Dolphin Bay Cottage
Experience the quiet and easy pace of an old Hawaii village.
Enjoy fresh tropical fruits from our beautifully landscaped garden.
Walk To the Kealakekua Bay to swim, snorkel or watch the dolphins play.
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- 1 Bedroom (King-Sized Bed)
- 2 minute walk to beach park
- Newly-Remodeled (Nov 2015)
- Lovely tropical décor
- Air Conditioning
- Full-size kitchen appliances including dishwasher
- Microwave, blender and toaster
- Coffee maker, coffee grinder
- Abundant kitchen utensils, dishes, silverware
- Filtered drinking water
- High-speed wireless internet
- Private off-road parking
- Outdoor seating area
- Full bath with tub, hair dryer
- Washer & dryer
- Streaming TV & Netflix
- Beach towels, chairs, ice cooler
- 100% Cotton bed linens and bath towels
- Ceiling fan in bedroom and living room
- Portable crib (infants welcome)
- Gas B-B-Q
- Outdoor shower
- Lush tropical garden
Our Guest's Love Dolphin Bay Cottage
My wife and I enjoyed the dolphin bay cottage immensely. We had such a great time. The accommodations were spectacular for 2 people. It was perfect for our week long stay. I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone who is interested.
Aloha and thank you for your great review. We hope to welcome back to our little corner of paradise in the future.
We spent 6 wonderful nights at the cottage. Everything is super clean and comfortable. The king size bed was great. I woke to the sound of birds every morning. Weather perfect. A short walk to a small, private park that is well maintained right by the bay. Kitchen was fully equipped. We will return!
Stayed Jan 2018, bev and peter from Canada
The Dolphin Bay cottage was perfect for us. The bed is large and comfortable, and the kitchen very well equipped. We found everything we needed for cooking our own meals. We loved being so close to Manini Beach. The snorkeling was surprisingly good, and we could walk "home" for lunch. Wè will definitely book the Dolphin Bay Cottage again!
Published Jan 21, 2018
Stayed Sep 2018, Tracy P.
Beautiful little cottage with everything we needed. Overseer was very sweet and made sure we had everything we needed. Beach is unbelievable!! Didnt want to leave. We bought fresh fish from a local and cooked at cottage. So good! Love love love! Will return!
Stayed May 2018, Sarah E.
This was the perfect place for my husband and I to stay while on the west side of the island. We prefer quiet and nature over the tourist hub of Kialua and the resorts. This sweet cottage is mere steps away from the boat launch, where you can rent kayaks, and Manini Beach, across the bay from the Captain Cook Monument. The cottage has everything we needed, including washer dryer and dishwasher. We can’t wait to return to Dolphin Bay Cottage.
Dolphin Bay Cottage is the perfect place for a couple to stay in the Captain Cook/Kealakekua Bay/Manini Beach area. The bay is just steps away, and you can sit by the bay and watch beautiful sunsets, or rent a kayak and paddle and snorkel with pods of dolphins. The cottage itself is adorable, comfortable and very well equipped. We can't wait to return.
The Dolphin Bay cottage was very well equipped with all the utensils we needed for cooking our own meals. The large bed was super comfortable and the neighbourhood quiet for sleeping. We loved being so close to Manini Beach.. it meant we didn't need to use our car except for visiting 2 Step beach. Both 2 Step and Manini beaches had great snorkelling. We will definitely book the Dolphin Bay cottage again!
Mahalo Bev for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back. Aloha, Martha
Dolphin Bay Cottage was the perfect get-away spot for my our vacation. Perfectly sized for two people, with everything we wanted right at or fingertips. The layout of the cottage is excellent and the decor was lovely. Plus, it is the only rental house we have stayed in that has had sharp knives, making cutting all the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables a breeze. Everyone was very friendly, and the rental process was straightforward, All in all, it exceeded our expectations.
Mahalo Susan for your kind review. We are quite pleased that the cottage was perfect for you. Thanks for leaving it in such great shape. We hope you will visit us again. Aloha, Martha
We truly enjoyed our one week stay at the cottage. We had an awesome time, absolutely loved the secluded location and proximity to Manini Beach park, the bay, and excellent snorkeling, and found the cottage comfortable for our needs. The owners and their local liaison were incredibly helpful and accommodating. My wife and I can definite see returning to cottage and are already looking forward to our next trip.
Mahalo Louis for you kind review. We look forward to welcoming you both back. Aloha, Martha
Charming, modern, clean and comfortable cottage located steps from Mannini Beach on Kealakekua Bay. Tranquil spot surrounded by beautiful gardens. This cottage is perfect for two persons. It is well appointed with everything that you will need. Good support from property management. Close to all South Island sights, including kayaking to Captain Cook monument and snorkeling.
