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180 Degree Ocean Views In New Spacious Garden Retreat With Pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home With Pool And Expansive Ocean Views Night Skies.

This lovely, well cared for home is a welcome retreat centrally located at the southern tip of the Big Island. While spared tourist crowds, this home is easily accessible to most all sites on this amazing island. The Volcano National Park, Punaluu black sand beach and turtles, whale watching, the sweet town of Naalehu and Kae Lae (South Point) famous for it's pounding surf, and world famous Green Sands beach, are all within easy driving distance. My home is situated 50miles from Kona and 60mile from Hilo and you can travel to both sides of the island for a day on the town while experiencing the unique charm of this very special place.

My home has 3 bedrooms,2 baths, a wonderful covered lanai with nothing between you and a 180 degree ocean vista, except our large, welcoming pool. This is the perfect pied a terre for exploring this magnificent island or simply lounging in the beauty of the house or on the lanai surrounded by tropical gardens. The trade winds come through most days maintaining soft breezes and perfect temperatures. Help yourself to the papayas and bananas growing on the grounds and experience Hawaii at its' best. As well as a spacious living area and tropical landscaping, the house comes complete with washer and dryer, bikes and a grill for local fish or grass fed beef you may choose for your dinner. Local farmer's markets abound in Naalehu just 2 miles away, Volcano Village, Hilo and Kona. Discovery Harbour is in the heart of the Kau district of the Big Island, making a name for itself with internationally acclaimed coffee. You can sample Kau coffee at the Coffee Mill about 10miles away, at the local 'Flyin Hawaiian' coffee truck in Naalehu featured in Sunset magazine and at the Orchid Farm just up the road from the house on south Point Rd. The beautiful Tibetan temple in Wood Valley is just beyond the Coffee Mill and is an inspiring retreat visited by the Dalai Lama; visitors are always welcomed by the monks who care for the grounds.

If you require a connection to your real world, there is cable TV and internet connections included. Also, you'll find a great supply of board games, a Bose docking station for your favorite music and wonderful neighborhood strolls to keep you occupied.

So if you are truly in search of a place to relax and recharge, you'll want to consider this true island getaway.

More Details

Catherine Tantau
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Catherine Tantau

Hi, I purchased this home when it was being built after falling in love with the Big island. I grew up in San Francisco and now live in Grass Valley, CA. I visit the island as often as I can and love sharing it with people.

Catherine Tantau purchased this house in 2003

Why Catherine Tantau chose Discovery Harbour

I loved that this area was unspoiled; a rare thing in the islands. This home provides a natural, peaceful setting and a chance to get close to the native Hawaiian culture in a unique way as well as experience people from all over the world who have settled here. Talk to the locals; there is no end to the wonderful stories you will hear.

What makes this house unique

I fell in love with this spot because it provided me a respite from my hectic professional life and a sanctuary for my family. We've had many family gatherings here and plenty of room for our guests to relax day or night. Star gazing is amazing with no city lights to interfere with the experience. You'll have to try it at night and watch the full moon rise! There's nothing like it! The pool area and large lanai are welcoming both day and night. It's the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the ocean and see the night sky emerge. The pool can be brisk in the winter months but is a lovely retreat after a hike or relaxing day.


Discovery Harbour House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Master suite bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms fully stocked. One at each end of the house for privacy.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king , California king bed, en suite bathroom, pool, ocean views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Perfect children's room; large with 2 twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Glass doors to lanai, pool, expansive ocean views
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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180 Degree Ocean Views In New Spacious Garden Retreat With Pool
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Do yourself a favor and stay in this beautiful home. You won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Private Atmosphere - Totally Met Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this home away from home for about one week. This was our first experience staying at a VRBO sight and found the property to be just as it was advertised. Very spacious and had all we needed in appliances and supplies. Don't need to buy your own detergent, soap and such. Multiple doors to patio, very convenient. Spent most all our time when not out exploring the island, sitting pool side enjoying the ocean view and watching the birds feed. The pool was great (although I thought that sometimes the automatic pool cleaner was after me). We enjoyed the privacy and the quiet area. The central location allowed for doable day-trips to Kona, Hilo, various southern beaches and the volcano park. Don't go expecting 5-star restaurants and tourist activities - not what the island is about. If our future plans bring us back to Hawaii we will definitely make plans to stay at this location.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our home! We intended it to be a peaceful and quiet respite from the cares of the world and still offer opportunities to explore the beauty of this island hiking, swimming and visiting the wonders of Volcanoes National Park. It's exciting when others are able to enjoy it as much as we do. Please come back any time your travels bring you to the Big Island. Much aloha, Catherine
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a wonderful stay at this home. Kids were enamored with the pool, and the adults loved the outdoor protected patio. House was well appointed, and kitchen was stocked with everything we needed. Reasonable distance from the volcano park and a couple grocery stores. We fully recommend this rental home, and look forward to staying again next time we visit the big island.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous quiet spot away from the masses at resorts. Home in great shape, beautiful large pool

