Lagoon House - Huge Private Snorkeling Aquarium!
From $290 / night
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 7
Description from the manager
Lagoon House is the epitome of a Hawaiian piece of paradise! For even more information, please see LagoonHouse.com.
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This home is located at the premiere swimming spot at Kapoho and features a huge, crystal-clear, private lagoon stocked with exotic tropical fish -- it's nothing short of having your own 500,000-gallon snorkeling aquarium right in your back yard.
Lagoon House features a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with queen bed and single bed, a second bedroom with double bed and small loft bed, 1 bathroom, and... lots of deck overlooking the lagoon and ocean.
Downstairs is a large, shady lanai at water's edge, a third bedroom with bunk beds and a second bath with shower and changing room (accessed by an external staircase). A 2-car carport includes an enclosed laundry, storage area and barbecue grill. The yard is beautifully landscaped with flowering shrubs, palm trees, a manicured lawn and other tropical plantings.
Amenities also include high-speed wireless Internet, telephone with answering machine and FREE long distance calls to the US and Canada, a refrigerator, stove, breakfast bar, microwave, coffeemaker, coffee grinder, gas barbecue grill, toaster, blender, under-sink water filter, snorkel sets, deck chairs, ceiling fans, books and magazines, linens and towels, iron, stereo system with CD player, satellite TV, HiFi VCR, and more than 50 movies on tape and DVD.
For families with young children, we also have a new playpen and highchair that are available upon request, and a large selection of toys, building blocks, and children's books.
Additional amenities include: games, phone with answering machine, outdoor shower, cd player, portable fans, free high-speed internet!, balcony / deck / "lanai", unassigned offstreet parking, child pack-n-play (must request), kapoho bay, washer & dryer.Read more
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Lagoon House - Huge Private Snorkeling Aquarium!
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Last updated on August 28, 2014
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- Cleaning fee | $150 per stay
- Tax rate | 13.42% of rent
- Damage waiver | $35 per stay
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the manager
Rates are based on a party of 2; additional guests are $10 each per night.
Larger parties may also have a larger cleaning fee.
All charges are subject to change until the time of confirmation.
Damage waiver and cleaning fees do not include taxes (FlipKey will not add tax to them). Your quotation will be revised to correct the taxes.
The cancellation fee varies by the time between the cancellation and the start of the reservation. If the reservation begins more than 180 days (roughly 6 months) after the cancellation, the cancellation fee is $75. If the cancellation is between 90 and 180 before the reservation, the cancellation fee is 25% of the deposit already paid or $75, whichever is greater.
If you cancel the reservation with 90 days written notice or less, you will forfeit the entire rent and tax unless we can re-rent the Property. If we are able to re-rent the Property, we will refund the amount we collect on the new rental less a 25% cancellation fee.
- Ceiling Fans
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Ocean or water views
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - ask
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80 guest reviews
San Jose, 95135, United States
Best house to go if you are visiting the Champagne ponds
Went here for three nights. The house itself is nice. There are two bedrooms upstairs and some detached bedrooms downstairs. We only occupied the upstairs. They have wireless internet and satellite TV. Also the Kitchen area has everything you need to cook. They have a blender, toaster, microwave, oven, and stove. Also many pans, plates, and knives.
The worst part about this place is the somewhat remote location. It is about 30 minutes from Hilo and 15 minutes from Pahoa, which has a grocery store. If you are visiting the Volcano, Zoo,the Waterfalls, or just want to go to the store, it is a bit of a drive. That being said,the best part of our stay there was snorkeling in the lagoon and pond area.
The reason to book this place is, of course, the private backyard lagoon. There is a ridiculous amount of fish there. Be careful when feeding them as they do bite. Buying a head of romaine lettuce and holding it out was the best way to hand feed.
Also worth visiting is the public pond right next to the Lagoon. We were happy to find steps in the backyard out to that pond. That pond is just as warm as the Lagoon. There are not as many fish there, but we were able to see an eel and a turtle there. Go early to the public lagoon as it fills up as the day goes on.
There are many other houses with similar ponds. When we walked the neighborhood, you can see them, but they do not have nearly the amount of fish in them. So this is the house to book to get the full effect.
The house had a lot of life vests, a few noodles,several kick boards, a few poor looking snorkels, and maybe 1 or 2 pairs of usable fins when we visited. It is a good size lagoon, though after the fifth time you snorkeled it, you probably aren't going to see anything new. Good place to learn snorkeling since there are no waves. I would definitely recommend renting.
