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Oceanfront Home: Spectacular View, Snorkel & Swim from Yard

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


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 of $25/night apply to reservations of 7 nights or longer**

(Other discounts may be available. Refer to "rates and availability)


* 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 newer 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.

OCEANFRONT HOME: The Coral Pool House offers the comfort of a MODERN 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, satellite (DISH) 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

Jim Johnston
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

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 Kapoho

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.


Kapoho House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • festivals
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
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
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.


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Oceanfront Home: Spectacular View, Snorkel & Swim from Yard
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 78 reviews
Honolulu, Hawaii USH

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: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations! Would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property! So fun to be able to access the tide pools right out your back yard. We love to snorkel and saw so many amazing fish and even some turtles. The house is beautiful and we were very comfortable. We would choose this property again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael, CA 94901

Fabulous site

  • 5 of 5

Unbelievably beautiful spot, just before the coral pools meet the ocean. The house was perfect, clean and well furnished. A dream vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rehoboth Beach, DE USA

Perfect snorkeling location

  • 5 of 5

We happened to be on the Big Island while they were having some unusually cool, windy, and rainy weather for several weeks. This house was the perfect location for the unpredictable weather. We could sit in the living room and enjoy the amazing view of water, wind, and waves. When the weather would clear, we were able to dart out of the house and into the water to snorkel. Since the weather was so unpredictable, we often had the area all to ourselves. When the weather would change again, we simply left the water and jumped into the wonderful hot tub to warm up. Then we watched as other folks not staying in this wonderful location, shivering and hauling equipment back to their cars. We repeated this scenario two or three times a day. All snorkeling equipment is provided for you including water shoes for the climb over the lava, an outdoor shower, and beach towels. We additionally enjoyed using the grill which is outside but in a nice covered area, so once again it is easy to work around the weather. The house on the coral ponds is in a very damp area which makes mold a constant battle. The house could use a good spring cleaning of walls and shelves.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I'd say overall I'd definitely recommend this house

  • 4 of 5

I'm laying in bed of one of the 2 suites and watching the sunrise over a breathtaking ocean. That by itself is worth a million bucks. The house has a funky floor plan and the ocean air has easily taken it's toll here, but that is pretty much impossible to get around unless you spend an insane amount of money, which I think this home was pretty economically priced. The things I didn't like are the 10 yr smoke detectors expired 3 years ago. There isn't one in our 3rd story bedroom actually. That is a big deal to me to be honest because it should be a standard safety maintenance on a rental. The other issue is our bedding smelled of mildew super strong. A little bleach would go a long way. The beds are pretty comfortable, but the pillows are flat. I normally just bring my own to a vacation rental, but that's too hard to do when flying to a destination. The previous tenant complained that the home was dirty. Maybe the cleaners were in a huge hurry last time or something, but the house was totally fine, with exception to the sheets. It would be nice to have some better cooking pans, but that wasn't a huge deal. The overs were nice and helpful. Overall I'd still easily recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Great snorkeling.

  • 3 of 5

This house was right in front of some amazing snorkeling, and beautiful sunrise views.The property itself is showing signs of wear, and was not clean upon arrival.We had to spend our first evening cleaning and washing bedding and towels, as they trust each renter to take care of it before departure, and this had not been the case. The kitchen was stocked as you would normally need, however, pots and pans, coffeemaker, toaster, and other items all were dirty and old and not suitable.Everything from furniture to fixtures had a dirty film on it! You also need to be aware that the steps(steep) to levels of the home are on the exterior, not the interior. It was especially tricky at night to maneuver, and we are not at an advanced age.It could be a beautiful property and we would consider staying again if the place were to receive a thorough deep cleaning, top to bottom!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Rainbow Falls
Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Highway 137
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
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
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $130 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 14.4%

$25/night for stays of one week (7 nights) or longer.
$130 value: Rent 2 weeks or more, receive complimentary cleaning & restocked supplies for each additional week in addition to the $25/night discount for a stay of one week or longer.
$100 discount: reserve all nights in the following periods:

Tax ID: W15883045-01

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

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.

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