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South Kona studio, 2 min from snorkeling beach
600 Sqft Studio hosted by Kristina
2 Guests . 0 Bedroom . 1 Bathroom

Overview

Welcome to South Kona, Big Island of Hawaii! I offer a private, ocean-view studio apartment on the garden level of a single-family home in a beachy, rural subdivision/community comprised of interesting custom homes. This studio is separate and lockable from the main house and has a private entrance via a side staircase. My place is great for a single or couple who want a nicely located spot near the beach that's still in the West side tropical zone... but seek a setting well away from the retail, heat, tourists and bustle of Kailua town. Sleeps two guests max. I can take parties of--(a) one adult; (b) two adults; or (c) one adult and one older child. No booking service fees ever when you use this site! Hosted, county-legal rental.
THE AREA. Our own secluded, uncrowded, black-pebble beach and bay offers easy access to outstanding snorkeling, kayaking, diving, fishing and swimming. The north finger reef is home to astounding snorkeling. Dramatic pinnacles dotted with coralheads teem with zillions of colorful tropical reef fish and other creatures. Unlike beaches in town, it's very uncrowded here most days and you will probably have the whole beach to yourself. :) The beach is about two minutes' drive away via a crazy steep road. You can walk it-- but driving is recommended.
THE LOCATION.This property is located at mile marker 97 in South Kona; about 45 minutes from Kailua-Kona and about 25 minutes from the actual town of Captain Cook. It's a large district so please ask if you are not sure exactly where it is.
THE STUDIO.Spacious, cozy, clean, comfortable studio outfitted with all you need to ensure an easygoing pleasant stay. Self-catering, provisions not provided. We offer cooktop cooking best for light cooking. There's micro, toaster, coffeemaker, utensils, dishes, glassware and pots/pans. (No oven is available.) The space is best suited for making breakfast, and light lunch and dinners. Also there is an electric kettle, drink blender and even a pancake griddle! NEW: Ultra-luxurious, certified organic King mattress by Nest Bedding with topper on brand new platform. (A recent guest called this a "rockstar" bed. ) Also, pleasant cement patio outside: a picnic table, gas tabletop BBQ for grilling up that great island fish or island-grown beef. Patio chairs and table also outside.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Please note: This is a setting quite off the beaten track, so if you are looking to walk to nightlife, convenience stores or Starbux, this location is NOT the place. If you want to see canopies of stars, hear birds and whales and the crashing surf, and be near premier, uncrowded snorkeling, well, that's more like us. Most guests love our rural location for just these reasons. At night, it's a safe, peaceful, quiet, dark, breezy and simply gorgeous out here. This is not a hotel-like resort room, nor should you expect it to be. It's a cozy, well-equipped apartment in a mature, family neighborhood. A little bit funky, a little bit sweet, a lot homey, a lot comfy. We are on a self-sustaining rainwater catchment system here, so mindful water conservation is requested and appreciated.No streetlights, no highway noise, no frogs and NO chickens. Just crashing surf (in winter).
THE SOUTH KONA DISTRICT. Our quiet subdivision is stair-stepped onto the dramatic, steep slopes of Mauna Loa, (the world's largest active volcano) creating commanding, 180-degree panoramic ocean views. This affords us vistas all the way to Kailua town 25 miles to the north. Clear horizon lines run 35 miles straight out to sea. Sunsets are extraordinary experiences on this part of the island, especially at our location and elevation. You feel like you are on top of the world --yet still close to the beach. Our leeward (Kona means "lee" or calm) side of the island is characterized by mostly dry, sunny weather year round, with a light increase in rain in the summer months. Average year-round temp is 80 degrees. Perfect. In winter, we can hear the raucous humpback whales from up here (November through April). Star-swept skies astonish. Cool elevation of about 750 feet means that ocean breezes keep us naturally comfortable all day, every day.
THE BEACH AND BAY. Summer conditions are calm and placid, ideal for snorkeling. (Although it can be a bit more rainy.) Winter ocean conditions can be rough at times, interspersed with many calm days. The beach right below us is a sweet pebble cove and protected bay. Snorkeling along the finger reefs here (in calm conditions) is excellent. Our beach is a TRUE best-kept secret. Shore divers love this area, also known for its abundant sealife, startling pinnacles and breathtaking coral gardens. (The Kona Aggressor dive charter parks just to the north of our bay.) Kayaking is premier and it's easy to launch (in calm conditions) from our paved beach parking lot.
Hiking along the ancient King's Trail or walk about 10 mins north and reach the place we call the "Gilligan's": A gorgeous, secluded black sand beach with a private shower, fringed by coco palms.
AMENITIES &EXTRAS
Free use of my snorkeling equipment (with signed waiver). Note: I provide snorkel gear as a courtesy only so fit, size, condition and quality of gear is NOT guaranteed in any way. You may want to consider renting, bringing or buying your own if you want to ensure a perfect fit. You must be a good swimmer to snorkel! There's also a beach umbrella, beach cooler, two chairs, loaner surfwear, noodles, beach towels and beachmats.
Free, reliable and fast Wi-Fi.Basic 19-inch flat screen/DVD player with a few good movies and a few B or C movies. :) There's also an acoustic guitar with new strings and picks in the room available if you are a musician.
LOCAL DRIVING DISTANCES
We are approx. 23 miles south of Kailua-Kona, about an hour south of the airport. With the new bypass open, we are under 30 minutes to Keauhou Bay.
HEADING NORTH: We are 15 minutes south of Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (the best preserved cultural refuge and ancient temple complex in the state) and "Two-Step," featuring outstanding snorkeling, said to be among the top three in the state. Twenty minutes from world- famous Kealakekua Bay--a pristine bay and protected marine reserve/underwater park great for swimming, dolphin sightings and whale-watching. Ten minutes to beautiful, sandy Hookena Beach where you can rent a kayak. Five minutes to the famed coffee belt of the Honaunau Valley.
It's about 12 miles north to the town of Captain Cook, with services such as gasoline, restaurants, grocery and banking. It's 45 minutes to Kailua or Keauhou if you DO want some nightlife, dining, bigbox retailers, sportfishing, golf, luaus or tennis.
HEADING SOUTH: We are about one hour and 25 minutes to the phenomenal Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Punalu'u Black Sand beach, with an abundance of sunbathing turtles, is about 45 minutes south as are turnoffs for the Green Sands Beach and South Point.
IN CLOSING: I desire hosting self-sufficient guests who are quiet, courteous and respectful and who desire a peaceful, rural location. We are not a resort and do not offer luxuries or maid service during your stay. We are not fancy. Do read the listing completely and house rules carefully BEFORE BOOKING to make sure it's a fit for you. Mahalo! and e komo mai! (Welcome). Tax of 4.7120% GE and 10.25% TAT apply. (Total 14.962%). Mahalo!
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Sleeping Configuration
RoomBedsSleepsComments
South Kona Studio
  • King
2
Suitability
No Pets Allowed
No Smoking Allowed
Not Family/Kid Friendly
Not Handicap Accessible
Not Suitable for Events
Parking Included
Free parking on quiet street right across from or near my house.

