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"We were lucky. We DID spend the whole month of Feb. 2015 in this lovely house:screen and natural materials instead of glass windows,and smooth wood floors that are wonderful on bare feet, high ceilings with fans to keep the air flowing, and authentic south pacific crafts and art and upholstery colors (greens) that give the house an organic tropical feel and create a soothing environment. We loved the small touches:having battery candles on the lanai so that we could see to eat every meal there.
We enjoyed having friends come to visit who could use the snorkel & and beach equipment that is provided (we bring our own for size and comfort). We used the portable beach chairs almost every day to have our sundownders (POG & rum) down at Manini beach.
We prefer living in a village to a resort. We rented in Opo'opo'o a couple of years ago when we also rented another house in south Kona. We have seen several others. This was our favorite and we hope to rent it again.
We appreciated the true hospitality and advice Karen provided and the insight on the house, the art, and local beaches provided by Mel in the many email conversations we had.
I achieved my heart's desire and swam with the dolphins at 2 step. We watched the surf reports every day to plan our snorkeling. Winter brings surf and makes getting into the water more difficult at some beaches. We took two boat trips we enjoyed: Hula Kai (a south kona snorkel on a new boat with good shade and smaller groups) and Fair Wind to Capt. Cook. On both trips we liked seeing whales and a 'pack' of hammerhead sharks, and being on the boat as much as the snorkeling.
We love the garden of palms and other tropical trees that surrounds the house and gives it such a wonderful cool shady green tropical feel.
Not to be missed: The botanical garden, painted church and honey farm nearby. Star gazing at the Mauna Kea visitor center. Farmers market at Capt. Cook. We did a repeat visit the botanical garden north of Hilo and the Pesto Café there. Also always enjoy the Keei Café (and the beach) and the Thai Orchid (across from Costco) and Annie's and Huggo's on the Rocks happy hour.
We give this house a 5* for its price range. It Is not fancy and doesn't have a view of water and there is some noise from the road, but as has been mentioned it IS a village and quite a few drivers use the road in front of the house to travel south to the transfer station and the City of Refuge...which is a very special place not to be missed."
Guest: Kathleen L.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: April 28, 2015
"From the moment we walked in we were starstruck at it's beauty both inside and out. The welcome basket greatly appreciated especially by our teenagers. The neighbours were far enough away to give us privacy in our Hawaiian oasis but close enough to meet these friendly folks and receive many treats from them ( fresh local honey, fresh vegetables from the community garden and kayak rentals at a great price so that we could have the local spinner dolphins entertain us )... With two families we had plenty of room to be alone or to come together for a meal or a game. The kitchen was a chefs dream and many could work together preparing a meal while others could offer suggestions... The pool was spectacular, the views outstanding and the outdoor shower became the most popular place for everyone to shower by the end of the trip... Thank you Bill and Jennifer for sharing your little slice of heaven with us, we are already speaking of our return. Mahalo :)"
Guest: Maria H.Date of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: March 26, 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
"We chose to spend our honeymoon at Tara Cottage. Thoroughly enjoyed the lovely cottage, clean, beautiful and well-equipped, and the gorgeous and private grounds that made us feel like we were in our own Eden. Incredible birds, landscaping and grounds that offer privacy with the safety net (Michael and Chuck) nearby when you need. From the generous welcome basket to the book of local recommendations, Michael has truly thought of everything you need to feel right at home and enjoy the island. We loved breakfast on the deck with the geckos, the garden shower and at night, the music of the frogs and birds. Ten minutes to wonderful snorkeling, great local restaurants. Highly recommend as the perfect place to get away, disconnect and take in incredible surroundings, sunrises and sunsets. Thanks to Michael for sharing the best of the big island!"
Guest: AnonymousDate of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: August 6, 2015