Fairbanks, AK, United States
This was our second visit, and it was great again! We love the convenience of walking outside and hopping into the lagoon. Sadly, Puffy was no longer with us, however, another puffer was definitely shaping up to take Puffy's place! Can't wait to come back.
Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
Love Puffy's House
This is our favorite place to stay on the Big Island, and our second time there. Best part is swimming with the fishies. The house may not have the most modern furnishings, but is very comfortable and has everything you might need. There were a few less masks, fins, and lagoon toys this year, but they probably don't get the best treatment from guests. Can't wait to stay there again, hopefully next year.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Definitely our families highlight on the Big Island. We can't stop talking about it. Perfect weather, comfy beds, quiet except for frogs. Snorkel gear needs upgrading.
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Best pond in Kapoho
While walking around Kapoho we realized that the Lagoon House had the best pond. You could swim in the heated pond or take 4 steps over and into the ocean. It was fantastic for kids of all ages.(I'm 60)
Heavenly Hawaiian Living
The Lagoon House is truly a paradise! As soon as we arrived, the tropical fish, the lagoon, and the ocean immediately absorbed us. The house itself is perfect for a family, with all the necessary amenities - definitely more comfortable than a hotel.
Our son & daughter adored feeding the fish and swimming with them, as well as exploring the surrounding area and the Champagne Pond (easily accessed by walking to the end of the property). We even saw two sea turtles there.
Puffy is charming, and would always come to the surface when we arrived. We really liked the two Mourish Idols, whom the kids dubbed "Toe-dee" and "Toe-dum" for their propensity to nibble at your toes, the surgeon fish and the box fish (assuming we identified them correctly using the fish-identification book at the house). A gecko in the house became a source of amusement, as it would occasionally poke its head out of random corners or ledges and climb up the walls.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay here; even though this was a working vacation (the wifi network was a great enabler), we snorkeled every day, and we all loved it.
We left Lagoon House well rested & recharged with great memories -- it was frankly Awesome.
Saint Helena, CA, United States
Can't wait to go back
What a fantastic place. The Lagoon is out of this world, well kept, clean, beautifully designed and full of fish. My kids spent hours in there every day using the thoughtfully provided snorkels and floaties. The house is charming and simple. Not super fancy, but that's no good for a family with kids anyway. It like a home from home.
Tokyo, na, Japan
Very funny to swim with many fishes at warm pond.
San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
A truly relaxing get-away
We were really impressed with the property location. Loved our private lagoon and visits from Puffy and Mr. Waddles. Will definitely come back some time in future. The management company was there for us if we needed anything...a wonderful vacation we won't soon forget. Thanks.
Littleton, CO, United States
This was our 3rd visit. Love the LAGOON. We feel spoiled and like locals every visit.
Boulder, CO, United States
Fantastic Place to Stay!
We had a very relaxing time and really love Puffy! My son enjoyed swimming and Champagne pond is steps away. This is a great vacation rental for anyone who wants to enjoy the peace of Kapoho!
San Marcos, CA, United States
A piece of paradise!
We had such a wonderful time at Lagoon House. We didn't even know such a place existed in this world. The lagoon is warm, the fish is amazingly friendly, and the ocean view is so gorgeous right in your backyard. Snorkeling just doesn't get better than this! The kids really enjoy patting and feeding Puffy and "Boxy" (friendliest box fish)! They're also very entertained by the boxes of toys the owner has left in the house. My 7-year-old didn't enjoy open water snorkeling because of the waves and sea urchins, but she snorkel at the warm lagoon twice a day, truly enjoyed feeding, swimming with the hundreds of fish. This is an experience we'll never forget!
Red Wing, MN, United States
Lagoon House is ONO!!!
The location is probably one of the best in Hawaii...oceanside with a perfect ocean view, private thermal pool with hundreds(maybe thousands) of tropical fish, adjacent to Champagne pond, which is one of Hawaii's best thermal ponds, and in a gated community. Management staff was attentive and always responded promptly. We really appreciated our early check-in and late check-out. Check-in/out was simple and accessible at all hours of the day. Our kids really wanted to feed the fish, the fish food was empty so they had someone out that day delivering fish food. Things that go along with living in the tropics that we weren't use to but adapted to ac but the ocean breeze was always more than adequate, unless you had to close the house; bugs which we northerners are not use to; and no direct inside access to basement from main floor. We will definitely vacation again at Lagoon was one of our BEST vacation experiences!!!
