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Pristine Oceanfront Home on Famous Surfing Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8) maximum per contract.

“E Komo Mai” and welcome to our Tidepools retreat. Come let us explore the beauty of this private oceanfront estate that is steps away from the flora and fauna of tidepools that are home to many of Hawaii’s ocean attractions. Just steps out of our living room are small

and large tidepools to explore and swim in. If you prefer the pristine sandy beaches of Makaha our oceanfront retreat allows you to do both. Makaha is the best kept secret for those who live here and the guest who visit us because the west side has 20 plus miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches with the bluest waters you have ever seen.

Makaha Surfing Beach is known for its great surf and home to many classic professional surfers. In the winter you can count on being treated to spectacular 20 to 30 feet waves on one day and glassy waters the next…unpredictable and worth experiencing.

For snorkelers, Makaha Caverns are right in our backyard and known to have deep caverns and great snorkeling without having to pay the tour boats to bring you here. Each day the 5 star Disney and Ihilani Marriott hotel visitors pay to go on snorkeling excursions and they come right out to Makaha.

Our guest like that we are just far away enough but still close by to these resorts should they want to plan a romantic fine dining evening or go to a real Hawaiian luau. While here on vacation do your day trips to the popular tourist destinations like Waikiki, Pearl Harbor Memorial and other Oahu tourist attractions and still return to relaxation and beautiful sunsets alone and away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Other attractions that you will see right out your window is the whales that dance and jump throughout the day during whale watching season. You may even have a chance to swim with the dolphins as they pass by each morning and return back each evening. Our oceanfront is also home to the endangered monk seal and on some occasions you may see them basking in the sunshine on our shores.

Our spacious three bedroom two full bath panoramic oceanfront getaway is perfect for a large family vacation. We can even accommodate family reunions. Let us make this the most memorable vacation and life event for you…please “E Komo Mai.”

*Please see cancellation policy before booking. All cancelations will incur an additional $50.00 administration fee for canceling at any time.

Keywords: Large Makaha Oceanfront house with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms. Beachfront getaway on a cove with tidepools and sandy beach.

More Details

Carolyn Bailey
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2017


Mākaha House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(72 traveler reviews)

Pristine Oceanfront Home on Famous Surfing Beach
average rating of 4.763889 based on 72 reviews

Gorgeous beachfront property - wonderful hosts

  • 4 of 5

We loved waking up to the view of the ocean and beach right out the back door each morning. This home is well stocked. The bedding is clean and comfortable. Large beach towels to use. The kitchen has many useful things. Tip: don't grocery shop before arriving. They have many condiments, spices and even some food items. The bathroom had some left over lotions, shampoo, soaps etc. It was nice to have all those things availabile. Lots of hangers in the closet. Card games and books were available in the chest. Carolyn and Joe were always kind and willing to offer any assistance we needed. As for cats... yes, there are many on the property. But, they were never a problem for us in the apartment. My husband is very allergic to cats and never had any need for allergy meds. He never had a problem with them.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful spot. Perfect for my small family of 4 and could have easily help a few more. The hostess was very friendy and gracious while we were here...allowing us without hesitation, to have a handful of family memebers over to make leis for my son's graduation. A beauiful and relaxing front yard to watch the waves or step down on the sand and get our feet wet in the Sea. I would definitely stay here again and look forward to doing so!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, private, lovely ocean view, and access to sand and tide pools.

  • 4 of 5

I can't say enough nice things about the accommodations for our first week in Hawaii. We booked 7 adults into Carolyn's home for my sister's wedding, and we had the whole downstair ground level to ourselves as a base for others staying in condos nearby. It was very comfortable for all of us. Carolyn and Joe were excellent, friendly hosts.

The ceremony on the lawn in front of the ocean was picture perfect. The open floor plan inside and outside picnic tables were idea for everyone to gather for meals. The grill was perfect. The setting was both spectacular, quiet, and relaxing, exactly what family and friends wanted before going off to explore various different islands.

The house's West Shore location is a few steps away from famous Makaha beach, which has challenging surf. It is famous with the locals for surfing but little daunting for inexperienced ocean swimmers. (The life guarding is excellent.) You have to drive (often in traffic) about 25 minutes for groceries, "baby beaches," and hiking. On the other hand, you see the non-resort, non-tourist, life of Oahu, such as the local 12 yr old and under Junior Surfing championship on we enjoyed watching on Makaha.

Being off the beaten path did not keep any of us from exploring the area and Honolulu, the Dole Plantation, or the famous Pipeline. However, If you want to see sights like Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, calm snorkeling, or kayaking, you will have to drive and plan for the traffic.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What's not to like?