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Amenities

Iron & Board
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Ceiling Fan
What we supply
Shampoo, body wash, dish soap, hand soap.
Patio
Gas Grill
Private patio and gas grill.
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Stereo/DVD Player
Full Kitchenette
Fridge
Dishwasher
Microwave
Toaster
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Kitchenette with hotplate cooking. Best for making light meals. No oven or stove.
Smoke Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

Activities

Scuba diving or snorkeling
Deepsea fishing
Fishing Charters
Pier fishing
Surfing
Wind surfing
Kitesurf
Sailing
Parasailing
Jet skiing
Kayaking
Beach Volleyball
Stand up paddle board(SUP)l
Golf
Miniature Golf
Tennis
Swimming
Cycling
Fishing
Hunting
Horseback riding
Walking
Nature Viewing
Bird Watching

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Advertising copywriter. Magazine features journalist. Substitute teacher sometimes. Homeowner here since 2004. Love outrigger paddling and tennis. Live aloha!

Speaks: English
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Policies and Rules

Check In 4PM - 11PM
Check Out11AM

I will meet you in person, check you in and leave you be unless you have questions or would like to share a glass of wine. :)

Minimum age limit for renters: 18
If you are under 25, please write with a little more information about your background.
Payment Policy
Payment by Paypal or bank transfer programs (popmoney, etc.) or Venmo also accepted. 100 percent due at booking. Guest pays transfer/service/international fees.
Refundable Damage Deposit
A refundable damage deposit of $180 will be collected on all bookings via check/cash (or Paypal friends & family) and returned within three days of check out if everything is found to be in order. If paid by check, check is just held and not cashed unless necessary.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy. 
All stays are prepaid and non refundable.

Travel Insurance - As a small operation, we expect the same commitment from our guests to their reservation that we provide to them. Reservations are accepted with the understanding the guest will be financially responsible for the entire reservation. We understand that unforeseen issues can arise, but we cannot be responsible for illness, family emergencies, work conflicts or inclement weather. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance, available at a nominal cost from any travel agency or online at insuremytrip.com.
Notes
Full payment must be made at the time of booking. Payment must be received and be posted in my bank before calendar is blocked. Non Refundable.
House Rules
We're very mellow ... so if you are too, we'll get along well. This is a family home and neighborhood. Quiet time 10PM-8AM. These are our neighborhood association curfew hours which must be respected. No loud disturbances at any hour. It's a very quiet area, so please respect our nearby neighbors, as sound carries here and I wish to maintain good relationships!

• Absolutely no smoking/burning of any kind is allowed on the property or in the apartment. This includes e-cigs/vapes. Also, no burning candles, Incense or mosquito coils inside or outside. This is strictly enforced for the safety of the home and our neighborhood.

• Only guests named on the reservation allowed on property at all times, no exceptions.

• Check-in time is 4:00PM-11:00PM. Please text with an ETA. Mahalo.

• Mindful water use please; we're on a self-sustaining rainwater tank system. Please finish showering by midnight, as late-night showers wake us upstairs.

• Extreme caution required for BBQ and inside cooktop use. Never leave unattended.

• Please remove your own trash (take it with you) as we have no trash service out here: Trash and mixed recycles can be taken to nearby trash station at mm 99-100. Trash must NOT be left in the flat or in the carport.

• Divers: Rinse your ocean gear, especially wetsuits, on the boat docks before you leave your charter--not inside the apartment in the bathtub. My pipes hate salt water and thank you!

• Please don't move furniture. This includes the bed. Furniture moved incorrectly will break.

• Energy conservation appreciated. Please turn off all lights and fans when leaving the room.

• Read the listing carefully before booking. Make sure the studio and its location (mile marker 95.5) and amenities are a good fit for you. Ask questions first if anything is not clear.
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Getting around

Car rental is mandatory. (Regular 2WD is fine.) We are out in the country here and the public bus stops once a day but isn't a good, convenient or comfortable option.

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These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

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South Kona Snorkeling
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South Kona studio, 2 min from snorkeling beach is a Studio located in Captain Cook, HI, United States. This Studio is available for short term lodging and accommodates 2 guests
South Kona studio, 2 min from snorkeling beach has 0 bedroom, 1 bathroom and was listed on Houfy on Apr 2018

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