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Oceanfront Home: Spectacular View, Snorkel & Swim from Yard

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The CORAL POOL HOUSE, 'Kaheka Ko'a,' is a newer (2008) OCEANFRONT HOME with snorkeling and swimming in your backyard. It is directly on the shore of the WAI'OPAE STATE MARINE PRESERVE (Kapoho Tide Pools). Kapoho is a small, quiet rural community on the Big Island, near Hilo and 40 miles from Volcanoes National Park. The home has an awe-inspiring view of the 50-acre marine preserve and beyond.

**DISCOUNTS available - see Rates**

IN YOUR STAY AT THE CORAL POOL HOUSE YOU MAY EXPERIENCE:

* Unparalleled panoramic ocean views of coastline, marine preserve, reef, sea and night sky.

* Snorkeling in an extensive natural aquarium with a rainbow of fish and coral.

* Swimming and floating in tranquil pools.

* Modern accommodations in a new home (2008), including whirlpool hot tub and WiFi.

* Tropical scenery of the rural Puna coast.

* Clouds of stars in the night sky.

OCEAN VIEW: The Coral Pool House captures an expansive ocean view from its shoreline location. The living area, bedrooms, lanais (covered decks) and hot tub all have a panoramic ocean view. You can catch the natural rhythms of the day: sunrise, clouds painting the skies, tidal flows, waves crashing on the outer reef, passing whales (December - April), and sunsets while relaxing in the living area, beds, shaded lanais or whirlpool hot tub.

MARINE PRESERVE: The shoreline location of the Coral Pool House provides easy access from its grounds into the tranquil waters of the Wai'Opae (why-o-pie) Marine Life Conservation District for snorkeling, swimming and floating. The marine preserve is one of only 11 in the Hawaiian Islands. The preserves were established to protect the unique marine life of these special places. Wai'Opae preserve has among the greatest density and diversity of marine life of all the Hawaii preserves. The coral and fish-laden pools are home to 11 coral and over 100 fish species, and the endangered green sea turtle.

To quote the popular 'Big Island Hawaii Snorkeling Guide' (authored by two biologist who have snorkeled throughout the world), Wai'Opae marine preserve is '... a unique and fantastic snorkeling spot. ... one of the best snorkeling areas in the world... The pools are gorgeous. The visibility is usually stellar. The corals are diverse, colorful and in incredible health. The fish are abundant and diverse as well. Everything is up close and personal. It really is a wonderful experience.'

SNORKELING and SWIMMING: The grounds of the Coral Pool House meet the sea where you can slip into its tranquil coral pools. The pools offer fabulous snorkeling, for the beginner to the experienced. The inner pools are calm 360 days a year due to the protective outer reef. Thermally heated fresh water seeps into these inner pools, making them noticeably warmer. They are ideal for swimming in, as well as snorkeling, or for those who just wish to float and relax. Outer pools may be enjoyed by the more experienced snorkeler, offering greater density of corals and some fish species not seen in the inner pools. Large predators (like sharks) are absent due to the shallow barrier reef.

The outdoor solar shower offers a warm rinse when exiting the pools. On the grounds of the home is a shallow warm pool (80-85 degrees), great for those experiencing snorkeling for the first time or for kids to play in. Children may be observed at play from inside the home, the lanais or patio. We provide some snorkeling equipment (masks & snorkels), boogie boards and information on marine life that you will encounter.

NEW OCEANFRONT HOME: The Coral Pool House offers the comfort of a MODERN FULLY APPOINTED HOME while taking in its exquisite natural setting. All rooms and the upper lanai have open beam ceilings. Family dining may be enjoyed indoors or on the lanai. The ocean breeze keeps the home mosquito free. The covered ground-level patio, near water's-edge, is an enjoyable place for a picnic. Meals can be prepared in the modern fully appointed kitchen (granite counters, cherry wood cabinets) and on the lanai's BBQ. The whirlpool tub is a wonderful place to relax and 'soak' in the view.

The home's bedrooms have new quality beds and en-suite baths, with a deep soaking tub in the master bathroom. The master bedroom has a king bed. The second bedroom has both a queen and double bed.

