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Absolute Oceanfront Suite with Spectacular Kona Sunsets

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 1 - 10 nights


About the property

Large oceanfront studio with an extended lanai, sleeps 2

Kona Magic Sands is nestled between Magic Sands (La'Aloa) beach and Pahoehoe Beach Park. The unit was fully gutted and remodeled in June 2011.

As you open the front door and step inside the unit (303), you realize how clean and modern the unit is. You walk to the glass wall and open the doors to the lanai. You step outside and hear the ocean, you see the waves and the colorful fish swimming...maybe you see a few turtles swimming next to some snorkelers. You look at the 180 degrees of ocean at your feet and you realize that this is why you rented this unit. You sit outside at the dining table or enjoy a cold drink at the bar table/chairs as you watch the sunset with camera in hand. The palm trees dance with the tradewinds and you decide to sleep with the lanai doors open and screen doors closed so that you can hear the ocean.

The next morning, you grind your Kona coffee and brew a fresh pot and enjoy another day in paradise. You spot more colorful fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and in the winter, humpback whales; you might decide to get to see them up close and go snorkel/swim at the beach next door.

For dinner and after a day of sighseeing, you grill your dinner on the gas BBQ while you take a dip in the pool. You may choose to eat on the dining tables under the pavillion. At night, the quiet central air conditionner and stainless steel modern ceiling fans keep you cool. The updated kitchen with the granite countertops and stainless steel appliances help you create great frozen drinks or delicious dinners. Dimmable track lighting and under cabinet lights set the mood for an enjoyable evening. Large flat screen TV, in-wall speakers, state of the art receiver/DVD/CD player, iPod plug/play, cable TV, new furniture, bedding, towels, etc. add to your comfort. You can even do your laundry in the unit's washer and dryer and go home with clean clothes. There is a free assigned parking stall near the entrance to the condo, so you never have to look for a parking spot.

We are located on the famous Alii drive, where you can go for a walk/run. There is a public bus that stops in front of the condo and goes between the Kailua Pier (less than 4 miles away) and Keahou shopping center (2 miles away). Kailua town offers many restaurants/bars, and stores for shopping. Keohou has a few restaurants, a supermarket, drug store, cinemas, book store and more.

Enjoy hanging out at the beach or watch the hula dancers practice their routines in the park. Keahou offers daily free Hawaiian cultural activities, including ukulele lessons, making flower leis or watching a hula performances.

Whatever you do, you will have a great time on the Big Island.


We request that you do no re-arrange the furniture inside or outside.

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More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Sonia

We have been visiting Kailua-Kona for the past 20 years and finally decided to buy at KMS where we always stayed. The third floor unit had everything that we wanted for. So we bought it in 2010, gutted and remodeled the place to our liking. We hope you enjoy your stay and make many memories like we have. Kona is paradise for us and we are glad that we can share it with you. Aloha!

Sonia purchased this studio in 2010

Why Sonia chose Kailua-Kona

We love the location. We have stayed in KMS every time that we visited the Big Island. We have done so for the past 21 years. We enjoy the beach next door and the fact that there is so much to do here or just hang out and relax.

What makes this studio unique

The location can't be beat. The view from the lanai, the fish and turtles, the sunsets! You have to see it to believe it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Kona Magic Sands 303”

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2013

Paradise on a budget!

I love the Big Island and especially Kona; fell in love with it 40 years ago on my honeymoon. I dive and for many years dove with Dive Makai, but unfortunately the original family owned business was bought out by a mainlander who drove it into the ground. I have tried Jacks and they are good but I would also highly recommend Big Island Divers (same dive sites for less).I personally like to rent condos and have tried a variety of properties over the years. I have stayed at Kona Magic Sands a couple of times before and always liked the location. There aren’t a lot of beaches in Kona and this property is right next door to one of the nicest ones. This year I splurged and rented one of them (Unit 303). It is on the top, 3rd, floor so you have a large open lanai and you’re practically standing over the ocean. Sitting out on the lanai you can watch dolphins and turtles at almost any time. The constant surf provides a pleasant backdrop and you can see an amazing amount of reef fish just by looking down into the water, we call it porch diving.

There is large table and umbrella for al fresco dining, a lounge chair and some other seating out there so it is all very comfortable.

The unit inside is very nice, everything looks new. It is kind of laid out like a large hotel suite, very roomy. My wife really really liked the place (she has not always appreciated some of my previous choices).

