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Hawaiian Paradise less then 2 minutes walk to Best Diving And Snorkeling Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 95 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Honaunau Beach House in South Kona, with safe swimming for the entire family

Experience old Hawaii in this beautiful, beach house; just yards from Honaunau Bay and 2 steps near the City of Refuge. Walk across the street and swim, dive or snorkel, arguably, the nicest bay on the island. Honaunau is great place to canoe, paddle board, kayak or scuba dive and we have a boat launch. Enjoy the warm water, tropical fish, green sea turtles, dolphins and more. There is no charge for this dolphin show or swim, the dolphins seem to enjoy performing for and around the snorkelers and we can watch them from the lanai! It's pretty amazing to see dolphins spinning in the wild.

Our home is centrally located in South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Just 30 miles south of the airport and Kailua-Kona, out of the big city, but close enough to go for excursions. Volcano National Park is about 75 miles away and Hilo is just a little over 100. Captain Cook is 10 miles away and it offers, a variety of shopping, and dining options.

What a perfect romantic getaway for two, but it can accommodate more. The fully furnished kitchen has granite counters, a gas stove, a dishwasher and a full size refrigerator with an ice maker.

Enjoy the romantic, queen size canopy bed. Of course, the master bedroom has satellite TV available. The 2nd bedroom has ocean views, cool breezes and an office area with a tv to use as a monitor. There is a full bath house, toilet, bidet, sink & shower; in the yard with a variety of beach toys and a private back yard.

Enjoy tropical fruit from the yard, we have bananas, papayas, pineapples, coffee trees, tamarind and a turmeric garden with a few vegis mixed in

Pick up supplies as you come through Kona. This home is in such a great location that you might not want to drive anywhere. Maybe you would prefer to just relax on the lanai with a cocktail and watch the dolphins spinning in the bay and the sun set on the water. Take a stroll down to the white sand beach and let the children experience snorkeling in the safe, calm, shallow waters. Take a walk over to Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, commonly known as the City of Refuge; and learn about the Hawaiian culture.

We were on a flight and Hawaiian Airlines played a video , Spotlight On the Big Island; highlighting the top things to do in Hawaii I was very excited to see the roof of our home in that video of Honaunau Bay. We know this is one of the best places on the islands and they obviously agree.

The bathhouse in the yard is stocked with snorkeling gear. It's great to walk back from the beach and shower outside, keeping the sand and water out of the house. We use solar power to energize this eco-friendly, green home.

This is a Hawaiian experience that even the locals want to enjoy.

Kama'aina Welcomed

Come, Relax and Enjoy this amazing, special, healing place. Walk gently and respect those that came before, the descendants of Hawaiian Royalty

Contact us today to book your stay. We spend a lot of time, swimming, painting and playing music, so please feel free to call as I am sometimes slow to check the email.

Last minute discounts may apply.

We have other houses in the area, so feel free to ask about them if this one is not available.

Book your reservation within 3 days of your stay and ask for a 10% discount for last minute bookings.

This is our home, but we are willing to share this very special place with you while we are traveling for work or to visit family, and maybe we could schedule our trip around your schedule.

We are also willing to explore house trades.

More Details

Property Manager
Emely Wilson
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2017

About Emely Wilson

Randy and I, Emely are simi-retired. Working part time in the real estate industry, making homes for people since the 1980's. We are willing to share our very special home with you while we are traveling for work or to visit family, and maybe we could schedule our trip around your schedule.

Randy is an accomplished musician & fisherman. I play at being an artist. We enjoy hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, photography and underwater videography.

Emely Wilson purchased this house in 2015

Why Emely Wilson chose Kona Coast

This is a rare find, where you can experience old Hawaii. This is one of the most special places in all of Hawaii, revered by the locals and tourists alike. Relax on the lanai and watch the dolphins swim and spin for the tourists. See whales as they pass by, often stopping to enjoy the deep outside the Refuge. Enjoy snorkeling Honaunau Bay, one of the nicest, safest beaches on the Big Island. It's great to be out of the big city, where you can just relax and enjoy what Hawaii has to offer. Warm, sunny mornings, cool ocean breezes, an abundance of song birds, tropical fruits and flowers, amazing sea life and water sports, beautiful sunsets, and romance.

This is our home, but we are willing to share this very special place with you while we are traveling for work or to visit family, and maybe we could schedule our trip around your schedule.

We are also willing to explore house trades.

I was very excited to see our roof on the "Spotlight of the Big Island" video that was shown on Hawaiian Airlines, seat back.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location! It just doesn't get better then this. Walk across the street, over the sand and lava, to Two Steps, a naturally formed lava shelf that allows you to step down into the ocean and snorkel out with beautifully, colored tropical fish, eagle rays, dolphins, sea turtles and more. The slower you go the more you will see. There is a lovely, white sand beach that is perfect for children and those that prefer to keep there feet on the ground. This section of the bay is shallow and still filled with tropical fish and turtles.


Nearest Airport
29.8 Miles
Kona, (KOA
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Honaunau Bay
Car: recommended

Our home is on Honaunau Beach Rd, below Captain Cook; short walk from the bay. Tourist and locals alike come to Honaunau Bay to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, boating, free diving, swimming, sunbathing, spear fishing, deep sea fishing, canoe racing and underwater photography.