Kristina & Paul U.
Parker, CO, United States
Unbehagen Family Vacation
We kept this vacation a surprise from our kids until the day we left. I'm glad we did! They were so surprised they could barely contain themselves lol. They were in the lagoon every day for hours and absolutely loved all the fish. Especially Puffy. They got a real kick out of being able to pet Puffy too:). It was a wonderful vacation and I am sure we will never find another house as unique as this one. If we ever make it back to Hawaii we will definitely rent this house!
Victoria, BC, Canada
An incredible getaway
This was our 2nd trip to Kapoho, 1st at Lagoon House. It met our expectations. The pond presented better snorkling than anywhere else on the island. We will be back and we will stay here again.
Placentia, CA, United States
Stay at Lagoon House
We had a very enjoyable time. The only downer was the cockroaches, we killed at least 5 that were in the house, so that should be addressed. The furniture was a bit uncomfortable.
I would recommend this property to everyone I know. It's just so relaxing.
Kaneohe, HI, United States
Great Experience as Always!
Our 3rd time here, it's always so invigorating to come back and get grounded with nature. We love the recent updates to the house, would just suggest a kitchen renovation next! Mahalo for a very special visit. We'll be back again!
Moss Beach, CA, United States
Quick two night stay
We had a wonderful time. We found the kitchen needed upgrading. It was difficult to cook and keep food and crumbs away without a disposal. And the cabinets were sticky from a long history of use. We understand, but that would be our one comment. We did
have a wonderful time.
Gainesville, FL, United States
Perfect place for a family holiday
Lagoon House is a great place for swimming, snorkeling and just plain relaxing by a picture perfect lagoon. We have stayed here 3 times and it is nicer every time.
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
1) We had centipedes visit us in bed Friday night; both in the small bedroom upstairs and in the bottom bunk bed downstairs. 2) You might expand the guest book. All pages are full. 3) We cleaned some of the sllippery algae off the steps going into the
pond. Mahalo for a wonderful stay. Aloha no
Honolulu, HI, United States
Neighboring house (across lagoon)...
Neighboring house (across lagoon) had a number of young men who apparently partied through the evening. We were awaken at 2 a.m. with the sound of someone retching/vomitting. Read more
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 07/31/2011
Kapoho is a popular spot for vacationers and locals alike and we wish everyone respected the quiet peace of the neighborhood, but unfortunatley there is the occasional bad seed who spoils it for others. We are sorry you had to experience that. Hawaii Holiday Management
Naples, FL, United States
Great family vacation in best location
The house was very clean and well equipped but could use updating. It had the best view and the large private pond with hundreds of colorful tropical fish was the highlight for the whole family to swim in too. It was the perfect place for a family vacation in paradise. We hope to return.
Carrollton, TX, United States
great place to stay with kids
lagoon was great and the facilities were really nice. only complaint is that we arrived at night and had trouble finding the place - none of the pictures showed the front gate with fishes on it, so we could not see the address.
Lexington, VA, United States
Best Pond in the area!
The water is amazing. There was no need to go to the Champagne Pond or any of the others. We tried the others and Lagoon House's pond is far better. Very unique.
The actual house is comfortable and adequate but likely in need of some updating. I felt like it was much smaller than it appeared in the photographs and it is essentially a two bedroom, one bath house. The third bedroom and the second bath are not connected to the main living areas and are accessed from outside so be sure not to count on that for young children. The furniture was all very comfortable and the house had absolutely everything we needed. The master bed was very comfortable and the kitchen was particularly well stocked. The hammock in the yard was great!
We needed a couple of maintenance things addressed and the rental company was VERY responsive. I left the message and they came right out and took care of it. Very pleased with the service and they were great about responding to my questions.
I was surprised at just how far away the property was from towns and stores. I did not anticipate from looking at a map how much time we would spend in a car going to see other sights or picking up supplies. I'm not sure I would pick the location as a base for sightseeing this side of the island again. But it is absolutely worth a few days to stay where you take in all you need.
I would stay at Lagoon House again for the lagoon. I wouldn't pick it for the house itself, if that makes sense. The fish were a lot of fun for all of us and enjoyed feeding them very much. Folks of all ages will enjoy the pond, the views and the snorkeling.
