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Jo Mitchel's Beach House/Oceanfront Inlet-Swim With Turtles

Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA
  • Cabin1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5

One of the original beach houses In Kapoho Beach Lots, Jo Mitchel's is right on the water. You can't beat this location for easy access to the warm, calm inlet waters. You can relax in the lounge chairs or sit on the bench on the concrete landing, then just walk down the stairs right into the thermally heated fresh and salt water and swim and snorkel with the colorful fish and giant sea turtles that come right up in front of the property each day. Just a few blocks walk to the Champagne Pond where you can soak in the 80 - 90 degree water, too! The beach house is comfortable and relaxing - not fancy! But it has what you need to enjoy an old-fashioned Hawaiian tropical vacation. It's fully furnished with 2 bedrooms each with a comfortable queen bed plus 1 single bed in living room. Sleeps up to 5 people. Note: You walk through one bedroom to get to the the stairway to the master bedroom. It's well stocked with linens, towels, kitchen utensils, plus snorkel gear and boogie boards for water fun! You can fall asleep to the tropical breeze blowing through the windows of the master bedroom, and waves breaking a few feet away. Get away from the hustle and bustle and relax here! There's an indoor bathroom with a shower, or just a few steps away from the main house is a separate private bathroom with large shower. There's a covered old fashioned barbeque area with a picnic table on the lawn and tables under the covered lanai. There's Satellite TV provided. No internet to distract you here from your lovely vacation! (Note: AT&T cell works here). There's a laundry room with washer and dryer.

* Please note items in the pictures can change we do not update the pictures with every change.

TA - W19673351-01

Property Manager

Jamie Deyden, Realtor

Member Since 2000
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018


    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Large upstairs master bedroom with views to the water.
      • Bedroom 2
        2 queen, Main floor bedroom. Note: walk through to other bedroom
      • There is also a single twin bed/couch in livingroom.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Indoor main bathroom with shower, toilet and sink
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, Master bathroom off upstairs master bedroom
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Separate outdoor bathroom with large shower, toilet and sink

        Location Type

          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
            Situated right on a calm inlet of the Kapoho Bay.
          • Rural
            Rural area of the Puna District, about 30 miles south of the City of Hilo.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                        300 thread count
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Up to3 cars on the lawn
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                            and coffee grinder
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Open concept with livingroom and dining area
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Electric stove/oven
                          • Toaster
                            toaster oven


                              • Dining
                                Indoor area for eating plus outdoor covered lanai with picnic tables
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Puzzles, playing cards, board games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    Dish satellite TV
                                  • Toys
                                    Water toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Concrete landing right on the water
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Covered lanai with picnic tables
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Grassy lawn
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Covered outdoor barbeque - bring charcoal briquettes.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Snorkel gear, boogie boards


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • botanical garden
                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming

                                                            35 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Perfectly Funky

                                                            Stephen G.

                                                            Yes, it is an older, funky little house (which is more our style anyway), but in one of the best locations in Kapoho. This was our fourth time renting the house.

                                                            Snorkeling heaven!

                                                            Bridget B.

                                                            This place has the best snorkeling. We stayed 3 days and snorkeled each day. Each time we got in the water, it was a new experience. At high tide we saw 5 or 6 giant turtles, tons of fish, an eel and two reef sharks. At low tide, no turtles but the fish were great (pufferfish!) and the colors of the rock/coral were more vibrant. The chairs on the patio have been replaced with brand new ones and the outdoor shower is great. This house has the biggest patio on the lagoon with two sets of stairs for accessing the water. We also walked down the street to Champagne Pond. It has some interesting features, but the snorkeling at the house is better.

                                                            The house is everything that everyone else said. It's old, worn and funky. There are critters (geckos, gnats and roaches). The geckos were fun, we had named all of them by the time we left, but the roaches in particular had us all on edge. It does get hot when the windows are closed and doesn't have the best air flow in the downstairs bedroom, but there are a couple of fans that can be moved around to help with this. Frankly, we were happiest when out on the patio by the water or in the water.

                                                            We have Verizon cell phones and found that we did have cell service. Also, the dryer had broken before we arrived. Jamie communicated the problem at check in and got it fixed quickly without us needing to do anything. We appreciated that!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Mahalo Bridget for being such wonderful guests - we hope you will return some day.


                                                            Ideal location

                                                            Thomas T.Harvard, MA

                                                            We have stayed in Jo Mitchel's cottage many times, and have always had a wonderful time. The stone patio and stairs make it extremely easy to get into the ocean, and since this is a lagoon off the bay behind the breakwater at the mouth of Kapoho Bay, the water is always calm. We usually see sea turtles resting or eating lime as well as some interesting tropical fish. The weather in Kapoho is often sunnier than nearby Pahoa. About one hour to Volcano National Park.

                                                            This is the real Hawaii

                                                            David J.

                                                            It's not for everyone but if he you easy access to the ocean and no crowds this is it.

                                                            As always-we loved it!

                                                            gloria h.

                                                            We have stayed at the beach House twice now, better this time than last-may have been the season, but more interaction with seeing the turtles in the lagoon and less of the crawling creatures-all in all, the best time yet! Our plan is to return every 2 years for the rest of our retired lives!

                                                            Excellent Location but not comfortable accommodation

                                                            James M.

                                                            Furniture is really old and seriously needs to be replaced. The deck furniture in the picture looks new but one chair is broken, the lounge chair is not there. After vacationing there for at least three years now I am going to find other accommodations. Sorry to say it but honestly maintenance is lacking and has become an issue.


                                                            Kapoho, Puna District, HI, USA

                                                            Located in a rural setting with lots of beautiful scenery on the easterly coast of the Pacific Ocean and Kapoho Bay. Only about 30 miles to the Volcano National Park and about 15 minutes to the lava flow viewing site (as Pele permits). A few blocks to Champagne Pond and a few miles to the public hot ponds. Just a mile to the Waiopae tidepools for great snorkeling. Close to Lava Tree Park.

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Cleaning Fee
                                                            Additional Guest Fee
                                                            $0 - $15
                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            A one week minimum for Christmas - New Years. 4 night minimum on holiday weekends (4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.) Higher rates apply for holidays. $5.00 per day for extra daytime guests. Sorry, no parties or events here!

                                                            35 Reviews
                                                            Excellent 4.6/5
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