This is our home but we are willing to share it with you when we travel. Our schedule is flexible and may work around yours, so feel free to contact us.

We can refer you to other local lodging if our home is not available.

This is such a rare and special location. It feels very private here even though we overlook the tourists on the beach.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 95 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Property Manager, Lisa (808) 345-1886 Review house Rules upon arrival Bag, rubbish, put in cans. Put cans on road Monday night or contact Lisa
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • We have a full bathroom with shower inside the house. On the back lanai there is an outdoor bathtub The 2nd full bath is the outdoor bath house with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , canopy bed, wood furniture and satellite TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , ocean view, office space and french doors
  • The master bedroom has a mahogany, queen canopy bed, mirrored closet, satellite television and a private entrance to the restroom. Views are of the back lanai and gardens The 2nd bedroom has views of the ocean and tropical gardens. It has a queen bed, mirrored closet and an office area. Large French doors open into the living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • recreation centre
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Come, Relax and Enjoy...


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Hawaiian Paradise less then 2 minutes walk to Best Diving And Snorkeling Bay
average rating of 4.6 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Could NOT be a better spot to spend time on the Island! The location and house are absolutely perfect. Snorkeling 2 Step was fabulous and to be able to just walk a few steps and relax on the lanai overlooking the beautiful bay was great. The house is beautiful and well stocked with everything you will need.

Aloha nui loa

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes
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Lovely, private house in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved it and would absolutely come back. It was so nice being away from people and having primo snorkeling just steps away. When we told people where we were staying, they would always be impressed. It is a ways from activities, about a 30 minute drive to Kona, but we didn't mind.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Had a problems in sanitary manner at first, and the product manager took care of the problems right away.

She was very trustful, helpful and kind person, so I had no worries afterwards.

The house inside and out side and location was supper nice!

The two step beach in front of the house was amazing! I could swim with dolphins so many times during my stay!

The National park " city of refuge" Puhonau o Honaunau, right next to the beach was very nice to learn one of the interesting Hawaiian history.

The owner of this property, Emily was very nice person. She is very kind and will give us quick response.

Over all, this beach house became one of my favorite place to stay in this Island!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home. We're glad you enjoyed our home and that amazing location. Best wishes to you and yours.
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Hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

You can't get any closer to the park or two step than this place! What a gem! My husband and I snorkeled off and on the whole time. The bay is spectacular! Go out for an early morning swim and you might see the pod of spinner dolphins. They played with my husband for almost 30 minutes! A turtle came up to me while putting my fins on. This home is literally a 30 second walk to paradise. Chat up the locals too, they will give you great tips! Make sure to use the park pass and spend some time down the street...what a cool experience. Thanks for everything. I hope we get the chance to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your stay. It really is a very special spot. Reading your review made me home sick. Best wishes, Emely
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A lovely Big Island property!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 had an amazing week on the Big Island and booking our stay at this beautiful property only added to our enjoyment! The location to Two Step and The City of Refuge, including the view of both from the lanai were spectacular. Enjoying our Kona coffee out there in the morning was wonderful. A gentleman walking by one morning on his way to the beach complimented the house because it is so well kept and landscaped. The art and stained glass inside the home add a special touch. We did notice a National Parks Pass on our last day sitting with the keys by the lanai door. Assuming we could have used that if we noticed it earlier for Volcanoes National Park? We traveled all over the island during our stay. Day snorkel at Capt Cook, sunset manta snorkel with bonus dolphins, zip line over waterfalls, hiking the Kilauea Iki crater, and multiple snorkels at Two Step with our turtle friends, as well as time spent at Kikaua and Hapuna beaches. Pricing is very reasonable if not less than other places we have stayed. Deposit returned quickly. Very pleased. Note that we did not really cook meals during our stay. Also in regards to solar power, do not dry towels while making coffee and running the house fans. My husband fired up the generator and all worked fine after that. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you had a nicevacation and enjoyed our home.
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This is an wonderful house in an amazing Big Island location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for four days during our recent vacation on the Big Island. What a delight! Beautiful property in a stunning location. We ate breakfast watching spinner dolphins from the porch, then walked a few steps to the bay to some of the best snorkeling of the Island. The nearby national monument "City of Refuge" was beautiful and fascinating. Couldn't ask for a more perfect place.

The house has everything you need, booking was easy and owners were easy to work with, even when VRBO messed up my email address. The kitchen cooking area is a little tight, but well stocked. Laundry on site was a plus. We brought a lot of our own snorkel gear, but this place has enough equipment for anyone who didn't! There is an full bathroom house outside which was a great addition for our family of five. All the kids loved to use that outdoor shower. The porches and house fans kept us comfortable.

Information on what to do with the garbage was a little confusing. We had to call the property manager for clarification. They answered right away and gave us the details we needed. If you're heading to the airport from this place, be sure to leave time to take your garbage and recycling to the dump.

We hope to be back to this amazing place!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a great time. It truly is a special place. We have rubbish service now, so rubbish is to be bagged and put in cans. Guests staying on Monday will be asked to put cans on road or contact management.
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in the Hōnaunau, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$222.13 + Tax
Pet Fee A$25.39 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$317.33
Tax Rate 13.42%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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