Walnut Creek, CA, United States
Lisa E.'s review of Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallon S
Staying at the Lagoon House was the best vacation we have ever had. The highlight was feeding the fish. Our only disappointment was that, 14 years ago when we stayed there before, there wasn't a house right next door, so it wasn't as private. But that's just progress for you.
And a note to the owners, the pocket door in the kitchen to the carport needs repair.
San Juan Capsitrano, CA, United States
Two couples had a great time at the lagoon house
I snorkeled at least two hours a day and the convenience to the ocean and the private lagoon were matchless. The stars at night were spectacular. The fresh air and delicious fresh water were also a treat, you forget how nature unspoiled is just the best gift.
Bellevue, WA, United States
Kids had an incredible time
Where else Cld the kids swim in a 85 degree aquarium with thousands of fish all eating out of their hands? We had a great time. Property is VERY old and for that kind of $$ per night they should supply toliet paper. Furniture very old and uncomfortable, tiny old TV made movie night a challenge. With a little update, Cld be a number 1 vacation rental.
Lagoon House at Kapoho
The location, set in the lush East side of Big Island, was wonderful. The regular rainfall and unspoilt surroundings makes this side of the island our favourite, and a real contrast to the more commercial Kona coast which we enjoyed for our second week in Hawaii. The lagoon itself was or course a major hit with all six of us and Puffy was a real character! Perhaps the accommodation should be described a little more explicitly as the third bedroom (with bunk beds) being totally separate from the main house was not suitable for the children to be in and we had to end up with 2 adults and 2 children on the floor in one of the two bedrooms in the house! Still a wonderful experience, and we would love to come again!
Burnsville, MN, United States
One of a kind
Truly amazing house and lagoon
Minot, ND, United States
Hawaiin paradise, snorkeling in Cahmpagne pond @ 7am every morni
Comfortable spacious home. Nice neighbors, friendly and helpful. Hilo farmers market was great,biggest Japanese garden outside of Japan in Hilo. Very nice vacation area. Don't pick up the black and white snails they secrete something that can burn you, don't touch stuff in the water just look.
Mililani, HI, United States
We all had a wonderful time! Our children couldn't get enough of the lagoon. They practically swam all day! Puffy was a great host, she is absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing this paradise with us!!
Mountain View, CA, United States
Ray T.'s review of Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallon Sn
We were very happy w/Lagoon House. It lived up to all our expectations and we'll certainly be back. The lagoon simply is one of a kind and the entire family loved swimming in our own private warm water pool full of tropical fish! Our only (minor) concern is the cockroaches. The house was clean, don't get me wrong. And we understand it is a tropical climate, but there were cockroaches in the kitchen and living areas on a constant basis - and they move fast! Is a fumigation possible in a tropical climate? Or roach traps? Or how about extra-long fly swatters? We followed instructions and kept ALL our food in the fridge. Again, this is a minor concern and it IS a tropical climate. We loved Lagoon House.
Corona, CA, United States
Special memories in Kapoho
The pond was unbelievable! Puffy was so cute and friendly! What a beautiful view to wake up to every morning. This location is wow! Awesome for my 2 year old and my 11 year old. Hard to find a place that caters to both of their needs since they are at such different places in their development. A wonderful selection of games, movies and books for down time. Overall a great experience. We will have many special memories of visiting our family here in Kapoho. Just a small note, the only way that I can imagine this place any better would be if the beds were a little more comfy. They were kind of hard and the pillows stiff. This is the reason for the 4 stars on the general condition. Still definitely worth it. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
Like Swimming in Your Own Aquarium
This was one of the best places we have every stayed in Hawaii, our vacation destination almost every year. The house was very clean and had everything you need including beach towels, and a large assortment of snorkel masks and fins, and flotation devices. But the lagoon is the main attraction. Feeding the fish and swimming with them was great. Puffy was so friendly and a real camera ham. Next time the Big Island comes around in our rotating island itinerary we're sure to stay here again.
Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
Fun in the Sun
Had a great time in the Lagoon House ! This is a neat place to start with , but Puffy and the other Lagoon dwellers really put it over the top ! We had ablast snorkelling in the beautiful warm lagoon . Driving up the coast and exploring in the jeep was great as well ! We'll very likely be back . Thanks again .
Tacoma, WA, United States
Once in a life time
Not only was the house and Lagoon Perfect. The Company who does the renting was so helpful and just great! I couldnt have asked for a better time.
