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Escape the hotel scene! Hale Nai`a (Dolphin House) is your dream come true in paradise. You will appreciate the relative seclusion and it is perfect for celebrating that special occasion or a romantic getaway.
Hale Nai`a unveils breathtaking views and allows you the opportunity to be outside from morning to night. If you plan to prepare your meals at home, this is the place for you! You can do so while soaking in the magnificent ocean view in the fully furnished outdoor kitchen with full size fridge, stove, sink, dishwasher, BBQ, coffee pot, microwave and a screened in gazebo for your dining pleasure. In addition, there is also an interior, fully equipped kitchen with ocean views, a full size fridge and stove with oven.
Let the sound of the ocean waves lull you to sleep in your beautiful one bedroom o’hana with unobstructed ocean views that can accommodate up to 4 guests. There are ceiling fans in every room – even the bathroom. A comfy Cal King bed with memory foam topper awaits you as well as a pillow topper queen size sofa sleeper to accommodate extra guests or family members. Have an afternoon siesta in your hammock. There is a full 4 piece bath indoors and an added bonus and to truly experience Hawaii there is an additional custom-built outdoor bamboo shower with hot water for your enjoyment.
Listen to the singing of the many songbirds as you leisurely sip your morning coffee/tea. Watch the dolphins as they swim by. Relax and unwind after a day of rejuvenating solitaire getaway adventure or nuzzle with a loved one watching a breathtaking Hawaiian sunset from your lanai with swaying palm and coconut trees framing your picturesque view. Star-gazing can be spectacular on the clear warm Hawaiian nights or a trip to Mauna Kea’s observatory to marvel at the clear star swept sky is well worth the trip.
We also have available beach necessities including beach chairs, towels, boogie boards, sun-shade umbrella, and cooler – so no need to pack these items.
Hale Nai`a (Dolphin House) is located:
- 45 minutes south of Keahole, Kona International Airport
- 15 minutes to grocery stores, restaurants, markets
- Three miles to Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
- Thirty minutes to Kailua-Kona
- 1.5 – 2 hour drive to Volcano National Park
Kealakekua Bay (Pathway to the Gods) is located on the Kona Coast, 12 miles South of Kailua-Kona and is only a short walk from your cottage. Manini Beach is truly a hidden gem of a beach a short 250 steps away with picnic tables, a small sand beach with shaded grassy areas. A perfect spot to unwind basking in the sun. If your are fortunate enough, you may have the opportunity to swim with turtles, mantas, spotted eagle rays and enjoy world class snorkeling with beautiful coral reef and an array of colorful tropical fish in an awesome under water protected marine sanctuary. Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook monument are seen across the bay from Manini Beach where spinner dolphins frequent. This is also the historic bay where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778 and the famous site of his Monument.
Historic Napoopoo Beach Park and Ke’ei Beach (good for surfing) are only minutes away. The federal park Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, The City of Refuge, is a short drive to the south. There you will find a popular snorkeling spot named “Two Step” which is an easy access area for snorkeling or scuba diving. This area also has a public boat launch and a sand beach for the small children to swim in shallow waters. Another 10-minute drive will take you to Ho’okena Beach which is a black sand beach with great views, public facilities, camping, rental equipment and perfect for a picnic.
The sound of the ocean waves will enchant you. Visiting during the months of November through March is an excellent time for watching humpback whales breech from your lanai. On occasion, you can hear their singing and tail slapping. The Hawaiian spinner dolphins frequent the bay all year and can be seen jumping and “spinning” in the pristine blue waters.
Paradise awaits you!
This is a non-smoking facility.
Hale Nai'a is a cottage in a very natural part of the Big Island, located directly at Kealakekua Bay. We stayed twelve nights (July to August) there. All descriptions are very accurate, as well as the other reviews. This is indeed a very beautiful place that contains everything one needs for a carefree vacation. The Cal King size bed in the master bedroom is extremely comfortable, the outdoor shower is great and very convenient (we only used the indoor shower once because its so much nicer to shower outside), and the outdoor kitchen contains every amenity one may need. The snorkel gear (many different sizes) and the body boards were also great. Also, the Wifi is fast (~30MBit) and reliable, which is always important for staying in contact and for planning your trips.
During our stay, our hosts (Rusty and Janice) were not on the island and Shelly, your direct neigbhour who normally acts as the local contact, was not there for the first week. But because Rusty provided such detailed information and replied to mail very fast, we never had any trouble and all of our small questions were answered really fast and very friendly.
Although we arrived quite late on our first day (it was already dark), we did not have any trouble finding the location.
We also rented Rusty's car, a 1996 Toyota 4-Runner, which was really helpfull to get around on the island. For some places, the 4 wheel drive is necessary, and the car dealt with any road condition flawlessly. We picked up the car at the airport (Rusty organized everything) and Shelly returned us again to the airport, which was also very nice. Ask Rusty about it if you plan to rent a car (and you definitely should, because this location is comparably remote).
All in all, thanks to Rusty, Janice and Shelly this was a great vaccation and we are eager to return. We would definitely encorage anyone who wants to enjoy beatiful nature in a quiet and private hideout to rent the Hale Nai'a Cottage!
PS: One important tip: Hawaii is a tropical island, as such you will have mosquitos outdoors. Use the mosquito coils (stored under the outdoor sink) in the evenings or the mornings, they really work!
Our accommodations were all we expected and more. The bungalow was equipped with everything one needed for a carefree vacation. The location was very close to the water and you could see and hear the waves crashing over the lava. The fully equipped outdoor kitchen is the hilight of this rental. We ate all our meals out there enjoying the beautiful scenery. The hosts are wonderful, friendly people who help to make your stay very pleasant.
The Dolphin House was incredible--clean, convenient, and an amazing location. But the real treat was meeting the hosts, Janice and Rusty, whose generosity and welcoming spirit completed our experience. We can't wait to return someday.
Although the photos are fabulous, they pale in comparison to what the site looks like. I've traveled a lot and spent time in everything from shanty to castle, but this is the prize. The outdoor kitchen was modern and complete. The outdoor shower was wonderful and private. Our host family was out of town, but they made sure I had everything I needed to make myself at home. Instructions and helpful hints were given to me before I arrived, so I had no surprises. The neighbors were delightful and a perfect blend of island, mainland, and western Europe. Shelly acted as host in their absence and felt like a true friend, in addition to being an ocean conservationist. It was an absolute pleasure AND the island neighbors taught me how to appropriately hand feed the 3 sea turtles in the pristine cove at the foot of the driveway!
Hale Nai'a ist sehr ursprünglich und es ist sehr ruhig. Am besten fanden wir die Aussenküche und die Aussendusche.. In der Früh wacht man mit Vogelgezwitscher und Meeresrauschen auf - was will man mehr...
Hale Nai'a is a very nice place, you can hear the birds singing and the waves.. We love the outside kitchen and the outside shower, because this is not possible in Germany!!
Mahalo to Janice and Rusty