Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!

Bedrooms 2
Space 890 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 queens, 2 baths, ocean view throughout and very comfortable

Our house has the pristine natural views like no other rentals with over one mile of tidepool views on three sides, and from the dining room, living room and 1 of the bedrooms. A very private location with no neighbors and no lights in the view when in the house and on the Lanai (the next door house is behind ours so people don't see each other when on the lanai). Experience water on four sides when tides are 3.0 and above. Enjoy sun and moon rises and the refreshing ocean breeze with little or no flying pests. You can leave doors and windows open (with screens closed of course) and not need to turn the ceiling fans on. This is the freshest air in the world and a most pleasant location to enjoy the sea and tide pools. In Dec 2014 we did hurricane repair and remodeling of the house, now it has brand new kitchen cabinets, enlarged living room, and new sliding glass doors with 180 degree ocean view.

You can literally snorkel from the house in the famous Kapoho tidepools that are at your door step. We are located on the edge of the Tidepool Preserve so fishing is allowed to the north and daily locals fish with nets and spears. From our cottage and south, is the Wai O Pae Tide Pool Preserve. offers entertaining vistas both below and above the water.

Location Information: A five minute drive will take you to Ahalnui Beach Park with its amazing 90+ degree geothermally-heated tide-pool. This is a gorgeous place for the whole family. You are only 15 minutes to unique Pahoa town, which is a step back in time. You will find many very good restaurants to choose from and a ''Real Hawaiian'' atmosphere! You will love this place. We will provide a 'Welcome Letter' once you book so you could have very detailed info of the area as of what to do to have the most fun.

Additional Details for the Rental: Lanai: great for dining, cocktail and wine happy hours, reading, or just hanging out there to enjoy the Pacific ocean view, sea breeze, watch your kids playing in the shallow pools downstairs, or maybe whale watching if you are lucky. Broadband Internet: You may either go wireless, or using the cable modem. Remember to bring your own lap top if you have to work some during your stay; otherwise a smart phone is perfect since most major cellular carriers have connections there. Kid Friendly: The tide pools downstairs are kids' snorkeling paradise! they are not just for 'big kids'! One of the best snorkeling areas among all the Hawaiian islands since it's been the marine conservation area since 1960s.

The Unique Benefits at this House: The Pacific Ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, there're the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel in your backyard any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven. We found this area is the best of Hawaii, unlike most everywhere else with sandy beach and resort one after another, this is the real and original Hawaii. As of March 2017 the road in front of our house is repaired and there're no worries to drive directly to the house to park downstairs of the house.

More Details

Susanna Billings
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, Chinese
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Susanna Billings

Since 1984, we've traveled to Hawaii and the Big Island's Puna district since 1988. While we love our home base in California's Central Coast, we both are most comfortable in Hawaii. Susanna was born in China and has traveled the world for work and play. Her passion is food and wine and her kitchens reflect her tastes. John began his business in San Luis Obispo in 1973 and still shops the world for home furnishings for indoors and out. That business, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, is widely known for quality and selection second to none. John has designed 3 homes and all reflect function and comfort with a classic sense of style.

Susanna is the manager and booking contact for Kapoho Makai. She is always connected and responds to questions, concerns and issues no matter what time zone or continent she is in. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love rural Hawaii, that's why we purchased our home here and turned it into a wonderful vacation rental, so more people could enjoy the nice and unique setting of the house. Having vacation here is a total adventurous experience, away from the the white sandy beach resorts.

Susanna Billings purchased this house in 2005

Why Susanna Billings chose Kapoho

We found this area is the best of the original Hawaii, where you don't see the traffic, tourists crowds etc, where you could have your own privacy and peace.

What makes this house unique

The Pacific ocean is right in front of the house, between you and the Pacific, it's the tide pools where you and your children can swim and snorkel any time during the day, talk with the fish, swim with the turtle, it's heaven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for sharing this wonder house with us, we have nothing but just great things to say. We woke every morning for the sunrise and listened to the Pacific golden plovers great and a bathe to the start the day. We had a lot of rain but it didn't stop us or take away from the beauty of this place or the island. The Black Sand Beach which is a few minute walk from the house was awesome, it was very busy on Sunday with a drum circle, we went again on a Tuesday morning and it was much more quiet and peaceful. We went to the Volcano National Park , what an amazing experience! We were lucky to see active lava flow (Mahalo Pele!). I would recommend the Kilauea Iki Trail Hike (4 miles round trip), it was other world. I would also recommend driving to the end of chain of craters road to the coast (where we were also able to see lava entering the ocean - where the steam is from). All the food recommendations from Susanna and John were wonderful. We also appreciate the kitchen supplies and cooking our own food. Of course spent as much time in the tide pools downstairs as you can!