There is a big screen TV, which I never turned on, but I did use the WiFi all the time which was pretty fast (looks like a cable modem)

The kitchen appliances, like everything else, looked new and we seemed to find everything we needed. We brought our Costco card and packed the fridge, so we pretty much ate in, or packed the fridge, so we pretty much ate in, or packed lunches to go most of the time. The farmers market is on Wednesdays and great place to get local food cheap. BTW the fish at Costco is really good but I think the best fish can be bought at Safeway which is near the local Walmart.

There is a restaurant on the property, although I didn't try it this trip. Tried it years ago and it was okay but it looks like it is under new management now. Something to try next year.

There was a washer/dryer in the unit which as divers came is real handy; because after a dive almost everything comes back wet.

Communication with the owner was quick and easy. My wife wants to re-rent the unit.
Jul 2013
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Kailua-Kona Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Dear guests, please provide your cell phone number when sending us inquiries. The reason for that is that we will contact you to review your request. This is due to a number of spam requests that we receive. Thank you.


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Absolute Oceanfront Suite with Spectacular Kona Sunsets
average rating of 4.831683 based on 108 reviews

Exactly as pictures show.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay so much. Spent many lovely hours watching dolphins and whales from the lanai including a mother and calf humpback for about 45 minutes! Unit is nicely updated and well taken care of. Thank you Sonia!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Malinda for the review. This is a beautiful time of the year to watch the whales. Being able to see them from the lanai, with the pleasure of a cup of coffee or drink in hand, beats having to get on a charter boat to enjoy the whales. Sincerely, Sonia
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Great view and location for snorkeling

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay here. Perfect size for 2 people but wouldn't recommend much more. A lot of people don't like the Big Island bc of the rocky beaches make it hard/dangerious to enter the water, but bc this condo is right next door to the sandy Magic Beach we really enjoyed our time on the big island. Every morning we were able to get up walk next door to the beach and go snorkel finding multiple turtles and humu humu nuku nuku apua'a (hawaii state fish) and other fish. Drops off quick too so could potentially be good for scuba.

If there was a downside its that the restaurant downstair is under renovation and apparently has been for years so the construction is a quite unsightly. The restaurant has blocked off half of the parking lot and planted a food truck which although food was good just tacky and makes parking a pain since all the tenants are crammed into the opposite side of the building farthest from the condo. There is an assigned spot so you don't have to worry about not getting a spot. This is more of a restaurant complaint then condo but that was the one negative for us.

Wasn't a problem but one thing I wish the condo had was laydown chairs on the deck. plenty of chairs but just wanted to lay out there a few times and take in the view!

Condo is clean, renovated, and probably one of the nicest in the Magic Sands building. Sonya was very attentive and sent someone out when we couldn't get the wifi to work. Bottle of wine waiting on us upon arrival was a nice touch as well.

As long as the kids aren't with us we'll be back!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve for the review. We advertise that the condo is only for 2 people and do not book it for more guests. The location is what made us come back to Magic Sands for years as renters, before we were able to purchase a condo. There are scuba divers that enter the ocean either from the beach at night and/or we have seen them on the park side as well. The restaurant is a highly anticipates one; we used to have Jameson's and Anthony's there before. The new Magics Grill owners are the same ones as the Kona Brewery, so they know a thing or two on running a good restaurant. The whole place was demolished and rebuilt to use the beautiful views of the ocean. We do follow the restaurant on Instagram "magicsbeachgrill" and they use Farm to Table approach, using the various farms nearby and Parker Ranch beef, fresh island fish, all done in a creative way. The parking area by the restaurant is owned by them and the condo tenants have the other side of the parking lot dedicated to them. Our parking site is assigned and close to the entrance. The food truck is also used to bring their services to other towns during festivals, etc.The truck will be there until the restraint opens ( a good marketing approach). As for the lounge chairs on the lanai, we used too have one but had to remove it as guests dragged it around on the lanai and messed up the commercial grade lanai cover. Plus, the condo has nice loungers and eat-in areas by the pool, so you can hang out there, swim, grill and eat. Thanks again for the review and enjoy your summer. Sincerely, Sonia
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Exactly what we expected!

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about this condo! The views, the location, the amenities... I could go on and on. We spent hours playing and snorkeling on Magic Sands Beach right next door. It was great to have a relaxing place to lay our heads after the many excursions we took around the island. We enjoyed sunsets on the lanai, and the sound of the ocean while we slept.

