmatched views. Perfect vacation home for our family of four. With the tidal pools right downstairs, kids were always occupied with snorkeling or chasing crabs. Strongly recommend at least an SUV and time your activities with the tides. Not close to anything, but that is a plus. Fully equipped kitchen and the washer/dryer saved the day multiple times. Give the kids the front room because they can sleep on anything. Get up early for unobstructed sunrises. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Lava Tube Cave
"the Lava Tube cave is in the Volcano National Park."
Kilauea Volcano
"it's the new flow and the only flow into the ocean currently in the world. It's a couple of ..."
Hiilawe Falls
Hulihe'e Palace
"lots of beaches for beginners to swim and snorkel at"
Car: necessary

Hawaii vacation rental homes

Big Island vacation rental houses

Kapoho Vacationland

Wai'opae tide pools

tide pools, snorkel, swim

ocean front vacation rentals


Rates & Availability

Kapoho House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Slow Season
Apr 2 2016 - Dec 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
Dec 13 2016 - Apr 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Slow Season
Apr 22 2017 - Dec 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
one time cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Last minute booking special: 10% off if booked within 30 days of your arrival date and 3 days minimum, not including weekly/monthly specials. By clicking "book it" you accept our following terms and conditions:
CANCELLATION POLICY: No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be re-rented with less 25% fee.
CHECK IN time: after 4:00 P. M. on the arrival date CHECK OUT time: before 11:00 A. M. on the departure date.
To book directly with us check payment is preferred, and $400 damage/security deposit is held by a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee.
Rate is quoted based on 2 people; maximum occupancy is 4 people; $15 a night for the 3rd person
Cleaning fee is $125 plus tax, one time cleaning per stay; Hi state tax is 13.416%. $1000 damage deposit is charged and held by vrbo/homeaway, and will be refunded by vrbo/homeaway to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days after your stay.
No smoking no pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half 1 - toilet
    Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , window opens to tide pool and coastal view
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 2nd Bedroom - 1 queen , 5' wide window at foot of bed with full tide pool view
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , large bedroom with windows on 2 sides and 1/2 bath
  • Queen Bed: 1 queen bed for each bedroom with comfortable pillow top mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Many Amenities... DSL Broadband, bring your laptop, TV with DVD players, Dish TV, Hawaiian CDs and books, cards and games, binoculars, great drinking water, dishwasher, microwave, coffee grinder and maker, blender, toaster, electric stove, range hood, designer dinnerware, drink ware, BBQ grill, quality lanai chairs, and some snorkel gear. Sway in the breeze on the hammock on the lanai and soak up the tidepool lifestyle.

Partner Offers