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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:
March 20, 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:
  • 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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Right on the bay, clean, cozy, eco-friendly, 2BR, 5 bed, Wifi, cable TV. Nirvana
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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: April 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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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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Missing it already

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our three weeks there. Our hosts were amazing, giving lots of local information. There is a very nice beach park within walking distance. When the sea is calm, snorkeling is great, when the sea is rough the waves crashing are stunning. The screened in living room allows lots of fresh air in, protection from the rain and a lovely view of the water. The decor is casual but everything is clean and we did not need any extra supplies. The area is very quiet. Good access to the south part of the island and Kailua-Kona is just a short drive away. An easy half hour paddle to the Captain Cook monument with two local kayak rental places available.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home owner is caring and responsive

  • 5 of 5

I booked this property for our Christmas get-away originally for four people. Only my husband and son ended up going to the big island and stayed at the property. So I had to send John a message to get some refunds for additional guests charge after they left. John instantly replied to my message and agreed to refund. He’s so caring and responsive and made me feel that you’ll be able to make friends by staying at this property. John is a big bonus for the guests!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible oceanfront eco lodge in tropical garden

  • 5 of 5

We just loved it! Most welcoming hosts that live up to the eco Credo. Very calm ground floor apartment with ocean view AND direct ocean access. The surrounding garden and of course magic Kealakekua Bay are absolutely stunning. Watch a large variety of birds and butterflies, sly mongooses, seaturtles and - if your lucky - daulphins from your bed! Kayak rentals right around the corner. Lots of basic gear by the house or John and Cindy will provide. Thanks. So sorry to leave!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical, homey, exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

A stunning view and charming accommodations in a quiet nook on Kealakekua Bay. John was a wonderful host; the owners live upstairs. The interior is spacious, unpretentious, and well-loved. The washer-dryer was awesome since we were on a long and active trip. We loved it and would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • 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
Tax Rate 14.25%

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

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

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