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Breathtaking View Of Kealakekua Bay

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,648 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property


As you walk into the Kona Dolphin House you are greeted with a breathtaking view of Kealakekua Bay. This prime location gives one the feeling that the pristine ocean is part of the back yard yet is above the bustle of the public beach so is both quiet and private. The architecture of this Bali style open house is stunning with it's high ceiling and four twenty foot Ohea posts lending support and natural beauty. The entire face of the great room opens to one of the prettiest bays in the world.

Kealakekua Bay which is just two minutes away is an underwater marine park and some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii. Spinner dolphins frequently visit this beautiful area. It is an amazing site to see them frolicking from the huge lanai and comfort of this lovely house. In the winter it is common to see the humpback whales breaching, spouting or flapping their tails.

Every day swimming in these crystal clear waters is an adventure as you never know which of our marine friends will show up to play; dolphins, turtles, manta and spotted rays, octopus and more! It is an easy swim out to be with them or you can kayak or try stand up paddle board.

This house is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, designed by an award winning landscaper. The visual feast includes a continuous variety of colorful, fragrant flowers. The Hawaiian fruiting trees waiting for you to sample include bananas, papaya, mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, lemons, limes, star fruit and more.

The sunsets from the lanai are outstanding. Every evening is a gift of color. You will wake up in the morning to the symphonic song of the birds and go to sleep at night to the melodic sounds of the ocean.

Every room has an ocean view. All rooms come equipped with natural air conditioning courtesy of ocean breezes and a ceiling fan. This house has four large bedrooms, each accommodating one to two guests. A master suite, with a king size bed and private bath. Two ground level bedrooms that share a western style bathroom with granite vanity and a large double shower. The upstairs bedroom has its own half bath. All bedrooms have sliding glass doors with an ocean view.

Access to a well-equipped kitchen - toaster, blender, coffee maker, full size fridge, five burner gas stove, gas barbecue, dishwasher ~everything you need for cooking in paradise. Access to wireless internet, cable TV, iPod/mp3 compatible stereo in the main room, washer/dryer.

A close drive to local restaurants, fine dining, grocery market, weekend Green Farmers Market, shops and galleries. Kailua-Kona is less then twenty miles away. It is four miles to Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and one mile to Ke'ei Beach. It is an easy (one road) drive to Volcano National Park, one of the few active volcanoes in the world. The ‘King’s Trail’ and other hikes are a short drive away with easy access. It is four miles to Paleaku Peace Gardens where guests can take yoga classes or we have mats available for yoga on the lanai with the view. It is ten miles to Ho’okena Beach. Mamalohoa Hot Tubs and Massage are about a ten minute drive away, or we can arrange a massage therapist visit you in-home.

The house has games like scrabble and various board games, cards and puzzles.

The GPS on your phone will not have correct directions to this rental property; even though my address is 82 5988A Napoopoo Rd. the house is located on a private drive off of Napoopoo Rd. I will email you correct directions.

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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2648 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs bedroom with office
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , attached bathroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Breathtaking View Of Kealakekua Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Amazingly beautiful!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This home is breathtakingly beautiful! The views are even prettier than the pictures. Every room has this view. The approx. 30 ft. long sliding glass doors slide directly into the wall so you have a unobstructed view of the bay. Truly awesome! The kitchen has everything you need to cook except a microwave. Even a grill outside for a cookout. There is a dining table for 8 and a few bar stools inside. We loved sitting on the 2 patios and relaxing. There is a picnic table there. We brought an Eno and hung it up between the wooden pillars. The den has a tv and one of the 3 sofas/loveseats looks like a large wooden framed comfy bed. Big enough for 2 to sleep there. The master bedroom has its own bathroom attached to it. The shower and tub is outside. We loved those! Bathing was so relaxing while looking at such a beautiful view of the bay. The master suite also has its own patio. The other 3 bedrooms are on the other end of the house. Two of them side by side downstairs, both with a complete full view of the bay. There is a full bathroom to share. It also has an outdoor shower. The 4th bedroom is upstairs by itself. It gave some nice privacy for my newly married daughter and her husband. It has a half bath and its own private patio with the same amazing view. There is a washer and dryer for your use. Outside we loved the fruit trees that you can pick fruit off of and eat! That was a treat! The house is a solar house, so it is cooled by the nice breeze. We were very comfortable temperature wise. There are also kayaks for your personal use on the bay just a couple of minutes drive down the hill. We saw humpback whales from our balcony a couple of times. I could not give enough thanks to our hostess. What a sweetheart! She lives on the property (in a separate home just down the hill), welcomed us the first day we arrived and is available for any questions or needs, but gave us complete privacy. There are tour books available for your use to help you find your way around activities. We had 7 people staying in the home. Parents, 4 grown children and a son in law. From the airport, it was about a 25 minute drive. A beautiful drive, but follow the speed limit because it has some curves. There are several restaurants and small markets within 5-10 minutes of the home. The home is beautiful! The view is amazing! We travel a lot and this home and hostess totally exceeded all of our expectations! I would love to stay here again SOON!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely incredible views

