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Swim with Dolphins on the Kona Coast in Hawaii

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House with Ocean View, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Hale Honu (Turtle House) is our Big Island ocean view rental and is our place of refuge. We would like to share this top Hawaiian vacation area with you. Situated on the Big Island of Hawaii just twenty miles south of Kailua-Kona, Hale Honu is surrounded by a lush tropical garden, and provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, in a quiet and comfortable setting that is conducive to uplifting the light-of-heart and soothing the frazzled spirit.

From this location you are minutes from the lovely Ho'okena Beach State Park for a beach vacation of sunbathing and swimming with dolphins, or visiting the famous Place of Refuge National Historic Park, a preservation of ancient Hawaiian culture.

Also at the Honaunau Inlet you will snorkel with an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. A ninety-minute drive south will bring you to Volcano National Park. Thirty minutes north are the shops and fine restaurants of Kailua.

Along the main highway north you will pass shops offering the island's best buys for Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nuts. A fruit stand offering organically grown fruits and vegetable is less than one mile north. The Kealia village store with necessities and movie rentals is a short walk to the south.

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Bob Hofmann
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About Bob Hofmann

Bob Hofmann and Nancy Bolt are both retired. Nancy served as the Colorado State Librarian for 18 years but she continues library consulting work. Bob is retired from a 30 year career with General Electric where he worked as an electrical engineer. He also served in sales and marketing. Nancy and Bob now work together selling Bulgarian jewelry to support Bulgarian libraries and organize tours to Bulgaria. We are part owners of a rental apartment in Sofia Bulgaria in case you’re interested in a really interesting place to visit.

Bob Hofmann purchased this house in 1999

Why Bob Hofmann chose Opihihale

Hawaii is wonderful place to visit and a top vacation destination. The Big Island is, we think, the best of all the islands. The volcano is spectacular, we have two mountains soaring to almost 14,000 feet, it offers world class sport fishing, beautiful beaches, a rich history, the best snorkeling and most of all for our location, a grand place to just go relax and get away from the hubbub of life.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful Big Island surroundings that offer a peaceful and quiet vacation getaway! A perfect place for a romantic Hawaiian escape or a private family coastal retreat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hale Honu is located in a quiet tropical garden setting 800 feet above sea level with a wonderful spectacular unobstructed panoramic view of the Pacific. It is just minutes from Hookena Beach State Park (where dolphin often play) to the South and Place of Refuge National Historic Park (also a great snorkeling spot) to the North. Our guests are thrilled by the location and the overall quality of their stay. Here is a sample of comments left in our guest book.I awoke again to the wonderful sound of birdsong. We loved eating on the beautiful lanai, and what an awesome view! So very peaceful. It was a delight to have an avocado fall at my feet – great fresh guacamole. ThanksMike and CherDenver, COThis is a wonderful house. We would not have had such an amazing time without it. Everything exceeded our expectations.John and Gayle and Juan and AnaLivermore, CA and Madrid SpainThank you for providing such a lovely home. It has been a perfect haven from which to launch our adventure. We had great parties on the lanai. So many fish and turtles in Honaunau, and saw dolphins every day. Can’t wait for next time.Mark and LaurieSan Francisco, CAThanks for the use of your big house. Access to the washer/dryer is great with the seven of us. Well equipped kitchen too! We loved all of the beaches, and enjoyed the free hula demo in Kona village.Tori and FamilyLouisville, COThanks to your books about Hawaii, I read about the places we planned to visit before going there. We really enjoyed the mangoes and papayas and flowers around the house. Thanks for the nice digs. Jim and Susan Monrovia, CAWe enjoyed your spacious home. I loved all of the flowers and green trees.Nancy and DeloresGlendale, CAIt has been wonderful here. The view, breeze, and sunsets can’t be beat. I’ll try to remember the beautiful ocean when I’m back in New Mexico.CarolAlbuquerque, NMWe had a lovely month in your wonderful home. Living in the country as we do, we especially liked the rural nature of your part of the island.Dick and JoanElizabeth, ILThanks for a great week in your home. We’d recommend kayaking across the bay to Captain Cook monument, even for inexperienced kayakers. Snorkeling is unbelievable near the monument. Our kids enjoyed the occasional visit out by the back fence by wild cows and pigs! Great place!Sue, Ron, Lauren and JessieAnchorage, AKIt was a very relaxing vacation that we hate to see come
May 2003
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Kona International Airport at Keahole
Nearest Golf
17.3 Miles
Kona Country Club
Nearest Motorway
HI-11/Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Up Country Bakery & Cafe
Nearest Beach
3.1 Miles
Ho‘Okena Beach Park, Captain Cook, HI
Car: necessary

Some of the top beaches, best snorkeling, and most beautiful ocean views. Enjoy all of the diversity that the Big Island has to offer from crystal clear underwater adventure to lava filled volcanoes. The Captain Cook area boasts a number of areas to experience the natural allure of the Big Island. Visit Ka Lae, the southernmost point in the 50 states! Other nearby must-see areas are:

Ho'Okena Beach Park

Pu'Uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Wakefield Botanical Gardens

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Kealakekua Bay

Mokuakae Bay

Keoneele Cove

Ki'ilae Bay

South Kona Forest Reserve

Manuka State Park

Kau Forest Reserve


Opihihale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , open for larger groups only
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Big Island ocean views, 3 miles to beach access, close proximity to top snorkeling areas, 30 minute drive to shopping and restaurants, 90 minute drive to Hawaii's Volcano National Park


