Charming and affordable, 30 steps from the ocean, perfect for families/groups
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About John Maier
Cindy was a state prosecutor and John was a photojournalist and documentary film maker in Rio de Janeiro before deciding to say Bye Bye Brazil and Aloha Hawaii. The ocean is our passion. Cindy is a rescue diver and loves to scuba, paddle, swim, surf and snorkel, and John is an avid surfer/stand up/snorkeler; both share a love for nature, especially dolphins, whales and dogs. We have three very friendly and well-behaved dogs which we keep separated from our guests (unless the guests request their company).
Why John Maier chose Captain Cook
Dolphin Dreams is only 30 steps from the bay. We rent out our downstairs unit, which is comfortable, clean and cozy. The rooms are bright and airy. The kitchen is large and well equipped. The lanai (patio) is spacious and relaxing. We think we give our guests a great place and at a very reasonable price. Quality, friendly, and not pricey.
What makes this House unique
Dolphin Dreams has the comforts of a nice hotel: wifi, cable tv, nice quality beds and pillows. And you are only 30 steps from the ocean, the famous Kealakekua Bay where James Cook sailed into Hawaii. The waters of Kealakekua Bay are teeming with ocean life such as dolphins, whales (during the winter), turtles and a myriad of reef fish and even mantas. Many consider it one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.
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Rustic, beautiful location
This is not a five-star experience, but you will never find a more beautiful location on Captain Cook Bay. We ate our dinner every night overlooking the water and snorkeled
A Magical Place
We had a lovely stay at Dolphin Dreams and really adored this remote little area. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped for all of our cooking. We recommend that you do a little grocery shopping before you get there because the closest restaurant and store is up a long and winding road. The neighborhood is quite lush and tropical and we enjoyed doing walks in the early evenings to view the beautiful trees, plants, and flowers nearby. And of course you can't beat being right on the ocean and having beautiful sunsets every night!
We snorkeled at Two Steps but found that the snorkeling was better right off our Own Steps :) The access is a bit tricky (and not recommended if there is a swell in the bay) but we managed to get in safely a few times, and snorkeled off to the left where we saw lots of pretty coral, colorful fish, a turtle and a couple of eels.
We didn't meet John because he was traveling but we had the pleasure of meeting Cindy who was very accommodating and was so quiet we hardly knew she was there.
We highly recommend staying here — you'll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed with lots of great memories!
Just What We Needed to Relax
We were looking for relaxation, quiet and easy access to the water in Kealakekua Bay. We got what we needed. We swam right out our back door but also had just a short drive to some good beaches like Ho'okena and Two Step. We were joined by dolphin, turtles and lots of fish at each place. Kayak rentals were also just steps away. We really weren't in the mood for lots of driving so we could maximize our time in the water and this was the perfect spot. Even when we were inside we could see the water. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this place is so that it will be available for ME when I want to go back ;-)
Magical setting and wonderful people
John and Cindy were super welcoming, responsive and full of helpful suggestions for making the best of our time in their space and on the island. The place itself was comfortable and charming. Easy kitchen, yummy coffee, flexible bedding arrangements. The View was spectacular and the location was super convenient for snorkeling. We had an evolving group through our stay there and John really went out of his way to work with us.
Beautiful place to stay
Beautiful views. The book on things in the area was very helpful. The beach they gave to walk to was excellent for learning how to snorkel without the big ocean waves.
We loved our stay at Dolphin Dreams. We really felt the old Hawaii vibe here. John and Cindy are great! They are full of helpful information but give you your privacy. We kayaked with dolphins two days. It was a life-changing experience. We just parked in the water and they swam right by us....amazing! We loved our Kona Coffee and chocolates from our hosts and drank it while looking at the lovely bay. This place truly makes you slow down and experience the Aloha. Mahalo John and Cindy!
Getting here is quite easy. We assume you will be renting a car or coming here by car. From the Kona airport or if you are coming from the north, head south (turn right as you get to the highway leaving the airport). This is Mamalahoa Highway or Hawaii Belt Road. Just stay on the highway for about 30 minutes until you pass highway marker 111. After the Pineapple Park Hostel on the right and Shell gas station on the left you will come to an intersection with traffic lights. Go straight on Napoopoo Road, your gateway to paradise. After 10 minutes when you get to a stop sign for the Painted Church to the left, take a right and continue down the hill. When you get to the bottom of the road you will see the bay directly in front of you. Take a left and drive down a narrow road until you get to your first right, Manini Beach Road. Drive one house down (20 meters) and take a sharp right down a grassy driveway for about 50 meters. You will see a bamboo gate marking our neighbor's yard. Drive down the driveway until you get to the bamboo gate. Dolphin Dreams is on the right and you can park in front of the green gate next to our outside shower.