Mahalo Dean for your kind review, We enjoyed meeting you both and hope to welcome you back. Aloha, Martha
I kind of hate to leave the glowing review the Dolphin Bay Cottage deserves, as it will just make more competition when we want to return. If you are looking for a place away from the crowds, in a beautiful setting with the ocean just a block away, this is it. The cottage itself is very nice - well maintained, plenty large for two us, and a beautiful yard. It could be the best place we have ever stayed. It had everything we needed, and then some (meaning we didn't cook there, but we could have). The bed was really comfortable, the freezer worked great (I go through a lot of ice), and little extras made available to us made for a great experience. Martha and Krista both provided quick responses to questions, and many helpful suggestions for groceries, restaurants, etc.
Manini Beach is a block away, and it is delightful - grass, palm trees, a great view of the bay, and it was never crowded. Really nice to be able to just walk there and not have to worry about parking. The only disappointment was that our vacation was over much to soon. We would definitely stay here again!
Aloha Keith, Thanks so much for your kind words. We love hearing how our guests enjoyed the cottage and the location. We look forward to welcoming you back as part of the Dolphin Bay Cottage "ohana" (family). Mahalo, Martha
Thank you Martha & Leonard for sharing your lovely cottage with us! We truly appreciated our stay and all the help from Krista, the caretaker. The cottage was lovely and beautifully decorated. Additionally, we were thrilled that the kitchen was fully stocked with essentials to prepare meals; and we really used the cooler bag during our day trips for lunches. The town and locals were charming and very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back for another visit!
Thanks so much for your kind words. We enjoyed having you stay with us for your honeymoon, it was fun getting the cottage ready for you. We love hearing our guests enjoyed the cottage and the location. We look forward to welcoming you back as part of the Dolphin Bay Cottage "ohana" (family). Aloha
This is going to be a brief review because it's 5 stars all around! We were there for a week and can't think of any suggestions for improvement.
It's a 2-minute walk to Manini Beach, which is a friendly grassy beach. The cottage was cozy and roomy. We had everything we needed. And for the first time ever, we found a rental with sharp knives!
We'll definitely come back.
Thanks Martha, Leonard, and Krista.
My husband and I stayed here for our 20th anniversary. We loved the location. Just a little over an hour drive to Volcanoes National Park, 30 minutes to Kona and the best part was being so close to great snorkeling. If you want to kayak across to Captain Cooks Monument, you are in the best location. We found several hikes nearby and really used the wonderful guidebook they have for guests. The bed was very comfortable, and everything you might need is provided. It is perfect for a couple. The cottage had recently been remodeled so everything feels new and it is beautifully decorated. The yard is filled with wonderful tropical plants and fruit and the beautiful sound of birds.
I can't imagine a better place to enjoy the peacefulness of the Big Island. During our stay we did not need to contact the owner or the caretaker because we didn't have any problems. The cottage was clean, airy, nicely furnished, and stocked with just about every incidental item that we forgot to bring. It felt refreshing to sleep with the windows open, to enjoy the breeze and the sound of the sea, to wake up to filtered sunlight through surrounding tropical garden foliage. In the mornings we'd stroll to the beach, enjoy coffee and a leisurely breakfast, pack sandwiches for a day trip of hiking and snorkeling, come home to cook dinner (use of the gas grill was awesome!), and finally stroll back to the beautiful beach for peaceful sunsets and stargazing.
Dolphin Bay Cottage was a great place to vacation. We loved being in a quiet neighborhood and so close to Kealakekua Bay and Manini Beach. We'd definitely stay there again.
We stayed at Dolphin Bay Cottage for 6 nights and had a lovely time. 1 block walk to the Manini Beach park where we spent most days. We really appreciated how every little thing had been thought of at the cottage. We've rented many places over the years so we can tell when the owner/manager cares about making your stay as comfortable as possible, and the cottage met the highest standard.
Some things we appreciated: easy access and good directions for our after-dark arrival; an off-street parking spot; a box fan to move around when needed; a room air conditioner for the nights it was just too warm to get to sleep; folding chairs to carry to the beach (and a Styrofoam cooler); big friendly beach towels in addition to the home towels; an outdoor shower and gear rinsing spigot for snorkel gear; drying racks behind the house for drying off towels or suits; a washer and dryer supplied with eco friendly soap; window screens on every window so we could open everything up to let the breeze in; a small TV with cable (when I HAD to watch the Warriors complete their 73 win season!); a good wifi connection; a chair on the porch so you can sit outside when it's raining; both DEET and DEET-free bug spray (we didn't need it); non toxic ant spray for the omnipresent minuscule ants that are always finding their way in.
