Spectacular View, Snorkel/Swim from Yard in marine preserve


Home Description

The CORAL POOL HOUSE, 'Kaheka Ko'a,' is a OCEANFRONT HOME with snorkeling and swimming in your backyard. It is directly on the shore of the WAI'OPAE STATE MARINE PRESERVE (Kapoho Tide Pools). Kapoho is a small, quiet rural community on the Big Island, near Hilo and 40 miles from Volcanoes National Park. The home has an awe-inspiring view of the 50-acre marine preserve and beyond.


* Unparalleled panoramic ocean views of coastline, marine preserve, reef, sea and night sky.

* Snorkeling in an extensive natural aquarium with a rainbow of fish and coral.

* Swimming and floating in tranquil pools.

* Modern accommodations in a new home (2008), including whirlpool hot tub and WiFi.

* Tropical scenery of the rural Puna coast.

* Clouds of stars in the night sky.

OCEAN VIEW: The Coral Pool House captures an expansive ocean view from its shoreline location. The living area, bedrooms, lanais (covered decks) and hot tub all have a panoramic ocean view. You can catch the natural rhythms of the day: sunrise, clouds painting the skies, tidal flows, waves crashing on the outer reef, passing whales (December - April), and sunsets while relaxing in the living area, beds, shaded lanais or whirlpool hot tub.

MARINE PRESERVE: The shoreline location of the Coral Pool House provides easy access from its grounds into the tranquil waters of the Wai'Opae (why-o-pie) Marine Life Conservation District for snorkeling, swimming and floating. The marine preserve is one of only 11 in the Hawaiian Islands. The preserves were established to protect the unique marine life of these special places. Wai'Opae preserve has among the greatest density and diversity of marine life of all the Hawaii preserves. The coral and fish-laden pools are home to 11 coral and over 100 fish species, and the endangered green sea turtle.

To quote the popular 'Big Island Hawaii Snorkeling Guide' (authored by two biologist who have snorkeled throughout the world), Wai'Opae marine preserve is '... a unique and fantastic snorkeling spot. ... one of the best snorkeling areas in the world... The pools are gorgeous. The visibility is usually stellar. The corals are diverse, colorful and in incredible health. The fish are abundant and diverse as well. Everything is up close and personal. It really is a wonderful experience.'

SNORKELING and SWIMMING: The grounds of the Coral Pool House meet the sea where you can slip into its tranquil coral pools. The pools offer fabulous snorkeling, for the beginner to the experienced. The inner pools are calm 360 days a year due to the protective outer reef. Thermally heated fresh water seeps into these inner pools, making them noticeably warmer. They are ideal for swimming in, as well as snorkeling, or for those who just wish to float and relax. Outer pools may be enjoyed by the more experienced snorkeler, offering greater density of corals and some fish species not seen in the inner pools. Large predators (like sharks) are absent due to the shallow barrier reef.

The outdoor solar shower offers a warm rinse when exiting the pools. On the grounds of the home is a shallow warm pool (80-85 degrees), great for those experiencing snorkeling for the first time or for kids to play in. Children may be observed at play from inside the home, the lanais or patio. We provide some snorkeling equipment (masks & snorkels), boogie boards and information on marine life that you will encounter.

NEW OCEANFRONT HOME: The Coral Pool House offers the comfort of a MODERN FULLY APPOINTED HOME while taking in its exquisite natural setting. All rooms and the upper lanai have open beam ceilings. Family dining may be enjoyed indoors or on the lanai. The ocean breeze keeps the home mosquito free. The covered ground-level patio, near water's-edge, is an enjoyable place for a picnic. Meals can be prepared in the modern fully appointed kitchen (granite counters, cherry wood cabinets) and on the lanai's BBQ. The whirlpool tub is a wonderful place to relax and 'soak' in the view.

The home's bedrooms have new quality beds and en-suite baths, with a deep soaking tub in the master bathroom. The master bedroom has a king bed. The second bedroom has both a queen and double bed.

The home also has wireless internet, phone, satellite LCD flat screen TV (pause/record options), DVD, CD, stereo, cards, board games, videos and books for your enjoyment. The home's caretaker lives nearby, in the community, and is available if you need assistance.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Tropical landscapes offer stunning scenic drives along the coast, cascading waterfalls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you can pull yourself away from the Coral Pool House, a drive along the SCENIC PUNA COAST is not to be missed (beginning one mile from the house). Nearby, there are several other scenic drives, hikes and parks, including a large thermally heated swimming pond (2 miles). The historic village of Pahoa, with shopping, groceries, fresh fish and farmers markets, and restaurants, is 10 miles away. A 40-mile drive takes you to Volcanoes Park, with its active volcano. Other volcanic features may be experienced closer to Kapoho, such as: Lava Tree Park (7 miles) and Kalapana (15 miles), where lava is flowing into the sea.