Sammamish, WA, United States
Lagoon House was the best vacation ever!
This was the absolute best vacation our family ever had. It was like living as a local and really felt like we were so far away from the chaos we left behind. We felt so refreshed and still do 2 weeks later. We had come down to visit our uncle who lives 20 minutes down the main road. At first we thought maybe we should have been staying closer to him. It would have saved some driving each day, but we never would have had the unique experience of our personal watering hole. But, I think the reason it was so special was having the lagoon - it was swimming in our own private tropical fish tank every day. Can't wait for our return visit.
Birmingham, AL, United States
Most relaxing vacation spot in the world
If you are looking for relaxation, peace and quiet, this is the place for you. The lagoon is amazing. I could have floated there all day. Very convenient location for Volcanoes Park and many other interesting sites. Highly recommended!! Neighbors across the street are the best!
San Diego, CA, United States
Laurie P.'s review of Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallon
This was our second visit to the Lagoon House. We brought family on this trip and used all the bedrooms! The back bedroom ceiling fan did not work well, and the bed was small and hard. So, as a couple, we had to separate and sleep in the living room. The other quests said their beds were hard too, but the air flow was good. We bought an extra fan and bed pads to help the sleeping conditions. I definitely would not recommend the house for more than one couple. The back bedroom is not suited to a couple. The other beds are more for one adult or children.
Slatington, PA, United States
lagoon house hilo
the home was great. The tide pools were simply awesome. When the stars are out at night, it feels like you can almost touch them. All the comforts of home, plus swimming in an aquarium every day. We could have done without the construction on both sides of us, but we were travelling on the off season. Other than that, we had a great time. Mahalo for sharing your home.
Woodland, WA, United States
We had a fabulous stay at the Lagoon House. The snorkeling in Lagoon House's tidal pond in 87 degree water with beautiful (and friendly) tropical fish was fantastic. Lagoon House's pond is directly adjacent to Champagne Pond which is open to the public. We could see Champagne Pond from our lanai and had a lot of fun watching the frequent visits from locals (with their music blaring from their trucks) and tourists (who stuck out usually due to their fair complexions). We went snorkeling in Champagne pond (usually in the early mornings before anyone else got there) in the hopes of seeing the turtles but didn't see any on this trip. We did see trumpet fish and a variety of other fish (though not as good as in the Lagoon House's pond). The house has a very well equipped kitchen, plenty of towels (you'll need them), snorkeling masks/fins, water toys, hair dryer, curling iron, toys, books, DVD's,and a fabulous collection of National Geographic Magazines from the 40's and 50's. We really enjoyed fedding Puffy, the huge porcupine fish as well as the rest of the beautiful fish in the pond. We even saw several moray eels in the pond. You must go to the Hilo and Maku'u Farmer's Markets to stock up on fresh fruits and produce during your stay.
Wilmington, NC, United States
Just a Gem!
I live on island - Kona side(my family that came to visit is from NC), and have seen many of the great gems on island, I will have to say this house is one! The house is nice and will have everything you need, but not over the top fancy...but who cares...we spent all our time in the lagoon! It was full of fish (even more than the Champagne pond...that is less than 5 steps away!)
My only word of warning, is temporary, they are building a home next door, so there is a bit of construction noise, but the homeowners association (what we were told) only allows them to work from 8-5 (and no weekends), so not such a big deal. Its a tiny house being built so should be up and complete in a hurry!
Kapoho is a great place to get away from it all, beware that a great thing will happen....your cell phone wont work! Yippie! (There is a house phone for emergencies)
I will lounge in your lagoon again! Tell puffy we miss her!
***Su was great, we made a reservation blunder and she was quick to help out and get us back on vacation mode, in our moment of panic she was cool and calm, Mahalo for that!
Alpine Meadows, CA, United States
We had a wonderful stay once again...
Mahalo, We will see you in April...
Eden, UT, United States
Awesome vacation, the lagoon is amazing!
We absolutely loved the lagoon - it was amazing to swim & snorkel in your own private aquarium! The water is so clear in the mornings and we had so much fun feeding all the fish (yes, Puffy is very friendly!). We did find that the house is starting to show some wear & tear, some simple updates are definitely needed. Overall it was a wonderfully relaxing stay and we can't wait to return!
London, London, United Kingdom
We found the house a little basic and smaller than expected, but the lagoon made up for any shortcomings. Our small children loved Puffy and feeding the fish was the highlight of the day. We were delighted to see such an assortment of inflatables and snorkel gear. Definitely an unforgettable stay.
