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Recent Captain Cook reviews
Best holiday in a long, long time
"We had an absolutely incredible time at the Kona Dolphin house. The house is in perfect condition, very spacious, with amazing views over the coastline from a stunning deck. There was a nice detached apartment above the garage that was perfect for us with our little baby, to have a little bit of space, while the rest of the extended family stayed in the main house. The location was perfect -- only 15 minutes down to perhaps the best snorkeling in Hawaii -- not to mention 5 mins to the grocery store and a good base from which to visit the volcano or various spots on the west coast on day trips. The gardener gave us a tour of the amazing garden and gave us fresh pineapple, mango, and coconuts. The owner also provided a list of incredibly helpful local recommendations. The place was spotless and had everything we needed. We can't say enough good things about it! Everyone came home relaxed, rejuvenated and happy."
Guest: Julian d.Date of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: August 29, 2015
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The estate was very quiet and so relaxing. We spent a lot of time in our room decompressing from all of our sightseeing. The lanai was serene and the view was incredibly scenic.
Carol, our host, was very friendly and accommodating. She took us on a tour of the property and shared so much information with us about the estate and the coffee growing/making process.
During our stay we enjoyed refreshed towels (beach and fluffy shower towels), household items (dishes, coffee maker, refrigerator, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion), and fun activity items (snorkeling gear and beach chairs).
The room itself was fantastic! Very clean and comfortable. We slept very well at the estate. The sunset from the comfort of the room and lanai was superb. We also enjoyed the shower. It was a walk in with rock floor tile and decorative art tiles.
Carol's coffee is FANTASTIC and she provided us with a complimentary bag. She had plenty of fresh fruit trees available for picking.
The estate is close to a grocery store, several yummy eateries, and the clearest snorkeling we've every experienced!
We cannot wait to book our return trip!!"
Guest: Kathleen S.Date of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: May 1, 2015
Clean, well equipped & 30 second walk to Manini Beach
"Our family had an amazing stay at the Dolphin house. The caretaker was so thoughtful meeting us there later at night. The house had everything we needed & more - snorkel equipment, water shoes, boogie boards, etc ! The 30 second walk to Manini beach was so convenient and the water clear with awesome snorkeling. The "auntie" caretaker at the beach was so nice and full of stories! We found that we did have to drive further than expected when we had other activities that we needed to get to but this does not seem too unusual for the Big Island."
Guest: Oona L.Date of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: August 24, 2015
"My husband & I stayed in this wonderful place for 25 days. I was hesitant at first to be so far away from the tourist area, but this place is truly a gem! The closest grocery store is only 1.9 miles away (right at the turn off to get to their place). Walmart is 20 min away … but they don’t sell much produce or meat. Costco is 40 min away … best prices for most things. Kona Airport is 1 hr away.
The place was a great size for us. We even had friends stay with us for 1 night. I wouldn’t recommend the sofa bed (for adults) if they were using it for more than 1 or 2 nights. They do have 2 apartments in the lower level that you may be able to rent if you need to. The bed was comfortable & the bathroom was a good size (room on the counter to leave some toiletries. The internet allowed us to Skype our grandkids back home. The cable TV worked well. The kitchen had everything we needed & the BBQ was perfect. It was warm during the day & cool at night. We spent a lot of time simply reading on the veranda!
Their place is centrally located. Most things were a short drive. We went snorkeling a few times. Two- Step was our favorite place - app 15 min away. The volcano was app 2 hrs away. Green Sand Beach was app 1 ½ hrs away … we paid $15/per for a ride instead of walking the 4 mile hike. The other direction was Waipio Bay (most awesome view - bring a picnic lunch) & then we swung around & saw Akaka Falls. We drove up to the Summit one evening (only as far as the Visitor’s Center as we didn’t have a 4 whl drv). Manini Beach (15 min away) was my favorite … I could watch the waves splash up on those black rocks all day long!
The only problem that I had was the single-lane paved road up to their place … because we were arriving at night. But I checked it out on Google Maps & spoke to Gretchen about it. We also brought our GPS. It ended up being very easy. The only advice that I have is the same that Gretchen gave me … you need to go right to the VERY end of the road - until you get to their house. After we did it once, it was a breeze & very enjoyable. Even though you were up in the mountain it wasn’t a cliff-hanging drive!
Even though we can never be promised a clear night, their place has some of the best sunsets ever! Gretchen & Vic were always close by if we needed them. They were the best hosts - so easy to talk to & very helpful. Thank you so much the coffee, banana bread, avocadoes & mostly for your wonderful hospitality. We would definitely go back!"
Guest: Brenda S.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: March 22, 2015