The home also has wireless internet, phone, satellite LCD flat screen TV (pause/record options), DVD, CD, stereo, cards, board games, videos and books for your enjoyment. The home's caretaker lives nearby, in the community, and is available if you need assistance.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Tropical landscapes offer stunning scenic drives along the coast, cascading waterfalls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you can pull yourself away from the Coral Pool House, a drive along the SCENIC PUNA COAST is not to be missed (beginning one mile from the house). Nearby, there are several other scenic drives, hikes and parks, including a large thermally heated swimming pond (2 miles). The historic village of Pahoa, with shopping, groceries, fresh fish and farmers markets, and restaurants, is 10 miles away. A 40-mile drive takes you to Volcanoes Park, with its active volcano. Other volcanic features may be experienced closer to Kapoho, such as: Lava Tree Park (7 miles) and Kalapana (15 miles), where lava is flowing into the sea.

Although tropical, Kapoho has the least rain in east Hawaii. We also enjoy some of the cleanist air in the world.

The area is served by the Hilo International Airport (29 miles). Hilo has many options for shopping, dining and entertainment. You may view several picturesque waterfalls on the Waianuenue River, which flows through Hilo.

Further information on the Coral Pool House (Kaheka Ko'a), the Wai'Opae marine preserve and local attractions will be provided following your booking. In addition, for those that stay with us, we are pleased to help you with your travel plans, based on our local knowledge. Please inquire if you have any questions and visit or web site

Tax ID: W15883045-01

Keywords: Oceanfront home, Kapoho, Kapoho Tide Pools, Waiopae, vacation home, vacation rental, snorkeling, Hawaii, Big Island, Hilo, Volcanoes National Park

More Details

Owner
Jim Johnston
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Jim Johnston

Gail and I (Jim) live in Kapoho. We enjoy living in the quiet rural community, snorkeling in its clear-calm waters and exploring the rural Puna Coast.

Jim Johnston purchased this house in 2008

Why Jim Johnston chose Pahoa

Many years ago on a visit to the Big Island we discovered Kapoho. Wai'Opae marine preserve offers the best snorkeling we have experienced. Its clear-calm waters are like snorkeling in a large fish and coral-laden aquarium. We also enjoyed the rural, non-touristy, nature of the area with many places to explore. We were so enchanted with Kapoho and the snorkeling that we purchased property directly on the shore of the marine preserve and built a vacation home where we and our guests can step right out of the house to go snorkeling and swimming.

What makes this house unique

The Coral Pool House is one of only seven oceanfront homes directly on the 50 acre Wai'opae marine preserve. It is the only new home and was designed to capture the breathtaking ocean view from every room. From the grounds of the home you can slip into the Wai'Opae marine preserve for a fabulous snorkeling experience. Due to the protective reef, the pools are rarely affected by high surf conditions that can commonly spoil one's snorkeling adventure elsewhere. The preserve offers variety in your snorkeling experience as you move from the inner pools, near shore, to those near the reef.

The ocean view from the home is magnificient. I especially enjoy watching the sunrise as it paints the sky, relaxing in the hot tub while soaking in the ocean view, and grilling a dinner of fresh local fish on the lanai BBQ. I never get enough of watching the interplay of sea and land directly from the home or while hiking and driving along the scenic Puna coastline.

Map

Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Pahoa
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
137
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Pahoa
Nearest Point of Interest
Wai'opae Marine Life Conservation District
Nearest Point of Interest
Kapoho Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Puna Coast Scenic Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
Ahalanui Hot Pond
Nearest Point of Interest
Lava Tree State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Issac Hale Beach Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Wa'a Wa
Nearest Point of Interest
Kahena Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Active Lava Flow
Nearest Point of Interest
Steam Vents
Nearest Point of Interest
Mckenzie State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Cape Kumukahi
Nearest Point of Interest
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
1960 Lava Flow
Nearest Point of Interest
New Kaimu Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pohoiki Scenic Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Pahoa
Car: necessary

The home is on the shore of the Wai'Opae marine preserve. The home's grounds meet the sea where you can slip into the tranquil waters of a natural aquarium filled with a rainbow of fish and coral. Take scenic drives and hikes through tropical landscapes along the Puna coast.

Amenities

Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , granite counters, cherry wood cabinents
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , ganite counters, cherry wood cabinents
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep soaking tub, granite counters, cherry cabinents.
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Solar shower for rinsing when comming in from pools.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 beds, sleep four, with ensuite bath and full ocean view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Quality mattress, linens, ensuite bath, full ocean view
  • King size bed (1) in master bedroom. Queen size Beds (1) in 2nd bedroom, Double Bed (1) In second bedroom. Quality mattresses, linens and full ocean view.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
The home has panoramic ocean views from living, dining, bedrooms, kitchen, lanais and spa. The outdoor shower offers a warm rinse upon exiting the ocean.

