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Recent Kealakekua Bay reviews

  • Whales and Dolphins

    "We had a great time at the Pagoda House. Things you might like to know: 1. The house is huge. You will have all the room you need. 2. There are bugs because the front side of the house is all screens. It is like you are in a huge lanai. People will either like this, or not, because of the indoor bugs and geckos. We liked it. Sort of like glamping (glamorous camping). 3. The bay is right there. Like others, we rented sea kayaks and not only saw dolphins, but also whales. There is a little place where you can rent kayaks just to the south. Take the second road to your right. We were the first ones out in the morning and were able to paddle up near the humpback whales. They did a deep dive and showed us their tails just like in the pictures. Very cool and only $50 per double kayak. We did the snorkeling and the dolphins that day, too. 4. The big cane spiders are harmless but scary looking. We had three show up in the various bedrooms. 5. The last miles to the house are via a very curvy road. It was a bit of a chore to drive that road. 6. The noises we heard at night and early dawn included dogs barking, feral cats fighting, roosters crowing, and birds at dawn. Some of these were not a problem, but others we could have done without. You can't shut these noises out because the windows are screens. 7. The owners provided a huge gift basket for us upon arrival. We really appreciated that. 8. The owners request that you don't move the furniture, however it was March and the NCAA basketball tournament was being played. There were times that we wanted to watch TV. Unfortunately, the TV is at the end of a long room and the couch and chairs were lined up against the walls facing at right angles to the TV. It was impossible to watch the TV without cranking your neck. 9. You are on an island without garbage pickup. You have to take your garbage to the transfer station on a day near your departure. 10. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. 11. We really enjoyed the pool and the area around it. The pool was great. 12. The bay near the house is pretty rocky at the edges. Good for snorkeling, but not great access for snorkeling. We found a little beach down the first road to the west heading south. You access it between a house and a concrete pad. There, you can safely get into the bay for snorkeling or swimming. Picnic tables and grass is there too."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 5, 2014
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  • Great value and great location

    "We stayed at this property for 7 Days and would have gladly stayed for longer. Carol, the Owner was an excellent communicator and displayed a genuine interest in ensuring her guests had a good stay. Evonne and Ernie the caretakers were friendly and helpful and at the same time created an atmosphere where they did not intrude on our privacy. The larger unit was clean and spacious for the two of us and we did not need to use the air conditioner as airflow was very good. Our bed was comfortable and there was plenty of storage space for our clothes etc. Internet was wireless and hassle free and I loved the small tv (which remained off) ...if you have nothing better to do than watch tv at this great spot you need your head read! Shower and bathroom facilities were clean and the second outside shower with hot water was awesome and private after walking back from a swim in the bay. Tha kitchen was functional with plenty of cooking equipment and a large gas oven. There was food, sauces, spices etc that had been left by previous guests that were appreciated. There were two BBQs in the back yard and an outside eating area as well as a very private undercover outside eating area. The neighbourhood was quiet and the local people were friendly and happy to help with advice re places to see and things to do. Keep an eye out for the two very friendly next door dogs who are worth stopping for! There are mongoose (or is that mongeese) in the back yard that are fascinating to watch and plenty of birds visit the yard too. We came mainly to snorkel and enjoy the bay and Carols house provided the perfect affordable base. The snorkelling in Kealakekua Bay is excellent and Spinner dolphins visited the bay most days. On our last day a whale and calf entered the bay in the morning too. If you visit please try and hire kayaks from local people if you can. Ernie and Evonne can provide advice re local attractions as we'll. We can recommend this place to anyone wishing to experience this beautiful bay and we hope to return for more!"
    Guest: Russell C. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 2, 2014
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  • CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK

    "What a wonderful week in paradise. Most relaxing, peaceful week in a lovely setting with all we could ask for right there. Fruit trees for our enjoyment, great snorkeling a short distance, and the area is a nature lovers dream come true. We hated to leave and will certainly return. Thank you Mike and Victorya for making our stay so wonderful."
    Guest: Shirley V. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 23, 2014
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  • Location Location Location

    "Staying at the Dolphin Retreat was truly a special time in paradise. The lovely sunsets and calming sounds of splashing waves were an added treat. Being located right on Kealakekua Bay, with complimentary kayaks, allowed daily opportunities to swim with the dolphins and snorkel at Captain Cook's Monument. The spacious house with its large, grassy backyard facing the bay was perfect. The Dolphin Retreat was everything we had hoped for in Hawaii and more. The only negative part of our vacation was having to leave! We will definitely be back and already miss this wonderful vacation home."
    Guest: Cookie Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 13, 2014
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