The perfect place for two.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mindy for the review. We appreciate you taking good care of the condo as well. We do our best to make sure that our guests have all the comfort that they need to enjoy their stay. Sincerely Sonia
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25th Anniversary in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This condo is exactly as advertised. When we arrived there was a bottle of wine waiting for us. The condo was clean and well appointed. The lanai is the star of this show. Each morning we would enjoy cup after cup of Kona coffee while watching the surfers to the left and pods of dolphins swimming out in the distance. This property is right on the ocean and when the waves are large you can nearly feel the vibration as they crash against the lava rock. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chris for the review; we hope you enjoyed your 25th Anniversary celebration in beautiful Kona. Sonia
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Great oceanfront location in outdated condo complex

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this unit while celebrating our 15-year wedding anniversary on the Big Island. Overall, we would give this rental 4 stars. The unit was cozy, but pretty much as anticipated. All of the essential supplies were provided by the owners. The lanai/oceanfront view is the big selling point of this unit. The one negative we experienced with the unit is the presence of small ants throughout the condo, especially in the bathroom. We did very little cooking/eating in the condo, yet ants were seen in multiple rooms and just a nuisance (not what we expected on our paradise vacation). We were less impressed with the condition/location of the Kona Magic Sands condo complex and would give it a 2-star rating. It is very close to Ali'i Drive and anyone staying here should expect traffic noise during most hours of the day. It is also next to a public beach which attracts a variety of different users (e.g. tourists, locals and transients) and associated traffic to the area. The Kona Magic Sands could also do a better job of improving the sight distance at the entrance to the parking lot. The visibility was limited and at certain times of the day, it was difficult turning left towards Kona. In summary, we felt like we got good value with this particular unit; however, we would look at other rental options/condos for our next trip to the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cari for the review. Kona Magic Sands is an older building; Hawaii does not issue permits anymore to build this close to the shore. As such, the entrance and the whole layout was built many years ago and to change the entrance would mean eliminating some of the parking spaces. In Hawaii, all the beaches are free and open to the public. You may notice that the resorts in Kohala have to provide public access to their beaches. This is why we love Hawaii. Sonia
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Belchertown, MA

Amazing Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

The is an ideal unit for a couple. The overall condition is new and well maintained. The Lanai is huge and a major plus. This unit, along with the 3 that are next to it, are the best in the building. It does indeed have AC which we really did not need due to being oceanfront. Pay close attention to that because many rentals do not have AC. It has a solid entertainment center. The bar area has a wine fridge and all of the accoutrements for serving your favorite beverages.

The beach next door had some pretty intense surf due to it being January, so we did not get in the water much. But it as very convenient having a beach to hang on right there. The location is convenient for exploring, and the weather on the Kona side was definitely better than Hilo.

The owner was very helpful and quick to respond. The welcome bottle of wine was a nice touch. I would definitely return to this rental if I come back.

A couple of minor things to note are that there is no toaster, only a couple of small pans, and a small 4 cup coffee maker. I found that this contrasted what was an otherwise well equipped kitchen. However, I will stress that those things were minor, and the overall décor and newness far outweighed the small inconveniences.

Keep in mind that this is an older building, and part of it is closed off for renovation. That does not have any bearing on the condo itself though, and you can’t see any of it from there anyway.


  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joey, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to write one. We do have a toaster that we provide to our guests upon request (but not listed as part of the amenities). We do so as some guests do not clean the toaster and all the crumbs attract the ants. We also had a very large coffee maker for 12, then decided to downsize it to 4 people to make sure that you can always make a fresh pot of Kona coffee. We look forward to having you as our guest in the future. Thanks, Sonia
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen K. (hwy.11)
Nearest Beach
Magic Sands Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59

Cancelation Policy:A refund of $150 is made to the same credit card used during the booking process, ONLY if the cancelation is made more than 61 days before the arrival date. Otherwise, we do not issue any refunds.Our Check-in time is 3PM Hawaii Standard Time (HST)Our checkout time is at 11AM Hawaii Standard Time (HST)THIS IS A NON-SMOKING UNIT.
Please be advised that we DO NOT collect Damage Deposit, INSTEAD, we require that your purchase insurance from VRBO. The latest fee is $59 for a $1500 insurance. This protects everyone and reduces the transaction fees that we pay. MAHALO.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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