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Stunning ocean views while dining or lounging from our wraparound lanai.
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Keaau, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Claudiajl
Huntsville, Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great house, views and location....”
Reviewed May 6, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Whale House is perfectly located in HPP to get to just about anywhere on the island. Close to grocery, dining out, and farmer's markets. The house itself is very clean, spacious, and uncluttered. Great bed; very comfortable. Lovely wrap around lanai with table, chairs, loungers, and BBQ. Kitchen has the necessary items. Ceiling fans everywhere to compliment the island breezes. Whale House is built upon a very picturesque lava flow. Ocean views are great. Crashing waves, roar of the ocean, fishing boats going out and returning every day, and lovely views of the south coastline. You will like it here. Jim and Becky are very nice and very responsive to any request. You will be happy you selected Whale House.

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Liked best: Watching the ocean from the lanai.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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munchkin8...
Murrieta, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Whale of a Deal!”
Reviewed January 20, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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The only thing better than the Whale House itself, was the hospitality! We felt like we had the inside scoop on all of the local things to do that most tourists would NEVER know about thanks to the Whale House Staff. The Whale House has everything to make visiting Hilo perfect, a full kitchen, comfortable beds, beautiful views, snorkel gear, kayaks, and that wonderful binder that lists all that Hilo has to offer. What a bargain! All you need to bring is the sunscreen. The Whale House is the only place I want to stay when visiting Hilo.

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Liked best: all the amendities and the binder
Liked least: nothing at all
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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julie1960...
Eagle, Idaho
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience and Exceeded our Expectations”
Reviewed November 19, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Our visit to the Whale House was incredible. The house is meticulously appointed and well maintained. No detail has been overlooked. From the well appointed kitchen to the bikes, boogie boards and kayaks, we had everything we needed at our fingertips. They even provided a detailed notebook with insider information on how to experience all the natural beauty and sights on the island.

The beds were extremely comfortable (a must as we are very particular). The ocean views from the house are amazing. You can hear the ocean while relaxing on the wrap around lanai... or walk on a very short path to the experience the beautiful coastline. We explored the trails and also used the kayaks to visit the waterfalls.

Overall, the property was everything stated on the website and MORE! Don't hesitate to visit... you won't be disappointed.

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Liked best: Ocean views and breezes
Liked least: Visit was too short
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Dominic K
Canberra, AU
Level 6 Contributor
56 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Very pleased we chose the Whale House!”
Reviewed November 12, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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My wife and I were traveling with her parents and had three days on the Big Island prior to taking a cruise from Honolulu back to Sydney.

Jim's instructions for getting to the property were very helpful and easy to follow. He lives very near the Whale House and met us as we arrived. Jim was very friendly and had all kinds of useful info for us regarding things to do, places to eat, local happenings and history and lots more. He was very knowledgeable and had prepared a binder of information which we would take with us on our drives.

Unfortunately we had nowhere near enough time to do and see more than a handful of the things on the list. Also didn't get to use the bikes and kayaks etc that were provided, due to lack of time.

The Whale House is in a nice neighborhood and very quiet. We enjoyed the large living room and especially the lanai which faced east towards the ocean. The house was very clean and well-equipped. We cooked dinner on the gas BBQ grill most nights. Great to have a full laundry and kitchen rather than staying in a hotel.

Even before we arrived, we found Jim to be very responsive to our questions and comments. For example, we had mentioned that for many Aussies having a cup of hot tea first thing in the morning is an essential part of their daily ritual! When we are in the US we often miss this, as it is not really part of American culture in the same way as it is at home. American hotels etc often don't really cater for this Aussie/Brit custom by having an electric jug in the room. Anyway, by the time we arrived Jim had obtained a nice kettle which was very thoughtful and much appreciated by our party.

The Whale House is a fair way out of Hilo but there are restaurants, grocery stores etc in Pahoa just a bit further south and an unusual combination of hardware store/supermarket/liquor store even closer on Orchidland just off Hwy 130.

We found the Whale House a very convenient base to drive to Volcano National Park (and further on to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach) as well as to attractions north of Hilo such as Akaka Falls and Tropical Botanical Gardens. Maybe 20 minutes drive from Hilo airport. You can't really swim in the ocean just in front of the Whale House as there is a bit of a cliff and not a beach. However there are lots of nice places to swim without driving too far.

We highly recommend the Whale House and were very satisfied with our accommodation for the short stay on the Big Island.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Alice R
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect base location”
Reviewed July 3, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
3
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The house was great. So much to see and do in the neighborhood on foot that you don't want to leave. The bed was so comfortable that it invited afternoon naps under the ceiling fan. Easy to find from the airport and an easy drive to the main tourist spots. The washer and dryer was a plus. It allowed us to travel with less clothes. Recommend you bring binocculars to watch the ocean for dolphins during the day and turtles at night.

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Liked best: The location to the ocean
Liked least: The cockroaches in the silverware drawer. But we learned to kill and deal.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Boodlemay
Morganton, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect Spot”
Reviewed May 10, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
3
people found this review helpful

Great private home south of Hilo.

The sunrise is spectacular, great breezes and we saw plenty of sea turtles right out front from house. Owner Jim is helpful with suggested sites and activities on Hilo side of the Big Island.

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Dave R
Windsor, California
1 review
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“More than we expected!”
Reviewed April 24, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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This house was as nice as any place we could have rented. It was very clean, very spacious and comfortable, The owners were very accommodating and we have and will highly recommend this 'whale house' to anyone looking to stay in Hawaii, Hilo side!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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