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FREE SCUBA & SNORKEL TOURS at a tranquil hideaway cottage in So Kona

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

A tranquil hideaway cottage on a secluded corner of a three acre parcel in southern Kona Coast. Located 30 miles south of Kailua-Kona in Papa Bay, right above Miloli'i. Enjoy the Hawaiian country-side in a completely self-contained cottage away from the usual tourist traps. Elevation is at one thousand feet so no need for air conditioning. Ceiling fans are in all rooms to guide the gentle Hawaiian breezes.

SuGar Cottage is a seven hundred square foot home that consists of one bedroom with queen size bed, one bathroom, laundry room, kitchen/dining/living room plus a screened in lanai. The living area has a futon that opens into a full size bed.

SCUBA DIVERS! As a dive master I will take you out on shore dives. There is no charge for our tours. We provide FREE AIR and WEIGHTS. These services are for our guests only.

KAYAKING! We have kayaks available . . FREE! We will provide you with a kayak for your use. Many guests enjoy snorkeling off the kayaks. Lots of great places to explore!

SNORKELING! We can show you many locations to snorkel away from the usual tourist places.

Ask us about our other vacation rental in Papa Bay that sleeps up to six people. You can find this at VRBO Listing #127431.


SUMMER SPECIAL PRICE! $95/night plus 11.42% Hawaiian tax US Dollars. Maximum of four guests.

$50 cleaning fee regardless of length of stay. Check in 3:00pm Check out 11:am

50% deposit required upon booking. Balance due on or before arrival.Four-Week cancellation notice for a full refund. Minimum two nights.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB.

Keywords: scuba diving

More Details

Susan & Garry Russell. Also see us at
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Susan & Garry Russell. Also see us at

We got tired of the Las Vegas scene after 30 years and started taking scuba trips to places all over the world. We discovered that the Big Island, Hawaii had everything we could possibly want in a place to live and to enjoy the ocean. Some of our favorite places to get in the water are right down the street or not too far away. Living in Papa Bay has given us all the privacy we could ever want. Everyone in this location has at least 3 acres of beautiful Hawaiian landscape.

Susan & Garry Russell. Also see us at purchased this house in 2002

Why Susan & Garry Russell. Also see us at chose Captain Cook

When we have guests, they have all the privacy that we enjoy living here. If our guests are divers or just want to snorkel, I can meet with them in the mornings and take off for different places to explore the ocean. The Volcano National Park is only 63 miles away and one can see how different the landscape is as you travel in any direction. This truly is one of the great areas to visit, away from the usual tourist situations. It's the real Hawaii.

What makes this house unique

We are unique in that we take the time to show you the beautiful water at our area of the Big Island. If you are a scuba diver we know the best places for shore diving. Not only are our tours free, we also supply air and weights at no charge. If you just want to snorkel, we will take you out to many of the same places on snorkel tours. Maybe you would want to come back as a scuba diver!


Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 1
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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FREE SCUBA & SNORKEL TOURS at a tranquil hideaway cottage in So Kona
average rating of 4.8589745 based on 78 reviews

Diver’s paradise

  • 5 of 5

Before booking, this place looked too good to be true. A nice, private, clean, spacious house with a guide, tanks, and weights included? It was all true, plus more. We had a great time at the Sugar cottage, went on fabulous shore dives, and totally enjoyed the company of Garry and Susan. Their place is off the tourist track, in a jungle-like residential area. Garry loves what he does, and is a relaxed and experienced diver who ensures that his guests are happy and comfortable. You really could not ask for more if you want to experience nature of the Big island, above and below the sea. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Garry is the nicest host. We chose this place because what we really wanted was to explore the waters. I couldn't believe it when I read he offered "Free Scuba and Snorkel Tours." We really wanted to do those things the first time we went to Hawaii three years ago, but only dabbled. Garry will take you diving but you have to be certified already. He recommended a dive instructor for my son to learn from on the island. During our six night stay, Garry took me snorkeling individually (too early for the rest of my family), then he spent a day going out with my 16 year old son and my son's diving instructor Chad (divingbellscuba) to a place Chad was unfamiliar with. After my son was certified (took 3 days) as a PADI diver, Garry took Luke out again for a couple of dives. Luke loved it. There is no way we could have afforded this without Garry's generosity. Where he took us collectively we saw dolphins, turtles, a spotted eagle ray, a big eel and tons of beautiful fish. So fun to be introduced to this rich, peaceful, underwater world.

The house itself was just perfect for the four of us. If when you see five stars you are thinking it will be really "quaint or fancy with fruit or flowers upon arrival", you might be disappointed. I gave 5 stars because of Garry and his gifts. Not only did he take us out, he had boogie boards, chairs, and umbrella and snorkel gear! The cottage is very clean, easy to get to, has everything you need- including a very handy laundry room with loads of towels, and a nice well-screened outdoor room off the bedroom for dining, playing cards, hanging out. We loved the relaxing sound of the frogs at night, (and even recorded it to bring home). You can hear Garry softly practicing his instrument in the distance, which we also loved, being musicians. When my husband got bloody from unexpected coral (we were out on our own that day) Garry came through with hydrogen peroxide, neosporin and bandaids. What I mean to convey is that, whatever came up, he was readily accessible and helpful, and has a very soothing voice/accent. Go! I'm still reeling with relaxation, and hope we can return again: )

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal for us

  • 5 of 5

Garry went above and beyond as a host. He was the perfect instructor for beginning snorkelers. Sugar Cottage had everything we needed and was conveniently located to the places we wanted to go. We particularly loved the screened porch opening to the bedroom which made us feel like we were sleeping outside. Thanks, Garry. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This cottage is worth staying at. The owner Garry is part of the experience. He took our family out snorkelling too days in a row Very knowledgable and patient and good sense of humour. Thanks

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation stay with great host!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay at SuGar Cottage. Garry and Susan are great hosts. The cottage is exactly as described on the rental site. There were even some extras that we have not always found at other rentals. However the very best of our experience was that Garry was always ready and willing to take us snorkelling , at beaches that we would never have found on our own. We always felt comfortable with him and he never took us to unsafe sites.

We stayed for two weeks but if you want to explore all the island I would suggest planning on moving your base around. We actually stayed one night in Hilo, rather than drive back. I almost said home, as that is how we felt with SuGar. We were surprised at how long it takes to drive to various locales. That said, definitely plan on staying mostly on the leeward ,west, side of the island as the weather is much drier and SuGar Cottage is a great site as it is not that far to Volcano or Kona and there are many great uncrowded beaches to discover nearby. Garry is also a great tour guide and resource.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gary was awesome, took us snorkeling.

  • 3 of 5

Property needs some clean up,there’s an old dead propane tank beside the rental that should go to the dump

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure taking out our guests for snorkeling. So sorry our guests were offended with an old propane tank that was visible from the cottage. As soon as my fractured spine heals I'll move the tank out of sight. Our goal is for all of our guests to be happy!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

One time cleaning fee $50
Tax Rate 11.42%

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.

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