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Charming Tropical Hideaway, Best Snorkeling, Pool, Hot Tub

Bedrooms Studio
Space 345 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Tropical Hideaway is a charming Hawaii-style downstairs studio apartment in a lush garden setting, with ocean and sunset views, plus a chemical-free swimming pool with waterfall and private hot tub. Tropical Hideaway is just a three minute drive from fabulous snorkeling, kayaking, diving and dolphin experiences at Honaunau (Two Step), and close to Kealakekua Bay & Ho'okena Bay. Recently upgraded with a new Serta Perfect Sleeper $1000 bed and breezeway mural of dolphins, whales and coastline.

The beautifully landscaped garden is filled with mango, papaya, banana, likikoi, lemons, limes and other fruit trees and flowers. Pick your own breakfast (some fruits are seasonal) and relax in the back to nature environment or explore the island by day and return to your cozy retreat by night. Private hot tub and outdoor shower. Explore the awesome beauty of Hawaii's active volcano or the upcountry pastures of Parker Ranch and the cowboy country of Waimea--each just a 1.5 hour drive.

Tropical Hideaway is located on the west side of the 'Big Island' of Hawaii about 20 miles south of the town of Kailua-Kona, 1 mile off the main island highway near the 'Painted Church,' and 2 miles from the 'Place of Refuge' National Park at Honaunau.

Rates: Studio $120 per night + tax and $100 cleaning fee for 1-2 persons, 3 night minimum with advance reservation. (Futon couch also available for a child 10+ or third person, $15/night additional for 3rd person.)

Keywords: Studio Apartment

More Details

Kathleen Carr
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Kathleen Carr

I've had a love affair with Hawaii since I first lived on Maui in the '60s. I am thrilled to be able to offer a vacation rental in the Captain Cook/Honaunau area, which is my favorite place to live.

Kathleen Carr purchased this studio in 2001

Why Kathleen Carr chose Captain Cook

This wonderful location is three minutes from the best snorkeling on the island, with wild dolphins and turtles as well. It is in a lush, tropical area, filled with fruit trees and gardens--private, quiet and rural, yet within easy driving distance of a variety of cultural sites and natural wonders.

What makes this studio unique

I start each morning with a swim or snorkel in the ocean, then enjoy breakfast either on the lanai or poolside. Kayaking is a favorite pastime, as well as hiking nearby trails. Volcano National Park is a 1.5 hour drive, and if I want an evening in town or to dine at a nice restaurant, I'm within 30 minutes of Kailua-Kona.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As the name implies, this truly is a Tropical Hideaway. You have thought of everything to make the place comfortable and functional. We especially appreciated the hot tub. The beach equipment came in very useful as well. Thanks for making this stretch of our Hawaiian getaway exactly what we envisioned.
Jan 2011
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Captain Cook Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 345 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet time after 10pm and before 8am
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • New Serta Perfect Sleeper Queen Size Bed (1), Double Futon Couch with Temperpedic foam topper
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Chemical free salt pool with waterfall and mermaid, lush garden setting


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Charming Tropical Hideaway, Best Snorkeling, Pool, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.822581 based on 94 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 10 nights in July. Myself and my 16 year old son arrived late at night and tired from our long journey. We stepped out of the car to be greeted by a magically lit garden driveway, a chorus of birds like I've never heard before, and a warm welcome from Kathy. I try to make the accomodation a part of my travel adventure and this hit the mark. We were never in a rush to leave, sitting in the gardens with a Kona coffee and a book, or enjoying the hot tub, outdoor shower with an ocean view, fresh fruit, and more, and after a day of activity were lulled to sleep by the fresh air and bird song. Kathy, as well as Michael and Ivy, let us be, but were most helpful when we needed. I was suprised to find there were coolers, lawn/beach chairs, boogie boards, and snorkeling gear for guests. We scuba dived around Kona but enjoyed the nearby snorkeling just as much, which is the best snorkeling on the Island. Yes, as some guests have noted, the accomodation is close to a highway, but it is single lane traffic and only "busy" in the morning when you are getting up anyway (why waste your day - this is Hawaii!). Hotels are noisier, in my opinion. Also noted - my son says the wifi is better than at home :). I hope to go back the Big Island and to stay at Tropical Hideaway again. Jacquie (Calgary)

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a delight to have you at Tropical Hideaway. I do hope you return again! Hello hi Kathy
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A fun and enjoyable stay on the Kona coast

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Tropical Hideaway. Great location on the Kona coast and within hiking distance of the best snorkelling on the island. The painted Church, which is only a few hundred meters away, is also truly lovely and inspiring. Great spot for a couple wanting to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just as described, great location, privacy and a great host

  • 4 of 5

My daughter and I stayed 4 nights and enjoyed the open air studio and hot tube. We snorkeled everyday at the near by beaches and never had the chance to use the very clean salt water pool. Kathy is the perfect host providing fresh organic fruit grown on site and great local information.

The only reason for not giving it a 5 star rating is due to a sleepless night due to dripping on the lanai’s roof due to the lack of gutters on the main roof. This only occurred after a rainy day. I tried ear plugs but the non-consistent drips were amplified by the nights stillness.

Thanks for the hospitality and fond memories!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stu, thank you for the lovely review, and also pointing out that there is a (new) drip on the lanai roof. There are gutters on the main roof, so there must now be a leak in the gutter over the lanai roof. I will get that fixed immediately. It is very helpful to find out about these things right away, so that I can get the repair made. I appreciate guests letting me know in person right away when something isn't right.
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Caldwell, ID

It was AMAZING!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the hot tub and the out door shower..the host(s) were very friendly and hospitable! Can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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(Truly, a) Tropical Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

"Tropical Hideaway" says it all. Your own Jacuzzi, view of the ocean, very private and a super comfy bed.

It is minutes away from one of the best snorkeling locations in all of Hawai'i ("Two-Step"), not just the Big Island. My wife and I enjoyed 10 awesome days here. Kathy, the owner, is very helpful and makes it a point to explain that your privacy will be respected and maintained (and it was!).

The entire property is quite lush, and we always felt very safe and secure during out stay.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, AK

Romantic Outdoor Oasis

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent three nights at Tropical Hideaway at the beginning of our trip to the big island. When we arrived late in the evening, we were greeted by Kathleen, the owner, and she graciously showed us around the property. The place was extremely well stocked and even had baskets of fresh fruit from the property that we could eat. We LOVED the private hot tub. There is also something so refreshing about showering outside (though the spiders outdoors made quick webs so we had to clear a path almost every time we went to shower). The screen walls allowed a wonderful breeze to blow through the house and the foliage around the house provided enough privacy so walls really weren’t necessary, plus you get a nice view of the trees and a small ocean view to boot. The inside of the house was very clean with only the occasional earwig or two. If you’re alright with a little spiderweb clearing and a more “outdoor” experience, you’ll love Tropical Hideaway!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lara, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Just so you and others know, we've had quite a rainy winter for our dry season, and as a result, we have had many more spiders and earwigs than usual. Sorry that you had to experience that, it was beyond my control. You were great guests, do come again!
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Kona, Hawaii
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Corner Pocket, Kealakekua
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 11 & Highway 160
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Kona Coffehouse at Honaunau
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Two Step, Honaunau Bay
Car: necessary

Swimming with wild dolphins


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $75
Cleaning $100 + Tax

Monthly rate is not available from December 15-April 15 during peak winter season. There is a $50 cancellation fee for cancelling 60+ days before the reservation dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.