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Swim with the Turtles, 2 BR Unit with Wifi, 4 Mi. to Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath, oceanfront

Enjoy the ocean breeze and sounds of the waves lulling you to sleep at our beautiful newly remodeled oceanfront retreat. With views off your lanai and Master bedroom, sleep well and wake up to an invigorating morning swim with the turtles.

This unit is completely furnished with a queen size bed in each bedroom and a complete kitchen. It’s a very convenient location, just 4 miles from the heart of Hilo town, the famous Farmer's Market and water activities on Hilo Bay. Experience a gorgeous view of the whole bay from Coconut Island while splashing and playing in the sandy coves surrounding the small island. Take time to get acquainted with the spirit of Hilo, you'll want to come back again and again. Weather is mild all year long with a range between the lower 70's and the low 80's. The beauty of Hilo would not exist if not for a little rain, usually early mornings and evenings. Enjoy our Rainbows and Waterfalls, but remember we wouldn't have them without the showers. The snow that peaks the mountain in January and February adds to this beautiful town of Hilo. Only 30 minute drive to Volcanoes national park, to enjoy the breathtaking views of the constantly active volcano, Kilauea. Visit the Hilo Coffee Mill and Atkatsuka Orchid Farm on the way. Viewing places give you a chance to see the lava flow, for which you can contact the National park for updates.

Hilo Seaside Restaurant is just across the street, serving all the local fish and freshly farmed trout. Bicycle or walk the ocean stretch and stop at any of the swimming spots or tide pools along the way. Just a short walk from Richardson's Beach, where you'll find some of the best snorkeling around offering plenty of live reefs and interesting reef fish to explore.

This 'Ocean stretch' is perfect for morning walks, jogging or biking. You'll enjoy the exercise available at this condominium location.

Please note: Please call the owner at the contact number below to confirm current information on availability.

10% discount offered to returning guests.

Keywords: Condominium, relax, adventure, getaway, swim, beaches, wi fi, viewsm, snorkeling, walking, turtles

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Donna

I've enjoyed living on the Big Island for over 38 years now. I call it my home and it has been home to my 3 grown children as well. We all love surfing, canoe paddling and swimming. I think you'll see why the town of Hilo has such an allure especially if you enjoy life at a casual pace. I am a licensed Realtor here and constantly stay in touch with the happenings of this island. I hope you'll love it as much as I do!

Donna purchased this condo in 2002

Why Donna chose Hilo District

I purchased the unit specifically for a vacation rental. It's a great spot in Hilo; the weather is the very best in this area and you are steps away from the ocean. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoy living in Hawaii and enjoying the ocean activities. I've recently remodeled the unit and I keep it updated regularly for my guests.

What makes this condo unique

If you've ever wished you could see a Green Sea Turtle right up close; this is your chance. But, please be aware that the turtles are endangered and you can't feed them or touch them. You have a great ocean view right off your lanai where you can enjoy sunrises and lovely evening lights.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My mom and I had a great time relaxing at the lagoon and watching the turtles. Everything about the unit was fantastic, and stocked with everything you'd need on a vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will tell our friends about the place!
Sep 2012
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Swim with the Turtles, 2 BR Unit with Wifi, 4 Mi. to Downtown
average rating of 4.631579 based on 39 reviews
Vancouver, Canada

Very clean and well equipped, good location

  • 4 of 5

Loved being slightly away from town the sound of the frogs at night was amazing and really make you feel you were in the jungle.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bruce ! That's what's it's all about....getting away from the madness of cities. Glad you enjoyed yourself and hopefully the Turtles, the lagoon and the tropical jungle made for a nice getaway for you and your family. aloha, donna
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Spacious place, close to amazing beaches. Beetles & minor leak from rain dampened stay a bit.

  • 4 of 5

The unit was spacious, clean and comfortable. The fans were good and removed the need for AC. The closeness to carlsmith beach park, richardson black sands and other cool beaches is a huge plus.. Having a reserved parking spot was also very helpful. The host clearly communicated check-in & check-out information and generally very responsive.

Some cons:

1) During the rainy reason, there are small beetles that were seen throughout the unit. Apparently, this is common in Hilo when it rains. This was a main pain point. While I understand that the host cannot control this, we had to spend time cleaning them up, so this was a pain. Having the beetles around an 18 month old was a bit unsettling.

2) The netted patio door is clunky and old (it does not fit plush) and so we had to keep the patio glass door closed all the time (preventing natural air).

3) On the last day, because of the rain, there was a small leak on the window of the main bedroom. Water was on the floor and we had to clean it up. Something to take note of.

Overall, a good unit and would definitely recommend it (be prepared for beetles in the winter).