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
This place is amazing. My Mom is 84. Our stay will remain a tresured memory for the rest of my life! Thanks so much!
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Relaxing weekend at the Laggon House
We all enjoyed our stay at the Lagoon house.We have stayed in Kapoho vacation rentals many times but the Lagoon house is by far our favorite! It is so relaxing and serene. Puffy has doubled in size and personality. We enjoy her visits by the pond side. Aloha
Shelton, WA, United States
The Lagoon House is THE PLACE to stay on the east side of the is
The pond and views are perfect. We had a terrific time. Hope to come back real soon.
Stony Plain, AB, Canada
What an incredible vacation! We were in the lagoon enjoying the warm water and the amazing fish as soon as we arrived at the house. I said to my 7 year old son - "This is a great rental" and he said "No Mommy, this is paradise!". We had many activities planned around the area but ended up changing our plans and spending most of our time at the house. My 4 year old son learned to snorkel and a highlight was feeding Puffy and all of the fish. We will be back.
Kailua, HI, United States
Lagoon House, a great place for swimming and relaxing
daily paper was delivered only once...otherwise, no problems at all!
Boise, ID, United States
Love, Love, Love Puffy and the Lagoon House
The location of Lagoon House is unbeatable. To be able to open the door and swim in the private lagoon with Puffy and the other fish made it all worth it. TV didn't work, but who cared? We also stayed at two resorts on the west side of the island, but all of us agreed Lagoon House was the best.
Lake Oswego, OR, United States
Birthday celebration (Schult/Hill)
We were there to celebrate as family group a 50th and 80th birthday. We were very pleased with the location, view, atmosphere, snorkling pond and outstanding tropical fish, variety of indoor and outdoor sitting areas.All very relaxing and wonderfull. The home was very clean and the kitchen pretty well equipped for cooking. Having web access was a plus (although it was not clear from frig insturctions that the wireless access was the manufactor's printed WEP access).
The only major concern/negative was the fact the sleeping areas are pretty much for 2 adults as couple and an another adult single and rest kids. It should be advertised as such. We had five adults (luckily as family unit). In our group, an adult on the twin bed shared the master bedroom with his parents. Another couple split up with one on the full bed in the other upstairs room and downstairs on the bunk bed. A number of us had rented homes for small and large groups and suggest/recommend the owners may consider removing the permanently installed furniture and overhead bed in the upstairs bed and bunk room to improve the sleeping flexibility.
Koloa, HI, United States
Stephanie B.'s review of Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gal
The House was very fun, but I think the price was a bit high. The bedroom set up was a little difficult because there was 2 couples. the second bedroom is small and the dbl bed really small. If there could be a queen. The dishes were clean but all of them very old. don't get me wrong we had a great time and would book again, but a little lower price would be better. House was very clean, good housekeeper there.
Anchorage, AK, United States
Kristy C.'s review of Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallon
The stay was nice, the lagoon was fun for the family. It was unfortunate that we had some nice flippers get stolen outside the unit by the lagoon.
Woodinville, WA, United States
Great family vacation!
We had a wonderful time at Lagoon House. The location is just amazing! The water in the lagoon is so warm and clear and we loved swimming with the tropical fish. I really can not think of a better place for a relaxing family vacation. Both our kids learnt to snorkel and spent hours each day in the water. Some minor maintenance would make this house even more awesome.
Kirkland, WA, United States
Puffy will rock your world
We stayed at Lagoon House for the two weeks we spent on the Big Island. We saw/did tons of things but the very best part was relaxing at Lagoon House, swimming with the amazing fish and making friends with Puffy. I can't rave about this place enough. You will not regret staying here!!
Litchfield Park, AZ, United States
Randall M.'s review of Experience Your Own Private 500,000 Gallo
2nd time we've stayed at the Lagoonhouse.
We love the lagoon and its inhabitance.
We will be back in the not too distant future.
New Dundee, Ontario, Canada
Lagoon House - area too crowded to feel like a vacation
Hi - a little too conjested for our liking, and the all-day camping, plus weekend campers who stay directly across were not only an eye-sore and security concern, but also did not allow for much sleep on our Friday night. I was very thankful we had chosen to leave on the Saturday instead of the planned Sunday departure.
Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
My parents and I spent 3 nights at the Lagoon House, and my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. What an amazing place! The lagoon is out of this world, with so many different fish, and of course, Puffy! We had planned on doing lots of different things on the Big Island, but ended up spending most of our time at home because we didn't want to leave! Can't wait to go back again :)
Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
It was a great value compare to hotels, we had a great time.
The person helping with reservation was very helpful. Helping with the rental car was a good idea.
Portland, OR, United States
We really hope to come back!
We've been talking about our trip non-stop. Staying at the Lagoon House was the best choice we made by far!
Virginia Beach, VA, United States
We could not have asked for a better place to stay for our first trip to the big island. We canceled plans just to stay home and snorkel all day. There is no need to go any place else, all you need is right there with the lagoon, champagne pond and ocean. We all fell in love with Puffy and his friends. Many thanks to the owners for their wonderful hospitality.
Sharon & Brad H.
Carrollton, TX, United States
The Lagoon house is paradise. Having your own snorkeling pond is the best! All the fish are friendly, especially Puffy, but even the eel comes out to eat for you. I never had to worry about my kids and the undertow of the ocean's current. The house provides everything you could need. It is peaceful and relaxing. If I could I would just move in!! Thanks for a fantastic time!
Bellevue, WA, United States
The Lagoon House is a unique vacation rental!
The lagoon itself is absolutely amazing! We absolutely loved swimming around with the beautiful tropical fish. and feeding them was loads of fun! The house itself is rather old, with a retro 60's feel to it, so don't expect a modern, brand new home. It is cozy and loaded with books and videos though. This was a memorable vacation experience that we will never forget!
Honaunau, HI, United States
Absolutely beautiful and I live on the same island.
Very relaxing, fish are amazing. We never swam anywhere else.
Austin, TX, United States
Thank you so much to our hosts for letting us share in their wonderland. My only question is WHY do they want to sell it??? Also, how much are they asking for it??
Kaneohe, HI, United States
HydroTherapy to the MAX!
Exceptionally Unique property, nothing else like it in the world. Location can't be beat, and it is right here in the USA! No passports, no swine flu, no diarrhea. My 5 yo son with autism had the time of his life learning to snorkel in the lagoon. He was on his own swimming around on the second day. We'll be back for sure.
Clinton, MI, United States
If we could we would purchase this property. The location for us was great. We were looking to get away from everything and relax. The pond is awesome. We could have just spent our vacation hanging out there. We will greatly miss feeding "Puffy", she is adorable. Who knew you could become attached to a fish. The owners were so wonderful, stopping by right away to see if we needed anything and to answer any questions we had. We hope to come back for another stay.
Penn Valley, CA, United States
The thermal pond stocked...
The thermal pond stocked with beautiful fish was awesome! My 7 year old grand daughter was so excited to be snorkeling with fish! And she loved feeding them. We were able to swim with the turtle in Champagne Pond,too! The ocean views were beautiful. The owners furnished all swim and snorkel gear. We didn't need a thing! The sound and sight of the ocean waves nearby was beautiful. The memorabilia of Ray Bolger was fun to learn about. We had a marvelous time. What a great memory for all of us!
Joseph & Karen B.
Port Tobacco, MD, United States
Incredibly Awesome Vacation Home
This was a place and is hard to describe unless you've been there. It was a beautiful home and very unusual with the personal lagoon and the incredibly friendly fish. Especially, Puffy the pufferfish. I absolutely adored her and she was the friendliest fish I've ever encountered. The water in the lagoon was so so warm and inviting. The grounds are beautiful at the house and the momento cabinet dedicated to Ray Bolger (tin man from wizard of oz) was a real plus. I would recommend this house to anyone. I hope to return. It was truly awesome.
Kapolei, HI, United States
Our recent stay at Lagoon House was a trip to remember. Unlike most vacations we take, we spent most of our time just relaxing at the Lagoon House. We thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling in our private lagoon and Champagne Pond. Puffy the pufferfish was the highlight of our time in the lagoon. Our 3 yr old was kept entertained by the numerous boxes of toys, movies, and of course the lagoon fish. Fresh fruit, fresh flowers, incredible view, tranquil setting...we had a fantastic time!! The owners, Ann and Richard, were so pleasant and provided some helpful tips. The staff, Su and Tara, were incredibly polite and helpful also!! We will recommend this rental to everyone we know! Thanks again!
Port Orford, OR, United States
WOW! What an Amazing Place!