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(19 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.736842 based on 20 reviews

Comfortable house close to great snorkeling

  • 4 of 5

Stayed 3 weeks here at Hale Honu with my sister, brother-in-law and 87 year old mother. The house is comfortable, the grounds nicely landscaped, and the view over the ocean lovely. The kitchen is generally well equipped, but missing a tea kettle; washer (noisy!) and dryer are functional and appreciated. The house sits back from the main highway enough that the vegetation (and the frogs, at night) muffle the road noise, which isn't too bad this far south of Kailua Town anyway. There are considerate neighbors on both sides; the ones to the north are caretakers for the place and were very responsive to the few minor issues we encountered. The property backs up to heavily vegetated ranch land with wild pigs, cows, and chickens to add to the entertainment.

We loved being this close to 2-step, the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, and Ho'okena. The Captain

Cook Sunday farmer's market, Choicemart, and the South Kona Fruit Stand supplied most of our needs nicely. While it's a little far to venture into Kailua Town often, we came for the peace to be found away from town, and found it! Many thanks; we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Marilyn for the nice review. We are there now and your description is very accurate. Aloha, Bob
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Great Value and Good Location

  • 5 of 5

For the price, the house was larger then expected and the location was amazing. Note there is no AC but lots of fans and we never were uncomfortable. The landscaping is amazing and the wildlife: tons of geckos (inside and out), wild boar, cows, and birds. If you are not too picky and want a decent base for your Hawaii adventure, this is perfect. If you want a luxury, pristine, resort type place to stay, this house is not for you. We loved it and hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location & beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a relaxing and enjoyable time in a very comfortable environment- a big favorite was the geckos!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything you'd need, is there! This is my 6th go around with VRBO and AirBnB and I've gotta tell you, I have yet to be disappointed. Hotels should take caution for with this option and the rates? Hotels are going to be a thing of the past.

Where do I begin...privacy. The foliage is grown to offer just that...and peaceful aside from the Coqui's which is fine because my family and I slept well still. Better the Coqui's up mauka (mountain) than traffic noise and sounds of O'ahu. The house is comfortable, welcoming and very spacious. We were there for an entirely sad reason, but being in this home and only a few miles from Ho'okena Beach made the mood a little bit lighter. Bob, my family and I cannot thank you enough for your hospitality. I do apologize for the late review, but I didn't want to post a modest review. I needed to post exactly what your property deserves.

I'd definitely send people your way. Mahalo Bob Hoffman a me Hale Honu!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, well-maintained, clean, well-equipped and spacious.

  • 4 of 5

We only had 3 nights here due to our scheduled but would have enjoyed a couple of weeks. Although the property was just off the highway(150 t0 200 feet), it is very private due to the lush vegetation. Two bedrooms and 3 baths and it easily sleeps 7-8. We had 7 including an infant and there was plenty of room. The kitchen is clean and well equipped. There are beach towels, boogie boards and snorkeling equipment. The lanai makes the house. We had all of our meals out there. It is very large and covered with a view of the ocean in the distance. The drive from the airport took about 45 minutes but that was the only downside. The house is convenient to Captain Cook, Two Step Beach (a great snorkeling site), a grocery store, an Hawaiian village. The Kona beaches are about a half an hour away. The other direction there is ready access to other beaches from 10 to 30 minutes away. We drove to South Point and walked most of the way to Green Sands Beach. You are closer to Kilauea Volcanoe Park than you would be in Kona but we didn't have the time to drive there because of the schedule. This is a place where we would stay again if the owner will let us. We especially liked being away from the crowds in Kona. If any of the readers are LDS (Mormons). There is a LDS ward that meets in a chapel about 5 minutes from Hale Honu.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark: Many thanks for the nice review. We are stay.ting here now for two months, and will be painting inside and part of the outside. Thanks again. Aloha, Bob and Nancy
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Comfortable home base to explore the beauty and ocean life of the Big Island

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our time at Bob and Nancy's lovely home in Hawaii very much. We enjoyed relaxing times on the lanai for happy hour and gorgeous sunsets; what a view! Their home is so spacious and comfortable; I enjoyed all the turtle and beach decor. The home is very quiet and private, and easy enough to drive to various locations along the Kona Coast.

We really enjoyed Ho'okena Beach; so nice and close and really a nice beach. We went on several snorkelling tours with different companies, and our favorite company was SeaQuest; I would highly recommend them for the comfort of their boat and customer service attitude. We enjoyed snorkelling at Two-Step and several snorkel boat tours to Captain Cook monument; we were thrilled with snorkelling up close with the spinner dolphins, and we did a night snorkel with the manta rays (tremendous experience)! Also saw green turtles and humpback whales. Hale Honu provides a very comfortable base to explore the beauty and ocean life of the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145
Tax Rate 13.42%

The total rental amount is the sum of the nightly rental amount plus the cleaning fee.
Check-in and checkout times:
Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. We are, however, flexible for bookings that are not back-to-back. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. We appreciate your cooperation as our house cleaning crew potentially has a short time window to complete their work prior to the arrival of our next guests.
Cancellation policy:
Deposits are refundable less a $10 processing fee up to 30 days prior to check-in. A cancellation fee of $200 is charged thereafter if the property cannot be rented to a third party.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.