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On the bay, clean, cozy and affordable, eco-minded, 2BR, 5 bed, wifi, cable TV

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 go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay, a natural and historical site and home to dolphins, whales, mantas and turtles. Or just relax, read and listen to the ocean all day and night long. Dolphin Dreams Kealakekua is actually a rental which we advertise on airbnb and vrbo, so if you want to see more pictures or read some of our reviews, check us out. 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
Speaks: english, german, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

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 Kona Coast

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.


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 a Shell gas station on the left you will come to an intersection with traffic lights. Go straight on Napoopoo Road, your gateway to paradise. 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 we are the fifth house on the oceanside, just after a small church and past a house with a beautiful brass and metal entrance gate with turtles. We have purple, green and blue steps on the side of the house.


Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • 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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On the bay, clean, cozy and affordable, eco-minded, 2BR, 5 bed, wifi, cable TV
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Dolphin Dreams stay

  • 5 of 5

I cannot begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Dreams. John and Cindy were fantastic. They had lots of information about the area and basically made us feel very welcome. They quickly became friends. We were married on a nearby beach and I felt so comfortable around them that I invited them to our wedding. The house was perfect. It truly is a slice of heaven. The beach is at your front door. I cannot recommend this house enough. Mahalo John and Cindy for helping make our trip and wedding so incredibly wonderful. We will definitely be staying there the next time we visit the big island and I highly recommend anyone staying in the Captain Cook area to stay there as well.

Aloha and Mahalo,


  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, thank you for the kind words. We too, really enjoyed having you here and plenty mahalo for inviting us to your wedding. It was truly a magical moment with the spectacular sunset and leaping dolphins in the background. We look forward to having you back....maybe for a one year anniversary? Aloha 😉�
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Location, location, location

  • 5 of 5

Actually Dolphin Dreams is a lot more than location. John kept in frequent contact to deal with our constantly changing itinerary on our arrival. We also learned a lot about living in harmony with a marine preserve. The indoor spaces were appealing. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very enjoyable place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Delightfully decorated, comfortable, spacious, well equipped, close to the ocean and close to our family.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location, John is a very attentive host. Inside chairs less than comfortable.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Two old people

  • 4 of 5

Great location, easy snorkeling, everything we needed was there. Sunsets are spectacular from the yard. Not fancy but best location and view.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

What a find! Great, informative folks, wonderful location, steps from snorkeling in the Bay. A well stocked kitchen and a comfortable space to hang out in. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night

Cleaning fee of $75
Checkout is 11 am and checkin is 3pm. 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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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