Although tropical, Kapoho has the least rain in east Hawaii. We also enjoy some of the cleanist air in the world.

The area is served by the Hilo International Airport (29 miles). Hilo has many options for shopping, dining and entertainment. You may view several picturesque waterfalls on the Waianuenue River, which flows through Hilo.

Further information on the Coral Pool House (Kaheka Ko'a), the Wai'Opae marine preserve and local attractions will be provided following your booking. In addition, for those that stay with us, we are pleased to help you with your travel plans, based on our local knowledge. Please inquire if you have any questions and visit or web site: kapohohawaii.com

Tax ID: W15883045-01


Room Details

Sleeping Arrangements

  • Bedroom 1 1 King

  • Bedroom 2 1 Queen1 Double


Bathroom Arrangements

  • Bathroom 1Full

  • Bathroom 2Full

  • Bathroom 3Half

Calendar Last updated Sep 12, 2017
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Great Location and the best snorkeling!

We had a great time staying at Coral House for 8 nights in July! We loved having the option of driving to do activities on the east side of the big island as well as chilling out around the house and utilizing hot tub on the deck. The view and snorkeling was unmatched....and we have been to a lot of great places. Definitely check out Weds night market in Kalapana and the lava flow nearby (can rent bikes once down at end of the road).

Visited on "June - 2017

Unprecedentedly off the charts!

Astounding! I like visiting new places, so it is a rarity for me to consider returning to the same home. This place is exactly that rare home. The location is amazing - literally steps away from the best snorkeling i have seen in Hawaii, and far from the everyday bustle of Hilo. The home is elegant, yet relaxed. The full kitchen was great, and the home included more bedrooms than i needed, striking lanais, a welcome hot tub (after much volcano hiking), snorkel gear including some common sizes of water-shoes, and laundry equipment as well. Coquis were present, but not overbearing; they mixed pleasantly into the other fauna noises :) My expectations were exceeded by this property. Thanks Jim!!! -greg frohring Who is this for: People who want to get away from resort type areas People who want to hear and see the ocean from their lanai and/or from inside their home People who enjoy hearing mixed wildlife People who don't mind a bit of a drive to stock up on supplies (e.g. grocery stores) Who this might not be for: People who don’t want vertical living (i.e. climbing stairs)

Visited on "June - 2017

Love it

Clean and easy access to pool

Visited on "April - 2017

Semi-private snorkeling with tropical fish!

We only had 2 nights at the Coral Pool House but absolutely loved it. The tidepools are accessed right out the back door and although you will be sharing them with other people, they don't show upright away so you may have them all to yourself in the morning or evening. Gorgeous tropical fish and coral to look at in calm waters. They provide some water shoes (which are needed on the lava rock), snorkels, boogie boards and noodles. Great for kids of all ages as well as adults! The house was very comfortable and we slept well in the beds. Woke to beautiful sunrise while still in bed! The only real bummer was the coconut beetles which were plentiful and drawn to the light. Keeping doors closed and the screens prevented most of them from coming inside but a few still got in. Not sure if pest control would help or not but might be worth trying. The neighborhood was private and great for walks. A few vans of students from the university would pull up near the driveway and let students out to do some studying of the tide pools, but they were very respectful and not a nuisance at all. Overall, this was the highlight of our stay in Kapoho/Pahoa area. Be sure to load up on groceries in Hilo or Kona before you get here as the only store in Pahoa (15 minutes away) has very little selection and is WAY overpriced. Dinner at Kaleos in Pahoa was delicious. Not much else to do in Pahoa so be content snorkeling, relaxing and reading. WE will be back!

Visited on "April - 2017


Great location. Memories for life. Owners were excellent to work with

Visited on "March - 2017

Awesome House

We recently stayed at the Coral Pool House and truly enjoyed our week. The views are amazing as you look out at the water in every room. We only went out to dinner one night and went snorkeling every single day. owners of this house are always available if needed and truly enjoyed our stay. This was our first time on the big island and it won't be the last as we will reach back out to Jim and Gayle to use this location as well as the second one for a family vacation in the future. Thanks for opening your home for everyone to truly enjoy.

Visited on "March - 2017

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