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Ocean GEM, Rare Location, #1 Best Destination and Location

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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Kapaa Studio Rental Photos and Description

Direct Ocean GEM as seen on PacificCondosKauai

Please view availability calendar PacificCondosKauai. If I do not have all your dates I may be able to join them with my other properties on VRBO number 930514, 460356, 568870, 559012.

Remember the good ole days wearing flip flops, sun in your eyes and without the worries. This condo will offer that awe moment where you listen to the motion of waves, mesmerized by blue waters, and where meditation just happens.

Most sought after prime location on the Garden Isle. Near the mouth of the Wailua river, centrally located between north and south shores, making all attractions easy.

Coconut coast has the perfect blend of temperature from both north and south making this an ideal destination. Properties with this proximity to the ocean are rare. Where else can you go and jump on a bicycle, go in either direction on a coastal bike path that lead you to white sand beaches, snorkel in either direction, Kayak or paddle board up the Wailua river, walk to shop, hike an historic trail, or head over to listen to some local live music.

Once home to the historic royalty, and recently named by Forbes magazine as the prettiest little towns. This unique gem is the site of an old Japanese Shinto temple with an old rock etched with kanji still remains of its presence. This condo is well equipped with all you need from ceiling fans, to a full kitchen making this the perfect getaway. This direct ocean gem will whisk you away with its ocean breeze, private Lanai and meandering pathways lined with palms, gingers, and other tropical flora that lead you to your door. Most sought after destination points by locals of neighboring islands..

The Zen Design is minimalist but elegant. Everything in the unit is meant to calm the spirit and rest the eye. A perfect retreat for just letting go, away from it all and yet perfectly situated to be accessible to Kauai's best.

Why this property-- location, location, location. You do not get any closer to the ocean or beach then here! You have no highway noises, no parking fees, no check in fees, no nightly amenity fees, no wifi fees, you have no massive buildings.. Simple, peaceful and charming. 'Old hawaii' is waiting for you.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch, swedish, danish, norwegian, mandarin
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October 23, 2016
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I work in the healthcare profession for over 27 years. I fell in love with Kauai in 2005. Slowly I have been trying to create a life in Kauai, by having a small slice of paradise gives me great excuses to visit more often and take time out of my busy life. This property is very new to being privately managed. I just remodeled the entire unit. so everything is new and fresh. purchased this studio in 2013

Why chose Kauai

The site of an old Japanese Shinto temple –An old rock etched with kanji still remains of its presence. This location is full of rich history and you too will soon to discover what a wonderful place this is?

The healing power of this location is beyond words. As the waves crash against the shore, the smell of the rich oxygen in the air, surrounding by the lush live of vegetation and entertained by natures amazing wonders of turtles, whales and migrating birds. It really is magical

What makes this studio unique

The intimate setting, nestled on the eastern seaside coast, slightly elevated above the sand giving you Big ocean views, great sound of the surf to create a perfect lullaby for a restful night sleep. Kapaa sands is a very small complex of 24 units. With approximately 16 units on the direct ocean.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

From the very first seconds we felt in love with Mary's place, it was for sure what was described and even better, the view is out of this world, we never thought it was going to be that beautiful, imaging having the ocean right next to you when you sleep... very very very special. We cooked almost every day since it has a complete kitchen, anything you need for cooking or baking is here. There was snorkeling gear, binoculars, music, cable TV, the bed (wow fantastic and very comfortable). The location of the place is perfect because it has a mini-private beach and it is nearby many places for groceries shopping and souvenirs. A couple of friends that stayed at the Marriot Hotel told us, after visiting us for a day, that next time they will definitely choose this place for their stay. And the place was very clean and organized perfectly. Regarding Mary, she responds very quickly to any phone calls, and she addresses any questions or concerns in the same call, so that was very assuring for us which made us feel we are in good hands and under a very serious person in charge. Thanks Mary, it was an honor to spend those 8 days at your place, and we will come back again, and again, and again. Loved it! 5+ stars!


Response from Mary:

Aloha Gustavo, It was a complete pleasure having you stay at this amazing ocean gem. We are looking forward to your return Mahalo Mary
Aug 2014
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Ocean GEM, Rare Location, #1 Best Destination and Location
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 25 reviews

I needed a break and this was perfect

  • 5 of 5

As a frequent traveler for work I know what I like in a room. This place was perfect as I did not have a long walk to the car, no parking fee and the Ocean view without taking a 15 story ride on an elevator was great! I will be back again next year and stay much longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kapaa Sands is a very cute collection of lovely condos

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Kapaa Sands was wonderful. The condo was spotless, and all of the amenities were available. There were beach chairs and snorkel gear, so you don't have to be overcharged at Snorkel Bob's. The view from the deck is unsurpassed. The beach is right off the deck, with good swimming and fair snorkeling. Watching the locals fish the surf was delightful. Gorgeous sunrises!! The convenience to destinations either north or south on the island was a definite factor in our choice of Kapaa Sands. we couldn't be more pleased. We will be back to Kauai, and we will stay again at Kapaa Sands.