Lagoon House was a perfect place to stay for a vacation in paradise, especially if you love sea life. Having a private snorkeling lagoon was better than I could have even imagined. The fish are amazing, I have snorkeled in many places and it was incredible to be able to see and feed these wonderful fish in your own private aquarium. The sea turtles right there in Champagne Pond...Wow! The owners are caring and helpful and have obviously put a lot of time, energy and love into the place. This place was better than anywhere I have ever rented. The location is ideal, away from tourist traps with the beach and snorkeling right in your own back yard. The place was spotless and had all the amenities you could hope for, I can't say enough about how wonderful the place was. I am ready to go back already and am recommending the Lagoon House to all my friends. Feeding the fish in the lagoon is an incredible experience and the beauty and tranquility of the place can't be beat. Perfect paradise.
Tahoe City, CA, United States
Truly a wonderful hawaiian vacation
We live in Kona and it is like stepping back in time to come to Kapoho for a vacation. It is a quiet pace of life and the most beautiful ponds wot swim in any where on the island. We will not miss each year.
Fairbanks, AK, United States
The private lagoon made the whole trip! It rained almost the whole week we were there, but as hardy Alaskans we were snorkeling and swimming anyway! The water was warm, the fish beautiful, and feeding Puffy was quite the experience! Much better than being in a hotel room!
Alamosa, CO, United States
Snorkeling paradise for the whole family!
The Lagoon House exceeded our expectations and was an absolutely incredible and unique place to stay on the Big Island! The lagoon provided a safe, interactive snorkeling experience for our children (and whimpy mom here really liked the warm water). Our whole family loved swimming with hundreds of beautiful fish and creatures and became quite attached to Puffy, a cute, hand-fed porcupine fish. The sunrise and star views framed with palm trees were picturesque. The nearby waterfalls, forests, lava flows, and scenery were magnificant, when we finally parted from the house for a while. And the fresh exotic flower bouquets and organic fruit topped it off! This place cannot be beat!
Boulder, CO, United States
We loved staying at the Lagoon House!
We are a family of seven adults, from four different cities, who spent a week together. We specifically wanted to be near the Volcanoes National Park. and to be able to swim. We did NOT want a "mainland style" hotel. It was great to be able to have the kitchen for breakfasts and supper. Most days we had lunch out. Some of us preferred to stay at the house to savor the quiet and beauty rather than drive all over the Big Island. Having the warm lagoon and gorgeous fish was incredible! A once-in-a-lifetime experience. We did arrive after dark and had some difficulty locating the house. A map or drawing of the streets after the gatehouse would have helped, as would have a few lights on. Some of the furniture could be refreshed or spruced up, but did not put a damper on our enjoyment overall. We would definitely go back, and making the arrangements was pleasantly easy. Mahalo!
San Francisco, CA, United States
We LOVE this house! It was our second visit, and we will be back as often as our budget allows!
Steve & Donna S.
Volcano, HI, United States
As Always, an Excellent Getaway
This was our 4th stay at Lagoon House at about this time of year. The only thing that could have been better was the weather, and I really don't hold either the owners or the rental agency responsible for a State-wide storm. And the storm helped keep down the campers across champagne pond, and any fireworks noise from early New Year's parties.
The pond was well stocked and remarkably clean. As always.
The house is perfect for relaxing and is stocked with a wonderful library that will appeal to readers of all ages, as well as games, music, videos and TV for those who don't even want to read. As always, but the TV system has been recently upgraded.
The Wi-Fi is fast and works throughout the house, so I was able to take care of enough work to get some more comp time after my official break is over. As always [at least for the past two years when the feature was added]
Ann and Richard had the entire house beautifully decorated in both objets d'art and in tropical flower arrangements. As always there were more than enough fresh exotic fruits provided, and the kitchen equipment was such that we didn't need to bring a single thing other than our own food.
We'll be back again and again.
Billings, MT, United States
EXCELLENT on all questions! Truly paradise! I hope to come back
Lagoon House tops my list of vacation getaways. It just "doesn't get any better than this"!!
Stephen & Dede M.
Edmonds, WA, United States
A Gold Nugget on Kapoho's Shore
The Lagoon House exceeded our expectations, as did the welcome provided by the owners, Richard and Ann. Grocery shopping is a bit of the challenge -- the Malama Market is good -- but the kitchen is well stocked and well equipped. We enjoyed the Farmer's Market and recommend it.