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Susanna Billings

Member since: 2006
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Speaks English, Chinese

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

60 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Puna District - Kapoho Makai in the Tide Pools

2 Bedrooms, 2 queens, 1 & 1/2 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 (there's 1 neighbor but we never saw them more than once in a year)! 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.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Susanna Billings (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English, Chinese

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 Puna District

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

stay here at the big island and all I can say is mahalo!

We enjoyed swimming in the tide pools, gazing at the starts and reading and watching the ocean.

It felt like our own private island.

Thank you for sharing your home with us, we will never forget this place.

Jul 2012
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Literally in the Tide Pool Preserve and surrounded by the ocean at high tide!
average rating of 4.733333 based on 82 reviews

Gorgeous with the best snorkeling!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed it all! Will mail your pass for the cars to you as got stuck in Kona and realized we'd picked up all your copies with other papers. There WAS a huge cock roach behind the fridge that came out at night. Some of the white paint needed touch up from others staying there. the water on the road during high tide was a little daunting but never slowed us down. You thought of everything! Loved the views from the lanai. Wouldn't mind if there were some way to create some privacy while on the lanai from the neighbors right next door. We were amazed at everything you had made available there. Felt like home. The breezes were delightful, the snorkeling supreme (and we've snorkeled in Mex, Jamaica, St Lucia, etc). Beautiful fish and variety of them and the coral. WOW!! We don't know how it could be much better. Will have to give that a lot of thought. :-) Really enjoyed all the books on fish, HI, places to see and go, etc. Just didn't want to leave. Hopefully we can come back as our son lives over in Keeau. Thanks for everything!!!! Best stay we've had ever in Hawaii!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tide Pool Immersion

  • 4 of 5

My sister and I rented the house for a belated birthday vacation for the two of us. We had a great time, and I would rent the house again. My main concern, before arriving, was that I would find it too hot and humid without air conditioning (I'm a wimp about heat). But the sea breezes and bedroom ceiling fans kept the house cool and fresh throughout our stay, even through a few heavy downpours! We never even turned on the ceiling fans in the living area.

As a visitor renting a nearby house said to me, the best snorkeling in the tide pools is directly offshore from this house. The "blue hole" just slightly north and inside the breakers is where all the fish congregate at low tide, when they have to leave the smaller pools before they drain. This concentrates the fish for excellent viewing in shallow waters with corals - no swim fins needed at all! The aforementioned neighbor saw a sea turtle in that spot on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, we didn't catch sight of any sea turtles in the tide pools ourselves.

Useful to know: the house has a quirky layout, with a converted closet for the master bedroom powder room, and the main bathroom is only accessible through the second bedroom. The entire deck and all the deck furniture gets wet when it rains. The roads in the neighborhood are very good, except for about 80 yards around this house and it's neighbors. Do follow the owner's directions and come to the house from the north end of the street, and NOT via the south end of the street as Google Maps will direct you! During our 8 days stay, I believe that I was the only person who drove that section of road, and I only did it once! At higher tides, you definitely want an SUV or at least a "tall" car (that Mini shown in the photo library is unlikely to make it as the road conditions are now!) For the highest tide that we experienced (full moon +2.8 ft tide), the water was 10.5" deep on the street just before the house where I stood to measure it, and would have been over the bottom edge of the car exhaust pipe. We were aware of the tides (I printed out the tide tables before we arrived), and arranged on the two highest tide days to avoid coming or going within 2 hours of the high point. On all the other days, we didn't worry about the water on the road, because it wasn't that deep (2 ft or lower high tide levels).

It is a drive to go anywhere from this house, with the closest Pahoa restaurants and markets 10-11 miles away.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and Adventure

  • 5 of 5

This home was so welcoming! The view does not get any better. We loved snorkelling in the tide pools, the nearby town of Pahoa was really cool, and it made a picturesque home base for our adventures to Mauna Kea and the Volcano National Park. We had an incredible time and the hosts went above and beyond. I hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here from 19-22 May and it was incredible. It was amazing to walk outside and go right into the water and see the coral reefs. We saw many bright and colorful fish, moray eels, and even a sea turtle. At night we ventured out during low tide and explored the tidal pools with the flashlights that were provided. The house was fully stocked and everything was nice and clean. The beds and all the furniture were clean and very comfortable. The owner provided several sets of diving masks and snorkels. (Bring your own if you have a larger head. My mask rested on the bridge of my nose and hurt the next day)

For those concerned about having to drive through water to get to the place during high tide, I would recommend renting an SUV or Jeep. The house is on a road that loops around and during high tide the last 100 yards coming up to house from either direction can be covered with water. If you come in one side the road is really rough but shallower and if you come in the other way we drove thru water that was probably around a foot deep. When we stayed, high tide was in the mid afternoon so it always seemed like we had to drive through it right around high tide.

From the house the nearest grocery store is 15mins away; Hilo was about 45 mins; the Volcano national park was an hour; and South Point was about 2 1/2 hours away.

If we take another vacation to Hawaii, we would absolutely stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming home right on the Tidepools!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Kapoho Makai vacation rental. Besides being absolutely clean and charming, the house was well-equipped with everythng anyone could need. The sunrises were gorgeous! Be sure to get up in time to enjoy them. What a view, can't beat it.

The decor was fun and had that real Hawaiian feel to it. We enjoyed the many informative books, etc. on the area, tropical fish etc. but didn't have much time to read all that we would have liked to. We were too busy snorkeling everyday!

The snorkeling was fabulous. I felt very comfortable in the tidepools and I 'm not a strong swimmer. We enjoyed how the current carried us from pool to pool when the tide wasn't real low. We saw many beautiful corals, fish and sea creatures (the sea cucumber was not my favorite! reminded me of a giant slug) Were hoping for turtles but didn't encounter any this time.

We have been to the Wai Opae several times in the past but stayed in the Hula Cove area. This area in front of the house was much better with brightly colored corals and many deep pools to explore. We were usually the only ones in that area which was nice too.

As far as the road situation, we did have one evening we had to park outside the property and wade through water in the street but it wasn't a big deal.

It was only a little past our ankles. It would be nice not to have to deal with that issue but it won't keep us from returning to enjoy this rental again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another amazing stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd or 4th stay at this wonderful house. It rains alot, but because the house sits right on the tide pools it is easy to snorkel between showers.

There are so many pools to snorkel in and on the last day I swam with green turtles. Each time we find another fish we haven't seen before. We think it is the best place to snorkel in Hawaii.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Slow Season
2 Apr 2016 - 12 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
13 Dec 2016 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Slow Season
22 Apr 2017 - 12 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £764
one time cleaning fee £96 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Last minute booking special: 10% off if booked within 30 days of your arrival date and 3 days minimum.
CANCELLATION POLICY: No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be re-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.
Credit cards are accepted through Homeaway and VRBO; to book directly with us and the payment is check only, and $1000 damage/security deposit is held by a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee.
Rate is quoted based on 2 people; maximum occupancy is 4 people;
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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Puna District in the Big Island Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Half 1 - Toilet
    Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , window opens to tide pool and coastal view
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 2nd Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 5' wide window at foot of bed with full tide pool view
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , large bedroom with windows on 2 sides and 1/2 bath
  • 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 ...
Communication / Internet:
  • Fax
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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