  • 5 of 5

We came to The Big Island for a family Christmas. This house was perfect in every way, incredible views, very close to some of the best snorkeling and the chance to swim with dolphins, and the sunsets were to die for. The outdoor showers and bathtubs were a wonderful surprise and so relaxing. The kitchen was really well equipped and we were as close as we wanted to be to towns and neighbors. Thank you for sharing your home and making our Christmas vacation so enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA, USA

Absolutely amazing place, host and views! A+

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our stay. It's isolated from other properties, has amazing views, stunning sunsets. It is close to the captain cook snorkel location and located in the calm neighborhood. Would definitely recommend this place.

ps: Marlien is the nicest person, she helped us a lot, provided fresh fruits from the garden nearby and was always available when we had some questions.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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WOW! Totally incredible

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in Air B&B's all over the world and this was one of my favorite spots. Swarn and Marlene took amazing care of us, the house is gorgeous, clean and has sweeping views of K-bay. My friends and I had an awesome retreat, did yoga on the deck, a dolphin swim and shared incredible meals together. Outdoor showers and outdoor bathtub are awesome. This is a don't miss property.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the awesome review. I loved your words. I can see why you wrote a best seller. I look forward to your return. Happy holidays.
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Best house ever!

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying here at the Dolphin house. The view, the openness, the outdoor showers, the outdoor equipment, all of it was fantastic. I hosted my small intimate wedding and reception here and it could not have been more perfect. If I plan another group trip to Kona I will definitely try to stay here!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Shahar for the sweet review. I am happy to hear that it was perfect for you and look forward to hosting you again in the future. All the best to you and your family. Love and blessings Swarni
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San Diego

great house, excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this place with group of 10 people.

The owner responded each of my questions in a timely manner before our arrival.

Andy gave us a welcome tour late at night (because of the delay of our schedule) and we knew this would be a stay we would enjoy a lot. The outdoor shower is a WOW!

So next day we abandoned our plan to visit Waipio Valley and stayed in the house, spent time talking, playing casual games, and looking at the beautiful scenery. We stayed in 5 different houses during our trip to Hawaii, and this is the most impressive one.

The only complain is, this place is a little hard to find at late night, and there is no AT&T signals so no phone call if you got lost (Verizon and TMobile are OK).

I highly recommend this place,

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Swarn Khalsa
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Swarn Khalsa

The first time I visited Kealakekua Bay and swam with the playful spinner dolphins, witnessed the abundant fragrant flowers and tasted the various assortments of fruit. I knew I wanted to live here. Hawaii is truly paradise. Once while basking in Kealakekua Bay's crystal clear water I looked up at this property and it glowed in the sunshine as if calling out to me. I was lucky enough to purchase it and build a lovely Bali style house. Now I can share this wonderful Hawaiian dolphin experience and breathtaking view with you.

Swarn Khalsa purchased this house in 2003

Why Swarn Khalsa chose Captain Cook

Where else can you sit on a huge comfortable lanai watching spinner dolphins frolic as the ocean sparkles in the sunshine, witness some of the worlds prettiest sunsets and in the evenings a star studded sky. The view from this house looks upon one of the most beautiful bays in Hawaii yet is high enough that it lends to privacy. The tropical gardens that surround the house include a continuous assortment of fragrant flowers and and generous fruit trees . The sunsets are outstanding. The gardens are magnificent. The kitchen is large and well stocked. Everything you need for a proper fun holiday.

What makes this house unique

I fell in love with this property because of the panoramic view and closeness of Kealakekua Bay. This marine cove is just two minutes away, yet the elevation of the house is high enough that it is quiet and private. Swimming in these pristine waters has made me a strong healthy swimmer plus given me hours and hours of entertainment. I've swam with spotted eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, whales and an endless supply of colorful fish. The city of refugee is just three miles away where the beautiful people of the island share their Hawaiian story, songs and hula with joy.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed in this amazing house for a week in October Every room opens to a view of the bay, tropical plants are everywhere and the sounds of the island birds make you feel like you are in a travel video. After a few days I had forgotten all about the world back home. The snorkeling in the bay is incredible with rich coral reefs and colorful fish just a few feet from the beach. The highlight of our trip was swimming with the spinner dolphins which often come into the bay in the mornings around 8:00 am. You can see the dolphins jumping right from the deck and grab your snorkels and go. Magical is all I can say here is a video of one of those swims shot on my GoPro
Oct 2014
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
kona brewing company
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mi's Bistro, Keei Cafe, Aloha Theatre, Annie's
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Manini Beach and Ke'ei Beach
Car: necessary

A close drive to local restaurants, fine dining, grocery market, weekend Green Farmers Market, shops and galleries. Kailua-Kona is 20 miles away, 4 miles to Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, 1/4 mile to Manini Beach, 1 mile to Keei Beach, an easy (one road) drive to Volcano National Park, which takes about 1 1/2 hours. The ‘King’s Trail’ and other hikes are a short drive away and easy access. 4 miles to Paleakalu Peace Gardens where guests can take yoga classes or we have mats available for yoga on the lanai with the view. Ten miles to Ho’okena Beach. Mamalohoa Hot Tubs and Massage are about a 10 minute drive away, or have a massage therapist visit you in-home.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200

Check-in is 4pm, Check-out is 10am.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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