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Madhuvanesh. Yes, I am aware of the beetles that move in during a couple of winter months. I think I will now get weather stripping to surround the front door and that should really help. As you've been honest with me, I"ll do my best to make it better for all. I don't use canned responses and these are original from my guests. I'm glad it was an enjoyable stay for you dispite the little bugs that made their way in. They have left now, and should be taken care of for future guests. Thank you and Aloha, donna
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bremerton, wa

Third Stay at Mauna Loa Shores

  • 5 of 5

We love the location, the amenities and security of this property. We were in Unit 407 which has the closest parking spot and entrance to the elevator. It has a beautiful view of the jungle canopy and of the tide pools. There is plenty of closet space and storage for your belongings. Washer and dryer just outside the door.

This is a short drive from the airport, so check in before heading out to shop and see what staples you might need. We have no issues with using spices and accouterments others have left. An assortment of water toys is usually available in the unit. The complex is almost located right in the park where you have easy snorkeling, swimming and turtle viewing.

We will always try to stay in this complex and rent from this owner.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love to hear when guests have a good time and love the location. I find it a very peaceful place to swim too. Once in a while, I"ll take time to go down there for a swim, then I say....why don't I do this more often! Glad you like it too! I appreciate your review. aloha, donna
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Exactly what we needed!

  • 4 of 5

Cute condo near a lagoon. Very short walk to it. Just beautiful!! Kids loved it. Turtles everywhere. Condo has most necessities and is clean. Our main purpose was to visit the volcano and take a boat tour to see the lava enter the ocean. Done! Not a bad drive to get to each. The only reason for 4 stars is that it has no air conditioning. I'm from Texas and that is a basic life necessity here!!! However, it wasn't bad at all with the fans and windows open. We would go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lura, I know the feeling of Heat in Texas! That's why I moved to Hawaii, coming from Florida. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself even with August weather. Anytime you want to escape the Texas heat; let me know! Donna
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Makawao, HI

Beautiful Location

  • 4 of 5

This is a cute condo located right next to the Carlsmith park. There is a designated parking spot for the condo which is right next to the elevator--very convenient. The condo was very clean and had most everything you would need during your stay (although we did need coffee filters and couldn't find any so bought some.) Beach towels and beach chairs are provided which is a nice touch and we used them when we went to the beach park next door. You don't even need to drive as the park is literally next door! We never made it to the pool, but saw people swimming in it. The front bedroom faces out to the street, which seemed to be a bit noisy from the road, but we slept in the back bedroom and it was quiet. The laundry room is just down the walkway from the condo--very convenient. The only reason I gave this condo 4 stars instead of 5 is because it was so hot and difficult to cool the place down even with the ceiling fan and standup fans. Not having a/c is the norm for most places in Hilo, but it seemed difficult to cool down the condo. We got a good breeze, though, by opening the front door and the lanai sliding door. Even with the heat I would recommend this condo--great location, great price!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Martha, Not living in the unit; I do appreciate any upgrade suggestions that guests have. So, I now have 2 more fans in the unit. I'm glad you enjoyed the location and convenience. Maybe I'll have you as a guest again! Aloha, Donna
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Urbana, IL

Wonderful beach house

  • 5 of 5

Turtle watch was lovely - very comfortable and clean and spacious with so many thoughtful conveniences. This is one of the first houses we've stayed at that actually had enough plates and utensils for a large party or extended family. We made good use of the hammock, deck chairs, books and boogie boards. For some reason there are no screens on the windows and it would have been nice to have those open sometimes but we made up for it by spending a lot of time on the screen porch. It was a truly wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura, I appreciate your review. This location is a rare treat for those who enjoy the ocean in it's natural form, instead of Waikiki. The note about no screens is puzzling to me. So, I went over to check it out. Sure enough, there are screens on all the windows; I guess you may have been thinking the big plate glass window would have a screen? But, that is a fixed window , and the other sliding windows all have screens. Aloha, Donna
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Seaside Restaurant (across the street)
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Hwy 11
Nearest Restaurant
Seaside Rest ,Ponds, Coconut Grill, Thai Rest
Nearest Beach
Carlsmith Beach park, Richardson Beach Park
Car: recommended

Hilo town is the ultimate relaxation and cultural experience, where else can you visit the farmer's market, view an active volcano, climb the summit of 13,000 feet Mauna Kea to the snow and paddle your own canoe? All in a day, well, maybe not, but you can try. It is all here and much, much more. If you want clean air and clean water, you will find it here. Our night life is not booked as you would find in the big city, but then again, do you care? Our day life certainly is active and after years, you still have not done it all. Take a trip to the Onomea Botanical Gardens, the Volcano Winery, the fabulous Akaka Water Falls, or snorkel outside your door, they are all part of what makes the Big Island a special place


Rates & Availability

Hilo Condo Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $85
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.4%

Transient Accomodations Tax #W502146

Rate for 2 is $100 nightly. Each person over 2 is $20 a night additional. Check with owner for children's rates.

Cancellation policy: Any cancellation prior to 60 days from the date of reservation shall be refundable minus a processing fee of $75.00 No refund after the 60 days has begun. Check in time is 2:30 PM, check out is 10:30 AM.

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Hilo Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) These beds are in good condition, fairly new. Pak n Play available upon request
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Beach park with swimming and sandy bottom outside your unit.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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