  • 5 of 5

Great place. Well stocked with condiments, herbs and spices and even some basic foodstuffs making meal prep easier. Lovely pool and grounds. Nice to have the grill, beach mats, chairs etc. Lots of good books. Clean and nicely decorated, not spartan like some rentals. Great getaway from the frozen North!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

Really nice place, well-appointed, quiet, serene, great pool with a great view. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Could use some upgrades

  • 3 of 5

While the location of this home was nice, the home could use some upgrades.

The outdoor space was fantastic and the yard was beautiful, but the inside was a little less fantastic.

Kitchen could use some upgrades (appliances, available pots & pans were all dirty and needed washing and are quite worn) and the rooms could use a deep scrub

Pool wasn't very practical for actual use (no handle/rail, not heated, also needs some refinishing and better maintenance)

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kona on west side or Hilo on east side of island
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hana Hou or Shaka in Naalehu
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Sea Mountain
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
route 11
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hana Hou or SHaka in Naalehu
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Black Sands, Punalu'u
Car: necessary

This is the perfect spot to rest, relax and explore the Big Island of Hawaii. If you're looking for a retreat from the crowded condo scene you'll find this area of Ka Lae (Southoint) is one of the last pristine, undeveloped sites left in the islands. In fact, it has the longest stretch of unbroken coastline in the Hawaiian islands. Located 50 miles from Kona or Hilo you can travel to both sides of the island to visit Volcano National Park or Hilo town or visit the white sand beaches near Kona. Closer to home, this wild and open area of the US known as the Kau region, boasts a black sand (Punalu'u) and Green sand (Mahana) beach. A hike to Mahana offers a wonderful hike past the southernmost point of the US. The evening sky is so clear and full of stars it will take your breath away. You can almost see the curvature of the earth from this vantage point!

Local farmers markets abound in Naalehu, Volcano Village and Hilo. A short 15 minute drive to Pahala provides an opportunity to visit the Coffee Mill. Coffee has replaced sugar as the key agricultural product here and Kau coffee has received numerous international awards quickly overshadowing the Kona coffee the island has been known for. You can watch the coffee processing and stroll the coffee orchards as well as enjoy free coffee and local macadamia nut tasting at the Mill. Even closer to home is the Orchid Farm on South Point Road and the 'Flyin Hawaiian' airstream coffee truck in Naalehu as featured last year in Sunset magazine. Both are local gathering places featuring fresh Kau coffee. You are free to stroll through the Orchid Farm at leisure and enjoy the magnificent orchids being cultivated. You'll also want to visit the Buddhist temple just above Pahala and the Coffee Mill. It's nestled in Wood Valley on the edge of the rain forest. The small temple is a brilliant jewel. The monks who tend the grounds welcome all who come by for a visit. It's a tranquil spot for quiet meditation or a peaceful stroll. The Dalai Lama has visited this spot and you'll find some of his work featured in their small gift shop.

You won't want to miss the Volcanoes National Park about 40miles away. This is an active volcano and you can see the steam vents, hike on old lava fields, explore old native hieroglyphics and walk through ancient lava tubes. Not to be missed! Of course opportunities to watch whales, swim with dolphins at Hookena and snorkel at any number of beaches are all terrific outings.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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