Reviews

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Oceanfront Home: Spectacular View, Snorkel & Swim from Yard
average rating of 4.9027777 based on 72 reviews
Honolulu, Hawaii USH
5

Too nice to leave

  • 5 of 5

Three adults spent 4 nights. One of us had stayed at this awesome house several times before but two were on their first visit to the islands. We could not pull ourselves away from the house except to get into the water just steps away to snorkel in the natural aquarium of the tide pools. The view of the ocean, sound of the waves, and the brilliant stars at night fully entertained. I have lived in Hawaii 35 years and am confident that this is the absolute best waterfront rental in the whole island chain. On the day we checked out, we had a late flight so we could visit the Volcanos National Park and Rainbow falls. I am puzzled why most visitors choose the filthy air on the Kona side. The air in Kapoho is the cleanest air in the world.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Torrance, CA
5

Great Location and the best snorkeling!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at Coral House for 8 nights in July! We loved having the option of driving to do activities on the east side of the big island as well as chilling out around the house and utilizing hot tub on the deck. The view and snorkeling was unmatched....and we have been to a lot of great places. Definitely check out Weds night market in Kalapana and the lava flow nearby (can rent bikes once down at end of the road).

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Unprecedentedly off the charts!

  • 5 of 5

Astounding!

I like visiting new places, so it is a rarity for me to consider returning to the same home. This place is exactly that rare home.

The location is amazing - literally steps away from the best snorkeling i have seen in Hawaii, and far from the everyday bustle of Hilo.

The home is elegant, yet relaxed.

The full kitchen was great, and the home included more bedrooms than i needed, striking lanais, a welcome hot tub (after much volcano hiking), snorkel gear including some common sizes of water-shoes, and laundry equipment as well.

Coquis were present, but not overbearing; they mixed pleasantly into the other fauna noises :)

My expectations were exceeded by this property. Thanks Jim!!!

-greg frohring

Who is this for:

People who want to get away from resort type areas

People who want to hear and see the ocean from their lanai and/or from inside their home

People who enjoy hearing mixed wildlife

People who don't mind a bit of a drive to stock up on supplies (e.g. grocery stores)

Who this might not be for:

People who don’t want vertical living (i.e. climbing stairs)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun house, fantastic views!

  • 4 of 5

The Coral Pool House was a fun place to stay.

We enjoyed being right on the tidepools. It was so convenient and the view outstanding.

The beds were super comfortable. The home had everything we needed. I was very impressed at how well equipped the kitchen was

We were a little concerned about the stairs (bumb-knee) but it worked out fine with no problem.

The hot tub was so relaxing after coming in from snorkeling. We enjoyed our stay immensely and hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Love it

  • 5 of 5

Clean and easy access to pool

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Semi-private snorkeling with tropical fish!

  • 5 of 5

We only had 2 nights at the Coral Pool House but absolutely loved it. The tidepools are accessed right out the back door and although you will be sharing them with other people, they don't show upright away so you may have them all to yourself in the morning or evening. Gorgeous tropical fish and coral to look at in calm waters. They provide some water shoes (which are needed on the lava rock), snorkels, boogie boards and noodles. Great for kids of all ages as well as adults! The house was very comfortable and we slept well in the beds. Woke to beautiful sunrise while still in bed! The only real bummer was the coconut beetles which were plentiful and drawn to the light. Keeping doors closed and the screens prevented most of them from coming inside but a few still got in. Not sure if pest control would help or not but might be worth trying.

The neighborhood was private and great for walks. A few vans of students from the university would pull up near the driveway and let students out to do some studying of the tide pools, but they were very respectful and not a nuisance at all.

Overall, this was the highlight of our stay in Kapoho/Pahoa area. Be sure to load up on groceries in Hilo or Kona before you get here as the only store in Pahoa (15 minutes away) has very little selection and is WAY overpriced. Dinner at Kaleos in Pahoa was delicious. Not much else to do in Pahoa so be content snorkeling, relaxing and reading. WE will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

*DISCOUNTS*
$25 - 30/night for stays of one week or longer.
$125 value: Rent 2 weeks or more, receive complimentary cleaning & restocked supplies for each additional week in addition to the discount ($25 -30/nt) for a stay of one week or longer.
$100 discount: reserve all nights in the following periods: Oct 30 - Nov 3 (4 nights), Nov 16 - 20 (4 nights).

Tax ID: W15883045-01

RESERVATION DEPOSIT: 1/3 - 1/2 to reserve, balance due 60 days prior to arrival.

For your convenience you may book the home online, service fee included. If you wish, you may reserve the home directly with the owner, less the service fee.

Cancellation Policy: minimum 10% of total rent will be held for all cancellations. Refer to Rental Agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.