09-2009 Natalie P from Gerrards Cross

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 :)
07-2009 Tammy L from Virginia Beach, Virginia

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.
06-2009 William W from Kaneohe, Hawaii

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.
05-2009 Tara C from Kapolei, Hawaii

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 were so pleasant and provided some helpful tips. The staff, were incredibly polite and helpful also!! We will recommend this rental to everyone we know! Thanks again!
04-2009 Joseph & Karen B from Port Tobacco, Maryland

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.
04-2009 Cynthia S from Port Orford, Oregon

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.
01-2009 Karla H from Alamosa, Colorado

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!
Review by Joseph B

Stayed 6 days in March, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Joseph B from Boulder, CO recommends this vacation rental
Fun in the Sun

Stayed 4 days in January, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Barry F from Salmon Arm, BC recommends this vacation rental

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 .
Lagoon House is ONO!!!

Stayed 3 days in September, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
William W from Kaneohe, HI recommends this vacation rental

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!
Fantastic Place to Stay!

Stayed 7 days in November, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from Boulder, CO recommends this vacation rental

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!
Some Feedback

Stayed 3 days in August, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Stephanie M from Honolulu, Hawaii recommends this vacation rental

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
One of a kind

Stayed 7 days in March, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Jon K from Burnsville, MN recommends this vacation rental

Truly amazing house and lagoon
Like Swimming in Your Own Aquarium

Stayed 3 days in February, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from Des Plaines, Illinois recommends this vacation rental

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.
Hidden Paradise!!

Stayed 4 days in March, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Kory K from Mililani, HI recommends this vacation rental

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!!
Unbehagen Family Vacation

Stayed 7 days in October, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Kristina & Paul U from Parker, CO recommends this vacation rental

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!
Perfect place for a family holiday

Stayed 7 days in August, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Linda B from Gainesville, FL recommends this vacation rental

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.
Review by Lisa E

Stayed 5 days in June, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Lisa E from Walnut Creek, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Stay at Lagoon House

Stayed 6 days in September, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Lori B from Placentia, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Great House

Stayed 7 days in June, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Michelle B from Tampa, FL recommends this vacation rental
Review by Rick K

Stayed 3 days in June, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Rick K from Norman, OK recommends this vacation rental
An incredible getaway

Stayed 7 days in October, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Linda S from Victoria, BC recommends this vacation rental

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.
"Our House"

Stayed 5 days in November, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Janine B from Littleton, CO recommends this vacation rental

This was our 3rd visit. Love the LAGOON. We feel spoiled and like locals every visit.
A truly relaxing get-away

Stayed 9 days in December, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from San Juan Capistrano, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Review by Ray T

Stayed 4 days in February, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Ray T from Mountain View, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Special memories in Kapoho

Stayed 5 days in February, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from Corona, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Once in a life time

Stayed 3 days in January, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Shari J from Tacoma, WA recommends this vacation rental

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.
A piece of paradise!

Stayed 4 days in November, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from San Marcos, CA recommends this vacation rental

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!
Two couples had a great time at the lagoon house

Stayed 5 days in June, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from San Juan Capsitrano, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Review by Paul L

Stayed 5 days in April, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Paul L from San Francisco, CA recommends this vacation rental
Great family vacation in best location

tayed 12 days in July, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Walter H from Naples, FL recommends this vacation rental

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.
Lagoon House at Kapoho

Stayed 7 days in April, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Christopher M recommends this vacation rental

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!
great place to stay with kids

Stayed 3 days in July, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from Carrollton, TX recommends this vacation rental

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.
Kids had an incredible time

Stayed 9 days in May, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
Kevin P from Bellevue, WA recommends this vacation rental

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.
Review by a guest

Stayed 2 days in July, 2011

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from Honolulu, HI recommends this vacation rentall

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.
Can't wait to go back

Stayed 7 days in January, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
Claire P from Saint Helena, CA recommends this vacation rental

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.
How wonderful!

Stayed 5 days in January, 2012/span>

Overall satisfaction:
Satoshi D from Tokyo, na recommends this vacation rental

Very funny to swim with many fishes at warm pond.
Best house to go if you are visiting the Champagne ponds

Stayed 3 days in April, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from San Jose, 95135 recommends this vacation rental

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.
Great stay...again!

Stayed 7 days in March, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
Mary G from Fairbanks, AK recommends this vacation rental

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.
Love Puffy's House

Stayed 4 days in March, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
a guest from Des Plaines, Illinois recommends this vacation rental

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.
Heavenly Hawaiian Living

Stayed 7 days in January, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
Key S recommends this vacation rental

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.
Hi lite

Stayed 3 days in February, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
Morley I from Regina, Saskatchewan recommends this vacation rental

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.
April 13-17 Visit to Lagoon House

Stayed 4 days in April, 2012

Overall satisfaction:
Tara C from Kapolei, HI recommends this vacation rental

This was our second stay at Lagoon House and we, overall, had another wonderful vacation! The location is perfect and the lagoon provides days of entertainment. Our 2 girls (ages 6 & 3) absolutely loved it and didn't want to get out of the water. The yard and lagoon are being very well maintained. Audrey and her husband were very attentive to keeping the grounds clean and manicured. My family and I agree that the yard looks much improved. The house is still in a good and clean condition. We did notice that the dishwasher needs to be re-bolted since it tilts forward when loading or unloading. The only negative comment I have is that the snorkeling and lagoon water floats/toys need to be restocked. There was not a single usable mask and only a few mismatched flippers that were not broken. Luckily, my family of 6 brought our own masks and snorkels, otherwise, we could not have enjoyed the main attraction of snorkeling in the lagoon. Only 1 person in our family had flippers to snorkel with. Compared to our 1st visit in 2009, the quality and quantity of lagoon amenities was extremely diminished and disappointing. Hopefully, the lagoon supplies will be replenished for future visitors. That said, we will still consider the Lagoon House for our next Big Island visit! Mahalo!
Quick Links   Helpline   Lagoon House
Home   History
Accommodation   Rates/Reservation
Amenities   Slideshow and Videos
The Lagoon   Guestbook

Guest Rating

Sitting on a 10,000 square-foot thermally heated ocean fed 87 degrees tidal pool, the Lagoon House is the #1 vacation rental in the Big Island and the ONLY Snorkeling Aquarium of its kind in the World!