I wish we could stay longer and I hope we can come back.

Thank you so much!

Robin and Jogan R.

Rochester, NY

Dec 10 to 14, 2016
Dec 2016
  • 1 of 23


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Kapoho, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No refund on deposit, the rest will be refunded with 25% fee if the house is resented. Rental agreement is accepted when clicking to book the house
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • fullroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , window opens to tide pool and coastal view
    Full bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , newly added full bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , large bedroom with windows on 2 sides and a full bathroom
    2nd Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 5' wide window at foot of bed with a full bathroom
  • Queen Bed: 1 queen bed for each bedroom with comfortable pillow top mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Many Amenities... DSL Broadband, bring your laptop, TV with DVD players, Dish TV, Hawaiian CDs and books, cards and games, binoculars, great drinking water, dishwasher, microwave, coffee grinder and maker, blender, toaster, electric stove, range hood, designer dinnerware, drink ware, BBQ grill, quality lanai chairs, and some snorkel gear. Sway in the breeze on the hammock on the lanai and soak up the tidepool lifestyle.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(93 traveller reviews)

80% Complete
17% Complete
1% Complete
0% Complete
1% Complete
Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.763441 based on 116 reviews
Moraga, CA

A unique island location

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples sharing this property on the tidepools and commuting to Hilo for the Merrie Monarch festival. The home is a little rustic, totally island-style, and private. The home was well-stocked and had everything we needed. The bedrooms aren't large but adequate and the beds are comfortable. It's all about the spacious lanai and the mesmerizing views of the tidepools - the interplay between the water and lava and light. We would definitely be happy to stay here again. And having a washer and dryer was a real advantage. Thanks to Susanna and John for sharing this special property.

  • Review Submitted: 18/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A week well spent

  • 5 of 5

The house was fully consistent as depicted, clean, fully fitted, and well maintained.

Sussana was responsive to our inquiries.

The location fully meet our wants - we could day-trip with ease and still have time to take advantage of tidal pools and the more local things to do.

And each and every sunrise over the ocean was special.

  • Review Submitted: 28/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
New York City

Location, location

  • 5 of 5

Being at the Tidepools - practically in the tidepools - was amazing. The snorkeling in the tide pools was first rate, especially at higher tides. We loved the trade winds while sitting on the porch. The house was comfortable and had everything we needed, it is exactly as pictured. It would be perfect for a couple, a family with 1- 2 children - a little tight for two couples but doable. The town of Pahoa, nearby, has nice restaurants and a friendly vibe. Don’t miss a drive down the Red Road (137)

  • Review Submitted: 28/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful to stay in this somewhat rustic, charming place right on the Kapolo tidal pools. Stunning view. Rooms small, but not nearly as important as the beauty of watching the sun rise from the ocean, and the tidal pools racing in and out, with snorkeling available right from the house. We loved our stay there. Very special place, will always be remembered.

  • Review Submitted: 16/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

This house cannot be beat! The views and the access to the tide pools was outstanding. The house had everything we needed. It was clean and comfortable. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 11/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


  • 5 of 5

Absolutely lovely beach house! Fantastic views and would come again. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 03/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
ITO Hilo International Airport
Car: necessary

Hawaii vacation rental homes

Big Island vacation rental houses

Kapoho Vacationland

Wai'opae tide pools

ocean front

tide pools, snorkel, swim

ocean front vacation rentals


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in the Kapoho, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Regular Season
7 Apr 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
15 Dec 2018 - 25 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$76.92
one time cleaning fee AU$162.97 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.42%

Options on Damage Protection is either you purchase a $59 plan for a $1500 coverage on our property, or $1000 refundable deposit which will be held and refunded by Homeaway within 7 days after your stay to your same credit card or checking account you paid with if no damage reported by manager. By clicking "book it" you accept our terms and conditions as stated in the "rental agreement" attached; and our CANCELLATIONS/TRANSFERS policy: must be in writing. No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be rented with less 25% fee.
CHECK IN time: after 4:00 P. M. on the arrival date CHECK OUT time: before 11:00 A. M. on the departure date.
To book directly with us: with a check payment, and $1000 damage/security deposit is held onto a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee. Rate is quoted based on 2 people; maximum occupancy is 4 people; $15 a night for the 3rd person
Cleaning fee is $125 plus tax, one time cleaning per stay; Hi state tax is 13.416%. $1000 damage deposit is charged and held by vrbo/homeaway, and will be refunded by vrbo/homeaway to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days after your stay. No smoking, no pets please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Contact Owner

Other Holiday Properties