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Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallon Snorkeling Aquarium

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,044 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

An extraordinary home situated on its own PRIVATE, calm, clear, warm-water lagoon, adjacent to beautiful Champagne Pond and the ocean. The only snorkeling aquarium of its kind in the world, the lagoon is filled with colorful Hawaiian reef fish...

Lagoon House is the epitome of a Hawaiian piece of paradise. This home is located at the premiere swimming spot at Kapoho and features a huge, crystal-clear, private lagoon stocked with exotic tropical fish. The lagoon is naturally heated by geothermal hot springs to a luxurious 90 degrees. Swimming here is an experience you'll never forget.

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The main level of Lagoon House features a spacious living room with ocean views, dining room with seating for 6, and a full kitchen. Down the hall, there's an ocean view bedroom with a queen bed and a single bed, and a second bedroom with a double bed, and a full bathroom.

You'll love spending time on the large lanai, which overlooks the lagoon and ocean beyond. A second dining table provides for your outdoor dining needs.

Downstairs is a large, shady lanai at water's edge. A third bedroom with bunk beds is located down here as well. (Note that this bedroom has a separate entrance and is not accessible from inside the upper level) There's also a second bathroom down here with a shower and changing room.

A 2-car carport includes an enclosed laundry, storage area and barbecue grill. The yard is beautifully landscaped with flowering shrubs, palm trees, a manicured lawn and other tropical plantings. Amenities also include high-speed wireless Internet, telephone with answering machine and FREE long distance calls to the US and Canada, a refrigerator, stove, breakfast bar, microwave, coffeemaker, coffee grinder, gas barbecue grill, toaster, blender, under-sink water filter, snorkel sets, deck chairs, ceiling fans, books and magazines, linens and towels, iron, stereo system with CD player, satellite TV, HiFi VCR, and more than 50 movies on tape and DVD.

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Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1044 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lagoon Bathroom - toilet , shower , By the lagoon
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Separate entrance, by lagoon with bunk beds
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1) in a children's loft above a closet , Baby Cribs (1) Actually a playpen; also a high chair is available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
snorkel gear, beach mats, boogie boards, large selection of board games and puzzles, many children's books, wooden building blocks, children's movies, many toys, high chair, playpen, dining table for 6, alarm clock/radio, much more...


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Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallon Snorkeling Aquarium
average rating of 4.655629 based on 183 reviews
Big Island

Truly enchanting

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a truly enchanting place, it's so hard to describe what a great time we had. On our next to the last day, we swam with no fewer than 10 sea turtles in the Champagne Pond next door. The fish and your pond were of course awesome. Loved the breezes, the sun, the rain, and most of all we loved how close our family became, us 3 island adventurers! Hope to visit next year! Mahalo--

P.S. I was hoping we could watch the Wizard of Oz so that Evan could see Ann's Uncle ray Bolger. Unfortunately, he was too tired from swimming with the fish and turtles to watch a movie.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2008
  • Stayed: September 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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As amazing as it looks!

  • 5 of 5

This is the most amazing place I've ever stayed. I've done some cool things, but snorkeling in this lagoon was right up among the coolest things I've done in my life. We went to Molokini on Maui after this, which is also one of my favorite places in the world, and were kind of like "eh, it's ok" after this. It's true, the house could use some updating, but I'm glad they don't or they'd charge $10 grand / week and I wouldn't be able to go back. It's clean and functional and spacious and you won't care a bit what the house is like anyway. I do agree, though, it would only sleep the exact right combination of 7 people. Perfect for my family, though. Seriously, I can't believe this place isn't booked years out and I would schedule my trip around being able to go back. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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amazing private snorkeling. old house

  • 4 of 5

I am so thankful that i got to stay here. Everyone was just mortified that we had to leave.House was much older than i was expecting⁢ didn't really fit our combo of 7 people. But who cares! Most amazing spot

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing spot

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to the lagoon house. This is a truly amazing spot. Big Island has a lot to offer, but we always found it hard to leave the property because there just isn’t anything quite like it. Relaxing in the pool keeping up with puffy was the best part of the vacation. That said, if you demand a bug and filth free house with granite countertops and new finishes, then this might not work for you. The house itself is not the feature. It would be nice if the house got a little TLC, but even if it was partially on fire the location would be amazing and worth it.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Satisfying Lagoon House !

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here after long time.

My friends who came for the first time were very satisfied.

We were absorbed in the tropical fish swimming in the pond.

Of course We enjoyed BBQ too.

Unfortunately the hammock was gone. And BBQ stove was very dirty and quite broken.

I hope it gets better next time.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your kind words, Date san! We're so happy that you returned to Lagoon House and shared it with your friends :-) We will let the owners know that it's time to replace the BBQ. Thank you for letting us know. We'll mention a new hammock too. Take care, and we'll hope to see you again soon. Warmest Aloha The Team at Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals
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Love and Hate

  • 3 of 5

The Lagoon is FABULOUS! Cannot find a better private lagoon anywhere else even if in the same neighborhood. Our 4 year old boy learned how to snorkel as soon as he saw fish in the lagoon. Another member is afraid of water and did snorkel for the first time in her life and enjoyed the lagoon greatly. The water in this lagoon is much warmer than the public Champagne Beach, which right next to this property. Also there are more and bigger fish in the lagoon than the popular public beach. Just be aware, jelly can come in and go. One day we saw one small jelly fish and another day we saw three.

The house itself needs major renovation. The living room and patio are great, very pleasant to sit there feeling ocean breeze and watching waves.

However the kitchen and bedrooms are the worst among all properties we have rented from VRBO.

The house looks like was finished in 60's or 70's. Cabinets and bathrooms have not been updated since then other than faucets and appliances. The size of master bedroom is good but the 2nd bedroom is very small. The master is fine to sleep in with all windows open, but one wall has two holes on it. The 2nd bedroom on the main floor is very small and the bed is uncomfortable. The downstairs bedroom is not really livable. We do back-country camping so before we went we thought this house would be fine. I was wrong! There are two slide doors but one was broken so we had to keep it closed all the time. If both doors could be open to let air flow through, we won't have much complains. There's no A/C but a table fan, so even at night the air in this room got stuffy. Another door's screen door came off several times. The bathroom next to this bedroom is rustic and has many cockroaches. We also found two dead cockroaches in the living room.

The kitchen has basic essentials but all old and cheap quality. Don't be surprised to see ants around the sink.

On top of our bedroom and kitchen complains, the community gate drove us nuts. We had two cars and we didn’t go out and come back at the same time, but only one card was given to us. The gate code didn't work and the owner knew about it but didn't get it fixed.

We enjoyed our stay during the day but not so much at night. In short, we don't recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Aloha Coast Realty/Hawaii Holiday Vac. Rentals
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, spanish
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Exceptionally Unique property, nothing else like it in the world. Location can't be beat, and it is right here in the USA! No passports, no swine flu, no diarrhea. My 5 yo son with autism had the time of his life learning to snorkel in the lagoon. He was on his own swimming around on the second day. We'll be back for sure.
Jun 2009
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Hilo Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Several in Pahoa Village
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 137 / Red Road
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Many in Pahoa Village
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Swim & Snorkel in Kapoho Bay 50 Yards from house
Car: necessary

lava viewing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Rates are based on a party of 2; additional guests are are $10 each per night plus tax.
    There is a cleaning fee of $125 - $175, depending upon group size.
    All reservations require a non-refundable $35 damage waiver and Hawaii taxes of 13.416%

    We accept major credit cards for payment.
    We require a 25% deposit to confirm, with the balance due 90 days before arrival.
    Reservations arriving within 90 days are due in full at the time of booking.

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