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Right on the bay, clean, cozy, eco-friendly, 2BR, 5 bed, Wifi, cable TV. Nirvana

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Charming and affordable, 30 steps from the ocean, perfect for families/groups

Nature and relaxation at its best. Wake up and jump in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay, a nature and historical reserve and home to dolphins, whales, mantas and turtles. Or just relax by the sea and listen to the ocean all day and night long. A quick caution about other rentals: many post close-up photos of beaches or the ocean, but there are only a handful of rentals like ours that are right on the bay. And while some rentals in the area have nice views, most are up the hill, a 10 to 15 minute drive from the bay. Unless they state they are right on the bay, chances are they are not.

We offer a cozy and spacious area decorated in an ocean theme with books, guides and maps of the Big Island. Nestled behind a tiny state lot, Dolphin Dreams is only 30 steps from the ocean. The rental is on the first floor of our home and is a completely separate unit with its own private entrance facing the ocean.

Dolphin Dreams comes with two bedrooms, the Whale Room and the Dolphin Room. The Whale room is the main bedroom and has cable TV, a queen bed and a twin bed. The Dolphin Room has two twin beds which can be joined to form a king bed. All beds are brand new. Both rooms are bright, airy and have ceiling fans. The Whale Room has a nice view of the bay (you can see the Captain Cook monument from your bed) while the Dolphin Room looks out on the garden. A futon can be added for more guests. There is a bathroom with hot shower, as well as an outside wash area with an outdoor shower to rinse off. The laundry area has a washing machine and a dryer. We provide biodegradable soaps and detergents. There is a spacious lanai (patio) with tables and chairs, a sofa and a reading chair where you can enjoy your meals or just hang out and do as the locals do, "talk story". Adjoining the lanai is a kitchen with all the appliances you need, including pots and pans, coffee machine, toaster, etc. There is free wifi and cable TV, as well as a complimentary bag of local coffee and a Weber grill for cookouts. We also have snorkeling gear and body boards for you to enjoy the bay. Contact us if you have any other questions. Our guests are our priority.

More Details

John Maier
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

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.


Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • The bathroom has hot running water and is airy. It also has an outside entrance so you can come in from the beach.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Whale Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Dolphin Room - 2 twin/ single , The two twin beds can be joined to create a king bed.
  • We have two bedrooms: the Whale Room and the Dolphin Room. The Whale room is the main bedroom and has cable TV, a queen bed and a twin bed.The Dolphin room is smaller and has two twin beds that can be joined to form a king bed. Both rooms are bright, airy and have a ceiling fan. A futon can be added to either room to accomodate another guest. The Whale Room also has a nice view of the bay.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • 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
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Right on the bay, clean, cozy, eco-friendly, 2BR, 5 bed, Wifi, cable TV. Nirvana
average rating of 4.882353 based on 34 reviews
Yakima, WA, USA

We were plotting how to return before we even left.

  • 5 of 5

Our March weather was less than optimal, but our lodging on K. bay was perfect. We'd spent 5 days in the resort area at Waikoloa before arriving at Dolphin Dreams. Those surroundings were lovely, but we were craving a bit more normality -- if sharing morning coffee with spinner dolphins spinning can ever be considered "normal." John was helpful when needed and invisible when not. The kitchen had everything we needed. The bed was good. We found the furniture inside quite comfortable on the day that the heavens let loose with rain. We snorkeled both from the rocks below the unit and from Manini Beach around the corner, rented a kayak for a morning, and started each morning with coffee and dolphins. Dolphin Dreams is not the controlled perfection of a Waikoloa resort. It's a comfortable homey base for those wanting to be close to the water and closer to what island life might be like.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Plenty Mahalo Mary and David. We also enjoyed your stay and are glad you had such a wonderful time with the dolphins. Aloha.
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant Hill, CA

Quiet Retreat on Kealakekua Bay, just a short walk to Manini Beach or Napo 'opo'o Pier

  • 4 of 5

Dolphin Dreams is a very quiet location - in the evenings you hear the waves and a variety of bird calls. You can enjoy a drink or meal with a nice view of the bay, and Cook's Monument is just visible about a mile across the water. The house layout is a bit unconventional, as the rental is the lower level which appears to have been converted from a covered patio or carport. The house doesn't have usable access to the water; however, both Manini Beach and Napo'opo'o Pier are very short walks away (in opposite directions). But for snorkeling, we found the ease of access and quality of coral and marine life better at Two-Step, just a few miles drive to the south.

The owners live in the upper level of the house, but have a completely separate access. John was very helpful on our arrival, giving us a tour of the property and answering our questions about local restaurants, shops, and activities. After that, we only saw them in passing around the neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bellevue, WA

Amazing location, very comfortable home, great host!!

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 5 staying at this very comfortable home at this incredibly beautiful location. The host, Cindy, was super welcoming, very helpful and gave us many tips of tip on things to do. The home was very clean and spacious. Ideal location for those looking for kayaking and snorkeling in the bay and having a relaxed Big Island vacation! We are all looking forward to going back!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sunsets, ocean view, private, spacious!

  • 5 of 5

As you drive up, your rental appears festive as the owners have lots of Aloha spirit and colorful creativity. No need to pack much beyond basics as the home is equipped and stocked for a serene week of enjoying the Big Island. After day adventures, an outdoor shower rinses off your sand. The layout is generous and our family enjoyed the extra space. When we return we would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, We, too, enjoyed having you stay at Dolphin Dreams Kealakekua and Mahalo for the great review. We look forward to your next visit. 😀?😁?
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Watch sunset over the Bay just a few steps away

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful stay. The hosts were considerate, friendly people who were always willing to help but not intrusive. They provided everything you could need and then some. There was even a salad spinner for the local organic greens! The house is not fancy but very comfortable and clean.

The location was superb, right on beautiful Kealekekua Bay. Birds and other wildlife abounded on both the land and sea. It was so beautiful and relaxing that we barely left the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Kailua Kona
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Manini Beach
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120

Cleaning fee of $120
Checkout is 11 am and checkin is 4pm. We try to accommodate our guests so if you are arriving before or after these hours let us know and we will see what we can do.
Extra persons, including babies are charged $20 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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