David Carrithers

Marta Gronlund

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha David and Martha We are so happy that you have such a wonderful time in paradise and enjoyed Ocean Gem. This place truly is a Gem and we are so happy to share this place. Mahalo
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here the first 5 days of our Kauai honeymoon and loved it! It's perfectly cozy and a great size for two people, especially one's used to small spaces or a NYC apartment. The balcony and the ocean view is amazing and the waves are loud yet soothing. I never thought we'd be able to stay so close to the ocean for that price! It was such a wonderful spot to stay and relax at. We loved that we could cook our own breakfast and eat it on the patio with that view! We drove all over the island to different beaches and some of our tours. Staying at the condo forced us to get up and out during the morning/afternoon and really explore Kauai, which we loved. Then we would come back late afternoon and relax before dinner. Once we were at the bigger hotel resorts we stayed on their grounds and didn't leave much. The ocean gem was a very easy stay and a place we would definitely recommend! We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Excellent quiet spot with an idyllic view!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled all over Kauai and concluded that our spot at Ocean Gem 5 was absolutely ideal. We saw whales from our balcony, a monk seal slept on the shore for a half day and 5 sea turtles swam just feet away from the beach. There is a natural tide pool that is great for wading and seems like a secret spot for locals, but there were never more than a few people there.

The condo is furnished beautifully in a beach style, freshly painted, and stocked with everything you would need. The bed is extremely comfortable, large lanai and beach chairs provided. Access to the complex's pool is an added bonus. Most residents are older couples therefore it is quiet and a true escape from noise pollution. Although the address says Kapaa the unit is actually in Wailua, which means you are not in the middle of the busier Kapaa shops (but can get there in a matter of minutes). Also you are equidistant from the north shore and the Waimea Canyon, about 1-1 ½ hrs. each way, this for us was ideal because we did those drives several times each on our explorations. Those staying in Poipu or Hanalei have a much longer drive to either. Just across the street are two bakeries, a Mexican restaurant voted best on the island, and Street Burger which is fantastic. About 5-7 minutes down the road is Longs Drugs and Safeway.

Overall we were extremely impressed with the cleanliness, accommodations, responsiveness of the owners and location. My wife and I highly recommend this unit and look forward to staying there again. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Location, location, location. This is an outstanding setting and every convenience has been thought of and provided for your stay. The grounds are well maintained as well. The bathroom is SMALL (it is what it is as nothing can be done about it) but if you are a big person there were would be some concerns.

Another thing we liked was the "ambiance" of the entire complex...not one of those huge resorts with people all around. There are several good restaurants in walking distance ...especially Monico's Mexican (great food, well presented and super service). We would highly recommend Ocean Gem to friends/family (in fact we already have) and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

Amazing stay at the Direct Ocean Gem!

  • 5 of 5

The condo was absolutely perfect, especially for a couple. Modern, clean, and with all of the amenities (snorkel gear, towels, kitchen appliances) one would ever need on a trip to Kauai. We woke up to incredible sunrise views, had some wine overlooking the sunset, and went to sleep to the sound of crashing waves. When leaving, we were already discussing when we could come back to this gem. I'll also add that the location is perfect to getting around the island and exploring all facets of it, so for first-timers like us, it was absolutely ideal. Mary was also the most gracious host, offering up suggestions for activities, restaurants and beaches around the area. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Anna This is a true Gem and we are so happy to have you choose this Gem for your vacation. It is a magical place in paradise and Thank you for sharing your review. Mahalo, Mary
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Nearest Airport
5.77 Miles
Nearest Beach
Direct Ocean Front
Car: recommended

East Coast of Kauai, centrally located to access both the south and north shores. Near the mouth of the Wailua River, easy access to Kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and paddle boarding. This is the begining of the beautiful bike path that snugs the coast line for miles.


Rates & Availability

Kapaa Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 25 2016 - Jan 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation fee $29
Check Out Cleaning fee $85
Tax Rate 14.21%

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Kapaa Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 380 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Newly white tiled shower and Pedestal sink
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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