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house, a back yard with a beach, start every day outside with coffee watching the surfers, spend the days elsewhere on the island or at the house - swimming at the beach or in the "pond" created in the reef, checking out the tide pools for fish and crabs, taking surfing lessons with Danny... it was a wonderful stay. The house is nice, although if you're worried about private sleeping you'll want to be in one of the bedrooms - my husband and I were fine with the bed behind a curtain and our son was happy to sleep on the bed near the kitchen so our fellow travelers could be in the bedrooms. It was a very comfortable home. We cooked dinner many nights in the kitchen and enjoyed marshmallows by the fire pit one night. We all enjoyed the cats, but as another reviewer said, if you don't care for them they'll leave you alone. We never saw dolphins, monk seal, turtles or whales from the house, which I admit was a big attraction for me in choosing it, but we saw them elsewhere during our stay and really enjoyed being right on the beach. The location is a bit off the beaten path if you're interested in the rest of the island, but away from the tourist stuff was what we wanted. We still we made drives to Pearl Harbor and the eastern and northern shores and were always happy to come back to this wonderful spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful with exceptions.

  • 2 of 5

The view and the tide pools were awesome, we had lots of fun out on the beach. The house was nice too however there were several things not mentioned in the house overview. For one, the first thing we noticed was more than a dozen cats that live on the property, the owner said they were there for the mice and though we only saw one it was a large rat in the yard. The second thing was soon after we checked in we realized the owner lives on the second floor with a wall to wall window looking down on the yard so we felt like we had no privacy especially after we noticed the camera in the yard. The property has more than one rental so you will see random people coming through the yard sometimes for beach access. The biggest selling point for our party when looking for a house to book was the fire pit, turned out to be a big disappointment because the moment we arrived the owner informed us that she does not allow the fire pit to be on past 10pm which is the prime time for a fire pit. In the middle of our stay they had the oven replaced which we thought should be something done between clients stays. If you're a coffee drinker you might want to have some instant just in case, the coffee maker is very finicky. Lastly we checked out on the 28th of February, I waited until March 4th to inquire about the refundable deposit and here it is the 14th of March and I have had no reply to let me know if we will get the deposit back or at the very least a reason why we would not get it back. We've rented houses for our Hawaii vacations several times and this is the first time we have more negatives than positive.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am baffled when guest say nothing to me while they're here and then have the power of the pen to write a review but not read reviews for preplanning their trip. Previous reviews mention cats on the property. A local woman feeds feral cats for a 25 mile stretch both am and pm. Our pet cat attracts her ferals to our property and since the Humane Society euthanizes ferals I spay and neuter her ferals. We clean the oceanfront yard each morning and the cats don’t congregate where the guest are because they are feral. You may see one or two cats in the backyard drinking at the fountain but not a dozen. No cats are inside the units. As for rodents, we live next to mountains…all I know is that the cats and my monthy pest service is working but that doesn't mean we are pest free. The camera in the backyard is a plus for the security of our guest and to deter unwanted people from coming onto our property. We have neighbors so our house rules make sure that we don’t have firepit hours till midnight for the working families that live next to us. Had you read my reviews a guest left the firepit on till the next day unattended. Both Tidepool and RnR studio guests have access to the beach as do we the owners and all have been respectful of each others space. The majority of our guest are not impeded by the lack of “privacy”, the converse is true, most of them want us to participate in their stay but we are hardly around as our reviews state. We have lifelong friends of all ages that started out as our guest and come back each year. As for our oceanfront windows the only thing we look out to see is the ocean...too busy to be nosy owners. We work to prevent mishaps while you are here, but there are times when stuff happens. The old stovetop was not reliable , so I bought a new one and took the 1st delivery. It took all of 15 mins. to haul the old one and install the new. I didn't want any guest to be inconvenienced if the stovetop went out. Case in point the"finicky" coffee maker I would have swapped out a new one had I known. This unit also had a new Keurig they didn't mention and I would have given them some pods. Lastly, my contract does state 14 days to return damage deposits, which I did. Text me or call me your could have been an oversight. So, for all who found this review helpful, please book with us if you enjoy the beauty and hospitality of the islands. We welcome great energy and a friendly atmosphere.
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  • 5 of 5

This property is so beautiful and relaxing, it makes it the perfect paradise vacation home. It sits right at the beach and has a great view from even inside. We couldn't have been more at home and relaxed for our entire week. We enjoyed the surfers at the local beach, the turtles that come ashore in the wee morning hours and the beautiful water. Carolyn made out stay so comfortable we were sad to leave. There were 7 of us in total and you never once felt crowded in this space. It's well cared for and very comfortable. There's loads of sleeping options and not tha far a drive into Honolulu. There's a market not too far as well to pick up a few things sonto us it made it perfect. We truly cannot wait to return to spend more time there and play in the tide pools. Thank you so much Carolyn for being such a great hostess.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Mākaha House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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High Season
Dec 20 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 13.95%

This is a 8 guest maximum unit. Any additional guest beyond this number must be agreed upon at the time of booking and listed in your total guest information on vrbo. The additional charge is $25.00 per day per guest.
There is a $50.00 administration fee for cancellations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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