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Tranquil Hideaway Cottage So Kona Free Scuba & Snorkel Tours

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


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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.


More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Susan & Garry Russell. Also see us at
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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based on 57 traveler reviews

Tranquil Hideaway Cottage So Kona Free Scuba & Snorkel Tours
average rating of 4.9122806 based on 57 reviews

What a great experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending about a week in the Sugar Cottage in October 2016. The cottage is owned by Garry and Susan Russell. Garry is a scuba dive master with an eclectic background that I will leave him to tell you about. His email address ought to give you a hint. He is an engaging and enthusiastic guide who will be disappointed if you don’t take him up on his offer to go out scuba diving pretty much every day. He does not charge a penny for this. At no cost he will also provided us with air and tanks, weights, and the occasional piece of extra equipment (saved one of our dives with an extra regulator in his back seat!). Really? Yes, really. I am not kidding.

Garry is fun to be around and every dive was a safe and unique adventure. He has dived the Kona region for over 14 years, and is clearly well known in the dive community. We couldn’t go anywhere without someone recognizing him and saying a friendly hello.

I almost forgot to mention the kayaks he will also loan you and help you put safely on top of your car!

The Cottage has a furnished kitchen and dining table. There is a washer and dryer that work well. There is a screened porch that is connected with double doors to the bedroom, so you can feel like you are sleeping outdoors in the jungle- just no bugs! The bed is comfortable. There is no other house visible and you really get a sense you are in the woods. If you or your partner are looking for a fancy upscale place highrise condo close to high quality shaved ice in Waikiki, go to Waikiki. You are in the country here. There are no restaurants or other facilities within any practical distance, although we found plenty of fresh local fruit for sale. Night is deliciously dark and woodsy. Other than the fruit, get your supplies at Costco before you leave civilization and snuggle into the outback!

The Sugar Cottage is perfect for sports divers who have their own equipment. Multiple great dives are just a short drive away. If you are freshly certified and looking to test your wings with an experienced guide who won’t take you too deep, you can’t do better. Bring your equipment and curiosity, and Garry will take care of the rest.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for such a lovely, clean place for our 3 night stay. Garry was an amazing host on our 2 morning snorkelling tours . Swimming with the dolphins was fabulous

This little hideaway set in high in the hills along the Kona coast was a great place to relax and take in many of the area sites

Many thanks for making this part of our Big Island trip so memorable

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Irving, Texas

Great Vacation & Outstanding Host!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited Sugar Cottage for two weeks this summer. This was our second stay. The cottage is just right for two people. Fully equipped with Satellite TV, Full Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Shower, Queen Size Bed, Screed Lanai, etc.

As divers, we can't say enough about diving with Garry. Every morning at 8 am we'd meet at the gate for World Class Private Diving. We dove all the accessible sites in the area during our trip and couldn't have asked for more.

We'll be back...probably next January. Until then...I'll keep dreaming of the island and watching our dive videos.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed only 3 nights on Garry's cottage but we really enjoyed it. The cottage is as presented on the pictures, well-equiped and comfortable. Garry and Susan were perfect hosts providing all informations for our stay. Thank you for every thing Garry and Susan.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kent, WA

Great hosts, comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

My 19 year old son arrived with a bad knee, but was still able to snorkel at Two-Step beach. With Garry's knowledge of the waters, he gave careful instruction on getting into and out of the water safely so no mishaps occurred. We enjoyed it immensely, seeing a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. His knowledge of the local waters is extensive. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer to take advantage of it.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay, amazing hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed only 2 nights on Garry's cottage but we really enjoyed it. The cottage is as presented on the pictures, well-equiped and comfortable. Garry was a perfect host providing all information and tips for our stay. He also provided us with snorkeling material and he brought us to the Two-Step beach where we had the opportnuty to swim with wild dolphins and made amazing snorkeling!

Thank you for every thing Garry, and we will not hesitate to come back to your place!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One time cleaning fee $50
Tax Rate 11.43%

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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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