A few more positives: We loved the privacy of the location. The house was super clean, neat and everything was in good condition. The garden is beautiful. Very little noise and traffic though the park gets busy sometimes. For food - all in Captain Cook (15-20 mins) we always indulge in some L&L BBQ but we also tried Manago Hotel (good food, and very local clientele), and Teshima's Restaurant. We usually shop about every other day at the ChoiceMart. The only negatives were the teeny ants I mentioned and the living area furniture wasn't super comfortable to spend the day reading on. About the ants: They were impossible to keep out. We kept all food in the refrigerator or in the oven (dry goods etc), and wiped off the counters before and after eating. They aren't in huge numbers like the Argentinean ants we have in California, but persistent and pesky. And they do have a little bite sometimes. About the furniture: very nice pull out love seat and wicker chair, but not terribly comfortable to spend all day reading on.
Manini Beach is one of our favorite places to be IN THE WORLD, and this little gem of a cottage is a great place to enjoy it.
OWNER RESPONSEMahalo for the time you took to go into such detail about the cottage and your stay. We agree with you about the ant problem but want to let potential guests know we do try to control them. The cottage is sprayed regularly with natural insecticides since we don't want to poison our property or our guests. The tropics are inherently beautiful, but are also inherent to pests like the ants! We also provide a natural spray that can be used inside to help should they show up. Thanks for the great review, we look forward to welcoming you back.
We had an amazing stay at Dolphin Bay Cottage, a beautiful home in a beautiful spot. The house is nestled on a sleepy street within eyeshot of the bay. We woke up to birds chirping every morning and swam with the dolphins at daybreak. The owners/caretaker clearly take care of the property and attend to vacationer needs.
OWNER RESPONSEMahalo nui loa for your excellent review! We live on the property several months of the year so it is our home and we keep it in the best shape possible. Only steps from Kealakekua Bay and Manini Beach, itʻs an ideal location for our guests to sit back and relax, listen to the morning birds or take coffee and tea at Manini before a swim. We hope to welcome you back in the future.
Absolutely everything I can think about was perfect. Place was extra clean, the kitchen was equipped with everything you may need. Wow! When I go back to Hawaii, this is where I'll stay.
OWNER RESPONSEMahalo nui loa for your 5-star review! We have the best house cleaners and caretakers who all live locally and take great care of the property. We also live here part of the year so like to hear when our guests have enjoyed it as much as we do when we are here. The cottage has been recently remodeled in 2015 and with the addition of the AC, really makes a vacation with us comfortable. The proximity to some of the best swimming and snorkeling doesn’t hurt either! We hope to welcome you for a future stay!
Love the little place. Perfect for 2. Local beach is fabulous for swimming, snorkeling, sunsets, and just hanging out! Absolutely fantastic experience - thank you.
Owner Response:So happy you had a fantastic stay at Dolphin Bay Cottage, enjoying the local beach at Manini. Itʻs a special spot and we hope to have you return. Mahalo for your review, it helps potential guests realize itʻs a great place to stay!
What a great retreat after a cold winter in Michigan. The wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Dolphin Bay Cottage. After being cooped up indoors during the winter it was so nice to be able to sit out on the patio and enjoy the fresh air, smell and sound of the ocean and the serenity of the area. We were able to leave all the windows of the cottage open day and night. The fresh air and sound of the surf sure attributes to a good nights sleep.
The cottage is fully equipped with anything you could possibly need during your stay; they have truly thought of everything plus. The cottage itself is very well maintained and meticulously cleaned. Krista, the caretaker, lives just down the street and is willing and available for any issues you may have. We had no issues but had comfort in knowing, if we did, Krista was there to resolve them.
We would highly recommend staying at the Dolphin Bay Cottage if your looking for a quite, comfortable retreat away from the hub-bub and congestion of a vacation resort. Would we stay here again? Most certainly.
Owner Response:Mahalo nui loa for your review of Dolphin Bay Cottage. It is truly a special place, and I can well imagine a very much enjoyed respite from a cold winter spent indoors. The cottageʻs proximity to Manini Beach and the lanai and seating area out front with the surrounding garden make mornings and evenings a peaceful way to start and end your day. We hope to have you stay with us again.
The Dolphin Cottage was an awesome place to stay. The proximity to Manini beach put this lovely little cottage in our category of "best ever". The place was clean, well equipped, quiet, peaceful, friendly... and very conveniently located near a lovely grassy park that had a nice body surfing break and snorkeling entry is what is otherwise a very rocky coast. Thanks very much for opening this spot up for visitors!